Ford Focus: World best-seller?

2012-08-31 10:18

Thailand — Ford says its Focus is on track to become the best-selling car globally in 2012, trumping the Toyota Corolla.

Ford sold 489 616 Focus sedans and hatchbacks worldwide in the first half of 2012. This translates to 27 000 more than the perennial best-seller - the Toyota Corolla.

Ford made the announcement at its assembly plant in Rayong, which opened in May 2012 and produces its Focus.


The Thailand plant, has the capacity to produce 150 000 cars a year for sale in Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and other countries in the region.

The Focus is sold in more than 100 countries worldwide, including South Africa. It's a strong seller in the US, where sales are up 31%.

The Corolla still rules the US, where it outsold the Focus by nearly 27 500 in the first half of 2012, and could still top the Focus globally.

In August 2011 the Focus was ahead of the Corolla in sales but Toyota's flagship pulled ahead, outselling the Focus by more than 259 000 vehicles.


  • Matthew Slade - 2012-08-31 12:22

    Cool car

  • james.rossouw - 2012-08-31 13:53

    The Focus is a fun reliable cute car. The Corolla is a dull ugly reliable transport.

  • ayo.mkize - 2012-08-31 14:07

    Dont like the current look Ford should have consulted owners of the MK2 focus before changing designs.but still fun to drive as previous model handling is outstanding!!!

      de.stig.9 - 2012-08-31 15:34

      Get over yourself, the current ford looks better than Golf, Megane, Mazda and your Auris

  • lumifi - 2012-09-01 20:48

    The Focus is a serious case! It´s by far the best car in its class judge by 11 world car magazines. Since its launched in 1999 the Focus it´s been one of the world best selling cars... a huge success since the original and beautiful MKI. Bravo Ford for another winner!!

      Vickers - 2012-09-02 09:45

      I did a quick search on Google and Wiki for current Car of the year competition winners and found the following: Official regional and national winners: World Car of the Year: 1) VW Up! 2)BMW 3, 3) Porsche 911 European Car of the Year: 1) Opel Ampera 2) VW Up! 3) Ford Focus North American Coty: 1) Hyundai Elantra 2) Ford Focus 3) VW Passat SA Coty: 1) Hyundai Elantra 2) Kia Picanto 3) VW Jetta Autobest(East Europe)Coty:1) Hyundai Elantra 2) Ford Focus 3) Chev Aveo Japan Coty: Nissan Leaf (Japan Import: Mercedes C class) Russian Coty: Hyundai Solaris (Accent) Chinese Coty: Hyundai Sonata Motoring publications that has a presence on the web: Australian Car Guide: Kia Rio Auto Express (UK): Skoda Citygo WhatCar? VW Up! Australian TopGear: VW Scirocco UK TopGear: Range Rover Evoque Mr Money's World Car of the Year: VW Up! Australian Wheels: Honda CR-Z Carbuyer.co.uk: Hyundai i30 MotorWeek (US) Drivers’ Choice Awards: Chev Volt Semperit Irish Car of the Year: Kia Rio Motortrent(US): VW Passat Drive Australia: Mercedes C I love the Focus and rate it as one of the best Fords in recent times, but it seems to me that the best it could do was 3rd in Europe, 2nd in North America and 2nd in Eastern Europe. I admit that this wasn't a very thorough search but it seems that those 11 publications must either be non-English or does not have a searchable web page.

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