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South Korea July 2013: Hyundai Grandeur takes the lead YTD

August 9th, 2013 No comments

Hyundai Grandeur South Korea July 2013Hyundai Grandeur

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Sales of new local cars in South Korea are up 3% year-on-year in July to 124,963 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 799,036 units, down 2% on 2012. The race for the title of best-selling car in South Korea continues and is as tight as ever: if last month the year-to-date ranking had the Kia Morning in pole position followed by the Hyundai Porter and Grandeur, this month the cards are redistributed once again. Thanks to an excellent 8,140 sales and 6.5% share, the Hyundai Grandeur takes the lead both in July and year-to-date at 54,696 units and 6.8%. That’s just 247 units above the Hyundai Porter (#3 this month) and 312 ahead of the Kia Morning, down to #6 in July! It is the 3rd time so far in 2013 and the 6th time in the last 3 years the Grandeur tops the South Korean sales charts after April 2011May 2011February 2012, January and February 2013.

Kia K5 South Korea July 2013Kia K5

Leader in 2012, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is back up 4 spots on June to land in 2nd place with 7,874 sales and 6.3% but remains #5 so far in 2013. The Hyundai Sonata is stable at #4 both this month and year-to-date, the Hyundai Santa Fe is down 2 ranks to #5 and we welcome a newcomer in the race for the monthly #1 spot: the Kia K5 is up one full market share percentage point compared to June, going from 5% to 6% thanks to 7,479 sales. This means only 0.5% share separate the #1 from the #7 this month!

Other great performers in South Korea in July include the Hyundai Tucson ix extremely solid at #9 with 4.7% vs. #12 and 3.1% year-to-date thanks to the new version of the model now available, the Kia Carnival up 3 to #10 at 3.4% vs. #14 and 2.5%, the Kia Sorento up 4 ranks to #15 and the Hyundai Maxcruz (aka Santa Fe XL) stable at #23 with 1,610 sales and 1.3%.

Previous post: South Korea 6 months 2013: Kia Morning leads ranking gone mad

Previous month: South Korea June 2013: Hyundai Porter surprise leader

One year ago: South Korea July 2012: Hyundai Avante leads, Santa Fe #4

Full July 2013 Top 52 All-local models Ranking Table below.

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South Korea 6 months 2013: Kia Morning leads ranking gone mad

July 16th, 2013 No comments

Kia Morning South Korea June 2013Kia Morning

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The South Korean new car market is up a shy 2% year-on-year over the first 6 months of 2013 to 745,181 registrations (including imports). It’s always fascinating to realise that South Korean brands have a relatively small playground at home and most of their success is obtained in export markets these days. While the models ranking has always has its ups and down on a monthly basis, it has probably never been as indecisive as this year. Market leader for 2 years running, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is down 19% to #5 in 2013 and that has sent the ranking into a totally unpredictable spin. Proof: only 429 sales separate the #1 and #4 halfway through the year! Even though it is down 1% year-on-year, the Kia Morning takes the top spot with 46,809 sales and 6.3%. But this is far from meaning it will be #1 by the time 2013 comes to an end because the race is totally open.

Kia-K3-South-Korea-June-2013.-Picture-courtesy-of-azeizle.tistory.com_The Kia K3 is the best-performing all-new model at #8

#1 in June, the Hyundai Porter is, amazingly, the brand’s best-seller at home so far in 2013 at 46,671 units (+7%), followed by the Hyundai Grandeur stable with 46,556 sales and the Hyundai Sonata at 46,380 units (-2%). Boosted by the new model, the Hyundai Santa Fe is up 69% and 3 spots to #6 with 41,683 sales and 5.6%. In the meantime, the Kia K3 (aka Forte) delivers by far the best performance among all-new models, landing directly at #8 with 27,665 sales and 3.5%, while the Kia K7 is up 67% to #18.

BMW 530D South Korea June 2013The BMW 530D is the best-selling imported ‘version’ in South Korea so far in 2013.

Now. Imports sales data is very sparse for South Korea with only the Top 10 models by version (?! I know) published with one month delay. It appears in the source link I always put at the bottom of the local models rankings, but I don’t normally comment on it because to me a version ranking is not comparing apples with apples and disadvantages imports. However I thought it would makes sense to at least do this for the half-year summary and here we go: the BMW 530D ranks #32 overall with an estimate 4,900 sales and 0.7% and should be the only imported ‘version’ to rank within the South Korean Top 40.

