Based on analysis of Polk’s latest global registration data, a grand total of 288,724 Ford Focus models were registered throughout the world in the quarter ending March 31st. This means that global registrations are up 18 per cent when compared to the same period in 2012.
Key markets such as the UK, Brazil and China experienced strong demand for the hatchback. Focus registrations in the UK for the quarter totalled 25,081 vehicles, while Brazil experienced an increase of 18 per cent, with 7,227 Focus models registered during the period.
Furthermore, in China, a total of 104,065 Focus vehicles were registered in the first quarter of 2013, marking a 153 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2012.
Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe, commented: "The statistics speak for themselves.
"Our global Focus has struck a chord with customers around the world because it offers remarkable technologies, excellent fuel economy and performance, super driving dynamics and all at a very competitive price."
The renowned American car manufacturer has recently announced a new version of the Focus for the start of next year, which Ford says "will be the first non-hybrid petrol-powered family car in Europe to offer 99g/km CO2 emissions".
Ford’s upcoming model will use a specially-calibrated 99bhp version of the company’s award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. In addition, the model, according to Ford, will achieve class-leading fuel efficiency of 67.5mpg.
De Waard added: "Continual development has been critical to the Focus’ global success, as demonstrated by the new Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost with 99 g/km CO2 that will launch in Europe early next year.
"More powerful than a first generation Ford Focus with a 1.6 litre engine from less than 10 years ago while producing 47 per cent less CO2, it’s a testament to Focus development never standing still."
In order to meet growing customer demand for the Focus, Ford has boosted capacity worldwide. The Focus is now produced in nine plants worldwide, which gives Ford the capacity to build more than two Focus models every minute.
For further information on the worldwide best-selling Ford Focus, regarding prices, specifications and test-driving opportunities, visit a Perrys Ford Dealership in Aylesbury or High Wycombe.