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South Korea March 2018: Hyundai Santa Fe shoots to #1, Nexo lands

The new generation Hyundai Santa Fe is the best-selling vehicle in South Korea this month.

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New car sales in South Korea edge down 0.5% year-on-year in March to 165.834 units, with once again very dynamic foreign carmakers up 20% to 26.402 failing to compensate for ailing local manufacturers down 4% to 139.432. Year-to-date, total volumes are now down 0.1% to 424.731 with the same situation repeating: foreign carmakers are up 23% to 67.405 but local manufacturers down 4% to 357.316. In March market leader Hyundai drops 1% to 37.2% share, well above its YTD level of 35.8% (-4%). It is followed as usual by sister brand Kia up 2% to 29.3%, exactly the same scores as YTD. Ssangyong remains the #3 brand in the country with stable sales this month (+0.2%).

First appearance of the Hyundai Nexo in the South Korean sales charts.

GM Korea’s dire situation with rumours of folding up and the closure of at least one of its Korea plants triggers freefalling sales at -58% year-on-year and some unheard-of events again. Both Mercedes (+18%) and BMW (+14%) outsell GM Korea for the 2nd month running and ever. Added to this, Mercedes also sells more than Renault Samsung (-26%) to rank #4 overall. Genesis (+318%) is stuck at the bottom end of Korean brands. Further down, a long list of foreign carmakers post spectacular gains, such as Toyota (+85%), Porsche (+68%), Mini (+62%), Honda (+57%), Audi (+47%), Peugeot (+44%) and Land Rover (+34%). A momentous event also occurs in March: the return of Volkswagen in the South Korean charts at #20 after 16 months of absence due to a stop-sale ordered in the wake of its emissions scandal, starting with the Passat GT – the only model available in its South Korean lineup for now. The last time Volkswagen ranked in South Korea was in October 2016.

Volkswagen returns to South Korea with the Passat GT.

The fourth generation launched in late February propels the Hyundai Santa Fe directly into the local pole position with sales up 140% on the previous model in March 2017. It has become a bit of a routine now: when a new generation or a significant facelift is released, the Santa Fe briefly shoots to #1. It was the case in June 2012 when the third generation launched, and in July 2015 and September 2016 with subsequent facelifts. However this month the Santa Fe sells over 13.000 units, which our records show is a new monthly volume record for the nameplate, so its domination could be more lengthy. The Santa Fe topped the annual South Korean rankings once: in 2004.

Mercedes is the 4th best-selling carmaker in South Korea this month.

The Santa Fe win puts an end to 15 consecutive months of Hyundai Grandeur domination, the sedan dropping a steep 21% in March. The Hyundai Porter (-9%), Kia Sorento (+10%) and Hyundai Avante (-15%) all lose one spot on February while the Kia Carnival (-12%) is up 6 to #6 and the Hyundai Sonata (-25%) down two to #7. Strong performers include the Hyundai Veloster (+1295%), Ssangyong G4 Rexton (+410%), Samsung SM5 (+115%), Kia K3 (+95%), Ray (+41%), K5 (+37%) and Ssangyong Korando Sports (+36%). We welcome the all-new Electric Fuel Cell Hyundai Nexo at #57 with 11 sales.

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South Korea Full Year 2017: Now with Top 170 All foreign models

The Mercedes E-Class cements its domination among foreigners in South Korea.

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The South Korean Full Year 2017 Report has now been updated with complete foreign models data. The Mercedes E Class (+42%) and BMW 5 Series (+40%) both post spectacular gains to cement their domination, followed by the BMW 3 Series (+15%) and Mercedes C Class (-1%) like in 2016. The Lexus ES is up 22% and two spots to #5, the Honda Accord surges 84% to #7 while the Ford Explorer (+27%) and Toyota Camry (+39%) also shine in the Top 10. Below, the Nissan Altima (+34%), Mercedes GLC (+23%), BMW X5 (+61%), Mercedes AMG range (+636%) and BMW X6 (+44%) also make themselves noticed while among newcomers the Infiniti Q30 (#54), Range Rover Velar (#75) and Volvo V90 (#92) are the most popular.

