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

Hyundai Sonata

After a scare in 2007, the Hyundai Sonata is back as the undisputed South Korea leader this year thanks to its facelift and sales up 3% to 123,208 units while the Hyundai Avante is down 21% to 87,579. The new gen Kia Morning (aka Picanto) is a roaring success in its native country, up 9 spots and 196% this year to #3 and 84,177 sales. The Hyundai Grandeur, Samsung SM5 and Daewoo Matiz are all down one rank to #4, 5 and 6 respectively.

Hyundai Avante

Further down, the Hyundai i30 is up 17 spots to #9 and 29,301 units, the Hyundai Genesis up 32 to #10 and 27,615 sales, the Kia Forte lands directly at #18 with 17,669 units sold, the Samsung QM5 (aka Renault Koleos) arrives at #22, the Kia Soul at #25 and the the Kia Mohave at #27.

Previous year: South Korea 2007: Hyundai Sonata and Avante fight it off

Full Year Top 50 and March/April 2008 Top 35 Ranking Tables below.

South Korea Full Year 2008:

PosModel2008/072007Pos
1Hyundai NF Sonata123,2083%119,1331
2Hyundai Avante HD87,579-21%110,5352
3Kia New Morning84,177196%28,40412
4Hyundai Grandeur TG66,589-25%88,4303
5Samsung SM555,640-24%73,0574
6Daewoo Matiz50,126-7%53,7935
7Kia Lotze43,95834%32,7117
8Hyundai Santa Fe43,291-14%50,5356
9Hyundai i3029,301166%11,00026
10Hyundai Genesis27,615new2642
11Hyundai Tucson24,336-18%29,82410
12Kia Sportage23,974-26%32,5638
13Kia Pride22,197-14%25,91914
14Daewoo Tosca20,953-18%25,48215
15Samsung SM319,246-30%27,49213
16Kia Carnival19,174-6%20,48917
17Kia Carens18,805-41%31,8609
18Kia Forte17,669new0 –
19Kia Opirus15,280-33%22,93716
20Samsung SM715,2638%14,13722
21Daewoo Winstorm12,711-56%28,73811
22Samsung QM511,832new0 –
23Hyundai Veracruz11,636-27%16,03218
24SsangYong Musso SUT10,739-31%15,46320
25Kia Soul9,574new0 –
26Hyundai Verna9,10320%7,56130
27Kia Mohave8,900new0 –
28Hyundai Click7,43522%6,10131
29Daewoo Gentra-X7,397521%1,19237
30Daewoo Lacetti6,752-49%13,21523
31SsangYong Chairman W6,624new0 –
32SsangYong Chairman H6,244-36%9,68928
33Kia Sorento6,137-49%11,96325
34Kia Cerato5,915-63%15,88119
35SsangYong Kyron5,704-61%14,46021
36Hyundai Equus5,394-56%12,12524
37SsangYong Actyon4,379-56%10,03927
38SsangYong Rexton4,035-51%8,24429
39Daewoo Lacetti Premiere2,222new0 –
40Hyundai Genesis Coupé2,025new0 –
41SsangYong Rodius1,440-47%2,72133
42Daewoo Gentra1,293-27%1,76936
43Hyundai Tuscani971-62%2,53734
44Daewoo Winstorm Maxx846new0 –
45Hyundai i30 cw835new0 –
46Daewoo Veritas211new0 –
47Daewoo G2X119170%4440

Source: KAMA, many thanks to Pedro for sharing the data!

Note: This ranking excludes imports.

South Korea March/April 2008:

PosModelApr-08Mar-08Pos
1Hyundai Sonata12,18712,2231
2Hyundai Avante8,7648,6203
3Hyundai Grandeur7,3996,7254
4Kia Morning7,0309,4212
5Samsung SM56,0935,5875
6Daewoo Matiz5,7465,1676
7Hyundai Genesis4,0534,7397
8Kia Lotze4,0162,19414
9Hyundai Grand Starex3,9453,9799
10Hyundai Santa Fe3,8974,5728
11Hyundai i303,0723,05110
12Kia Pride2,5212,48512
13Daewoo Tosca2,4132,29413
14Kia Carens2,3341,52218
15Kia Sportage2,2033,00511
16Kia Carnival1,8711,93417
17Samsung SM31,7932,11515
18Kia Opirus1,5771,41819
19Hyundai Tucson1,5202,09516
20Daewoo Winstorm1,4851,38620
21Samsung SM71,3941,20022
22Hyundai Veracruz1,0631,20421
23Kia Mohave9751,16223
24Ssangyong Chairman W9621,02025
25Daewoo Gentra/Gentra X95271629
26Samsung QM58221,14424
27Ssangyong Actyon Sports80892026
28Hyundai Verna80373827
29Kia Cerato74466031
30Daewoo Lacetti71273128
31Hyundai Click67763032
32Ssangyong Chairman H61370830
33Kia Sorento49361633
34Ssangyong Kyron45260634
35Hyundai Equus45053936

Source: The Car Blogger

Note: This ranking excludes imports.

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