Ford and Toyota Argue Over Focus Sales Totals

Ford sells two different cars called "Focus" in China, the "New Focus" shown here and an older model called "Classic Focus". But it counts the sales as one, which has led to controversy. Photo credit: Ford Motor.

Ford  this week said that its Focus was the world's best-selling automotive "nameplate" in the first half of 2013. If "nameplate" sounds like a carefully chosen word, it was: Ford's claim was immediately countered by a protest from Toyota , which disputes Ford's math and says its Corolla is the world's real best-seller.

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