Previous post: South Korea June 2013: Hyundai Porter surprise leader

One year ago: South Korea June 2012: Hyundai Santa Fe in pole position!

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South Korea June 2013: Hyundai Porter surprise leader

July 4th, 2013 3 comments

Hyundai Porter South Korea June 2013. Picture courtesy of msk.trucks.dmir.ruHyundai Porter

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Sales of local models are down 9% year-on-year in June in South Korea to 113,440 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 674,073 units, down 2% on 2012. Surprise atop the models ranking: a Light Commercial Vehicle, the Hyundai Porter, is the best-selling vehicle in South Korea this month and for the first time since BestSellingCarsBlog was created in 2010. And the Porter has not stolen its pole position: it sells 8,491 units for an excellent 7.5% share, over 700 sales above the #2, and now ranks #2 year-to-date, only 138 sales below the 2013 YTD leader the Kia Morning…

In fact, only 429 units separate the #1 from the #4 in the year-to-date ranking halfway through 2013! Below the Kia Morning at 46,809 sales we find the Hyundai Porter at 46,671, then the Hyundai Grandeur at 46,556 and the Hyundai Sonata at 46,380 units, all 4 models holding an identical market share at 6.9! Leader in 2012, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is down to #5 in 2013 with 44,550 sales and 6.6%. In the June ranking, notice also the Hyundai Santa Fe up 3 spots on May to #3, the Hyundai Tucson up 4 to #9, SsangYong Korando Sports up 4 to #20 and the Hyundai Maxcruz also up 4 to #23.

Previous month: South Korea May 2013: Hyundai Sonata and Porter lead tight race

One year ago: South Korea June 2012: Hyundai Santa Fe in pole position!

Full June 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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South Korea May 2013: Hyundai Sonata and Porter lead tight race

June 12th, 2013 2 comments

Hyundai Sonata South Korea May 2013Hyundai Sonata

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Sales of new local models are down 0.2% year-on-year in South Korea to 120,374 registrations (that excludes imports), which brings the year-to-date total to 560,623 units, down 1.1% on 2012. So a stable market all round. And this year the fight for the title of best-selling model in the country is definitely very indecisive, with most models not so fresh anymore and losing ground and market share, so in some way a little grey which is quite surprising given the current (over-)dynamism of Korean brands worldwide…

Kia Carens South Korea May 2013Has the all-new Kia Carens already peaked in South Korea?

The Hyundai Sonata holds onto its pole position for the 2nd month running and the 4th time in the last 12 months thanks to 8,365 sales and 6.9%, however the Hyundai Porter is only 28 units below at 8,337 and also 6.9% share, while the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is at 8,249 and still 6.9% and the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) is at 8,192 and 6.8%. The Morning is still the most popular car so far in 2013 with 39,734 sales and 7.1% ahead of the Hyundai Sonata (7%) and Grandeur (6.9%). Told you, tight. The two heroes of last month are met with mixed fortunes: on one hand the all-new Kia Carens is already down 4 spots to #25 while the Hyundai Maxcruz (aka Santa Fe XL) is up 10 to #27…

Previous month: South Korea April 2013: Kia Carens and Hyundai Maxcruz up

One year ago: South Korea May 2012: New gen Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia K9 land

Full May 2013 Top 52 All-models Ranking Table below.

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South Korea April 2013: Kia Carens & Hyundai Maxcruz up

May 7th, 2013 8 comments

Hyundai Maxcruz South Korea April 2013Hyundai Maxcruz

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Sales of local models in South Korea are down 1% year-on-year in April to 118,829 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 440,249, down 1% on 2012. Once again the top of the models ranking is reshuffled and it’s the Hyundai Sonata that finishes the month in pole position this time with 8,730 sales and 7.3%. It’s the 4th time in the last 12 months the Sonata ranks #1 and the first time since last October. The Kia Morning, leader in March, is down to #2 at 8,080 units and 6.8% but remains the best-seller overall so far in 2013 with 31,542 sales and 7.2%. The Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) rounds up the podium at 7,965 units and 6.7% and is still only #5 year-to-date whereas it finished 2012 in the lead.

