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South Korea 1st Half 2015: Hyundai Porter takes control

August 12th, 2015 1 comment

Hyundai Tucson South Korea June 2015The Hyundai Tucson is back inside the Top 10 at home.

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Sales of new local vehicles in South Korea are up a very dynamic 7% year-on-year over the First Half of 2015 to 850.946 units, lifted by foreign manufacturers up 32% to a record 14.1% share. Hyundai (39.5%) and Kia (28.5%) are masters in command well ahead of GM Korea at 8.4%, with Ssangyong now frankly above Renault Samsung at 5.3% vs. 4.4% share thanks to the arrival of the Tivoli. Earthquake atop the models ranking: a commercial vehicle is the best-seller in the country so far this year. The Hyundai Porter takes control thanks despite seeing its market share slip slightly to 7% due to sales up ‘just’ 3% to 51.640 units. The Porter takes advantage of the next four best-selling models all losing steam: the Hyundai Sonata (-8%), Kia Morning (-9%), Hyundai Grandeur (-6%) and Avante (-2%) all see their market shares drop significantly.

Hyundai Porter South Korea June 2014. Picture courtesy jc-dream.co.krThe Hyundai Porter is the best-selling vehicle in South Korea so far this year.

The three largest year-on-year improvements are delivered by three nameplates ranking in the 2nd half of the Top 10, all enjoying the benefits of a new generation. The Kia Sorento is up 4-fold and 16 spots to 6th place with just under 39.000 sales, the Kia Carnival is up 3-fold and 10 ranks to #8 and 32.600 units and the Hyundai Tucson is up 39% to resume its presence among the country’s Top 10 best-sellers. Ssangyong has hit the jackpot at home with the Tivoli, landing directly at #16 with 18.524 deliveries and 2.5% share, instantly becoming the brand’s best-seller.

Ssangyong Tivoli South Korea June 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukSsangyong Tivoli

Foreign manufacturers are handled by a different organisation in South Korea are reported on with a one month-delay, the reason behind the publication of this post in two dates. Sales of foreign cars in South Korea mports are up a whopping 32% on 2014 to 119.920 registrations, beating their monthly record once again in June at 24.331 units. German marques account for a whopping two-thirds of all foreign sales in South Korea so far in 2015, with BMW (+41%), Mercedes (+38%), Volkswagen (+21%) and Audi (+8%) leading the way followed by Ford (+52%), Toyota (+26%), Lexus (+25%), Mini (+44%), Land Rover (+77%) and Peugeot (+120%).

Mercedes E Class South Korea July 2015The Mercedes E-Class remains the best-selling foreign model in South Korea.

Like in 2014, The Mercedes E-Class is the most popular foreigner in South Korea despite sales slipping down 2% under 9.000 units, ahead of the BMW 5 Series at 7.700 (+17%) while the Mercedes S-Class spectacularly jumps 4-fold to third overall with just above 6.000 sales thanks to the new generation. The Audi A6 (-1%), BMW 3 Series (+21%) and VW Golf (+63%) follow, all outselling the “import-killer” launched by Hyundai almost a year ago: the Aslan vegetating at just 5.230 sales so far this year. The Lexus ES (#11) is the best-selling Japanese in South Korea, the Peugeot 2008 (#17) is the most popular all-new nameplate and the best-selling French and the Fiat 500 (#80) the most popular Italian. Finally, notice also the Nissan Qashqai (#24), BMW X4 (#42) and Jeep Cherokee (#44) landing directly inside the Top 50.

Hyundai Aslan South Korea November 2014. Picture courtesy of carmedia.co.krThe Hyundai Aslan hasn’t stemmed the growing flow of premium imports hitting SK.

Previous post: South Korea July 2015: Facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe triumphs

Q1 2015 update: South Korea First Quarter 2015: Imports hit record levels

FY 2014 update: South Korea Full Year 2014: Hyundai Sonata reclaims leadership

One year ago: South Korea June 2014: Kia Carnival and Samsung QM3 shoot up

One year ago (complete ranking): South Korea June 2014: Now with All-models and All-brands!

