Ford's Focus the Best-Selling Car in First-Half of 2013… Or is It?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole
According to Ford its C-Segment Focus was the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world last year. If things continue to go the way they are this popular car could earn that title again for 2013.

For the first six months of this year the Focus has maintained its sales lead over the competition. On a global basis deliveries are actually up 20 percent compared to the same time in 2012.

From January to June the company delivered nearly 590,000 Focuses (Foci?). Strong demand for the car is being driven by Asian nations, especially China. Ford’s sales in the Middle Kingdom are up 137 percent compared to last year. China accounts for one-third of all Fofo sales.

Customers are drawn to the car’s combination design, performance, fuel economy and value pricing. In addition to China the Focus is also surging in other Asian countries including Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

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However, Toyota is trying to put the brakes on all of this Blue Oval good news. The Japanese automaker claims its Corolla small car is No. 1 in the world, though it all depends on how you count. The Capital T includes sales of the “Corolla Hatchback,” also known as the Matrix, something that obviously bolsters its sales figures. Naturally Ford contests this situation.

What do you think about this little quarrel? Should the Matrix be included in the Corolla’s overall sales numbers? Should Ford include other vehicles built on the Focus’ architecture in its figures? Leave a comment below or shoot us a message on Twitter. Our handle is @AutoGuide.

Beyond the Focus, Ford’s Fiesta B-Segment subcompact is also doing very well on the global market. It’s the world’s fourth-best selling car. The company is proud to boast that it’s the only manufacturer with two nameplates on the list of the world’s five best-selling vehicles.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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