Ford Focus !
Surprised ? How’d You Do ?
Here’s the top ten list from a USA TODAY’s article by Chris Woodyard and Alisa Priddle:
1 Ford Focus… 1,020,410
2 Toyota Corolla… 872,774
3 Ford F-Series,… 785,630
4 Wuling Zhiguang 768,870
5 Toyota Camry… 729,793
6 Ford Fiesta… 723,130
7 VW Golf …699,148
8 Chevrolet Cruze …661,325
9 Honda Civic …651,159
10 Honda CR-V… 624,982
I haven’t driven a Ford in probably 30 years. I just about rented one in March but my wife wanted the Mazda instead. On the other hand, I’m not sure what this means and I’ve never wanted a car that everyone else has. So do they like the price, style, interior, handling, comfort? Then the marketing folks say its because their one-Ford strategy is working? Of course if you only offer one car world-wide instead of ten, you’ll sell more of the one. Maybe that’s what GM’s trying to do-have a world-wide Chevy instead of an Olds or Pontiac.
And I’ll bet there are more INDIVIDUALS who buy a Corolla then a Ford Focus…The Focus is very very popular as a fleet car or rental car. In fact it’s the number 1 small car offered by Avis and Hertz.
Why in the world in this day and age would they still have rear drum brakes? That’s one thing that would be a deal killer for me.
Well, there’s something about rear disc brakes and I’m not sure just what it is…but
in all my 35 years as a parts man I’ve never sold more rear brakes than after they went to disc rear.
– Yes, I have never sold so many REAR brakes untill rear disc became all the rage.
Agree; I could not care less what other people drive. In my neighborhood there is one couple with 2 Mecedes vehicles, an E Class and a Roadster. Across the street they have a Cadillac, a Chevy Suburban for their camper and a Toyota Corolla (the only sensible car) for his wife. Our next door neighbors drive a Honda CRV and an Acura MDX. On the other side they have a Dodge Grand Caravan and a Ford Focus. And so on.
Other neighbors have a Dodge Ram (they have a mountain cabin), a Nissan Altima and a Nissan Sentra.
They all have their reasons or excuses for driving what they drive. The only vehicle of the group I might have the slightest interest in is the MDX, it’s a neat set of wheels.
In the past US top sellers have been the full size Chevy, full size Ford, Olds Cutlass, Ford Taurus, Malibu, Toyota Camry, etc. None of them exciting cars, except the souped up Cutlass Supreme models. Canadian best sellers (cars) have been Ford, Chevy, Ford Tempo!, Malibu, Chevy Cavalier!, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and other middle of the road vehicles. The best selling vehicle in both countries has been the Ford F-150 pickup, correct me if I’m wrong.
As the French say: “Chacun pour soi!”, to each his own.
I’ve never seen a Wuling Zhiguang, vehicle or dealer. Maybe I should look at them.
I knew absolutely every one of them, and in the correct order. I read the same article this morning on my USA Today app. I was surprised the first time I read it, though.
“I’ve never seen a Wuling Zhiguang…”
If you go looking for one, @Barkydog, take a gas mask. China’s air is worse than filthy.
I never have heard of a Wuling Zhiguang either but with a population of 1.35 billion…they could probably sell a couple of million of them. They look like this:
Being as I was considering a Fiat, for the wife, maybe time for a trip to China.
The Wuling Zhiguang is definitely only for China. I looked it up in Wikipedia and was told that Wuling Zhiguang doesn’t exist.
I do like the look of that Ford Focus. The Ford folks have done a great job on the appearance, with trendy and modern lines, and – unlike some of the other Fords – not a bit ungainly or gawdy. If I was looking a new cars, I’d definitely give the Ford Focus a look. I’m happy to see the Corolla remains near the top. Toyota had a few hiccups a while back, but it looks like they’ve got their groove back. The econobox Corolla is a frugalite’s dream, as close as we’ve got to the equivalent of the 60’s VW Beetle. The people’s car. And it’s great to see VW on the list w/their econobox, the Golf. VW’s are designed to be fun to drive. Ford because it’s American. Toyota for frugality and reliability. VW for fun. It’s a compromise.
I like the look of the Honda Civic too. I’d give it a higher rating than where it appears if I were doing the rating. I guess I have a disagreement with the world on the Honda Civic. The Camry? It surely is a good car, but it is so Geezer-Mobile. I just can’t imagine I’d ever own a Camry. In fact I broke up with a girlfriend one time in part because she said she thought my Corolla was too old, and she wanted me to trade it in on a Camry
" In fact I broke up with a girlfriend one time in part because she said she thought my Corolla was too old, and she wanted me to trade it in on a Camry "
I Don’t Listen To Country Music, But Isn’t That The Lyrics To One Of The Popular Songs ?
If it isn’t, it should be. lol
Good one CSA!
Kinda looks like a kiamiatoyohonda wrapped up in one. Wonder if it comes in silver too.
The Ford F series must get all their sales in North America. I wonder if they even try to sell it anywhere else. Otherwise a lot of the cars- Wuling Zhiguang excepted- are sold, in various forms on several continents.
I’m not sure if I’m ready to drive a Ford again after my experiences with them. But the Focus isn’t bad for what it is, and the Fusion isn’t a bad car.
While I may occasionally listen to the top ten pop songs, I don’t buy them and they’re not my favorites either.
@Mayday The F Series is sold in other countries too, but because of its size it seldom is for personal transportation. You’ll find them in Mexico and other Latino countries, esecially those that produce oil. They would be more popular in Saudi Arabia except for the fact that Ford for many years was on the Saudi boycott list for some obscure reason, probably supporting Israel. The Chevy Subruban was for many years the standard desert vehicle there. With gas at 24 cents per gallon, fuel mileage was and still is non-issue.
Compact pickup trucks are by far the most popular abroad, especially those with diesel engines.
I like the look of the Honda Civic too. I'd give it a higher rating than where it appears if I were doing the rating. I guess I have a disagreement with the world on the Honda Civic. The Camry? It surely is a good car, but it is so Geezer-Mobile.
When Honda “redesigned” the Civic, they didn’t really do anything with it, so people went looking elsewhere for a better looking car. To me, Toyota and Honda/Acura look really bland and boring. Is it bad that a Ford Taurus looks better than any of them?
" I like the look of the Honda Civic too. I’d give it a higher rating than where it appears if I were doing the rating. I guess I have a disagreement with the world on the Honda Civic. "
Would it matter if, even if I ever wanted an Asian car, that there are no dealers anywhere near me ?
I can drive in any direction and hit American car dealers within half an hour (nearest dealers) or an hour.
Perhaps availability factors into it.