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

April 3rd, 2014 No comments

Hyundai Porter South Korea March 2014. Picture courtesy of WikipediaHyundai Porter

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Sales of local models in South Korea are up 3% year-on-year in March to 121,416 registrations, bringing the first Quarter total to 334,758 units, up 4% on 2013. Whereas it had never held that spot before last June, the Hyundai Porter creates the surprise once again in South Korea this month by ranking #1 for the 5th time in the last 10 months and beating all Passenger Cars with 9,488 sales and 7.8% share, even earning the pole position over the first Quarter at 24,515 units and 7.3%.

Samsung QM3 South Korea March 2014. Picture courtesy of dailycar.co.krSamsung QM3

Further down, the Kia Morning (7.6%), Hyundai Grandeur (6.6%) and Santa Fe (6.4%) follow while the Hyundai Grand Starex is up 5 spots on February to #8 and the Samsung QM3 (aka Renault Captur) back on track at #36 with 695 sales. Brand-wise, Hyundai holds 47.6% of the market ahead of Kia at 32.1%, GM Korea (Chevrolet) at 10.8%, SsangYong at 4.8% and Renault Samsung at 4.6%, keeping in mind that as usual this data does not include imports.

Previous month: South Korea February 2014: Hyundai Grandeur keeps the lead

One year ago: South Korea March 2013: Kia Morning jumps on top

Full March 2014 Top 52 All-local models Ranking Table below.

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South Korea February 2014: Hyundai Grandeur keeps the lead

March 6th, 2014 1 comment

Hyundai Grandeur South Korea February 2014. Picture courtesy of auto.hankyung.comHyundai Grandeur

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Sales of new local models are up 8% year-on-year in February in South Korea to 107,004 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 213,342 units, up 5% on 2013. The Hyundai Grandeur is the most popular vehicle in the country for the 2nd month in a row and the 5th time in the last 14 months thanks to 7,496 sales for a 7% market share. However this is only 10 units above the Hyundai Porter which continues its impressive run and remains #2 both this month and year-to-date.

Samsung QM5 South Korea February 2014. Picture courtesy of autodiary.krSamsung QM5

The Kia Morning (aka Picanto) is back up one spot to #3 while the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra), leader in 2013, is also up one rank to #4 with 6,479 sales and 6.1%, both passing the Hyundai Santa Fe down two spots to #5. The Chevrolet Spark is up 3 ranks to #7 as is the Kia K3 to #10, the Daewoo Damas is up one further spot to #11 whereas it only ranked #31 over the Full Year 2013! Finally, notice the Samsung QM5 (aka Renault Koleos) up 12 spots on January to #28. Note imports into South Korea are up 31% year-on-year in February to 13,852 units.

Previous month: South Korea January 2014: Hyundai Grandeur back to #1

One year ago: South Korea February 2013: SsangYong Korando Turismo lands

Full February 2014 Top 52 All-local models Ranking Table below.

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South Korea January 2014: Hyundai Grandeur back to #1

February 7th, 2014 No comments

Hyundai Grandeur South Korea January 2014. Picture courtesy of autogear.netHyundai Grandeur

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Sales of new local models are up 2% year-on-year in January in South Korea to 106,338 registrations. The Hyundai Grandeur is up 3 spots on December to start the year in pole position, a ranking it has now held 4 times in the last 13 months, with 8,134 sales and a very strong 7.6% share. Leader in November and December, the Hyundai Porter is down to #2 at a very impressive 7,541 units and 7.1%, while the Hyundai Santa Fe is up 6 ranks on last month to climb onto the third step of the podium with 7,160 sales and 6.7%. The Top 2 models in 2013 are both down 2 ranks on December to land outside the podium this month: the Kia Morning is down to #4 and the Hyundai Avante down to #5. Notice also the Daewoo Damas up a huge 16 spots to #12, the Kia Ray up 6 to #15 and the Hyundai Maxcruz up 10 to #28.

Previous post: South Korea Full Year 2013: Hyundai Avante’s slim win over Kia Morning

Previous month: South Korea December 2013: Hyundai Porter #1 again, Samsung QM3 in Top 30

One year ago: South Korea January 2013: Facelifted Hyundai Grandeur on top

Full January 2014 Top 52 All-local models Ranking Table below.

