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South Korea June 2014: Now with All-models & All-brands!

September 1st, 2014 2 comments

BMW 5 Series South Korea June 2014The BMW 5 Series is the best-selling foreign model in South Korea in June.

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For the very first time on BSCB I can share with you a complete models and brands ranking for South Korea, including imports! Exciting times indeed. In June there we 17,803 new imported cars registered in South Korea, bringing the overall total to 139,024 units. This 12.8% import market share is one of the lowest in the world, but it has grown exponentially over the past few years: it was was only 0.4% in 2000! Automotive News predicts imports could account for as much as 20% of the South Korean market by 2016…

Infniti Q50 South Korea June 2014.Picture courtesy of bobaedream.co.krThanks to the Q50, Infiniti is up 214% so far in 2014 in South Korea.

Brand-wise, below Hyundai (43.1%), Kia (25.5%), Daewoo/Chevrolet (8.7%), Renault Samsung (6.1%) and SsangYong (3.7%), BMW is the most popular foreign brand in June with 3,358 sales and 2.4% share ahead of Volkswagen (2.2%), Mercedes (2.1%) and Audi (2%). Year-to-date, BMW is up 21% on 2013, Mercedes up 43% and Audi up 44% while Infiniti is up 214%, Volvo up 40%, Land Rover up 39%, Porsche up 21% and Jaguar up 20%. Interestingly, this month Lexus sells more than Toyota (590 units vs. 554) to become the best-selling Japanese brand in South Korea even though it only holds a 0.4% market share – underlining the tensions between the two countries.

Mercedes E Class South Korea June 2014. Picture courtesy of bobaedream.co.krThe Mercedes E-Class is one of only 3 foreign cars to sell over 1,000 units in SK this month.

In the models ranking, there are only 3 foreigners inside the June Top 30! The BMW 5 Series leads the way at #25 with 1,478 sales and 1.1% share ahead of the Mercedes E-Class at #27 and 1,419 units and the Audi A6 at #30 and 1,149 sales. These are the only 3 foreign models to sell more than 1,000 units in South Korea this month! Foreigners fare a little better below with a total of 12 representants inside the Top 50. Additions to the list include the VW Tiguan at #39, VW Golf at #40, BMW 3 Series at #41, VW Jetta at #42, Lexus ES at #46 and Infiniti Q50 at #50.

Previous post: South Korea July 2014: Kia Carnival breaks records in 2nd place

Previous June post: South Korea June 2014: Kia Carnival and Samsung QM3 shoot up

Full June 2014 Top 29 All-brands and Top 180 All-models Ranking Tables below.

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

August 4th, 2014 1 comment

Kia Carnival South Korea July 2014. Picture courtesy of autoworldnews.comKia Carnival

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Sales of local models in South Korea are up 2% year-on-year in July to 127,319 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 834,662 units, up 4% on 2013. Below the Hyundai Sonata signing its 4th month in a row in pole position at 10,035 sales and 7.9% share, the big event this month in South Korea is the astounding ascension of the new generation Kia Carnival: up 7 spots and 119% on June to land at a record 2nd place with a best-ever 9,343 units and 7.3% share. At this rate, it could even snap the top spot away from the Sonata next month! Never before had the Carnival nameplate reached such heights at home, meaning Kia has struck gold with the third generation of the model, which is a very encouraging sign for its international career.

Samsung SM5 South Korea July 2014. Picture courtesy of bobaedream.co.krSamsung SM5

Below, the Hyundai Grandeur is back up 3 spots on last month to third place with a strong 7.1% share, the Hyundai Porter is down two to #4 but remains in 2nd place year-to-date at 7% share, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is shy again at #5 whereas it led the overall ranking over the Full Year 2013, the Samsung SM5 is up 6 ranks to #16 with 2,609 sales and 2% share vs. 1.6% year-to-date, the Kia Pride (aka Rio) is also up 6 to #19, the Chevrolet Captiva up 5 to #28 and the Samsung QM3 (aka Renault Captur) is back down 22 spots to #33 at just 694 sales.

