Toyota Says Corolla Outsold Ford Focus in 2012

Japanese automaker Toyota claims its Corolla compact car was the world’s best-selling vehicle in 2012, despite Polk’s report that handed the honors to Ford’s Focus range of models.
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Toyota US vice president of communications Mike Michels said that Polk’s new car registration report came short by nearly 300,000 units, which would’ve helped the Japanese manufacturer top the Ford Focus with about 1,16 million examples sold last year.

“Toyota sold 1.16 million Corolla vehicles globally in 2012 compared to 1.02 million Focus nameplate registrations recently attributed to R.L. Polk by Ford Motor Company. Corolla sedan alone sold 1.08 million. Corolla registrations attributed to Polk come up short by nearly 300,000 units. This discrepancy is glaring and we have requested clarification," said Mike Michels.

According to Polk, Ford sold 1,020,410 Focus vehicles worldwide last year, while Toyota delivered only 872,774 Corolla units. The difference is reportedly caused by the fact that Polk does not include sales of models such as Corolla Axio and Corolla Altis, which are available in Japan and the ASEAN markets respectively.
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