South Korea February 2018: Mercedes & BMW > GM Korea for first time

Both Mercedes and BMW outsell GM Korea in February: that’s a first. 

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The South Korean new car market drops a steep 7.7% year-on-year in February to 125.360 units with a sharp decline by local manufacturers (-11.9% to 105.432) not compensated by very healthy foreign carmakers (up 22.9% to 19.928). Brand leader Hyundai almost double the market decline to tumble down 13% to 36.1% share, followed by Kia resisting a lot better at -5% to 29.5%. Ssangyong is down 13% to climbs one spot on January to land in third place. Below, we witness a first: both Mercedes (+12%) and BMW (+91%) manage to rank inside the Top 5, outselling both GM Korea (-48%) handicapped by the announcement of the closure of one of its Korean plants, and Renault Samsung (-33%). It is the first time a foreign manufacturer (let alone two) manages to outsell GM Korea at home. Hyundai’s new premium brand Genesis is up 310% year-on-year but down two spots to #8 or last Korean marque. Below, Cadillac (+78%), Toyota (+67%), Jaguar (+63%) and Peugeot (+35%) are among the biggest gainers.

The Hyundai Veloster is back into its home sales charts. 

Over in the local models ranking, the Hyundai Grandeur continues to dominate the charts head and shoulders but is starting to lose momentum with a steep 18% drop in February and 14% YTD. The Hyundai Porter (-6%), Kia Sorento (+16%), Hyundai Avante (-21%) and Sonata (+14%) replicate the January Top 5, while the Hyundai Santa Fe (-31%) is up 8 spots on January to #8 and the Kia K5 (+41%) also to #9. The Hyundai Kona edges up one rank on last month to return to its home Top 10 only for the 4th time and the first time since last September. Among other recent launches, the Kia Stonic is down two spots on January to #24, the Genesis G70 also down two to #29 and the Kia Stinger up two to #35. The Hyundai Veloster makes its return in the charts thanks to the new generation at #50 with 109 sales.

Previous month: South Korea January 2018: Genesis above Renault Samsung

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South Korea January 2018: Genesis above Renault Samsung

Genesis breaks into its home Top 5 brands for the first time.

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New car sales in South Korea are up 8.7% year-on-year in January to 133.527 units, including 112.452 local models (+5.9%) and 21.075 foreigners (+26.4%). Hyundai continues to dominate the brands ranking but edges up only 1% to a round 33.7% share while sister brand Kia almost doubles the market growth at +12% to 29.3% share. GM Korea continues to struggle at -33% to 5.9% while Ssangyong is up a solid 9% to 5.7%. There are two main events in South Korea this month: first Mercedes soaring to 5th place overall thanks to deliveries up 10%, second the 6th position of Hyundai’s new luxury brand Genesis, up 10-fold on January 2017 to 4.8% share.

This means both Mercedes and Genesis overtake Renault Samsung for what is believed to be the first time (in the case of Mercedes) and 100% confirmed the first time in the case of Genesis, albeit by just two units. This sales surge is almost solely due to the rebranding of the Hyundai Genesis into Genesis G80, up 13% to a record 9th place this month. BMW also males itself noticed with a 124% year-on-year surge to 4% share, less than a thousand units below Renault Samsung. Volvo (+95%), Porsche (+96%), Peugeot (+116%) and Cadillac (+70%) also shine.

In the models ranking, the Hyundai Grandeur posts a 14th consecutive month at #1 but sees its sales drop 9% year-on-year, followed by the Hyundai Porter down a harsh 21%. The Kia Sorento is up 14% to #3, ahead of the Hyundai Avante (+12%) and Sonata (+38%). The Hyundai Kona is back up 12 spots on December to #11, the Kia Stonic is up 5 to #22 and the Kia Stinger up 3 to #37.

