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South Korea August 2015: Facelifted Chevrolet Spark soars to #4

Chevrolet Spark South Korea August 2015. Picture courtesy 2016 model boosts the Chevrolet Spark up to #4 this month.

* See the Top 45 local models, Top 145 foreigners & Top 30 brands by clicking on the title *

New car sales in South Korea are up an impressive 13% year-on-year in August to 138.600 registrations, and for once the market growth is due to local models (+14%) more so than foreign ones (+11%). Hyundai (+6%) loses market share to 36.9% vs. 39% year-to-date while sister brand Kia (+16%) improves to 30.1% vs. 29% so far in 2015. GM Korea (+16%) also outpaces the market, Ssangyong gains 46% thanks to the Tivoli and Renault Samsung (+31%) also displays unusual strength. Mercedes (+19%) remains the most popular foreign carmaker above BMW (+13%) and Volkswagen (+25%) while Audi (+1%) marks a pause. Boosted by impressive success of its 2008, Peugeot breaks into the Korean Top 10 at #10 – albeit with a meagre 633 sales and 0.5% share, up almost 3-fold on August 2014. Notice also Porsche up 115% to #14 thanks to the Macan.

Hyundai Avante South Korea August 2015. Picture courtesy Hyundai Avante

Two facelifts impact the top of the models charts this month: pre-sales of the new Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) and runout sales of the outgoing generation boost the nameplate to pole position with 8.806 units, distancing the Sonata (+12%) and Santa Fe (+62%). The Chevrolet Spark soars 13 spots on July to a record-breaking 4th place and 6.987 deliveries (+53%) thanks to the arrival of the 2016 model, knocking the Kia Morning down to #5. The Kia Sorento (+181%), Kia K5 (+71%), Kia Bongo (+32%), Chevrolet Malibu (+19%) and Trax (+32%) and Samsung SM7 (+191%) shine, and we welcome the Chevrolet Impala in the South Korean ranking this month, landing at #42 with a shy 242 deliveries.

Audi A6 South Korea August 2015The Audi A6 is the 2nd best-selling foreign model in South Korea in August.

The Mercedes E-Class remains the most popular foreign model in South Korea in August, but is closely followed this time by the Audi A6 at 1.358 sales vs. 1.411, knocking the BMW 5 Series down to #3 while the Mercedes C-Class is up 7 spots on July and 87% year-on-year to #4. The VW Golf (+71%), Audi A3 (+98%), Mercedes CLA (+155%) and VW Passat (+203%) also impress, while the Peugeot 2008 breaks into the Top 10 foreigners for the very first time thanks to 441 sales or 70% of the brand’s sales in the country this month. Notice also the Audi A7 up to #11, the Jeep Cherokee up to #20 and the BMW X4 up to #29.

Previous post (1): South Korea July 2015: Now with Top 30 brands & Top 145 foreigners

Previous post (2): South Korea 1st Half 2015: Hyundai Porter takes control

Previous month: South Korea July 2015: Facelifted Hyundai Santa Fe triumphs

One year ago (1): South Korea August 2014: Hyundai Avante #1, Kia Sorento up

One year ago (2): South Korea August 2014: Now with Top 190 All-models ranking

Full August 2015 Top 45 local models, Top 145 foreigners and Top 30 brands below.

South Korea August 2015 – brands:

3GM Korea13,84410.0%16%397,6038.5%33
5Renault Samsung6,2014.5%31%550,1614.4%54
21Land Rover2170.2%-49%134,2250.4%1414
Total foreign manufacturers18,20013.1%14%158,82713.9%

South Korea August 2015 – local models:

