COLOGNE, Germany – The Focus is officially the world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate and the Fiesta the best-selling sub-compact car, according to the Polk automotive data and trends forecasting organisation.
Polk global market registration data revealed sales of the Focus totalled 1,020,410 cars worldwide in 2012 to take the title of the world’s best-selling vehicle overall. It also confirmed the Fiesta as the best-selling sub-compact car globally, with 723,130 registrations last year.
The Focus in Europe last year became the first Ford to be offered with the innovative 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that went on to be named the International Engine of the Year 2012. In addition the 250 PS Focus ST went on sale in Europe and in markets worldwide. In 2012, Ford also launched the stylish new Fiesta, followed this year by the 182 PS Fiesta ST.
The Fiesta’s latest success follows confirmation that Ford’s global B-car was the best-selling small car in Europe in 2012 according to automotive data intelligence provider JATO Dynamics, with European consumers buying a new Fiesta every two minutes on average.
Market gains for Focus were driven by consumer demand in China and the USA. China registrations were up 51 per cent last year, with the market responsible for just more than one out of four Focus vehicles sold globally according to Polk data. US Focus sales were up 40 per cent in 2012, also contributing to the car’s global growth.
Global new vehicle registrations for the F-Series – America’s best-selling pickup for 36 straight years – totalled 785,630 trucks last year, putting it in the No. 3 spot among all vehicles sold worldwide.