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For the second time in seven months, Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. both claim to produce the world’s top-selling car. The clash shows how counting in the global automotive industry is complicated.

Ford said Tuesday that its Focus compact was the leading global nameplate with 1.02 million sales last year, citing R.L. Polk & Co. data that pegged Toyota’s Corolla deliveries at 872,774. Toyota replied with a statement later the same day that claimed it sold 1.16 million Corollas.

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