DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. says the Focus compact car is the best-selling auto in the world this year.
The company says it sold almost 590,000 Focuses in the first half of the year based on registration data. That beat the No. 2 finisher, the Toyota Corolla.
Toyota disputes the claim. The Japanese automaker says Ford didn’t count identical Toyota cars sold under different names in other countries.
Ford says Focus sales are up 20 percent through the first half of the year. That’s mainly because of big sales in China, the car’s largest market.