Ford recently assembled its 350,000,000th vehicle and it is a Ford Focus. The milestone was celebrated in the Blue Oval’s newest global manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand.
John Fleming, Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing, said, “Producing 350 million vehicles is equivalent to producing one vehicle every 10 seconds for our 109-year history. If placed end to end, the vehicles would stretch to the moon and back – twice.” He added that the production of the Focus in Thailand is significant, and that it underscores the power of the One Ford catchphrase to deliver profitable growth with valued products built in flexible and efficient facilities worldwide.
In addition, according to IHS Automotive, Focus also became the best-selling single car nameplate in the world. Data gathered showed that Ford Focus sold 489,616 units in the first half of the year; the nearest competitor is the Toyota Corolla with 462,187 units sold.
It looks like the sales numbers as touted by Ford are incorrect – a reader has pointed us to reports indicating otherwise. Seems Toyota has issued a protest against the sales numbers; the Japanese automaker says that it has actually sold 603,840 Corollas in the same six-month period.
Apparently, IHS Automotive’s data was flawed because the Corolla is also known by different names around the world; Matrix, Auris, Corolla Axio, Corolla Fielder and Corolla Rumion are just some of the names that Toyota has used for its Corolla models. Oh well, sometimes the numbers can be trusted, sometimes perhaps not.