Ford Focus On Corolla's Heels
Toyota has Dearborn, Mich., breathing down its neck. Ford Motor Co. reports it sold 489,616 of its Focus sedans and hatchbacks worldwide during the first half of this year, 5.5%, more than Toyota Corolla, which typically leads the segment in worldwide sales. It could mark the first time in years that an American maker produced the world’s best-selling passenger car if that pace holds for the second half of 2012. The Corolla, one of the oldest models in the Toyota line-up, is also feeling the heat from Hyundai Elantra, which has the Korean automaker looking for more production capacity. The new Focus has seen a 31% surge in sales in the U.S. so far this year. It is now being sold in over 100 countries, and is being produced on a number of Ford’s global assembly lines, including one in Rayong, Thailand.