Focus and Fiesta among top five global best sellers
Ford have quite a bit to shout about, the popular Ford Focus was the best selling vehicle nameplate in the world in 2012 and it has retained the title for the first half of 2013. In addition the Ford Fiesta ranks as the fourth best selling vehicle which means Ford is the only brand to have two nameplates among the global top five best sellers. Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, global marketing, sales and service said “Fiesta and Focus just keep getting better, 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.”
In the UK 47,675 new Ford Focus cars were delivered in the first six months of this year, up 8.7 per cent on the 43,853 cars sold in the first half of 2012. The Ford Focus is the second best-selling car in the UK behind the Ford Fiesta. Both Ford’s Focus and Fiesta are among the top five global best-sellers, combined worldwide registrations of Focus and Fiesta equals 946,143 cars for the first six months of the year which represents an 8 per cent increase.
Sales will no doubt increase even more next year for the Ford Focus when the new fuel efficient petrol version is launched. This new model will be capable of returning approximately 67.5mpg and will be a welcome new addition providing even more choice for prospective buyers. Ford is also currently launching the zero emissions Focus Electric and also offers the diesel Ford Focus ECOnetic that delivers 88g CO2 emissions.
The Ford Fiesta has been a UK favourite ‘forever’ it outsells its nearest competitors more than two to one and has recently recorded more than four million sales in the UK. The latest Fiesta is attractive and stylish and boasts a fantastic new exterior and features Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, the International Engine of the Year 2013 that delivers 125PS and produces 99g/km CO2 emissions. The new Fiesta was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the independent vehicle safety organisation Euro NCAP and offers in-car connectivity system Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance which directly connects vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident. The car also features the new low speed collision avoidance system ‘Active City Stop’ this new system uses a sophisticated light-detecting and ranging sensor to scan the road ahead fifty times every second, more than twice the speed of the movie industry standard frame rate to help prevent collisions at speeds up to 10mph, and help reduce the severity of impacts at speeds below 20mph.