Last August, Ford made a few waves by claiming that the Ford Focus was, at that point, the top-selling car in the world. The automaker failed to account for variations of the Toyota Corolla wearing a different name (such as the Auris and Matrix), however. With official data from Polk coming in now, Ford is able to say that the Focus was, in fact, the best-selling nameplate in the world last year.

Using new-car registrations (which doesn't factor in fleet sales), the Polk data shows that a total of more than one million Focus models around the world. Strong sales in the US and China have led to a 16 percent increase in year-over-year Focus sales from 2011 that helped to create even more of a gap between it and the second-best global seller, the Corolla.

Ford also had the Fiesta and F-Series listed in the top 10 for worldwide nameplates, but what's even more impressive is the fact that the F-Series is only sold in North America. Scroll down to see the list (compiled by Ford using Polk data) of the top global sellers last year and a press release from Ford.
2012 2011
1 Ford Focus 1,020,410 879,914
2 Toyota Corolla 872,774 819,376
3 Ford F-Series 785,630 713,657
4 Wuling Zhiguang 768,870 729,328
5 Toyota Camry 729,793 558,800
6 Ford Fiesta 723,130 764,415
7 VW Golf 699,148 716,358
8 Chevrolet Cruze 661,325 606,825
9 Honda Civic 651,159 606,825
10 Honda CR-V 624,982 507,353


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Final 2012 Polk Data Just In: Ford Focus Is Best-Selling Vehicle Nameplate Worldwide – Ford Takes Three of Top 10

- Ford Focus ranks as the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world, based on Polk global new vehicle registration data for full-year 2012 (global reporting lags three to four months)

- Ford takes three of the top-10 best-sellers, with Ford F-Series – the world's No. 1-selling pickup – ranked third and Fiesta the best-selling subcompact at sixth overall

- 2013 global sales off to equally strong start as worldwide momentum continues



DEARBORN, Mich., April 9, 2013 – With final 2012 Polk global market registration data just reporting, Ford Focus is officially the world's best-selling passenger car, with the Ford F-Series pickup coming in third and Ford Fiesta coming in as the best-selling subcompact.

Sales of the compact Focus totaled 1,020,410 cars worldwide according to the automotive data and trends forecasting leader. Market gains for Focus were driven by consumer demand in China and the United States. China registrations were up 51 percent last year, with the market responsible for just more than one out of four Focus vehicles sold globally according to Polk vehicle registration data. U.S. Focus sales were up 40 percent in 2012, also contributing to the car's global growth.

In addition to holding the title of world's best-selling vehicle overall, Polk data also confirm the Ford Fiesta earned the top spot as the best-selling subcompact car globally, with 723,130 registrations last year. Together, registrations of Ford's small cars – Fiesta and Focus – totaled 1,743,540 vehicles in 2012, according to Polk.

"Focus and Fiesta represent the culmination of our One Ford global product strategy," said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, global marketing, sales and service and Lincoln. "Our global products are resonating with consumers – especially in the best-selling, most competitive segments – with their unique combination of fuel efficiency, high quality, rich content and fun-to-drive personalities. Through One Ford, we're able to bring economies of scale and fantastic value to customers all around the world."

Global new vehicle registrations for F-Series totaled 785,630 trucks last year, putting it in the No. 3 spot among all vehicles sold worldwide. F-Series has been America's best-selling pickup for 36 straight years.

"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," Farley said. "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."

