The Ford Focus name adorned the bootlid of more new cars than any other in 2013 – and global sales actually increased last year.
1,097,618 Ford Focus were registered in 2013, a rise of 8.1% over 2012’s 1.014 million cars, says industry data experts IHS Automotive.
Ford builds two new Focus every second, it says, and produces it in eight factories around the world. They built 317,110 Focus for European buyers, which accounted for 29% of total registrations.
China now takes even more Ford Focus than Europe though – more than 1 in 3 new Focus were registered there in the 2013 calendar year.
“It is remarkable to see Focus again lead the industry as the number one-selling vehicle nameplate on the planet,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, FMC Global Marketing, Sales and Service.
Britain’s favourite new car, the Fiesta, also earned a global record: during 2013, it was the best selling small car in the world, with 735,299 cars being registered.
A total of 1,832,917 units of Ford’s two best-selling cars were thus registered in 2013 alone. Since 1976, the firm has produced over 16 million Fiestas – and since 1998, more than 12 million Focus have been registered