Problem: Toyota and Ford Both Claim the Top-Selling Car Crown
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) has claimed the title for owning the top-selling car in the world. The only problem is, Toyota (NYSE:TM) does, too. The two automakers are notorious for competing fiercely over the distinction, with Ford claiming that its Focus compact deserves the sales crown, while Toyota believes that its Corolla does, but now the U.S. automaker contends that it has the sales figures to back it up.
According to CBS News, Ford cited registration data gathered by the R.L. Polk & Co. Wednesday to support its claim, because the research firm found that the Dearborn, Michigan-based company sold 589,709 Focuses in the first six months of 2013, reflecting a 20-percent jump from 2012′s first half.
Ford asserts that these figures beat those of Toyota’s Corolla once again, but the Japanese automaker refutes those claims, and instead maintains that it sells a Corolla hatchback until the Matrix name, and it also brands Corolla vehicles under different names in different countries. If the carmaker were to tally all of those sales, Toyota argues, then the Corolla’s sales would surpass the Focus’.