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South Korea Full Year 2013: Hyundai Avante’s slim win over Kia Morning

January 3rd, 2014 No comments

Hyundai Avante South Korea 2013. Picture courtesy of hyundaimobis.tistory.comHyundai Avante

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Sales of new local cars in South Korea are down 2% in 2013 to 1,375,162 registrations (1.53 million including foreign brands), and this year we witnessed the closest battle for the title of best-selling model in South Korea – ever! The year-to-date leadership changed hands no less than 4 times during the year: the Hyundai Grandeur was fastest off the starting block, passed the relay to the Kia Morning in March, back to the Grandeur in July, to the Morning in August and finally to the Hyundai Avante in October until the end of the year, marking the nameplate’s third consecutive year in pole position in spite of sales down 16% on 2012. However only the Avante’s advantage over the Kia Morning is only 335 units (96,933 vs. 93,631) and over the surprise of the year, the Hyundai Porter, only 1,937 (92,029). Whereas it had never topped the monthly charts before, the Porter did so 4 times this year: in June and from October to December!

SONY DSCThe Kia Morning misses out on the year-end pole position for just 335 sales!

The Hyundai Grandeur manages to keep the 4th spot it held at the end of 2012 in-extremis with 88,501 sales vs. 88,354 for the Hyundai Sonata down 15% to #5. With the Santa Fe up 15% to #6, Hyundai places 5 models inside the Top 6 in 2013. For its first full year of sales, the Kia K3 breaks into the Top 10 at #10 with 51,279 units, while the Kia K7 gains 26% to #19, the SsangYong Korando C 16% to #21 and the Hyundai Equus 37% to #26. We welcome 3 all-new entrants in the local models ranking this year: the Chevrolet Trax at #35, Hyundai Maxcruz (aka Santa Fe XL) at #36 and the Samsung QM3 (aka Renault Captur) at #50.

Previous post: South Korea November 2013: Hyundai Porter #1 again, Samsung QM3 in Top 30

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

Full Year 2013 Top 54 All-local models and Top 25 brands Ranking Tables below.

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South Korea December 2013: Hyundai Porter #1 again, Samsung QM3 in Top 30

January 3rd, 2014 1 comment

Samsung QM3 South Korea Decmber 2013. Picture courtesy of heraldm.comSamsung QM3

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The South Korean new car market finishes 2013 on a sad note: down 9% year-on-year in December 123,545 registrations (excluding imports) which brings the final 2013 total to 1,375,162 units, down 2% on 2012. Incredibly, the Hyundai Porter holds onto its pole position for the third month in a row and the 4th time in the last 7 months thanks to 8,302 sales and 6.7%. When you take into account the fact that before last June the Porter had never managed to top the South Korean sales charts you can truly appreciate how big this is. The Porter however remains #3 over the Full Year at an identical 6.7% market share. In fact the monthly podium is unchanged on November with the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) at #2 and the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) at #3 and lodging its third connective year in first place at year-end.

Hyundai Porter South Korea December 2013The Hyundai Porter is #1 for the third consecutive month in December.

Excellent performances of the Chevrolet Spark up 3 spots on November to #5, Kia Sportage R up 3 to #8, SsangYong Korando Sports at #16 vs. #20 in 2013, Samsung SM3 (aka Renault Fluence) up 4 to #18, Kia Pride (aka Rio) up 4 to #20 the Chevrolet Aveo at #27 vs. #32 this year. For its first full month in market, the Samsung QM3 (aka Renault Captur) breaks into the South Korean Top 30 at #29 with 1,084 sales and just under 1% market share.

Previous month: South Korea November 2013: Hyundai Porter resists, Samsung QM3 lands

One year ago: South Korea December 2012: 5 Hyundais in Top 5!

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

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South Korea: 1997-2013 Historical Data now available!

January 3rd, 2014 No comments

The Hyundai Sonata was #1 in South Korea for 10 years between 1999 and 2010

* The direct links to 18 Historical posts are below. Thanks to Pedro *

South Korea now has proper Historical coverage on BestSellingCarsBlog with 16 years’ worth of Historical Data! Instead of odd rankings here and there prior to 2009, there is now an All-local models ranking for absolutely every year since 1998! While in 1997 the Hyundai Accent was #1, the South-East Asian economic crisis cut the South Korean new car market in half in 1998 and crowned the Daewoo Matiz for the first time.

2009 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata would then top the models ranking 10 times over the following 12 years, spanning 3 generations from 1999 to 2010, and was only interrupted twice: in 2004 when the Hyundai Santa Fe took the lead and in 2009 when the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) was in pole position. However, both years corresponded to generation changes for the Sonata, with different generations counted separately. The Sonata nameplate would have led for 12 consecutive years.

