Ford on track to beat Toyota with best-selling Focus car
RAYONG, Thailand (AP) - Ford Motor Co says its Focus small car is on track to become the best-selling car in the world this year, trumping the Toyota Corolla.
Ford sold 489,616 Focus sedans and hatchbacks worldwide in the first half of 2011. That was almost 27,000 more than the perennial best-seller, the Toyota Corolla.
Ford made the announcement at its assembly plant in Rayong, which opened in May to build the Focus. The Thailand plant, which is one of Ford's most advanced, has the capacity to produce 150,000 cars per year for sale in Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and other countries in the region.
Ford's recently revamped Focus is sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. It's a strong seller in the United States (US), where Focus sales were up 31 per cent in the first half of the year compared with 2011.