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South Korea Full Year 2017: First win for the Hyundai Grandeur

The Hyundai Grandeur is the best-selling vehicle in South Korea in 2017. 

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The South Korean new car market slides down 2% year-on-year in 2017 to 1.783.177 units, including 1.550.089 local cars (-2%) and 233.088 imports (+3%). Hyundai goes agains the grain with a 5% improvement to 37.3% share but was threatened by sister brand Kia (down 3% to 29.2%) in December. GM Korea is in great difficulty at -27% to just 7.4% of the market, lodging its first four-digit monthly sales figures in years in both September and October. Ssangyong (+3%) is back above Renault Samsung (-10%) while Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis is stable (+2%) but gets a boost in both November (+590%) and December (+425%) thanks to the rebranding of the Hyundai Genesis which becomes the Genesis G80.

The Tivoli is the first Ssangyong to rank inside the annual South Korean Top 10 in 14 years.

In the foreign aisle, the stepping down of Audi (-94%) and Volkswagen (-100%) due to harsh stop-sale orders linked to their 2015 emissions scandal enables Mercedes (+22%) and BMW (+23%) to sail away. Both Lexus (+19%) and Toyota (+26%) defy a general anti-Japanese sentiment present in South Korea and break into the Top 10 brands for 2017. Cadillac (+82%), Rolls-Royce (+59%), Honda (+55%), Bentley (+52%), Fiat (+49%), Citroen/DS (+27%), Volvo (+27%), Jeep/Chrysler (+22%) and Lamborghini (+20%) all post spectacular year-on-year gains this year.

Launched in July, the Hyundai Kona peaked at #9 in September and ends the year at #23.

Model-wise, 2017 is the first year that sees the Hyundai Grandeur tops the South Korean charts, its previous best being #2 in 2006. Uncontested leader through the 12 months of the year, the Grandeur also beats the nameplate’s annual volume record thanks to deliveries almost doubling (+92%) on the previous generation in 2016 to 132.080. Previous best volume for the Grandeur was hit in 2011 with 107,652 sales. The Hyundai Porter is knocked down from its pedestal but still gains 5% to a new record 101.423 units. The Hyundai Avante aka Elantra (-11%) rounds up the podium while the Sonata (+1%) makes the Top Four 100% Hyundai. Four Kias follow (Sorento, Morning, Carnival and Bongo). At #9, the Ssangyong Tivoli breaks becomes the first Ssangyong to rank inside its home annual Top 10 in 14 years, since the Rexton and Musso SUT in 2003.

The Mercedes E-Class cements its domination among foreigners in South Korea.

We welcome four all-new nameplates among the local South Korean models in 2017: the Hyundai Kona fares the best at #23, peaking at #9 in September, followed by the Kia Stonic at #33 (personal best: #23 in August), the Kia Stinger at #40 (#29 in June) and the Genesis G70 at #43 (#27 in December). Over in the foreign models ranking, the Mercedes E Class (+42%) and BMW 5 Series (+40%) both post spectacular gains to cement their domination, followed by the BMW 3 Series (+15%) and Mercedes C Class (-1%) like in 2016. The Lexus ES is up 22% and two spots to #5, the Honda Accord surges 84% to #7 while the Ford Explorer (+27%) and Toyota Camry (+39%) also shine in the Top 10. Below, the Nissan Altima (+34%), Mercedes GLC (+23%), BMW X5 (+61%), Mercedes AMG range (+636%) and BMW X6 (+44%) also make themselves noticed while among newcomers the Infiniti Q30 (#54), Range Rover Velar (#75) and Volvo V90 (#92) are the most popular.

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South Korea November 2017: Discover the top foreign brands/models (BSCB Exclusive)

The BMW 5 Series is the best-selling foreign nameplate in South Korea this month.

