Ford won't be snagging the best-selling-car title away from Toyota just yet, but in addition to what should be another runaway best-selling-truck title, it can also boast being the top-selling brand in the US last year. While year-end sales totals aren't even in yet, Ford has already confirmed that it hit a big milestone by selling more than two million sales in the US for the year.

Following the November numbers that were up 5.4 percent year-over-year and were only about a month's worth of Escape sales short of the two-million-sales mark (1,961,177) to begin with, this didn't come as a huge surprise, but what is noteworthy is that Ford is the only brand to eclipse this mark since 2007 (and it has done so two years in a row). Chevrolet and Toyota are the closest competitors to Ford having sold 1,684,555 and 1,674,802 units, respectively, through November, but this doesn't include sales from other brands. Looking at automakers as a whole, General Motors should have top sales with almost 2.4 million units tallied at the end of November while Ford and Lincoln combined just barely passed two million sales during this same period.

Putting things in a bigger scale, Ford also says that, as of September, the Focus, F-Series and Fiesta models were three of the top five in global sales based on data provided by Polk. We should have our By The Numbers post up soon with a full breakdown of December and 2012 sales, but until then, check out some of Ford's press release posted after the jump.
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Ford Is Only Brand to Top 2 Million Sales in the U.S. for 2012; Focus Remains Best-Selling Global Nameplate So Far This Year
  • Ford on track to sell 2.2 million U.S. vehicles in 2012, marking two straight years above the 2 million mark – the only brand to top 2 million U.S. sales since 2007
  • Focus remains the best-selling global vehicle nameplate, based on latest available Polk new vehicle registration data through September; Fiesta is best-selling global B-car
  • Ford is only automaker with three vehicle nameplates in the global top 10 – Focus at number 1, F-Series at number 4 and Fiesta at number 5 – based on latest available Polk new vehicle registration data through September
  • EcoBoost engines this year will power more than 520,000 Ford vehicles since their introduction in 2009

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 30, 2012 – The Ford brand is on track to top 2 million U.S. vehicle sales in 2012 for the second straight year – the only auto brand to do so in America this year.

In addition, the Ford Focus is on track to become this year's best-selling global nameplate, while the Ford Fiesta is on pace to be this year's best-selling global B-Car, giving Ford the best-selling B and C-Car in the world, based on the latest Polk global industry data – through September.

Global Focus new registrations totaled 737,856 through September, making it the world's number-one selling vehicle nameplate. Fiesta new vehicle registrations totaled 560,061 for the same period, making it the world's best-selling B-Car, according to Polk.

"Focus and Fiesta represent the best of our One Ford plan," said Jim Farley, Ford's executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln. "In just three years, Ford has transformed our global small car lineup and started winning over customers worldwide with vehicles that are not only fun-to-drive but also fuel-efficient – largely thanks to our award-winning EcoBoost engines."

Ford is on track to sell more than 520,000 EcoBoost-powered vehicles by year-end since the engine's introduction in 2009. Already available in Europe in Fiesta, Ford's new 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder engine arrives late next year in the new Fiesta in the U.S.

Winning lineup

Ford is the only brand to have three of the top 10 best-selling vehicles worldwide, through September 2012, the most recent reporting of all markets globally by Polk.

In addition to Focus at No. 1 and Fiesta at No. 5, F-Series is the fourth best-selling global nameplate at 576,339 vehicles, according to Polk global new vehicle registration data.

"Customers around the world are rewarding Ford for investing in fuel-efficient new vehicles, from our fun-to-drive EcoBoost-powered small cars to our hard-working, capable F-Series pickups," Farley said. "No other automaker in the world shares Ford's extensive volume or range of EcoBoost engines – from the 1.0-liter that drives our small cars to the 3.5-liter that has been a winner with truck and large crossover owners around the globe."

