Toyota and Ford Disagree (Again) Over Global Best-Seller Title

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The Toyota Corolla ended 2013 in ninth place on the U.S. sales ladder, eclipsed by a cadre of full-size Detroit pickup trucks and three popular family sedans — including Toyota's own Camry. But car shoppers across the world, where the streets aren't so Texas-sized, preferred the Corolla to every other car model in 2013.

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This is according to Toyota, citing registration data from analytics firm Polk. The automaker says the data, which captures 96 percent of new-car sales worldwide, indicated 1,098,524 Corolla registrations in 2013. That beat an April 9 proclamation by Ford that the Focus was 2013's global best-seller with 1,097,618 registrations. Ford, like Toyota, cited Polk data.
 
It would seem that Toyota won by a hair. But, as a certain former president might say, it depends how you define the terms.

By Kelsey Mays | April 23, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Ford Focus: Up Close

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Ford would like you to know that the Focus is the best-selling compact car in the world, and it's not difficult to see why it's popular. The Focus always has been stylish, and adding in its European-style tight handling and excellent interior materials means that there's a definite appeal to the compact sedan and hatchback. Ford showed off the latest 2015 Focus at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show last month, but now it's time to see the sedan version, which is more popular in the U.S.

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The hatchback variant was on display in Geneva, but the 2015 Ford Focus sedan and Focus Electric hatchback are rolling out here at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. All are set to arrive in the U.S. late this year.

By Aaron Bragman | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford Focus Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Ford's compact car is revised for 2015, but the automaker is keeping the styling in the family with the new Focus and its strong resemblance to the Fiesta subcompact car. Hatchback and sedan body styles return with new LED running lights and a split grille.

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The blue sedan on display in New York features the optional Black Package with metallic exterior black trim along with a darkened grille, headlights, mirror caps, spoiler and wheels.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

See the 2015 Ford Focus Sedan, Focus Electric Before the 2014 New York Auto Show (27 Photos)

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Ford has released a few images of the four-door sedan and electric versions of its new 2015 Focus compact, the hatchback version of which was introduced at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show in March.

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The new Focus sedan features all of the updates that the hatchback received, with new styling reminiscent of the smaller Fiesta, and a new rear-end treatment that's styled to emphasize the horizontal, making the car seem wider. The blue sedan pictured here is an SE model that features a new SE Sport Package, plus an optional Black Package that covers the grille, mirror caps, spoiler and wheels in a rather sparkly metallic black paint.

By Aaron Bragman | April 9, 2014 | Comments (2)

Top 10 Used Cars for $10K

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Although new cars offer the latest design, tech and safety features, shoppers buy more of their used counterparts: about 2.7 used cars for every new car sold in 2013, according to CNW Marketing Research. It's hard to blame shoppers. The average new car sells for around $30,000. By contrast, the average used car sold in early January 2014 for $10,843 at franchised dealerships (e.g., Bob's Honda) and $9,513 at independent dealerships (e.g., Bob's Used Cars), according to CNW.

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The age of paying $10,000 for a brand-new car is in the rearview mirror. So what are the best used cars for $10,000? We crunched a lot of data, and from a pool of more than 60 candidates, here are our top 10 cars, listed alphabetically.

By Kelsey Mays | March 17, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Ford Focus: First Look

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Competes with: Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Mazda3, Honda Civic

Looks like: Una Fiesta muy grande

Powertrains: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, optional turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder; six speed manual and automatic transmissions

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

Ford has seen tremendous global success with its current Focus compact sedan, with the company claiming that it has become the world's best-selling nameplate for the last two years (Toyota may disagree, however).

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To keep that momentum going, Ford has unveiled a freshened Focus that will appear at the Geneva International Motor Show in March before making its stateside debut at the New York International Auto Show in April.

By Aaron Bragman | February 23, 2014 | Comments (14)

Ford Claims Focus is No. 1 Global Seller

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Citing data from industry analysis firm Polk, Ford said Sunday that its Focus compact is the best-selling car in the world. Registrations, which indicate but don't always match up with sales, hit 856,587 from January through September 2013, the latest quarterly data from Polk. Ford said that's up 16.1 percent over the year-ago period, with more than a third of the cars registered in China. In the U.S., the nameplate is less popular. Shoppers bought 188,654 Focus sedans and hatchbacks through September 2013; the car didn't crack the top 10 U.S. sellers by year's end, a list that Ford's F-Series pickup truck regularly dominates.
 
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The Focus led the No. 2 nameplate by more than 75,000 registrations, but neither Ford nor Polk disclosed what car that was. In April 2013, Ford and Toyota sparred over the 2012 global best-seller title between the Focus and the Corolla, respectively, as both automakers claimed victory in 2012 registrations. Polk did not respond to our requests for comment. Ford sales analyst Erich Merkle told us the automaker is "not allowed to provide data on our competitors."

By Kelsey Mays | January 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Toyota Corolla Joins NHTSA Five-Star Safety Club

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After scoring poorly earlier this year in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's stringent small overlap frontal crash test, the 2014 Toyota Corolla received a bit of redemption from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency today announced that the redesigned-for-2014 compact sedan earned its five-star overall safety designation, receiving individual scores of five stars in both frontal- and side-impact crashes and a score of four stars in the rollover test.

In October, IIHS announced that the 2014 Corolla had scored marginal in its small overlap crash test, which is only one step up from poor — the lowest rating — preventing the car from earning the institute's Top Safety Pick Plus credentials. The small overlap test simulates a car striking an object such as a tree or light pole at 40 mph. The Corolla earned good ratings in IIHS' other four tests and was named a Top Safety Pick (a step down from Plus designation), falling behind competitors including the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra sedan.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Ford Fiesta ST Video

The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is a veritable performance piñata, bursting with track-tuned treats when you hit the gas. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek had a blast in the Focus ST's subcompact sibling; its 197-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder provided "blazing" quickness off the line, playful cornering and an engine sound other small sports cars should listen to and learn from. Everyday drivers: Take that racecar-inspired exterior styling as a warning that this car's milieu is the track. If you're OK with a rougher ride on the street, the Fiesta ST offers plenty to celebrate.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Ford Focus Photo Gallery

Click any photo for a larger version. All photos by Evan Sears.

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By David Thomas | November 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

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