Fo­cus keeps pole po­si­tion for global car sales

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - Carmel Stewart

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.

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