Ford Motor Co. says its Focus small car is on track to become the bestselling car in the world this year, trumping the Toyota Corolla.
Ford sold 489,616 Focus sedans and hatchbacks worldwide in the first half of 2012 - nearly 27,000 more than the perennial bestseller Toyota Corolla.
Ford made the announcement at its assembly plant in Rayong, which opened in May to build the Focus. The Thailand plant, which is one of Ford's most advanced, has the capacity to produce 150,000 cars per year for sale in Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and other countries in the region.
Ford's recently revamped Focus is sold in more than 100 countries.
It's a strong seller in the U.S., where Focus sales were up 31 per cent in the first half of the year compared with 2011. But the Corolla is still king in the U.S., where it outsold the Focus by nearly 27,500 in the first half of the year.
The Corolla could still top the Focus worldwide. Last year at this time the Focus was ahead of the Corolla, but the Corolla pulled ahead, outselling the Focus by 100,000 vehicles.