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South Korea July 2015: Facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe triumphs

August 6th, 2015 No comments

Hyundai Santa Fe Souyth Korea July 2015. Picture courtesy tistory.comThe Hyundai Santa Fe is the best-selling vehicle in South Korea in July.

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Sales of domestic models in South Korea are up 6% year-on-year in July to 135.218, bringing the year-to-date total to 868.159 units, up 4% on 2014. Due to sales up just 1% on a year ago, Hyundai’s market share shrinks to 44.3% vs. 45.6% in July 2014, with Kia up 14% to 35.6%. GM Korea is down 7%, whereas Ssangyong is up 36% thanks to the addition of the Tivoli – lodging its 4th consecutive record month at 4.011 units – and Renault Samsung resists with sales up 11%. Thanks to a mid-life facelift unveiled in late June, the Hyundai Santa Fe takes control of the Korean models ranking, something that hadn’t happened since June 2012, with 9.942 sales. It remains #5 year-to-date however below the Hyundai Porter (#2 in July), Hyundai Sonata (#3), Kia Morning (#4) and Hyundai Grandeur (#6).

Kia K5 South Korea July 2015The Kia K5 leaps up to 8th place this month.

The Kia Carnival is up 3 spots on June to an excellent 5th place with 7.158 sales, even though this figure is down 23% on July 2014 when the new generation had just launched. The Kia K5 is up 6 spots on June and 64% year-on-year, also thanks to its facelift, to land in 8th place with 6.447 units while the Kia Sorento is down 5 ranks to #9 but up 4-fold on July 2014 to 6.331 deliveries. The Hyundai Grand Starex (+40%), Kia K3 (+38%) and Samsung QM3 aka Renault Captur (+245%) also display outstanding gains.

Previous post: South Korea 1st Half 2015: Hyundai Porter takes control

Previous month: South Korea June 2015: Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento shoot up

One year ago: South Korea July 2014: Kia Carnival breaks records in 2nd place

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South Korea June 2015: Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento shoot up

July 4th, 2015 No comments

Kia Sorento South Korea June 2015. Picture courtesy bobaedream.co.krKia Sorento

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Sales of new local vehicles in South Korea are up a cool 12% year-on-year in June to 135.218 registrations, bringing the half-year total to 732.688 units, up 4% on 2014. Hyundai (46.4%) and Kia (33.3%) go on holding the lion’s share of local sales, with the Hyundai Porter back to the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to sales up 20% year-on-year to 9.957 units. The Hyundai Sonata, #1 in May, is knocked down to 2nd place at 9.604 sales, just above the Hyundai Santa Fe up 16% on June 2014 and 6 spots on last month to #3 and 9.073 deliveries. The Kia Sorento does even better, up 6-fold year-on-year thanks to the new model to 4th place with 7.212 sales. Notice also the Kia Carnival up 49%, Kia Bongo up 31%, Hyundai Tucson up 28% and the Ssangyong Tivoli posting a record monthly volume at 3.630 units in 15th place.

BMW 3 Series South Korea June 2015. Picture courtesy rpm9.etnews.comBMW 3 Series sales are up almost 3-fold in South Korea in June.

Among foreign manufacturers up a splendid 35% as a whole to an all-time record 24.331 registrations and 15.3% share, BMW is getting dangerously close to the local manufacturers, up a stunning 62% on June 2014 to 5.744 sales, it is now only 1.000 units below Renault Samsung (-21%)… Mercedes and Volkswagen follow, both up 44%, while Audi tumbles down 19% to 2.205 sales above Ford (+95%), Mini (+28%), Lexus (+23%) and Toyota (+28%). The biggest gainers include Peugeot (+268%), Cadillac (+103%) and Land Rover (+77%). Model-wise, the Mercedes E-Class reigns supreme with 1.916 sales (+35%) ahead of the BMW 3 Series (+161%), 5 Series, VW Golf (+125%) and Tiguan (+63%).

Audi A1 South Korea July 2015The Audi A1 finally lands in South Korea this month.

