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Old 06-06-2005, 11:35 PM   #1
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Ford Focus Still #1 (in UK)

Ford's market share in the UK is almost what it is now in the US, as a percentage!

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 6 June, 2005 The Ford Focus continues its reign as Britain's top selling car, according to figures just out. Ford Focus is confirmed as Britain's favourite, both in May and year-to-date.

The Ford Focus range of three, four, five-door, estate and C-MAX Multi-Activity Vehicle models tops the UK's sales charts.

Ford Focus has been number one every year since launch in 1998. A total of almost 860,000 Focus models have been purchased from Ford dealerships in Britain.

Ford has been best selling new car make in Britain for the past 28 consecutive years. Other May sales highlights include:

* As well as having Britain's best selling car, Ford is also top brand with a 15.2 per cent market share in May

* So far this year Ford has sold 158,540 cars more than 12,350 units ahead of its nearest rival

* Ford continues to reign supreme in the commercial vehicle sector with Transit 40 years old this year

* Thanks primarily to Transit, Britain's best selling van for its entire lifetime, Ford has captured almost 30 per cent of 2005 medium commercial vehicle sales. More than 22,640 Transits have been sold in 2005 a huge 15,750 vehicles ahead of the second-placed vehicle

* In all commercial vehicle segments (light, medium, heavy and bus), more than one in five vehicles sold year-to-date were Fords.

Paul Thomas, Ford of Britain managing director, said: "With all new Focus models available and selling fast, it's no surprise that the car leads the UK sales charts. Focus redefined the medium car segment in 1998 and is rewriting the rulebook again this year."

"Focus has been number one car for six years and Ford the top car brand for 28 years. Ford Britain has all the products necessary in its showrooms for another year of sales success in 2005."


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Old 06-07-2005, 05:15 AM   #2
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last I heard the focus is still the best selling compact in the US also...
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Old 06-07-2005, 06:41 AM   #3
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last I heard the focus is still the best selling compact in the US also...
u sure?
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The Focus is probably a Top 10 car...but I doubt its #1 in the US.
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:12 AM   #5
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speaking as a Brit, this ties nicely into the other other thread on "waving to other focus drivers" - suicide on british roads as it seems that one in every 10 cars is a focus - ud never stop waving....
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Old 06-07-2005, 03:15 PM   #6
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I can understand the #1 rank for the UK-the new euro Focus is great.

I'd like to see what would happen if they tried to sell the American Focus in europe...yikes.

I see a TON of ZX5's on the road.
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Old 06-07-2005, 03:19 PM   #7
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^^ What separates the American Focus from the previous-generation European Focus? The American version was slightly "decontented" and obviously was built on this continent, but aside from that what's the difference? Why "yikes?"
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Old 06-08-2005, 09:23 AM   #8
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Did you catch that "Ford redefined the medium car segment" (in Britian) That's the difference, their market is different, and Ford knows they're not selling only to the cheapo market there, so they make a better car. Over here, they didn't have the guts to make a better car and try to compete with Honda, Toyote, etc, so they went the throwaway car market, instead, and have to rebate $2K to move them.
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the focus in uk is in a very competitive market - certainly not the cheap one, it is mid range, although we have only recently had a high range on this car size with the new smaller beemers, audi's and lexus's etc
the focus directly competes with honda's toyota's renault and peugeot's
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It's the SAME car. It sells in a different price class, and has some nicer features because of that, but it's the SAME car. Or it least, it WAS, until Europe got the new one and we're left to continue on the with the old one. But Dr. Ray is making it sound like we have a crap pile and they have gold boullion, when it's the same car.
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