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Focus tops worldwide sales charts – or does it?
The Ford Focus is the world’s best-selling car, according to new figures from IHS Automotive.
The independent research and forecasting firm says 489,616 units of Ford’s global car were sold in the first six months of 2012, outstripping its nearest competitor the Toyota Corolla, by more than 27,000 units.
The Detroit-headquartered manufacturer has also announced another milestone – the 350 millionth car produced in its 109-year history has rolled off the production line – a Focus built in its plant in Rayong, Thailand.
Ford executive vice president of Global Manufacturing, John Fleming said:
“Consider, for a moment, the enormity of 350 million vehicles,”
“It’s equivalent to producing one vehicle every 10 seconds for 109 years; and, if placed end to end, would stretch to the moon and back – twice.”
Focuses the mind, doesn’t it?
There are reports in the American press that Toyota has been spoiling Ford’s party though – the Japanese manufacturer says it sold more than 600,000 Corollas across the globe in the first half of 2012 – that’s more than the Focus – and quite a discrepancy.
Apparently it’s all down to the way sales figures are counted, with Toyota including different variants of the Corolla such as the Matrix and Corolla Fielder (estate), which are sold in certain countries but not others. IHS also reportedly don’t include every global territory where the Corolla is sold.
Whatever the definitive sales figures are, the message is clear – Ford’s third generation Focus is still selling like the proverbial toasty baked treats.
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