The Mercedes S-Class is up 255%, the Ford Explorer up 283%, Land Rover Discovery up 280% thanks to the Sport model, the Peugeot 2008 is up to #15 and the Mercedes CLA to #17. We welcome the Audi A1 in the sales charts, finally available in South Korea five years after its European launch…

Previous month: South Korea May 2015: Hyundai Sonata reclaims pole position

One year ago: South Korea June 2014: Kia Carnival and Samsung QM3 shoot up

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South Korea May 2015: Hyundai Sonata reclaims pole position

June 3rd, 2015 No comments

Hyundai Sonata South Korea May 2015. Picture courtesy motorian.krHyundai Sonata

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Sales of new local models in South Korea edge past their level of a year ago in May at +0.2% to 121.497 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 597.470 units, up 2% on 2014. Hyundai at 45.3% of the market and Kia at 32.9% continue to hold the lion share of domestic sales, with General Motors Korea (including both Chevrolet and Daewoo) at a round 10%, Ssangyong at 6.4% and Renault Samsung at 5.4%. Leader in 2014, the Hyundai Sonata reclaims the title of best-selling nameplate at home in May for only the 2nd time in the past 10 months. Its 9.495 sales and 7.8% share are however not enough yet to dislodge the Hyundai Porter from the 2015 top spot, adding up to 40.710 deliveries vs. 41.683 for the LCV.

Hyundai Tucson South Korea May 2015. Picture courtesy motorian.krHyundai Tucson

In third place, the Hyundai Tuscon is airlifted by the new generation: up 95% on the old model a year ago to 7.270 sales and 6% share and now #9 year-to-date vs. #13 over the Full Year 2014. The Kia Morning (-22%) is the only non-Hyundai in the Top 6 at #4, with the Avante and Grandeur following. The Kia Sorento and Carnival continue to benefit fully from their relaunch at +258% and +336% respectively on May 2014. Now in its 5th month in market, the Ssangyong Tivoli still hasn’t run out off steam, posting its best monthly volume to-date at 3.437 units in 14th place. The same cannot be said for the Hyundai Aslan launched last October but down to #35 with a paltry 504 sales. Finally, a slight facelift and better equipment for 2015 are enough to push the lagging Chevrolet Captiva up 90% year-on-year to #24.

Chevrolet Captiva South Korea May 2015Chevrolet Captiva sales are up 90% year-on-year in May.

Among foreign manufacturers, BMW takes the lead thanks to sales up 45% year-on-year followed by Mercedes (+42%), Volkswagen (-6%), Audi (-26%) and Ford (+82%). Notice also Nissan up 70%, Peugeot up 108%, Jeep up 51%, Porsche up 56% and Infiniti up 3-fold on May 2014. The BMW 5 Series becomes the best-selling foreign nameplate in the country thanks to 1.590 sales above the BMW 3 Series at 1.346 and the Mercedes E-Class at 1.342. The Mercedes S-Class is solid at #4, the Audi A6 is back up 8 spots on April to #6 and the VW CC does the same to land at #8

Previous post: South Korea First Quarter 2015: Imports hit record levels

Previous month: South Korea April 2015: New Hyundai Tucson shoots up to #2

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South Korea 1st Quarter 2015: Imports hit record levels

May 7th, 2015 No comments

Chrysler 200 South Korea March 2015. Picture courtesy motorian.krThe Chrysler 200 just launched in South Korea.

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The South Korean new car market is up 5.3% year-on-year over the First Quarter of 2015 to 399.430 registrations, but this increase has almost everything to do with a surge in imported models: domestic manufacturers improve by just 1.7% to 340.461 deliveries, foreign brands surge 32.7% to 58.969 units, now holding a 14.8% market share vs. just 11.7% a year ago. This is the result of free-trade agreements signed a couple of years ago that European countries were defiant of, fearing a surge in Korean sales in Europe. The reverse happened… In March, foreign manufacturers even reached an all-time high of 22.280 sales, up a mammoth 41.6% yoy.

Hyundai Tucson South Korea March 2015. Picture courtesy visualdrive.co.krThe All-new Tucson should help stabilise Hyundai sales at home for the remainder of 2015.

