Ford Focus is best-selling nameplate for 2013

The Ford Focus has retained its title of the world’s best-selling nameplate for 2013, news that comes as the automaker is preparing to unveil an all-new Focus sedan at the New York Auto Show.

According to new vehicle registration data from Polk and IHS automotive, the Ford Focus was registered 1,097,618 times worldwide, making it the N0. 1 registered and best-selling car in the world. China is seen as a huge market for the Ford Focus and is now responsible for just more than 1 in 3 Focuses sold globally.

“It is remarkable to see Focus again lead the industry as the No. 1-selling vehicle nameplate on the planet,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice-president of global marketing, sales and service, in a press release. “With the new car, we’ve raised the bar again, showcasing Ford’s commitment to continuous improvement – adding better technology for drivers and a sleeker, more modern exterior across the entire Focus family.”

Ford will be unveiling an all-new sedan version of its popular Focus at the New York Auto Show, which kicks off on April 18. It will also be revealing an electric version of the Focus. A new performance-oriented Focus ST will also be shown later this year.

The new sedan will be available with Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. It comes with the bold new look (and corporate Aston Martin-inspired grille) already seen on the hatchback version and a host of new standard and optional features like LED lighting, paddle shifters, a group of new safety assistants and a heated steering wheel. Ford MyKey and a back-up camera will also be standard across all trim levels and the sedan gets chassis and suspension upgrades.

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