Ford Focus is world's best-selling nameplate in 2012

By Bob Nagy on April 9, 2013 1:55 PM
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Just-published figures from the world's largest automotive data and intelligence organization, Polk, indicates that the Ford Focus was the top-selling vehicle nameplate for calendar year 2012. With total global new-vehicle registrations of 1,020,410 units -- up 40 percent from the previous year -- the compact-sized Focus jumped from 4th on the list to the top spot and moved ahead of the 2011 champ Toyota Corolla, which recorded 872,774 registrations. The Focus experienced its greatest relative success in the U.S. and China. It won favor with enough buyers in the latter market to make it the best-selling overall vehicle in that country for the first time.

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Ford also nailed down the third spot in the international Top 10 list with its F-150 pickup, which totaled 785,630 unit registrations, and nabbed 6th place with the Fiesta, which sold 723,130 units and also rolled off with the world's best-selling sub-compact honors. Other vehicles in the Polk top-sellers list included the 4th place Chinese-made Wuling Zhiguang minivan (768,870), 5th place Toyota Camry (729,793), 7th place Volkswagen Golf (699,148), 8th place Chevrolet Cruze (661,325), 9th place Honda Civic (651,159) and 10th place Honda CR-V (624,982).


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