Previous month: South Korea June 2014: Kia Carnival and Samsung QM3 shoot up

One year ago: South Korea July 2013: Hyundai Grandeur takes the lead year-to-date

Full July 2014 Top 50 All-models Ranking Table below.

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

July 3rd, 2014 3 comments

Kia Carnival South Korea June 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comKia Carnival

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Sales of locally produced models in South Korea are up 7% year-on-year in June to 121,221 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 707,343 units, up 5% on 2013. The Hyundai Sonata remains on top of the models sales charts for the third consecutive month thanks to the new generation of the model with 10,793 sales and 8.9% share, cementing its year-to-date leadership at 54,785 units and 7.7%. The Hyundai Porter is back up one spot to reclaim the #2 position it also holds year-to-date with 8,311 sales and 6.9% in June, while the Santa Fe makes the podium 100% Hyundai thanks to 7,813 units and 6.4%.

Samsung QM3 South Korea June 2014. Picture courtesy of autoview.co.krSamsung QM3

As the new model spreads in dealerships across the country, the Kia Carnival shoots up 18 ranks on May to break into the South Korean Top 10 for the first time since last July at #9 with 4,272 sales and 3.5%. The Samsung QM3 (none other than the Renault Captur) breaks all its records for its part: up 84% on last month to knock on the Top 10’s door at #11 with 3,971 sales and 3.3% share. Finally, notice the Chevrolet Malibu up a further 3 spots to #20 vs. #27 year-to-date.

Previous month: South Korea May 2014: Hyundai Sonata now #1 year-to-date

One year ago: South Korea June 2013: Hyundai Porter surprise leader

Full June 2014 Top 50 All-local models Ranking Table below.

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South Korea May 2014: Hyundai Sonata now #1 year-to-date

June 3rd, 2014 No comments

Hyundai Sonata South Korea May 2014Thanks to the new generation, the Hyundai Sonata now leads sales at home.

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Sales of local models in South Korea are up 0.7% year-on-year in May to 121,239 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 586,142 units, up 5% on 2013. Now that the new generation is established in dealerships across the country, the Hyundai Sonata spends a second month in a row atop the local sales charts with 13,687 sales, enabling it to also grab the top spot year-to-date at 43,992 units. The Kia Morning is up one spot on April to #2 with 8,808 sales and a strong 7.3% share, ahead of the Hyundai Porter down one rank to #3 but #2 year-to-date at 41,859 units. Notice also the Samsung SM3 (aka Renault Fluence) up 7 spots to #16 and the Samsung QM3 (aka Renault Captur) up 8 to #18.

Previous month: South Korea April 2014: New Hyundai Sonata shoots up to #1

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

Full May 2014 Top 50 All-local models Ranking Table below.

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

May 5th, 2014 No comments

Hyundai Sonata South Korea April 20142015 Hyundai Sonata

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130,145 new local cars found a buyer in South Korea in April, up 10% year-on-year and bringing the year-to-date total to 464,903 units, up 6% on 2013. The new Hyundai Sonata went on sale last month at home and as a result the nameplate’s sales shot up 227% on March to 15,392 units, securing the pole position by far and a 4th spot year-to-date at 30,305 sales. As a result the Hyundai Porter is knocked down to 2nd place with 9,261 sales and 7.1% but it keeps the 2014 year-to-date leadership for now thanks to 33,776 units and 7.3%. The Kia Morning (aka Picanto) is also down one spot on March to #3 while the Hyundai Santa Fe remains 4th, passing the Hyundai Grandeur down two to #5. Leader over the Full Year 2013, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) is stuck in 6th place both this month and year-to-date, making it 5 Hyundais in the Top 6. Finally, notice the Samsung QM3 (aka Renault Captur) up 10 spots to #26 with 1.1% share.

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

One year ago: South Korea April 2013: Kia Carens and Hyundai Maxcruz up

Full April 2014 Top 50 All-local models Ranking Table below.

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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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