Focus keeps pole position for global car sales
THE Ford Focus’s position as the world’s best-selling vehicle has been reinforced by Polk – an organisation which collates global registration data.
Having added up all the new nameplates in the world it found that the Focus, which topped the list in 2102, has retained its place for the first half of 2013.
In addition, the Fiesta ranks as the fourth best-selling vehicle – making Ford the only brand to have two nameplates among the global top five best-sellers.
The figures reflect the pattern of success in the UK where 47,675 new Ford Focus cars were delivered in the first six months of this year, up 8.7 per cent on the first half of 2012, making the Focus the second best-selling car in Britain behind the Fiesta.
The man responsible for the aesthetic appeal of these cars is Sheffield-born Martin Smith – executive design director Ford Europe – who formulated the One Ford global design language.
A delighted Jim Farley, an executive vice president at Ford, said: “This is Ford’s ‘One Ford’ global strategy at its best: great-looking vehicles with leading fuel economy, leading quality, technology and funto-drive personalities.”
Ford has about 177,000 employees – around 10,400 in the UK – and 65 plants across the world.
DRIVING FORCE: The Ford Focus took spot in the figures collated by Polk.