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 171,000 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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      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how many Holden Cruzes are sold, and whether they are included.
      nsxrules
      • 1 Year Ago
      New car registrations DOES include fleet sales. I wonder how far behind the Corolla the Focus is when you do include all the Corolla variants?
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsxrules
        Well Toyota sold 42,000 Corollas to rental fleets in 2011 compared to 37,000 Focuses being sold to rental fleets in the US. Tell us again, what was your point?
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        @nsxrules
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          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          And Europe, where Ford sells a lot more cars.
        Pj Taintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsxrules
        Well in that case we need to include everything with a focus underpinning as well which were left out when toyota decided to count its matrix but not let ford count their cars with focus underpinnings.
          nsxrules
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          That would be even worse for the Focus as there are many more cars that use the Corolla under-pinnings that are not Corollas.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsxrules
        now its variants??????? sheesh...excuses excuses, excuses......
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doubt it besides GM was still number 1
        Luke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        Oh really? http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/28/toyota-reclaims-global-sales-crown-gm-and-vw-not-far-behind/
      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      finally the americans are realizing that the POS toyota and the honda lawnmower are part of the past: outdated and out performed by Ford . Even so, how can these two asian rikshaws still sell so many cars with products that look like a Lada...it is mind boggling
        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        I'd take a Focus hatchback. The sedan? Nah, give me a Civic in it's place. Or the new Corolla Furia when it comes out. That one is going to take the world by storm.
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        @mikoprivat
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        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        It's not Americans that are coming around, it's Ford who has come around.
        ss1591
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        Lets not go overboard! I buy most of my cars American but neither Honda or Toyota build bad cars just bland right now. I think the Focus and ATS are the best two American cars on the road this year.
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        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        It's a bulletproof transmission/engine. Those Corollas will still be on the road in 15 years. The Focus with ecoboost, I doubt it.
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          @Zoom
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          ss1591
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zoom
          Most countries don't allow 15 year old cars on the road, In Japan the rule is 10 years and 12 is the average because they force the sales of new cars.
      Silvaticus
      • 1 Year Ago
      @nsxrules I do believe, according to the article, this result includes all variations of the Corolla.
        nsxrules
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Silvaticus
        It does not, which is why they said best selling NAMEPLATE and not car: \"Ford is able to say that the Focus was, in fact, the best-selling nameplate in the world last year\"
          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nsxrules
          Wow - what a sadly pathetic troll you are!
          BC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nsxrules
          If Toyota is able to lump sales of cars which share a platform but no bodywork with the Corolla, then Ford can add the C-Max, Grand C-Max, Transit Connect, and Escape/Kuga. Considering how many nameplates Toyota pulls off the Corolla worldwide, some of which are badge-engineered for different markets and some which merely have the same underpinnings, they might still win, but it would be more fair.
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @nsxrules
          Don't bother with facts. Fanboys will rate you down no matter what the truth is.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      The amazing thing is that Ford claims 3 of the top spots. That shows that they're clearly on the right track. Awesome news!
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        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        Survive? Really? Having the second best selling nameplate in the world is not right next to dying.
      m3laszlo
      • 1 Year Ago
      How the hell does Focus outsell Civic everywhere else but USA?????????????
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        @m3laszlo
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          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          Where did you hear that fable? JD Power ranks the Focus and Civic equally and once you factor in higher cost to insure, repair, and maintain (Honda service is expensive, especially when your brake pads wear out at 20,000 miles) the Focus is the much better car to buy.
          ss1591
          • 1 Year Ago
          So America which is 3 percent of the worlds population is smarter when it comes to small cars? Honda's civic was so bad that they pushed through a upgrade because the press ripped it a new one! In Europe the Focus is considered the smart buy and people love their Fords, to bad Americans hate their own so much. The only country where it's sales suck are in Japan, I wonder why?
        Dane Grant
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m3laszlo
        Because Americans are uneducated when it comes to cars and food....
        techie69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m3laszlo
        Ford is doing poor in Europe, its contemplating in pulling its operations.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      The focus is a good little car, has been for sometime in euro spec. Once Ford figures out the quality niggles here in the states I would love one of those screamin' banshee yellow STs.) But what is more important on that list is #4.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kudos Ford.
      yjbeach
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know there are a lot of Ford Focus sitting on Rental Car lots.
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        @yjbeach
        "Using new-car registrations (which doesn't factor in fleet sales), the Polk data shows that a total of more than one million Focus models around the world. " Nice reading comprehension.
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