The Daewoo Rezzo (aka Tacuma) was #3 in South Korea in 2000.

The Daewoo Nubira was #3 in South Korea in 1999.

Discover or rediscover forgotten nameplates like the Hyundai Atos #2 in 1998, the Daewoo Nubira #3 in 1999, the Daewoo Rezzo #3 in 2000 for its first year of sales in the country, the SsangYong Musso #7 in 2003 and the Kia Lotze #7 in 2006. Notice also the Kia Carens #2 in 2000, the Kia Carnival #3 in 2001, the Kia Sportage #3 in 2005 and the Hyundai Grandeur #2 in 2006.

The Samsung SM5 sold a record 100,777 units in South Korea in 2002.

Apart from the Hyundai Sonata and Avante, only 3 additional nameplates managed to crack the 100,000 annual sales barrier over the last 15 years: the Samsung SM5 peaking at #2 and 100,777 units in 2002 and the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) reaching 102,082 sales in 2009, then breaking its record again to 117,029 units in 2011, and the Hyundai Grandeur at 107,652 sales in 2011 also.

Hyundai Avante

The last 3 years have been the property of the Hyundai Avante in South Korea and 2012 marked 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. It did it again in 2013, albeit by the slimmest of margins over the Kia Morning…

South Korea Historical Data:

South Korea 1997: Hyundai Accent in the lead

South Korea 1998: Daewoo Matiz takes pole position

South Korea 1999: Hyundai Sonata new best-seller

South Korea 2000: Hyundai Sonata, Kia Carens & Daewoo Rezzo on top

South Korea 2001: Hyundai Sonata and Avante dominate

South Korea 2002: Samsung SM5 up to #2 with 100,777 sales

South Korea 2003: Hyundai Sonata keeps Avante at bay

South Korea 2004: Hyundai Santa Fe takes control

South Korea 2005: Hyundai NF Sonata most popular by far

South Korea 2006: Hyundai Sonata and Grandeur best-sellers

South Korea 2007: Hyundai Sonata and Avante fight it off

South Korea 2008: Hyundai Sonata clear leader, Kia Morning up to #3

South Korea 2009: Hyundai Avante #1, new Sonata sells 60,000 in 4 months

South Korea 2010: Hyundai Sonata and Avante shine

South Korea 2011: Hyundai Avante and Kia Morning dominate

South Korea 2012: Hyundai Avante and Sonata lead

South Korea 2013: Hyundai Avante’s slim win over the Kia Morning

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South Korea November 2013: Hyundai Porter resists, Samsung QM3 lands

December 4th, 2013 4 comments

Samsung QM3 South Korea November 2013Samsung QM3

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Sales of new local cars in South Korea are down 8% year-on-year in November to 119,195 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,251,617 units, down 1% on 2012. The Hyundai Porter manages the amazing feat of staying in pole position for the 2nd consecutive month and the third time in the last 6 months (and ever) after last June thanks to 8,277 sales and 6.9% share. The Kia Morning (aka Picanto) is back up 2 spots to #2 with 8,080 units and 6.7%, followed very closely by the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) at 8,067 sales. Year-to-date, the Avante is in the lead with 86,102 units vs. 85,630 for the Morning, meaning the 2013 best-seller will only be decided in December. Talk about a close call!

SSangYong Korando Sports South Korea November 2013SsangYong Korando Sports

The Hyundai Sonata is up one spot on last month to #4 and passes the Hyundai Grandeur to now also rank #4 year-to-date below the Porter, the SsangYong Korando Sports is up a further 3 spots to #14 with 2.4% share vs.#20 and 1.7% year-to-date, the Chevrolet Aveo is stable at #26 vs. #33 year-to-date, the SsangYong Rexton W is up 7 ranks to #30, the Kia Soul up 11 to #37 and the Samsung QM3 (aka Renault Captur) makes its very first appearance in the Korean ranking at #50 with 66 units sold.