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


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      ajschrod
      • 1 Year Ago
      And just think--NONE of the sales price goes to Japan!
        Rob J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ajschrod
        Last I checked Ford still uses Sony stereos. And I'm sure countless other components are either made by or have licenses owned by Japanese (and other countries) companies. Think before you speak maybe.
          adcammons
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob J
          stereo is not the truck or car. its kinda like tires, the vehicle is american but some components are made elswhere. basic vehicle made in usa
      arenadood
      • 1 Year Ago
      With more Right to Work States coming on line we just may see more American companys moving their production back home.
        hugozoon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @arenadood
        Yea slave labor right at home.More workers that qualify for food stamps.
      sonjaab
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a stockholder this is GREAT news!
      misterbertram
      • 1 Year Ago
      fords are so boring! no wonder there number one in sales, its only a reflection of how many people out there would rather blend in than stand out. i probably see about a thousand fusions or camrys every single day. vehicles for unimaginative hopeless robots. YAAAAWN!! i'll take a red dart r/t, i probably see one of them once a month!
        HA HA
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
        Maybe you dont see that many darts is because they just came out???? Hmmm that would make to much sence though I guess.
        Shomare
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
        Really? Ford Raptor, Mustang GT, Boss, Shelby, Focus ST, SHO...
        Luke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
        You must be blind. Maybe there's a reason you only see one red Dart a month.... But you go ahead and buy one. Be unique, just like everyone else.
          misterbertram
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Luke
          yes luke im blind but some how i can still see red darts, and type. -_-
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
        You'd see more, but nobody except you wants one.
        drrntod
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
        Yep, buy a Dodge and stand out...by the roadside when it breaks down. Maybe someone in a boring Ford will stop to pick you up. I suspect you're a teen with a loud mouth and can't afford otherwise.
          drrntod
          • 1 Year Ago
          @drrntod
          I'm sure you're really loaded, Misterbertram....and buying a...Dart...and that the 'bitches' really love you. Yep, I could smell the immaturity in your original post, and you confirmed it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
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      lovelaurie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford makes a good truck...period. They make "pretty" cars or "cute cars," but all their value is in the aesthetics. Under the hood, the best one can hope for is 50,000 miles and then it become "Fix-Or-Repair-Daily!" For American made cars, I have had the best experience with a GM made car!
        vlady1000
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lovelaurie
        I have owned many Ford's (mustang, ranger, escort, F-150 ,etc) and all were great and went for ever with no major issues. Our Fleet of F-150/250's (used in construction as work trucks) typically last to 250-300K miles before we sell them. So do our Silverado's. The one Tundra we bought was done at 125K miles. My wife's Nissan (minivan) was rusting out and had many problems at 90K miles, 7 years old so we donated it to charity. Nothing wrong at all with either GM or Ford products
        DMENACE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lovelaurie
        I owned a 89 escort, 99 ranger, 04 explorer and 08 escape...all these cars I bought new and drove them all pass 100xxx miles with no major issues. The only reason I got rid of any of them is because I like new cars. I now own a 2011 focus and a 2012 flex..If Ford were crap, do you think I would keep buying Fords? Your statement is false and childish! #fordrules!
          Rob J
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DMENACE
          In my immediate family, there have been 5 toyotas ranging from '89 Corolla, '94 Tercel '99 Corolla and '06 Tundra, all over 150k with no big problems. A friend of mine has owned everything sporty from a Datsun 510 to a Nissan 350z without any major issues. I don't swear by Toyota or Nissan because things change from year and model to model. Anecdotal evidence is worthless.
        Max Hawkins
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lovelaurie
        I do not know who paid you to make such foolish remarks about Ford, I have owned Fords for years and had no problems, except normal maintance. I have a 1981 Aerostar with 297,000 miles on it and never had a problem with the engine at all, not even a manefold gasket. Who paid you to lie on Ford. What about First On Race Day.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lovelaurie
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        adofilli
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lovelaurie
        Yes Ford are the best I driven ford trucks for 40 years and 300,000 is the best I could get out each one
        XJ Yamaha
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lovelaurie
        Your comment is purely subjective. My GM car has 70k miles and had a repair made under warranty, and since the warranty expired it has needed struts, and now is leaking power steering fluid. This is simply MY experience, but being that the car is just turning 5 years old, should I be on here blabbling like a moron that my GM car is garbage and they are the worst company ever? No. It's baffling how stupid some people present themselves with comments such as yours.
      floridayogi
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's about time that the Americans started buying Fords or other American made vehicles. We need to stop sending our money to Japan, Germany and Korea.
        Xi Gua
        • 1 Year Ago
        @floridayogi
        I'd rather send my money to fair workers and not to unions.
          jorwmu
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Xi Gua
          If China had Unions, your people wouldn't be making $1 a day and committing suicide! People are so brainwashed into thinking "Unions" are a bad thing! The company earns billions while the worker gets scraps! Why not give the worker an honest, living wage???
          XJ Yamaha
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Xi Gua
          Whoopidy doo. You not buying a Big 3 auto has an unnoticeable effect on their bottom line.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @floridayogi
        I'm happy to see Ford/GM rewarded financially for acknowledging past mistakes and stepping up their game. I always got annoyed at people buying american b/c it's "american." but I'm totally in favor of buying american if the cars are actually competitive, or even segment leading in some cases.
        bakethis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @floridayogi
