General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen are locked in a fierce battle for the number-one position in overall global vehicle sales.
But according to information released by Ford, that company's Focus was the world's best-selling single automobile nameplate in 2012, based on data compiled by market research firm, R.L. Polk & Co.
More than 1 million (1,020,410) Focus models were said to be sold in more than 100 countries worldwide last year, more than one-quarter of those in China, where Focus sales were up by 51% compared to 2011.
That total is well ahead of the perennial best-selling Toyota Corolla's (872,774) sales, based on Polk's figures. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, however, Toyota disputes those numbers, claiming 1.16-million Corolla sales worldwide.
Presumably, Toyota is also counting Corolla derivatives that sell under a different nameplate.
There is no dispute about third place, which went to Ford's F-Series trucks (785,630), the vast majority of which were sold in North America.
Fourth place went to an unfamiliar name in North America – the Wuling Sunshine, which is a Chinese micro-minivan built by a GM joint-venture in China.
All the other names in the top-ten list are quite familiar on this continent. They include:
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)