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South Korea January 2012: Hyundai Sonata and Kia Ray shine

Kia Ray

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South Korean consumers bought 96,448 new local vehicles in January. After 7 consecutive months in pole position, the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) drops down to #2 this month with 7,255 sales and 7.5%, passed by the Hyundai Sonata at 7,619 units and 7.9%. It is the first time in nearly 2 years that the Sonata tops the South Korean models ranking. In fact the entire Top 4 is 100% Hyundai with the Grandeur ranking #3 with 6,984 sales and 7.2% and the Porter at #4 and 6.2%.

Hyundai Sonata

After 4 Hyundais we find 4 Kias: the Morning (aka Picanto) is 5th at 6%, followed by the K5 (aka Optima) at 5.8%. The 7th place is a little event: launched last month, the Kia Ray manages to break into the Top 10 for its first full month of sales in the country with 4,496 units sold for a 4.7% market share. An excellent start for the all-new model that could become a staple in the Kia range. A good month for the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, respectively #8 and #10.

Further down the ranking, notice the new generation Hyundai i30 up 6 spots on December to #19, the new SsangYong Korando Sports landing directly #23 and best-selling SsangYong with 1,478 sales and 1.5% and the Hyundai i40 up 11 ranks to a best-ever 33rd position.

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

One year ago: South Korea January 2011: New Hyundai Grandeur up to #6

Full January 2012 Top 40 Ranking Table below.

South Korea January 2012:

1Hyundai Sonata7,6197.9%2102,9476.9%4
2Hyundai Avante7,2557.5%1131,0168.8%1
3Hyundai Grandeur6,9847.2%5107,6527.3%3
4Hyundai Porter5,9336.2%399,4666.7%5
5Kia Morning5,8156.0%4117,0297.9%2
6Kia K55,6055.8%687,4525.9%6
7Kia Ray4,4964.7%124,1070.3%38
8Kia Sportage R3,5613.7%1052,0163.5%10
9Chevrolet Spark3,4703.6%763,9634.3%7
10Hyundai Tucson ix3,3353.5%1343,1982.9%12
11Samsung SM53,2883.4%1150,0003.4%11
12Kia Bongo3,0783.2%952,8643.6%9
13Kia Sorento R2,5762.7%1440,6022.7%13
14Hyundai Grand Starex2,5562.7%853,2563.6%8
15Kia Carnival R2,1892.3%1627,0911.8%16
16Hyundai Santa Fe1,8721.9%1726,0771.8%18
17Hyundai Accent1,7491.8%2323,9461.6%19
18Kia Forte1,7341.8%2434,3892.3%15
19Hyundai i301,7231.8%253,6870.2%39
20Samsung SM31,5801.6%1534,5812.3%14
21Hyundai Genesis1,5671.6%1823,1161.6%21
22Kia Pride1,5171.6%2215,5851.1%25
23SsangYong Korando Sports1,4781.5% –00.0% –
24Kia K71,2271.3%1923,7081.6%20
25Chevrolet Cruze1,1191.2%2126,9901.8%17
26Chevrolet Orlando9651.0%2017,2371.2%22
27Chevrolet Malibu9571.0%263,0490.2%40
28Hyundai Equus9551.0%2913,5080.9%26
29Samsung SM78500.9%2817,0221.1%23
30Kia Soul8310.9%3116,7921.1%24
31SsangYong Korando C8170.8%2710,6150.7%29
32Kia Opirus6950.7%365,6000.4%36
33Hyundai i405440.6%441,3050.1%n/a
34Daewoo Alpheon5180.5%3010,2920.7%30
35Samsung QM54890.5%377,6180.5%33
36Kia Mohave4660.5%327,6560.5%32
37Hyundai Veracruz4210.4%347,5390.5%35
38Daewoo Damas4130.4%387,5590.5%34
39Hyundai Veloster3960.4%3910,9870.7%27
40Chevrolet Captiva2830.3%n/an/an/an/a


Note: This ranking excludes imports

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