Toyota is claiming the world's best-selling passenger vehicle in 2012 was the Corolla.

Toyota is claiming the world's best-selling passenger vehicle in 2012 was the Corolla.

It was only yesterday when Ford announced the Focus was the most successful car in the world last year. Citing Polk global marketing registration data, Ford says they sold 1,024,410 units of the Focus in 2012. The same source indicates Toyota shifted 872,774 Corollas last year, but the Japanese company has different numbers.

In an official statement released just a few hours after Ford published their numbers, Toyota says they were able to sell 1.16 million Corollas in 2012. According to Toyota's U.S. vice-president of communications, "Toyota sold 1.16 million Corolla nameplate vehicles globally in 2012", while Ford's U.S. sales analyst Erich Merkle declared the Focus was the "best-selling nameplate" as the 1.02 million figure represents "a pure number that is verified by a third party."

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Toyota says Corolla was the best-selling nameplate last year