Kia Carens South Korea April 2013. Picture courtesy of autodiary.krKia Carens

It’s way below in the ranking that things get a little more exciting. The Kia Carens, boosted by the arrival of the new generation of the model, is up 17 spots on last month to land in 21st position with 1,512 sales and 1.3% share, while we find an oddity in 37th place this month: the Hyundai Maxcruz. In South Korea the longer Santa Fe (called Santa Fe XL or Grand Santa Fe elsewhere) has a different name indeed… It sells 586 units in April for a 0.5% market share.

Previous month: South Korea March 2013: Kia Morning jumps on top

One year ago: South Korea April 2012: Hyundai Accent at best-ever #12

Full April 2013 Top 50 models Ranking Table below.

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South Korea March 2013: Kia Morning jumps on top

April 5th, 2013 No comments

Kia Morning South Korea March 2013Kia Morning

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Sales of local models in South Korea are down 2% year-on-year in March to 118,217 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 321,420 units, also down 2% on 2012. For only the third time in the last 5 years after February 2011 and August 2012, the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) is the most popular model in South Korea this month thanks to 8,823 sales and 7.5% share, which also enables it to brilliantly top the year-to-date ranking at 23,462 units and 7.3%. It is followed this month by the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra), climbing back the ladder after a very shy start of year at #2 with 8,346 sales and 7.1%. It is however still #5 year-to-date at 21,285 units and 6.6%.

Chevrolet Trax South Korea March 2013Chevrolet Trax

The Hyundai Sonata is up 2 spots to round up the podium with 8,102 sales and 6.9%, ahead of the Hyundai Grandeur, down 3 ranks after leading the way both in January and February. There are two more Hyundais in the Top 6: the Porter at #5 (-2) and the Santa Fe stable at #6. Other great performers this month include the Kia K3 very solid at #8 with 5,414 units and 4.6% and the Chevrolet Trax up 7 spots to #24 with 1,262 sales for its 2nd month in market.

Previous month: South Korea February 2013: SsangYong Korando Turismo lands

One year ago: South Korea March 2012: Hyundai Avante and Accent shine

Full March 2013 Top 50 models Ranking Table below.

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South Korea February 2013: SsangYong Korando Turismo lands

March 6th, 2013 3 comments

SsangYong Korando Turismo South Korea February 2013. Picture courtesy of Global Auto NewsSsangYong Korando Turismo

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Sales of local models are down 12% year-on-year in South Korea in February to 98,826 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 203,203 units, down 2% on 2012. The Hyundai Grandeur manages to hold onto the pole position for the 2nd month in a row and only the 5th time in the last 2 years with April 2011May 2011 and February 2012 thanks to 7,293 sales and 7.4%. The Kia Morning (aka Picanto) is up to #2, its best ranking since last August, at 6,917 units and 7% while the Hyundai Porter is down one spot on January to round up the podium with 6,860 sales and 6.9%.

Chevrolet Trax South Korea February 2013. Picture courtesy of Global Auto NewsChevrolet Trax

Leader in 2011 and 2012, the Hyundai Avante is up 2 ranks on last month to a still shy 4th place at 6,853 units, followed by the Hyundai Sonata and Santa Fe. Notice also the Kia K3 back inside the Top 10 at #8. Two new models make their first appearance in the South Korean ranking this month: the SsangYong Korando Turismo ranks 26th with 882 sales and 0.9% while the Chevrolet Trax lands at #31 at 637 units and 0.6%.

Previous month: South Korea January 2013: Facelifted Hyundai Grandeur on top

One year ago: South Korea February 2012: SsangYong Korando Sports in Top 20

Full February 2013 Top 50 All-local models and Top 5 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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South Korea January 2013: Facelifted Hyundai Grandeur on top

February 7th, 2013 5 comments

Hyundai Grandeur South Korea January 20132013 Hyundai Grandeur

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Sales of new local models are up a healthy 8% year-on-year in January in South Korea to 104,377 registrations. It only took a slight facelift (hint: its grill now has vertical motifs) for the Hyundai Grandeur to get back in pole position for only the 4th time in the last 2 years after April 2011, May 2011 and February 2012 thanks to 8,027 sales and 7.7% share. The Hyundai Porter has an excellent month, up 2 spots on December to #2 at 7,805 units and 7.5%, in fact I don’t think I have seen it that high since we’ve been following the South Korean models ranking monthly 3 years ago…

Hyundai Porter South Korea January 2013Hyundai Porter

The Kia Morning is up 3 ranks to get back onto the podium at #3, whereas last month’s podium is… well completely outside it in January: the Hyundai Sonata is down to #4 (-2), the Santa Fe down to #5 (-2) and the Avante down 5 spots to #6… It’s a great month for Commercial Vehicles: apart from the Hyundai Porter, both the Kia Bongo and Hyundai Grand Starex are up 4 ranks to #8 and #9 respectively, while the Daewoo Damas is up 9 to #24. Notice also the Kia K3 slipping out of the Top 10 at #11 (-4).

