South Korea Vehicle Sales rose 5% in May 2014. Kia shines.

South Korea Vehicle Sales

South Korea Vehicle Sales rose 5% in May 2014, posting the fifth growing month in a string. Kia sales have been outstanding with market share above 30 percent, the best this year. BMW was again leader among importers.

In May 2014 accordingly with data released by by KAMA and KAIMA, the two South Korean Associations of Automotive Manufacturers, new Light Passengers Vehicles sold have been 140,669, up 5,1% from year ago. Year to date May sales have been 663,402, up 6,6% from year ago.

Hyundai sold 60,475 vehicles with 43,0% of market share, losing 1.8 points from April. Year to date sales were 287,078 with share at 43.1%, up 1.3 points from last year. New Sonata confirmed the leadership with 13,687 sales and 11,3% of share.

Kia was second selling 42,531 vehicles with the share at 30,2%, up 3,7 points from the previous month, at the best share this year, with cumulative sales at 187,356 and share at 28,2%, down 1,8 points from last year. he Morning was the top model with 8.808 sales and 7,3% of share.

Chevrolet was third selling 12,327 units with 8,8% of share, down 0.1 points from April. Year to date sales were 60,006 with share at 9.0%, down 0.9 points from year ago.

Renault Samsung was fourth with 5,568 units sold and 4.0% of share, down 0,2 points from the previous month and it was followed by SsangYong in 5th with 5,500 sales and 3.9% of share.

BMW was again leader among importers and best premium brand in the market selling 2,779 units with 2.0% of share followed by the rival Mercedes with 2,082 vehicles. Behind, Volkswagen was 8th with 2.307 and Audi 9th with 1,975. The first Japanese was Toyota in 10th with 1,371 sales.

In the interactive tables below you can sort thru the All-brands and Best-selling models as you like:

Rank May Rank YTD Brand Sales May 2014 Sales YTD 2014 Share 2013 Share Q1 2014 Share Apr Share May Share YTD
1 1 Hyundai 60.475 287.078 41,8% 42,6% 44,8% 43,0% 43,1%
2 2 Kia 42.531 187.356 30,0% 28,0% 26,5% 30,2% 28,2%
3 3 Chevrolet 12.326 60.006 9,9% 9,2% 8,9% 8,8% 9,0%
4 5 Renault Samsung 5.568 27.327 3,8% 4,1% 4,2% 4,0% 4,1%
5 4 SsangYong 5.500 27.962 4,2% 4,4% 4,1% 3,9% 4,2%
6 6 BMW 2.779 16.477 2,2% 2,7% 2,5% 2,0% 2,5%
7 7 Mercedes 2.082 13.338 1,6% 2,1% 2,2% 1,5% 2,0%
8 8 Volkswagen 2.037 11.705 1,7% 1,9% 1,8% 1,4% 1,8%
9 9 Audi 1.975 11.096 1,3% 1,8% 1,6% 1,4% 1,7%
10 11 Toyota 1.371 3.233 0,5% 0,3% 0,4% 1,0% 0,5%
11 10 Ford 686 3.592 0,5% 0,6% 0,5% 0,5% 0,5%
12 12 Lexus 544 2.366 0,4% 0,3% 0,4% 0,4% 0,4%
13 15 Honda 487 1.725 0,3% 0,2% 0,3% 0,3% 0,3%
14 13 Mini 481 1.802 0,4% 0,3% 0,2% 0,3% 0,3%
15 14 Chrysler 345 1.770 0,3% 0,3% 0,2% 0,2% 0,3%
16 17 Land Rover 282 1.359 0,2% 0,2% 0,2% 0,2% 0,2%
17 18 Peugeot 235 1.185 0,2% 0,2% 0,2% 0,2% 0,2%
18 21 Porsche 223 894 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,2% 0,1%
19 16 Nissan 221 1.627 0,2% 0,3% 0,3% 0,2% 0,2%
20 19 Volvo 205 1.025 0,1% 0,2% 0,1% 0,1% 0,2%
21 22 Jaguar 127 831 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1% 0,1%
22 20 Infiniti 57 922 0,1% 0,2% 0,1% 0,0% 0,1%
23 24 Citroen 46 144 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
24 26 Cadillac 34 101 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
25 27 Mitsubishi 20 20 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%
26 23 Fiat 17 424 0,0% 0,1% 0,1% 0,0% 0,1%
27 25 Bentley 13 124 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0% 0,0%

Rank May Rank YTD Model Sales May 2014 Sales Ytd 2014 Share 2013 Share Q1 2014 Share Apr Share May Share YTD
1 1 Hyundai Sonata 13.687 43.992 5,8% 3,9% 10,6% 11,3% 6,8%
2 3 Kia Morning 8.808 39.458 6,1% 6,0% 5,6% 7,3% 6,1%
3 2 Hyundai Porter 8.083 41.859 6,0% 6,5% 6,4% 6,7% 6,5%
4 6 Hyundai Santa fe 7.406 36.190 5,2% 5,6% 5,4% 6,1% 5,6%
5 7 Hyundai Avante 7.286 33.375 6,2% 5,1% 4,7% 6,0% 5,2%
6 5 Hyundai Grandeur 6.236 37.282 5,8% 6,3% 5,1% 5,1% 5,8%
7 8 Chevrolet Spark 5.106 25.373 4,0% 3,9% 3,9% 4,2% 3,9%
8 9 Kia Bongo 4.620 24.236 3,4% 3,8% 3,8% 3,8% 3,8%
9 10 Kia K5 4.485 21.919 4,1% 3,4% 3,1% 3,7% 3,4%
10 12 Kia Sportage 4.112 20.403 3,0% 3,1% 3,1% 3,4% 3,2%
11 11 Kia K3 3.857 20.657 3,4% 3,3% 3,1% 3,2% 3,2%
12 14 Hyundai ix35 3.723 17.924 2,8% 2,8% 2,4% 3,1% 2,8%
13 13 Hyundai Grand Starex 3.202 19.904 2,8% 3,2% 3,2% 2,6% 3,1%
14 15 Daewoo Damas 2.730 16.775 0,7% 2,9% 2,0% 2,3% 2,6%
15 16 Kia Ray 2.457 14.642 1,8% 2,3% 2,5% 2,0% 2,3%
16 22 Samsung SM3 2.373 8.706 1,3% 1,2% 1,1% 2,0% 1,4%
17 17 SsangYong Korando Sports 2.329 11.528 1,5% 1,8% 1,7% 1,9% 1,8%
18 30 Samsung QM3 2.161 4.495 0,1% 0,2% 1,0% 1,8% 0,7%
19 18 Hyundai Accent 1.931 10.028 1,9% 1,6% 1,4% 1,6% 1,6%
20 20 Samsung SM5 1.837 9.361 2,0% 1,5% 1,3% 1,5% 1,5%
21 21 Kia Sorento 1.818 9.124 1,9% 1,5% 1,2% 1,5% 1,4%
22 24 Chevrolet Cruze 1.720 7.423 1,2% 1,1% 1,1% 1,4% 1,2%
23 27 Chevrolet Malibu 1.708 6.695 0,7% 0,9% 1,2% 1,4% 1,0%
24 19 Kia K7 1.676 9.774 1,7% 1,6% 1,4% 1,4% 1,5%
25 25 Kia Pride 1.582 7.073 1,1% 1,0% 1,1% 1,3% 1,1%

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