1Hyundai Avante8,8067%755,42854
2Hyundai Sonata8,21812%366,91221
3Hyundai Santa Fe7,95762%155,50546
4Chevrolet Spark6,98753%1735,977117
5Kia Morning6,954-4%456,94132
6Kia Sorento6,311181%951,509715
7Hyundai Porter6,2346%267,39913
8Hyundai Grandeur6,062-11%654,69565
9Kia K55,50471%832,0541310
10Kia Bongo4,88232%1041,01498
11Kia Sportage4,339-4%1524,8041611
12Kia Carnival4,132-15%543,953814
13Kia K33,547-2%1228,534149
14SsangYong Tivoli3,488new1426,02315
15Hyundai Grand Starex3,1820%1133,9241212
16Hyundai Tucson2,920-13%1337,3441013
17Hyundai Genesis2,59323%1624,2231716
18Samsung QM32,119n/a1814,6682127
19SsangYong Korando Sports1,993-20%2016,4992018
20Kia Ray1,958-16%1917,4081817
21Kia Pride1,7985%2112,8872324
22Kia K71,651-4%2313,0272221
23Samsung SM51,623-28%2217,0271919
24Chevrolet Malibu1,37319%2410,9982625
25Hyundai Accent1,297-23%2511,1972520
26Samsung SM31,280-21%2710,8542823
27Chevrolet Cruze1,152-22%2611,3542426
28SsangYong Korando C1,056-27%2910,8812722
29Chevrolet Trax1,04132%327,2193029
30Kia Mohave86146%288,4012928
31Samsung SM7675192%423,0574140
32Chevrolet Captiva644-19%306,2423230
33Samsung QM5504-17%383,8633831
34SsangYong Korando Turismo474-22%353,6653933
35Chevrolet Orlando440-36%364,7283432
36SsangYong Rexton W4383%393,2824036
37Hyundai Aslan425new346,2673148
38Hyundai Maxcruz419-16%374,8533334
39Kia Soul332-4%402,6824342
40Kia K9280-7%412,9804241
41Hyundai Veracruz258-48%452,3494639
42Chevrolet Impala242new24252
43Hyundai i30233-61%462,3394737
44Kia Carens220-47%432,3604543
45Chevrolet Aveo204-38%471,7894844
46Daewoo Damas188-61%442,4894445
47Hyundai Equus181-70%483,8813735
48Daewoo Alpheon108-68%314,3573538
49Hyundai Veloster107-15%509765049
50Daewoo Labo104-65%334,0103646
51Hyundai i40103-59%491,4214947
52SsangYong Chairman W68-34%517865150
53Hyundai Genesis Coupe2817%521795352
54Chevrolet Corvette/Camaro3-63%53335453

South Korea August 2015 – foreign models:

