Ford said it sold more than 1.02 million compact Focus cars worldwide in 2012, outpacing Toyota’s Corolla, of which close to 873,000 were sold, according to data compiled by Polk.
China accounts for one-quarter of all sales, and the Focus was the best-selling passenger car in China in 2012 for the first time ever.
Ford’s F-Series pickup truck, which has been the top-ranked U.S. pickup for close to four decades, rounded out the top three with 785,630 sales. The Fiesta, with more than 723,000 sold, came in sixth on the list, making it the world’s best-selling subcompact car.
Honda's Civic and CR-V rounded out the top 10 with 651,000 and 625,000, respectively.
Ford attributed the improvement to strong demand in China and the U.S., with sales of what it dubs its “super segment,” which includes passenger cars ranging from sub-compacts to sedans, driving growth along the coasts of California, Texas and Florida. The segment makes up about two-thirds of Ford’s