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Ford Focus is world's best seller

Toyota Corolla, Ford F-Series and Wuling Sunshine (?) are 2nd, 3rd and 4th

Published: April 10, 2013, 7:00 AM

2012 Ford Focus ST

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)