Previous post: South Korea Full Year 2012: Hyundai Avante and Sonata lead

Previous month:  South Korea December 2012: 5 Hyundais in Top 5!

One year ago: South Korea January 2012: Hyundai Sonata and Kia Ray shine

Full January 2013 Top 50 models and Top 5 brands Ranking Tables below.

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South Korea Full Year 2012: Hyundai Avante and Sonata lead

January 6th, 2013 2 comments

Hyundai Avante

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Sales of new local models reach 1,402,065 units in South Korea in 2012, down 6% on 2011. The Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is the most popular model in the country for the 2nd year running with 111,290 sales and 7.9%, down 15% on 2011. 2012 marks the first time in over 15 years that a model other than the Hyundai Sonata manages to stay atop the South Korean ranking for two consecutive years… The Sonata actually enjoyed a small revival this year, up 2 spots and 1% to #2 at 103,994 units and 7.4%, with the Kia Morning rounding up the podium with 94,190 sales and 6.7%, down 20%.

Kia K3 World November 2012Kia K3

The Hyundai Grandeur is down 18% to #4, the Hyundai Porter down 12% to #5 and the Kia K5 down 11% to #6. Thanks to its new generation, the Hyundai Santa Fe is up 11 spots and 162% on 2011 to #7 at 68,382 units and even topped the ranking in June. If we look at the monthly rankings, 2012 was actually quite an eventful year with the Avante leader 5 times, the Sonata 4 times, and the Morning, Santa Fe and Grandeur once. With the Sonata and Santa Fe only the Chevrolet Spark gains ground this year in the Top 10 at #8 and +1%.

SsangYong Korando Sports

Further down, the Kia Ray is up 850% to #14 for its first full year of sales, the Hyundai Accent is up 29% to #17, the Kia K3 is the best performing all-new model for 2012, landing directly at #18 with 25,810 sales and peaking at #6 in October while the SsangYong Korando Sports ranks #20 with 20,380 units also in its first year. Notice also the SsangYong Korando C up 57% to #25, the Hyundai i30 up 318% to #28 and the Chevrolet Malibu up 334% to #29.

Previous post: South Korea December 2012: 5 Hyundais in Top 5!

Previous year: South Korea December 2011: Kia Ray directly #12, Hyundai i30 up

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South Korea December 2012: 5 Hyundais in the Top 5!

January 6th, 2013 1 comment

Hyundai Santa Fe

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In December 135,669 new local models were sold in South Korea, up 5% year-on-year and bringing the Full Year 2012 total to 1,402,065 units, down 6% on 2011. Total domination of Hyundai in the models ranking with the Top 5 monopolised by the brand potentially for the first time ever in the country. The Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is in pole position for the 5th time this year with 10,290 sales and 7.6%, confirming its Full Year leadership at 111,290 units and 7.9%. The Hyundai Sonata remains #2 both this month with 9,648 sales and 7.1% and in the Full Year at 103,994 units and 7.4%.

Kia K7

The new generation Hyundai Santa Fe is back on the podium for the second time this year after last June, up 4 spots on November to #3 with 9,632 sales and 7.1%, followed by the Hyundai Porter at 6% and the Hyundai Grandeur at 5.9%. The best-selling non-Hyundai this month is the Kia Morning at #6, ahead of the Kia K3 at #7 with 6,987 units and 5.2%. Notice also the Kia K7 up 5 ranks to an excellent #10 at 4,633 sales.

Full Year 2012 post: South Korea Full Year 2012: Hyundai Avante and Sonata lead

Previous month: South Korea November 2012: Facelifted Kia K7 up to #15

One year ago: South Korea December 2011: Kia Ray directly #12, Hyundai i30 up

Full December 2012 Top 40 models Ranking Table below.

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