Ford Focus And Toyota Corolla Compete For The Title Of Best-Selling Car In The World
|   Sunday, November 03, 2013
Ford Focus returned to the first position in the top selling models. Worldwide, the American compact deliveries have surpassed 589,709 units in the first half of the year.

Americans joy was however short lived because the rivals from Toyota have challenged the centralized data by the Polk institute immediately after their publication. The Japanese auto giant says that its compact, the Corolla was the best selling model in the world in the same period.
According to its own estimates, in the first six months Toyota Corolla delivered 590,760 units. The Matrix, available on the U.S. market, was not included in these statistics.

What explains the contradiction between the date announced by the Polk institute, and those centralized by Toyota? The Japanese claim that Polk institute would count wrongly the performance of the Corolla model. The blame should be omitting some markets where Corolla would be available and its rival, Ford Focus, would be absent.

"The Polk data reported by Ford earlier this week is accurate based on the single nameplate Ford Focus. Polk does not report on or track global sales data so does not comment on (automaker) sales claims" said Anthony Pratt, forecasting vice president at Polk.

Whatever the outcome of the dispute between the two auto giants is, the Ford Focus enjoys an unprecedented ascent. Sales of the American model increased by over 20 percent in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

China remains the largest market, which covered more than two thirds of the total orders received by Ford for the best-selling Focus. Deliveries for the American compact in the land of the Great Wall have increased by over 137 percent in 2013.

"Since its launch in China in late March of last year, Focus sales continue to strengthen, with the car now ranking as the best-selling passenger car in China in 2012 for the first time ever," said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president for global marketing. "With additional manufacturing capacity added last year, we now have a tremendous opportunity to further strengthen our global small car sales in 2013, with sales off to a very strong start already."
Ford has an extra 2 vehicles on the top 10 list, namely the Fiesta and F-series.

"Focus and Fiesta represent the culmination of our One Ford global product strategy," Farley said. "Through One Ford, we're able to bring economies of scale and fantastic value to customers all around the world."

"Where we are in sales races and sales rankings ... is a distraction that we're not going to be bothered with," stated George Pipas, Ford's top sales analyst, during a conference industry analysts and reporters. "We've got a job to do in North America, and that is all we're focused on."

It should be noted that both Ford and Toyota must thank China for their successes, seeing that the country is now the world's biggest auto market.
Meanwhile, a Toyota spokesperson says the company does not agree with Ford's self-appointed top dog crown, and that they are compiling the numbers to take it down.
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