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South Korea: 1997-2018 Historical Data now available

The Hyundai Sonata has been #1 in South Korea for a total of 12 years between 1999 and 2015.

The direct links to 22 Historical posts are below.

South Korea now has proper Historical coverage on BestSellingCarsBlog with 22 years worth of Historical Data. 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 ten 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, and the Kia Sportage #3 in 2005.

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

Note that on top of the Hyundai Sonata and Avante, only four additional nameplates managed to crack the 100,000 annual sales barrier over the last 20 years: the Samsung SM5 peaking at #2 and 100,777 units in 2002, the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) reaching 102,082 sales in 2009, the Hyundai Grandeur at 107,652 sales in 2011 and the Hyundai Porter at 101,423 units in 2017.

Hyundai Avante

The next 3 years were the property of the Hyundai Avante, best-seller in 2011, 2012 and 2013 before the Hyundai Sonata reclaimed its crown in 2014 and 2015. 2016 marked the first year a light commercial vehicles managed to top the annual sales charts: the Hyundai Porter, while 2017 was the first time the Hyundai Grandeur took the annual top spot honours.

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

South Korea 2014: Hyundai Sonata reclaims leadership

South Korea 2015: Hyundai Sonata #1, Ssangyong Tivoli shines

South Korea 2016: Hyundai Porter first LCV to #1

South Korea 2017: First win for the Hyundai Grandeur

South Korea 2018: Hyundai Grandeur resists Santa Fe assault, Genesis at 3.4% share

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