Ford Focus remains best-selling global nameplate

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Official registration data for the first half of this year reveals that the Ford Focus remains the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world.

The findings published by Polk, an automotive data provider, reveals that the Ford Focus was the best-selling model around the globe in 2012 and continued to impress customers the world over during the first half of 2013.

Global sales of the popular family hatchback were up 20 per cent in the first half of the year and in the UK, almost nine per cent more customers chose a new Ford Focus this year when comparing the same six months.

Ford shifted an astonishing 589,709 Focus models around the world in the first half or this year and those strong sales figures can be attributed to increasing demand from customers in China and other Asian countries.

The Blue Oval celebrated another victory in the battle for global sales as its increasingly popular Fiesta model ranked fourth in overall global sales and remains the best-selling car in the UK, the Focus finishing one place behind and completing a successful one/two for the marque.

"Fiesta and Focus just keep getting better," said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, global marketing, sales and service.

"This is Ford's 'One Ford' global strategy at its best: great-looking vehicles with leading fuel economy, leading quality, technology and fun-to-drive personalities."

The news comes as UK car sales in September were at their highest in five years, with the SMMT (Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders) revealing that 403,136 new cars were registered in the UK, a rise of 12.1% on the same month in 2012.

The SMMT's chief executive, Mike Hawes, told the BBC at the time: "The UK market is reflecting growing economic confidence."

"Robust private demand has played a major role in this growth, with customers attracted by exciting, increasingly fuel-efficient new models which offer savings in the cost of ownership."