Previous month: South Korea October 2013: Hyundai Porter leads, Avante #1 year-to-date

One year ago: South Korea November 2012: Facelifted Kia K7 up to #15

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

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South Korea October 2013: Hyundai Porter leads, Avante #1 YTD

November 5th, 2013 No comments

Hyundai Porter South Korea October 2013Hyundai Porter

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Sales of local models are down 2% year-on-year in October in South Korea to 122,027 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,132,422 units, down a mere 0.4% on 2012. Keep in mind these figures exclude imports. For the second time in the last 5 months after last June, the Hyundai Porter leads the models ranking this month thanks to an excellent 9,085 sales and 7.4% share. It is now up to #3 year-to-date at 75,450 units and 6.7%. Leader for the last two months, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is down to #2 in October with 8,521 sales and 7% and this enables the nameplate to jump ahead in the very tight race for the title of best-selling car in South Korea for 2013. Year-to-date Avante sales add up to 78,035 for a 6.9% market share vs. 77,550 and 6.8% for the Kia Morning. It is fair to say that the suspense will last until the last days of December!

Lights Streaking in Arc at NightThe Hyundai Avante is now in the lead year-to-date at home.

Another very good showing for the Hyundai Grandeur at #3 with 8,115 units and 6.7%, while the Hyundai Sonata drops to #5 both in October and year-to-date. The Kia Sportage R lodges a very strong month at 4.5% share and #8 vs. 3.1% and #12 year-to-date, as do the SsangYong Korando Sports at #17 and 1.9%, Chevrolet Aveo at #25 and 1.2% and, strangely, the Hyundai Veracruz up 10 spots on September to #29, potentially the last runout stock being discounted.

Previous month: South Korea September 2013: Hyundai Avante at highest in 2 years

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

Full October 2013 Top 50 All-local models and Top 5 brands Ranking Table below.

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South Korea September 2013: Hyundai Avante at highest in 2 years

October 7th, 2013 1 comment

Hyundai Avante South Korea September 2013. Picture courtesy of Choi via blog.naver.netHyundai Avante

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Sales of new local models in South Korea are down a harsh 13% year-on-year in September to just 101,021, to which you should add around 13 to 15,000 imports, counted separately here. Year-to-date the market for local cars is now in negative at -0.2% to 1,010,395. Thanks to its mid-life facelift, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is by far the most popular model in the country this month with an excellent 9,185 sales and 9.1%, the nameplate’s highest market share in two years, since October 2011! This performance makes the Avante jump from #5 year-to-date last month to #2 now with 69,514 units, only 123 off the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) for whom its should be the last stint as YTD lead even though it delivers another very robust month at #2 and 7.4%.

Chevrolet Spark EV South Korea September 2013Chevrolet Spark EV

The Hyundai Sonata is up one spot on August to #3 at 6,781 units and 6.7%, it also passes the Hyundai Grandeur year-to-date to rank #3 while the Hyundai Porter goes from #3 to #5 in the 2013 ranking. Lots of changes indeed, but that’s because the whole Top 5 was within inches of each other in the last few months. Notice also the solid showings of the Chevrolet Spark up to #6 with 5,514 sales and 5.5% vs. 4.4% year-to-date,  the Kia Sorento stable at a very satisfying 14th place with 2.6% share vs. #17 and 2.1% year-to-date and the Chevrolet Cruze up to #18 and 2% vs. #23 and 1.3% year-to-date.

Previous month: South Korea August 2013: Hyundai Avante #1 for first time this year

One year ago: South Korea September 2012: Kia K3 lands directly at #10

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

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South Korea August 2013: Hyundai Avante #1 for 1st time this year

September 14th, 2013 No comments

Hyundai Avante South Korea August 2013. Picture courtesy of autodiary.krHyundai Avante Coupe

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110,338 new local models found a buyer in South Korea in August, bringing the year-to-date total to 909,374 units, up 1% on 2012. The race to the title of 2013 best-selling model continues, and is as tight as ever: down to #3 year-to-date last month, the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) reclaims the lead thanks to a solid 2nd spot in August: it now adds up to 62,123 units vs. 61,153 for the Hyundai Grandeur and 60,736 for the Hyundai Porter. For the first time so far in 2013, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) tops the monthly sales charts with 7,905 units sold thanks to the mid-life upgrade the model just received at home. The Kia K5 (aka Optima) is up one spot to #6 while the Kia Sportage R is up 6 to deliver the biggest gain in the Top 20 at #8 with 5,191 sales thanks to the facelifted model. Notice also the Daewoo Damas up 9 ranks to #25 and the Chevrolet Aveo up 10 to #33.

Previous month: South Korea July 2013: Hyundai Grandeur takes the lead year-to-date

One year ago: South Korea August 2012: Kia Morning in pole position

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

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