Taking issue with Ford’s assertion that the Focus is the world’s best selling car, Toyota has announced that the Corolla was actually the most popular vehicle with consumers in 2012.
A Ford press release issued yesterday, citing data provided by Industry analyst firm Polk, claimed the Focus sold more than any other single model last year with 1.02 million units moved.
Speaking to Reuters, Toyota spokesman Ryo Sakai claims the Corolla topped the Focus by over 100,000 units with 1.16 million cars sold during the year. “Toyota still sees the Corolla as the world’s most popular car,” Sakai claims.
While the Corolla sedan makes up 90 percent of that number, it also includes versions of the car in different markets, including the Corolla Altis, Corolla Axio, Corolla Wagon, Corolla Fielder and Corolla Rumion – all versions sold using the Corolla name. It does not, however, include Corolla-based models that aren’t marketed as such, including the Matrix, Scion xB and European Auris.
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