Ford Focus on track to be top-selling car
Ford says its Focus small car (shown) is on track to become the best-selling car in the world this year, trumping the Toyota Corolla. Ford sold 489,616 Focus sedans and hatchbacks worldwide in the first half of 2012. That was almost 27,000 more than the perennial best-seller, the Corolla. Ford's recently revamped Focus is sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. Its U.S. sales were up 31 percent in the first half of the year compared with 2011. The Corolla could still top the Focus, though. Last year at this time the Focus was ahead, but the Corolla pulled through in the end, outselling the Focus by around 100,000 cars.
— The Associated Press
Motor Trend gives Carrera Driver's award
Motor Trend has named the Porsche 911 Carrera S as its Best Driver's Car for 2012. The award is decided after a yearly competition among the best new or improved performance cars available in the U.S. market. Motor Trend editors ran each car through a battery of dynamic tests, a 500-mile road trip, hard canyon driving on a closed course and an evaluation by professional driver Randy Pobst at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. That information was then considered by seven judges to declare a winner.
— NWautos staff