Tip your hat to the Ford Focus: the sedan/hatchback nameplate sold an impressive 1.02 million units last year, making it the world's most popular single model of car.
The information comes courtesy of Polk, which recently finished its survey of world new-car registration data. When all was said and done, Polk says that Ford scored three of the top spots with the Ford Focus, Fiesta, and F-Series.
The success of the Ford Focus is an international one, but the numbers point to two nations for making the compact car a true success: the United States and China. Polk and Ford say that just over one in four Focuses sold in the world go to China. That means Chinese car buyers snapped up just over 250,000 units last year, just ahead of the 245,922 American Focuses we bought in 2012. According to Polk, American Ford Focus sales account for 24.1 percent of international Focus volumes.
The Fiesta, on the other hand, is an international success more so than an American one. The Fiesta was down 17.2 percent in 2012, selling just 56,775 units. As such American sales were only responsible for 7.9 percent of the overall haul: Ford and Polk say the Fiesta sold 723,130 units last year, making it the second most popular nameplate in the world.
The third most popular nameplate should surprise exactly no-one: it's the Ford F-Series, America's sales king. Ford sold 785,630 units of the F-Series last year across the globe, but a staggering 82.1 percent of them went to American homes. The United States alone bought 645,316 units of the iconic truck, making us the single largest consumer of Ford-branded full-size pickups in the world. The rest of the world combined purchased just 140,314 units – but then again, they were able to purchase that sweet new global Ranger pickup.