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South Korea October 2012: Kia K3 up to 6th place

Kia K3

* See the Top 40 best-selling models by clicking on the title! *

The South Korean new car market (excluding imports) is up 3% to 124,106 registrations in October, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,137,032 units, down 8% on 2011. For the 4th time this year after JanuaryMay and September, the Hyundai Sonata is the most popular model in the country thanks to 9,834 sales and 8.9% share, albeit just 22 units above the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) at 9,812... Year-to-date, the Avante still leads by far with 91,068 sales and 8% vs. 85,349 and 7.5% for the Sonata. Note Sonata figures include 2,026 Hybrids.

Hyundai Santa Fe

For the 2nd time in the last 12 months after last January, the Top 4 best-sellers are 100% Hyundai: the Porter stays #3 with an excellent 8,649 units and 7% share while the Santa Fe is up 2 spots on September to #4 with 7,765 sales and 6.3%. But the big event this month is the arrival in 6th place of the all-new Kia K3, already more doubling last month's score at 7,632 units and 6.1%, only 134 sales away for the #4 spot! The K3 totals 11,248 sales after just 2 months.

Chevrolet Malibu

Other great performers this month include the Hyundai Grand Starex back to #10 after a month off in September (#34), the SsangYong Korando C up to #19 at 1,681 units and 1.4%, the Chevrolet Malibu up 13 spots to #20 with 1,630 sales and 1.3%, its highest ever ranking in the country, beating the #21 spot it hit in November 2011, and the Chevrolet Aveo up 8 to #32.

Previous month: South Korea September 2012: Kia K3 lands directly at #10

One year ago: South Korea October 2011: Kia K5 back on podium

Full October 2012 Top 40 Ranking Table below.

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  1. Keith
    December 3rd, 2012 at 02:07 | #1

    Ah, didn’t see the disclaimer about foreign cars being excluded. Even so, if the unidentified best selling model from the rest of the entire world can manage a feeble 1,000 units per month, it raises two options: either South Korean cars are far and away the best available, or they are doing everything they possibly can to keep their market closed.

  2. Keith
    December 3rd, 2012 at 02:04 | #2

    Hmmmmm….. 100 per cent South Korean-made products in the top fifty. Makes you think the South Korean market might be protected to the hilt, does it not?

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