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Toyota Disputes Ford's Claim to Best-Selling Car

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 09:13 PM

Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest automaker, said its Corolla small car retained the global sales lead in 2012, contradicting Ford Motor Co.’s position that its Focus small car was No. 1.

Ford Tuesday said it grabbed the title with 1.02 million Focus compact sales, citing data compiled by R.L. Polk & Co. Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford said that topped 872,774 for Corolla, citing Polk, an automotive data company based in Southfield, Michigan.

“Toyota sold 1.16 million Corolla nameplate vehicles globally in 2012,” Mike Michels, Toyota’s U.S. vice president of communications, said in an e-mailed statement. “Corolla registrations attributed to Polk come up short by nearly 300,000 units. This discrepancy is glaring and we have requested clarification.”

Ford and Detroit-based General Motors Co. have revamped their U.S. car offerings to win sales in a segment dominated for decades by Toyota and Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co. Fusion, Ford’s mid-size sedan that was redesigned last year, is gaining ground on Toyota’s Camry, the top-selling U.S. car for 11 consecutive years. Camry held a lead over Fusion of 100,830 to 80,558 after the first quarter.

The difference in the counts by Toyota and Polk may be that Toyota includes sales of models with names such as Corolla Axio and Corolla Altis.

Toyota City, Japan-based Toyota’s U.S. sales unit is in Torrance, California.

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