And 2012's best-seller car was...

2013-04-09 09:35

Ford’s Focus outsold all other vehicles in 2012 by a huge margin, according to market researcher RL Polk & Co.

The US automaker sold more than a million Focus units globally, topping perennial sales champion Toyota’s Corolla by more than 147 000.


Third was Ford’s F-Seriestruck, followed by Chinese automakes Wuling's Sunshine, Toyota's Camry and Ford's Fiesta. The Focus has become a huge success in China with nearly 300 000 sold in 2012.

Best-selling vehicles of 2012
1 Ford Focus 1 020 410
2 Toyota Corolla 872 774
3 Ford F-Series 785 630
4 Wuling Sunshine 768 870
5 Toyota Camry 729 793
6 Ford Fiesta 723 130
7 VW Golf 699 148
8 Chevrolet Cruze  661 325
9 Honda Civic 651 159
10 Honda CR-V 624 982

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-04-09 10:29

    not surprised... we all hated and probably still do hate that ugly face... but the overall look is not bad and the car hasa good history in the UK.

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-04-09 10:30

    Wuling sunshine...whats that?

      Brak Jan - 2013-04-10 09:19

      It's a small Chinese minivan

  • ayo.mkize - 2013-04-09 11:31

    First of i am huge TMC supporter but currently dont own or drive any of there cars the main reason being the value for money issue and un apealling design of most the TMC cars.Dont get me wrong there improving slowly but surely.As for ford i am not a fan as such but currently own and drive a 2006 Ford focus Mk2 hacth the handling ride quality ,value for money Absolutely Sublime.The Mk2 FF Chasis is for me amazing the styling is just perfect i dont undestand why FMC changing the Design on the Hacth back.

  • Grant Lottering - 2013-04-09 18:13

    The times are a changing. People believe due to continual media hypnosis that toyota is best. All toyota did was highlight the deficiencies in others and eventually others equalled and surpassed it. Simple. Get with the program. The japs are great. But like all things in life it has to succumb and it has. The Fords are benchmarking unashamedly and they deserve Toyota's once stronghold. Just check toy's reliability. Only the die-hard customers keep it alive. Nothing against that.

  • Grant Lottering - 2013-04-09 18:37

    Time for some real change. I've always envisioned Ford back on top. Great to see them offering the products that will once again be the key topics on people's lips. Well done Ford!!!

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2013-04-10 08:43

    If Ford wants to rule SA, they simply have to bring the full range of their models when they do. No more Focus or Mondeo 2.0 Ghia only! Make sure to have the full range from 1 litre through 1.4 if any and 2.0 litre. Aint no way you could still sales from Toyota with a single derivative. Glad to see they are going that way. Toyota will lose sales due to their pricing strategies, like Golf will soon be feeling the pinch of competing with Merc Benz's A-class entry level. Ford pricing is best. Just bring the full range and immediately...not 5 years after its Euro launch.

  • Muhammad Sheik Oumar - 2013-04-10 14:52

    Well the Focus is a great car. It sells well in SA too. Apart from being a practical car, it has an appeal that the Corolla simply lacks.

  • Antonio Pina - 2013-04-10 14:53

    These sales numbers have nothing to do with quality or reliability. If that was the case the "Sunshine" wouldn't be part of the table at all! Affordability and the way different brands market themselves in different markets are the main factors here.

  • Zweli Ndhlovu - 2013-04-11 09:00

    As it was the best seller in 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003...

  • Salvesen Moodley - 2013-04-11 10:56

    Wow amazing well done to Ford, however I just looked at the Stats and the most educational thing for me was how well the GM Opel Astra based product is doing worldwide: Ford Focus = 1,24% of Global Market Share (503.520) Vs. Opel Astra/Buick Excelle = 1,01% of Global Market Share (408.571) Chevrolet/Holden Cruze = 0,92% of Global Market Share (373.185) And there I was thinking the Astra Product was selling really badly and on the brink of failure... regards Sal .

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