        My husband bought a Lincoln - it was assembled in Mexico. I have a Tacoma which was assembled in California. So while both companies profited from our purchases, one American and one Japanese, so did the people who worked the assembly lines. The question is do you support American workers or the American corporateion? There were some American vehicles assembled in the U.S. that we considered, but the two we bought were what fit our budget and what we were looking for.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bakethis
          Ford assembles a far higher percentage of their vehicles in America than Toyota does. Also, Canada and Mexico import huge numbers of American-made Ford products into their countries. How many Fords does Japan import from America? How many Toyotas do we import from Japan. I'm still sticking with the American corporation.
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        ebn.hahn
        • 1 Year Ago
        Mr BD DO NOT try to Confuse Fleet Sales With Rental Car sales: IF Ford happened to be the Favourate Brand For Utilities Companies, Oil Drilling in Alaska, High Way improvements, Police Dept., Contracters and Taxi companies, It is NOT fault of their own. They Just build the most reliable Hardware for working people. Get the info straight JACK!!!!. Honda has 1% fleet becuase Honda has nothing that a Contracter needs! so IS Hyundai!!!. FORD has a "problem" every Auto maker would LOVE to Have......
          ngiotta
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ebn.hahn
          Honda also CHOOSES not to make good looking vehicles anymore. Not to mention almost all of their vehicles are boring-- and that's coming from someone who bought his wife a 2012 Pilot. Face it, a sale is a sale. Of course, someone touting a brand that tries to sell a Crosstour wouldn't know anything about sales.
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          @ebn.hahn
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          ChrisH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ebn.hahn
          Well Chargers and Taurus seem to be the favorites amongst police forces. I am not sure what Honda would have to offer there. Seem the police favor rear drive cars, or AWD.
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          @ebn.hahn
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          Rocketeer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ebn.hahn
          Again, SVX, you seem to confuse "fleet" with "rental cars." The fact is that GM would have LOVED to have sold every one of those "fleet" cars that Ford sold. P.S. - Fors is also profitable, and they did it without picking my pocket and leaving Uncle Sam with a $26 billion loss on the deal.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ebn.hahn
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          Luke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ebn.hahn
          You beat me to it, ebn. But you're spot on.
          Rocketeer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ebn.hahn
          Good Lord, SVX, but you're a moron. No, you don't know what "fleet sales" encompass, or you wouldn't be making such a jackass argument. Fleet sales don't take away from profits, they ADD to them. GM isn't making those fleet sales, not because they "don't want to," but because they CAN'T. Ford is sellin high-margin cars, and they aren't poaching from those sales by making ADDITIONAL cash on the fleet - which aren't necessarily low-margin sales, it should be pointed out. I'm betting you didn't quite get why Spinal Taps' appeal becoming more selective was funny.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ebn.hahn
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        Jake
        • 1 Year Ago
        First, companies will obviously add fleet sales because those are sales. Not sure what your point about that is. Second, Ford is probably happy that it makes good trucks and other vehicles that fleets desire. Other companies would probably love to have this problem. Again, a big "so what?" to your entire comment. You're a Honda employee or some such, aren't you?
          Mr.Krinkle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jake
          Um...how does your response "destroy" his? If by "destroy" you mean "insult", you've got it covered. My error-rich posts? Please....provide some sort of backup to your asinine claim.
          Mr.Krinkle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jake
          He's a Toyota salesman, hence the cheerleading. Notice how his rebuttal doesn't refute anything in your response. Welcome to AB where wielding insults is the dumba$$' response to anything logical.
          Luke
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jake
          When you DOMINATE so many industries (construction, government, forestry, oil and gas, etc.) you're going to have high fleet sales in your truck category. You do understand that fleet means companies (like mine), too, right? We buy more Fords than anything because they do the best job with the least drama. You think Ford's going to turn those sales down? Fleet sales CAN be bad if you're bleeding money on the, but Ford isn't. So why not? My guess is that if *insert your favorite brand here* was doing gang busters on fleet, you'd be cheering that on, too. You reek of sour grapes, BD.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        XJ Yamaha
        • 1 Year Ago
        How many auto websites do you troll?
        Luke
        • 1 Year Ago
        Your numbers are in conflict with the numbers AB (and other sites) have posted for Nov YTD sales. "Chevrolet and Toyota are the closest competitors to Ford having sold 1,684,555 and 1,674,802 units, respectively, through November...."
        Mr.Krinkle
        • 1 Year Ago
        Thank you for simply cutting and pasting automotive statistics. Very refreshing...
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mr.Krinkle
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          Mr.Krinkle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mr.Krinkle
          Hardly, but nice try!!
      rudykobus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford restructered their entire Company at the same time as GM WITH OUT A GOVERNMENT DEFICT BAIL OUT ! They did the sane thing ? Secured a private line of credit ! Once again,capitalism works best ! Thats what The United States Once Was !
        Rob J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rudykobus
        So the fact that Ford needed a loan when the global economy was doing incredibly well whereas GM/Chrysler needed one when there was no money to be lent goes right over your head?
          XJ Yamaha
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob J
          Ford's loans saved them when the economy tanked. They had a plan to turn around their business prior to the recession and what do you know, it worked out pretty well for them.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rob J
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      tms36
      • 1 Year Ago
      And they did it without taxpayers bailout dollars.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      kudos to Ford. If they can get Lincoln going they will be hitting on all cylinders. I suggest they hook up with Jag and co-develop the next gen XF platform for a RWD Lincoln Flagship.
        GFB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @throwback
        Ford already did that with the last-gen Jaguar S & current XF platform. It was called the DEW98 and it was the basis for the Lincoln LS. What makes you think that Ford has the knowledge and dedication to do luxury correctly in the future?
      Xi Gua
      • 1 Year Ago
      Global warming! Global warming!
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