DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
- Ford Focus maintains its leadership as the best-selling vehicle nameplate globally, based on Ford analysis of the latest Polk global vehicle registration data for the first half of 2013
- Globally, Focus is up 20 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with the same period last year
- In addition, Ford Fiesta ranks as the fourth best-selling vehicle overall, and is the world's best-selling subcompact vehicle through June 2013
- Ford is the only brand with two nameplates among the global top five best-sellers
Ford Focus, the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world in 2012, retains the title for the first half of 2013.
In addition, Ford Fiesta ranks as the fourth best-selling vehicle – making 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 vehicle registrations, driven primarily by increasing demand from customers in China and other Asian countries. Focus in China is up 137 percent from 2012, to a total of 202,380 vehicles, making China the single biggest global market for the car with one-third of Focus sales. Xiao Bing, a 31-year-old sales manager for an IT company in Beijing, is one such new Focus customer. "The new Focus looks high-tech and meets my aesthetic expectations," Bing says. "It has significantly changed from the previous model. The car's handling is great. When I test-drove it, the new Focus cornered smoothly. Overall, it's the best combination of looks, performance, value and fuel economy."