In this context, dominant manufacturer Hyundai is losing significant market share year-on-year with sales down 3%, going from 42.4% a year ago to 38.9% in 2015 at 155.237 deliveries. Hyundai should however bottom out during the rest of the year, with the launch of the much anticipated new generation Tucson occurring in April (#2 already). Sister company holds steady market share-wise at 28.7% thanks to sales up 6% to 114.512. Ssangyong surges by 26% thanks to the success of its new compact SUV the Tivoli (#14). Mercedes tops foreign carmakers above BMW, Audi, Volkswagen and Toyota. European marques account for 80.6% of imports in South Korea in March, while Japanese brands are at 12.2% and American ones at 7.2%.

Hyundai Porter South Korea March 2015The Hyundai Porter is the best-selling nameplate at home so far in 2015.

In the models ranking, the Hyundai Porter takes the lead – a very rare event to see an LCV topping South Korean sales charts – thanks to 22,606 units above the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Morning. Both the Kia Sorento (#5) and Carnival (#8) rank inside the Top 10 thanks to their new generation, while the Hyundai Santa Fe also fares well at #7. The Ssangyong Tivoli is by far the most popular all-new nameplate over the period at #14. The Audi A6 (#21) is the best-selling foreign model, followed by the Mercedes E-Class (#23), BMW 5 Series (#30), Mercedes S-Class (#32) and VW Tiguan (#35), Golf (#36) and Passat (#37). Finally, in March we welcome the Chrysler 200 (#74), Lexus NX (#85) and Ford Mondeo (#113).

Previous post: South Korea April 2015: New Hyundai Tucson shoots up to #2

Previous March post: South Korea March 2015: Hyundai Porter and Sonata on top

One year ago: South Korea March 2014: Hyundai Porter now #1 year-to-date

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South Korea April 2015: New Hyundai Tucson shoots up to #2

May 4th, 2015 No comments

Hyundai Tucson South Korea April 2015. Picture courtesy visualdrive.co.krHyundai Tucson

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This time South Korea is the first cab off the April sales rank. Sales of local models are up 3% year-on-year in South Korea this month to 133,935 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 475,973 units, also up 2% on 2014. Below the Hyundai Porter holding onto its unusual pole position (9.455 sales), the big April event in South Korea is the arrival of the new generation Hyundai Tucson, making the nameplate’s sales more than double on March to land in 2nd place overall at 9.255 units and crack the year-to-date Top 10 at #10. As a result, Hyundai monopolises the Top 4 (Sonata #3 and Grandeur #4) and gets a market share boost to 47.1% vs. 32.1% for sister company Kia. The Ssangyong Tivoli is up two spots to #15 and posts its strongest volume to-date at 3.420 while the Samsung QM3 (aka Renault Captur) is up 11 ranks to #28.

Mercedes-Maybach S 600 (X 222) 2014The Mercedes S-Class is the 3rd best-selling foreign nameplate in South Korea.

Over on the imported aisle totalling 18.205 registrations and 12% of the overall market vs. 14% year-to-date, Mercedes reclaims the lead off BMW at 4.135 deliveries vs. 3.798 with Volkswagen (2.612) passing Audi at an unusually weak 1.010 units. Ford is back up 4 spots to 5th foreigner above Mini, Toyota, Lexus and Peugeot. The Mercedes E-Class returns to the #1 foreigner position thanks to 1.535 sales, distancing the BMW 5 Series (1.424) while the Mercedes S-Class climbs on the podium with an outstanding 1.125 deliveries. The VW Tiguan, Golf and BMW 3 Series follow. Great gainers this month include the Mini Cooper up 5 spots to #8, the Ford Explorer up 8 to #9, VW Jetta up 15 to #10 and the Peugeot 2008 up1 1 to #12.

Previous month: South Korea March 2015: Hyundai Porter and Sonata on top

One year ago: South Korea April 2014: New Hyundai Sonata shoots up to #1

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South Korea March 2015: Hyundai Porter and Sonata on top

April 23rd, 2015 No comments

Hyundai Sonata South Korea March 2015. Picture courtesy bobaedream.co.krHyundai places the Porter at #1 and the Sonata at #2 this month at home.

