Ford, Toyota fight over claim to top-selling car

| Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Ford said the Focus compact car is the best-selling auto in the world this year.

The company said it sold almost 590,000 Focuses during the first half of the year based on registration data. That beat the No. 2 finisher, the Toyota Corolla.

Toyota disputed the claim. The Japanese automaker said Ford didn't count identical Toyota cars sold under different names in other countries.

Ford said Focus sales are up 20 percent through the first half of the year. That's mainly because of big sales in China, now the car's largest market.

This would be the third year in a row that Ford Motor Co. lays claim to the top-seller honors.

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