25 October 2013

Focus best-selling car worldwide

Ford Focus, the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world in 2012, retains the title for the first half of 2013, writes Brian Byrne.

Ford Fiesta ranks as the fourth best-selling vehicle and earns the top spot as the best-selling subcompact car globally, with 356,434 units registered in the first half of 2013.

This makes Ford the only brand to have two nameplates among the global top five best-sellers, according to Ford analysis of Polk global vehicle registration data.

Ford Focus grew 20 percent in the first half of 2013 from the same period last year, to 589,709 registrations, mostly driven by increasing demand from customers in China and other Asian countries. China is the single biggest global market for the car with one-third of Focus sales.

In Ireland, Focus has been best-selling car in 9 out of the 14 years since its launch in 1999 and with sales of 105,070 is the best-selling nameplate in this country over that period.