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Foreign brands and models data is back on BSCB, with aggregate sales in South Korea down 1% year-on-year to 162.608 for the month of November. BMW is up 28% on November 2016 to distance Mercedes at 4.2% vs. 3.9% share, while Genesis plays with the top German premium brands (its original objective) for the first time at 3.9% share only 9 sales below Mercedes. Toyota climbs 55% to #9, Land Rover is up 36% to #11, Honda up 62% to #12, Jeep up 27% to #13, Volvo up 443% to #15, Infiniti up 32% to #21 and Cadillac up 67% to #22. Model-wise, the BMW 5 Series reigns supreme with deliveries up 71% to over 4.000 units, followed by the Mercedes E-Class (-14%) and BMW 3 Series (-2%). The Toyota Camry jumps 150% to #4 thanks to the new generation, distancing the Mercedes S-Class (+73%) and Mercedes GLC (+195%). The Mercedes GLA (+324%) also impresses in the Top 10 but the Lexus ES (-12%) and Mercedes C-Class (-35%) struggle. Further down, notice the Mercedes CLA (+206%), BMW X5 (+157%), Honda Odyssey (+483%), BMW X6 (+228%) and Volvo V90 (+270%) all posting spectacular gains. The Range Rover Velar leads recent launches at #28 ahead of the Mercedes GLS (#50), Peugeot 5008 (#62) and Volvo V90 (#75).

Mercedes GLC sales are up 3-fold on November 2016 in South Korea.

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South Korea November 2017: Hyundai Grandeur holds ground at #1

The Hyundai Grandeur celebrates 12 consecutive months at #1 at home.

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Sales of local vehicles in South Korea are down 3% year-on-year in November to 140.342 registrations, edging the year-to-date volume a little bit more into negative territory at -0.3% to 1.417.774 units. Market leader Hyundai goes against the grain with a 3% year-on-year increase to 41% share, albeit lower than the 43.5% it commands year-to-date. Kia is up 0.2% to 34.9% vs. 33.5% but GM Korea continues its freefall at -40% to 7.4%, however climbing back above 10.000 monthly sales. Renault Samsung (-34%) does almost as bad, while Ssangyong drops 7%. Hyundai’s new premium fare, Genesis, is finally spreading its wings at home: up 7-fold on October 2016 to 6.287 sales and 4.5% share vs. 1.3% so far this year, but this is mainly due to the Hyundai Genesis being renamed Genesis G80 for the launch of its new generation this month…

The Hyundai Genesis finally becomes the Genesis G80 at home. 

Model-wise, the Hyundai Grandeur celebrates one full year of domination of its home market, ending the month in pole position for the 12th consecutive time thanks to sales up 28% to 10.181. The Hyundai Porter (+8%) stays in 2nd place while the Kia Sorento (+27%) climbs onto the podium, knocking the Hyundai Sonata (+26%) down to #4. The Hyundai Tucson (+9%) is the best-selling SUV in the country above the Hyundai Santa Fe (-17%), both nameplates now outselling the Hyundai Kona, down one spot to #11 and seemingly already past its prime. It remains above its archenemy the Ssangyong Tivoli for a mere 26 sales. Its cousin the Kia Stonic is down three spots to a paltry 30th place, the Kia Stonic down four to #38 while the Genesis G70 is up four to #27.

Previous month: South Korea October 2017: Facelifted Hyundai Sonata up 31% in market down 11%

One year ago: South Korea November 2016: New Hyundai Grandeur shoots up to #3

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South Korea October 2017: Facelifted Hyundai Sonata up 31% in market down 11%

The facelift allows the Hyundai Sonata a welcome sales boost.

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Sales of local vehicles in South Korea are down 11% year-on-year in October to 112.729 units, leading the year-to-date tally to a very stable state: down 0.04% to 1.277.432. Market leader Hyundai goes against the grain with a 11% improvement to 45.5% share vs. 43.8% so far this year, and its luxury arm Genesis shoots up 79% thanks to the arrival of the G70, up 148% on its inaugural month in September. But all other carmakers decline: Kia is down 6%, Ssangyong down 22% and Renault Samsung down 46% while the crisis deepens for GM Korea with talks of a withdrawal of South Korea fuelling a 5$% freefall and the second consecutive month below 10.000 units, a feat that had not happened in at least a decade.

