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After one year of interruption by the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Hyundai Sonata reclaims the pole position in South Korea this year through its new generation NF with 93,045 sales, up 200% on 2004 for its first full year of sales in the country. To this can be added 21,483 units of the old gen EF, bringing the Sonata nameplate to 114,528 sales. The Hyundai Avante stays #2 at 79,278 units while the Kia Sportage is up a brilliant 9 spots and 107% to #3 with 57,072 sales.
There are two newcomers in the Top 5: the new generation Hyundai Grandeur (TG) lands directly at #4 and 56,950 units and the new Samsung SM5 is #5 with 52,890 sales. #1 in 2004, the Hyundai Santa Fe is down 5 spots and 20% to #6 while the Daewoo Matiz is up 4% and stays #7. Excellent performance of Samsung: apart from the SM5, the SM3 is up 6 ranks and 38% to #10 and the SM7 up 22 spots and 509% to #12. The Kia Pride lands directly at #18 and the SsangYong Chairman breaks into the Top 20 for the first time at #19.
Previous year: South Korea 2004: Hyundai Santa Fe takes control
Full Year 2005 Top 50 Ranking Table below.