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Sales of local models are up 5% year-on-year in March in South Korea to 127,216 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 342,038 units, up 2% on 2014. The Hyundai Porter is back in charge despite sales down 4% on a year ago to 9,117 deliveries, adding up to a market-leading 24,850 over the 1st Quarter. The Hyundai Sonata benefits fully from the new models with deliveries up 82% on March 2014 to 8,556 in 2nd place, however the Kia Morning doesn’t fare as well: down 13% to 7,936 sales to round up the podium. Further down, the Hyundai Avante (-4%) and Grandeur (-12%) lose ground, the Kia Sorento (+302%) and Carnival (+250%) step up thanks to their new generation, the Hyundai Tucson ix is back up to #12 – now in runout mode before the new generation comes in, the Hyundai Genesis is very solid again at #15 and 3,535 deliveries and the SsangYong Tivoli remains the brand’s best-seller for its third month in market at #17 and 2,827 units.

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South Korea February 2015: Now with All-models and All-brands

April 2nd, 2015 No comments

Nissan Qashqai South Korea February 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst appearance of the Nissan Qashqai in the South Korean rankings.

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We now have access to detailed data for the South Korean new car market, including foreign brands and models. Mercedes keeps the lead of imported carmakers, just: with 3,055 sales and 2.6% vs. 3,004 and 2.5% for BMW while Volkswagen overtakes Audi at 2,913 units vs. 2,446. Toyota remains inside the overall Top 10 but with only 504 sales and 0.4% share. Model-wise, the Mercedes E-Class is the only foreigner in the Top 25 at #25, ahead of the Audi A6 at #28, the VW Golf at #31, BMW 5 Series at #32 and the VW Tiguan at #34. Notice the Nissan Qashqai appearing in the South Korean ranking for the first time at #61 and the Peugeot 2008 up 8 spots to #58 for its 2nd month in market.

Previous post: South Korea January 2015: Now with All-models and All-brands

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South Korea January 2015: Now with All-models and All-brands

March 11th, 2015 No comments

Mercedes-Maybach S 600 (X 222) 2014Mercedes S-Class (Maybach variant pictured)

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With the usual one month-delay we now have access to detailed data for South Korea including imported vehicles. Mercedes jumps to the front of the foreign brand queue in January with 4,367 sales and 3.3% share due to a particularly strong showing of the E-Class at #22 but most impressively of the S-Class at #27 with 1,262 deliveries and 1% share vs. #53 and 0.3% over the Full Year 2014. The Audi A6 at #24 and the VW Passat at #29 (vs. #45 in 2014) are the only other foreigner to manage to crack the South Korean Top 30 this month.

Peugeot 2008 South Korea January 2015. Picture courtesy motorian.krThe Peugeot 2008 lands in South Korea this month.

Audi is also one percentage point above its 2014 share at #7 with 2.7% above BMW and Volkswagen both at 2.3%. Ford, Lexus and Land Rover take advantage of a weak month from Mini to progress up to #11, #12 and #13 respectively. Finally, notice the Peugeot 2008 landing at #66 with 236 sales, the BMW X4 up to #83, the Jeep Cherokee at #96 and the Mercedes GLA at #101.

Previous SK post: South Korea February 2015: SsangYong Tivoli up to #13

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South Korea February 2015: Ssangyong Tivoli up to #13

March 3rd, 2015 No comments

SsangYong Tivoli South Korea February 2015SsangYong Tivoli

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Sales of local models are down 4% year-on-year in South Korea in February to 103,202 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 214,822 deliveries, now up just 0.7% on 2014. This month the Hyundai Sonata reclaims the pole position it held over the FY2014 thanks to 7,306 sales and 7.1% share (up 43% on January 2014) but remains #2 year-to-date for now below the Hyundai Porter down to #3 in February. The Kia Morning is up 4 spots on last month and 14% year-on-year to 2nd place, the Hyundai Avante up 6 ranks and 30% to #4 but the Hyundai Grandeur is down 22% to #5.

Kia Carnival South Korea February 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Kia Carnival is up 220% year-on-year in February.

Among recent launches, the Kia Sorento (+181% to #6) and Carnival (+220% to #8) continue to evolve at markedly higher levels compared to a year ago, while the Ssangyong Tivoli is up 4 spots on its inaugural month in January to reach #13 with 2,898 sales and 2.8% share. It thus confirms its new status as the brand’s best-seller at home and hits the highest ranking for a Ssangyong in at least 3 years.

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