The new G70 enables Genesis to soar 79% year-on-year. 

Over in the models ranking, the Hyundai Grandeur is approaching a complete year of domination of the Korean charts with an 11th consecutive month in pole position and sales up 143% year-on-year. The Porter (+10%) and Sonata (+31%) make the podium 100% Hyundai, the latter being boosted by a new facelifted variant. Below, the Kia Sorento (-5%), Hyundai Avante (-22%), Kia Morning (-12%) and Carnival (-21%) all lose significant ground. The Hyundai Kona has, disappointingly, already hit its full potential with deliveries down 29% on last month to fall to 10th place overall, 2nd best-selling SUV in the country below the Hyundai Santa Fe but remaining above ts direct competitor the Ssangyong Tivoli (-32%). Its twin the Kia Stonic is hit even harder at -44% to just above 1.000 units. The Kia Stinger has stabilised around 750 monthly sales.

Previous month: South Korea September 2017: Kia Sorento hits record in market up 20%

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South Korea September 2017: Kia Sorento hits record in market up 20%

The facelifted Kia Sorento sells a record 10.016 units at home in September. 

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Sales of local vehicles in South Korea leap up 20% year-on-year in September to 133.551 units, pulling the year-to-date tally into positive territory at 1.164.703 registrations, up 1% on the same period a year ago. Brand leader Hyundai vastly outperforms its home market with a 44% surge in September to 58.277 sales and 43.6% share, and its sister brand Kia also delivers a market-beating performance at +25% to 48.019 units and 36% share vs. 33.4% so far this year. Ssangyong slightly trails the market at +18% but overtakes GM Korea (-36%) for third place overall while Renault Samsung drops 20% and Genesis surges 47% thanks to the arrival of the G70. In the models ranking, the Hyundai Grandeur celebrates 10 consecutive months atop the South Korean charts with sales up 245% on the previous generation. The Kia Sorento soars 56% to 10.016 sales, to BSCB’s knowledge the first time this nameplate achieves a five-digit sales figure at home. The Hyundai Porter (+68%) and Avante (+38%) follow, both with spectacular year-on-year gains. The Kia Carnival (+53%) and Bongo (+73%) also impress while the all-new Hyundai Kona gains one spot and 27% on last month to rank 9th, still leading its segment above the Ssangyong Tivoli. Meanwhile, the Kia Stonic is up 17% but down one rank to #24 and the Kia Stinger is up 8% and two spots to #33 but remains 42% below its monthly volume record established last June.

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South Korea August 2017: Hyundai Kona in Top 10

The Hyundai Kona is already among South Korea’s 10 best-sellers. 

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Sales of local vehicles in South Korea jump up 12% year-on-year in August to 120.847 units, meaning the year-to-date total is now only down 1% at 1.031.152 deliveries. Market leader Hyundai soars 27% to 44.3% share, distancing sister brand Kia up 10% to 33.9% whereas GM Korea (Chevrolet) is down 22% in third place. Ssangyong is up 8% but Renault Samsung down 9% and Genesis down 10%. In the models ranking, the Hyundai Grandeur is the best-seller for the 9th month in row, ahead of the Kia Sorento (+65%), Hyundai Avante (+10%) and Porter (+62%). But the big event of the month is the thunderous arrival inside the Top 10 of the all-new Hyundai Kona, up 9 spots to #10 for its 2nd month in market, already outselling segment rival the Ssangyong Tivoli (#11) and third best-selling SUV in South Korea below the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe (#9), but already above the Hyundai Tucson (#12) and Kia Sportage (#17). Meanwhile, the Kia Stonic, based on the same platform, is up just 5 ranks to #23.

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