1Mercedes E Class1,411-4%111,98611
2Audi A61,3582%48,40733
3BMW 5 Series1,33932%211,08022
4Mercedes C Class1,15387%114,44097
5VW Golf95571%57,43756
6VW Passat934203%94,85688
7BMW 3 Series8060%87,22964
8VW Tiguan473-50%76,06975
9Peugeot 2008441new122,46614156
10Mercedes S Class41918%37,792411
11Audi A731933%211,7482117
12Mini Cooper284-14%63,4671012
13Audi A4282-29%142,8341210
14BMW 4 Series27427%131,9661939
15Audi A325698%201,8292040
16Mercedes CLA255155%181,3143173
17Nissan Qashqai249new171,74722155
18Toyota Camry246-1%152,0551818
19VW CC23622%232,3051514
20Jeep Cherokee215162%281,1783666
21VW Jetta205-34%252,1801613
22BMW X6196416%241,3053253
23Audi Q519334%351,6112426
24Infiniti Q50191-15%321,5212621
25BMW 1 Series179-52%332,1341716
26Toyota RAV416211%371,1853529
27Honda Accord1578%311,5912524
28Mercedes CLS15740%391,4392720
29BMW X4157614%361,0944169
30Nissan Altima149-25%261,4242822
31BMW X514957%271,3342930
32BMW 5 Series GT147-45%301,7302319
33Ford Mondeo145new2986446150
34Mercedes GLA128300%527285563
35Honda CR-V12728%411,0994055
36Porsche Cayenne126448%481,1023952
37Audi A8123-5%421,0424231
38Toyota Prius113-23%441,1053832
39VW Polo1113600%456945744
40VW Touareg10666%494457881
41Audi Q310417%588125148
42BMW X3103472%549404433
43BMW 7 Series101-41%341,0034327
44VW Beetle9523%505676246
45Volvo S609411%767675465
46Audi A592-61%631,1373725
47Volvo V4092104%725336676
48Mini Countryman87112%221,2673423
49Ford Mustang86438%6750568107
50Porsche Panamera8180%784487574
51Lincoln MKZ79-29%468554743
52Range Rover74-70%516935834
53Chrysler 300C74-15%564917047
54Lexus NX72new6956563153
55Porsche Macan6910%596606068
56Lexus ES68-78%103,008119
57Land Rover Discovery Sport68new1958261
58Peugeot 50867-12%615426562
59Lincoln MKS66-16%704956957
60BMW 2 Series66187%6019796108
61Cadillac CTS64220%793618393
62BMW 6 Series60-17%1025196750
63Peugeot 3085614%644747158
64Range Rover Sport54n/a3872056157
65Volvo S805410%684417959
66Toyota Sienna5216%625476472
67Fiat 500515000%713898254
68Jaguar XJ494%873018583
69Peugeot 300847-25%834467661
70Mercedes B Class4768%402159378
71Volvo V6046411%106170101114
72BMW i344100%6624391109
73Ford Taurus41-72%538844535
74Lexus CT4021%823068485
75Mercedes ML Class39-59%558075245
76Audi Q737-30%733918170
77Nissan Juke34-31%744717249
78Infiniti Q703278%9319297115
79Lincoln MKC31new814048096
80Jeep Compass31-37%863018660
81Porsche 9113050%842579088
82Jeep Wrangler29-73%578235038
83Volvo XC6028-32%754587480
84Porsche Boxster28833%9425889110
85Jaguar XE27new27133
86Honda Odyssey26-32%902828882
87Citroen C4 Picasso25-48%881899889
88Audi A124new91117109
89Infiniti QX602441%97117110112
90Volvo XC7022-31%852958787
91Peugeot 20822-48%982439271
92Chrysler 20021new8945873149
93Jaguar XF20-83%471,3203036
94Lexus IS2033%10417210091
95Land Rover Discovery19-84%431,2903337
96Mercedes A Class19-47%926925951
97Ford Escape19-56%1032019575
98Citroen DS318-22%96114111104
99Ford Explorer16-88%162,5231315
100Mercedes G Class16-30%107139105101
101VW Phaeton16-33%10810411295
102Lexus RX15-6%10115010290
103VW Scirocco14-26%11297113106
104Cadillac SRX14250%11449121130
105Nissan Pathfinder13-32%95136107102
106Ford Focus13-64%9912010884
107Lexus LS12-52%1002119486
108Cadillac ATS12-79%1117911697
109Honda Legend12new11777117151
110Mercedes GLK11-94%777735328
111Nissan Leaf11new8057120
112BMW Z41157%1204112564
113Bentley Flying Spur9-50%11014910399
114BMW I89new10528132
115Jeep Grand Cherokee8-93%658464841
116Mini Cooper Convertible8-53%116138106103
117Jaguar F-Type860%11557119117
118Honda Civic7-61%11374118111
119Audi TT5-29%14024134126
120Mercedes AMG GT5new11812140
121Porsche Cayman433%10984115121
122Citroen DS54-50%12517137129
123Toyota Avalon3200%12431129120
124Audi R83-25%13329131125
125Range Rover Evoque2-97%1198424942
126Mini Roadster2-67%12648122113
127Mercedes SL2100%13144124132
128Toyota 8620%12231128128
129Lexus RC2new13422135154
130Infiniti QX702100%13617138139
131Rolls-Royce Wraith2100%1297147142
132BMW X11-99%1234457756
133Bentley Continental GT10%12196114116
134Lexus GS10%12739126124
135Rolls-Royce Ghost10%13520136133
136Rolls-Royce Phantom1n/a14139138
137Citroen DS41-96%12811142123
138Infiniti QX501n/a10143136
139Chrysler Grand Voyager10%1377145134
140Mini Coupe1-91%1427146127
141Nissan GT-R10%6148144
142Infiniti QX801n/a1434149145
143Bentley Mulsanne10%3150141
144Lamborghini Aventador1n/a1442153
145Nissan 370Z1-50%1157143

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