Ford said its Focus compact kept the top global sales spot through the year’s first half as sales more than doubled in China. Well, Toyota comes and disputes that as the Japanese, which includes Corolla derivatives such as the Matrix in its count, have said their model remains the world’s top-selling vehicle.
The American automaker, citing data from researcher R.L. Polk & Co., said global Focus registrations increased 20% in 2013’s first six months to 589,709. Focus sales in China surged 137 % during the period to 202,380.
The Focus, according to Ford, beat the perennial No. 2 Toyota Corolla, although Erich Merkle, Ford’s top sales analyst said he could not release Polk’s numbers for the Corolla. A Polk spokeswoman confirmed that the number provided by Ford was accurate, but declined further comment.
If the Focus beats Corolla for all of 2013, it will be the second year in a row that Ford lays claim to the top honors.
But Toyota disputes Ford’s leadership. The Japanese automaker has said it sold a Corolla hatchback under the Matrix name, and it sells cars that are nearly identical to the Corolla under different names in countries outside the U.S. Ford doesn’t tally Toyota’s other models in its count.
A Toyota spokeswoman said that the company disagrees with Ford and is drawing up a response to Ford’s claims.
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