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Ford Focus Extends Streak As Best-Selling Vehicle Nameplate Worldwide through First Half of 2013

Ford Focus Extends Streak As Best-Selling Vehicle Nameplate Worldwide through
                              First Half of 2013

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 23, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord Focus maintains its leadership as the best-selling vehicle nameplate
    globally, based on Ford analysis of the latest Polk global vehicle
    registration data for the first half of 2013
  oGlobally, Focus is up 20 percent in the first half of 2013 compared with
    the same period last year
  oIn addition, Ford Fiesta ranks as the fourth best-selling vehicle overall,
    and is the world's best-selling subcompact vehicle through June 2013
  oFord is the only brand with two nameplates among the global top five
    best-sellers

Ford Focus, the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world in 2012, retains
the title for the first half of 2013.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131023/DE03005 )

In addition, Ford Fiesta ranks as the fourth best-selling vehicle – making
Ford the only brand to have two nameplates among the global top five
best-sellers, according to Ford analysis of Polk global vehicle registration
data.

Ford Focus grew 20 percent in the first half of 2013 from the same period last
year, to 589,709 vehicle registrations, driven primarily by increasing demand
from customers in China and other Asian countries. Focus in China is up 137
percent from 2012, to a total of 202,380 vehicles, making China the single
biggest global market for the car with one-third of Focus sales.

Xiao Bing, a 31-year-old sales manager for an IT company in Beijing, is one
such new Focus customer.

"The new Focus looks high-tech and meets my aesthetic expectations," Bing
says. "It has significantly changed from the previous model. The car's
handling is great. When I test-drove it, the new Focus cornered smoothly.
Overall, it's the best combination of looks, performance, value and fuel
economy."

Customers are responding enthusiastically to Focus in other Asian countries,
as well. Through September, Ford reports Focus sales are up 193 percent in
Indonesia, 72 percent in both the Philippines and Vietnam, and 42 percent in
Thailand.

Fiesta also a best-seller
Ford Fiesta joins Focus among the five global best-sellers, and earns the top
spot as the best-selling subcompact car globally, with 356,434 units
registered in the first half of 2013.

"Fiesta is off to a terrific start, and Focus just keeps getting better –
especially in China," said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, global
marketing, sales and service and Lincoln. "This is One Ford at its best:
great-looking vehicles with great fuel economy, leading quality, technology
and fun-to-drive personalities."

Combined, global registrations of Ford's small cars – Fiesta and Focus – total
946,143 vehicles for the first six months of the year, representing an 8
percent increase.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Erich Merkle, 313.206.9164, emerkle2@ford.com