The Hyundai Ioniq 6 ranks #11 at home in October.

The South Korean new light vehicle market registers a second consecutive month of double-digit gains in October at +16.1% to 145,389 sales. Keep in mind October 2021 was off -21.6% on the year prior. This includes 120,026 local vehicles (+12.8%) and 25,363 foreigners (+35.2%). Year-to-date, sales remain in negative at -4.2% to 1,355,366 units including 1,129,793 locals (-4.4%) and 225,573 foreigners (-3.4%). Hyundai (+6.8%) confirms it is back in charge of its home market with 34% share vs. 29.6% for sister brand Kia (+13.7%) which has been the month #1 for 5 months this year. Genesis (-2.1%) loses ground but stays in third place above a spectacular Ssangyong (+139.4%). Mercedes (+113%) overtakes BMW (+40%) with both brands scoring fantastic gains. Renault Korea (-13.3%) follow while GM Korea (+63.3%) compensates for a low year-ago volume.

In the local models ranking, the Hyundai Porter (+123.2%) displays outstanding shape to hold onto the top spot for the 4th consecutive month and the 7th time this year. Its twin the Kia Bongo (+67.1%) also shoot up in 2nd place and advances to the third spot YTD vs. #7 over the Full Year 2021. The Hyundai Avante (+66.7%) climbs onto the podium for the first time since last April, ahead of the Kia Sorento (-4.4%) down two ranks on last month to #4 and the Kia Carnival (+42.4%) rallying back up 19 spots to #5. Below a solid Kia Sportage (+16.3%), the new Ssangyong Torres is down three ranks to #7, still the 2nd highest ranking hit by a SSangyong model since at least 2013. The Hyundai Grandeur (-50.7%) freefalls but the new generation has received 90,000 pre-orders. The Hyundai Palisade (+60.6%) and Casper (+55.9%) close out the Top 10 in strong fashion. Lastly the new Hyundai Ioniq 6 just misses out on a first Top 10 finish at #11.

Over in the foreign models aisle, the Mercedes E-Class (+345.5%) returns to the top spot it hold year-to-date, overtaking the BMW 5 Series (+110.6%), both models sporting excellent results. The Audi Q4 e-Tron is up 7 spots on its inaugural month to land in third place above the Mercedes GLE (+28.5%). The BMW X5 (+110.3%) and X3 (+46.5%) are in great shape as is the Porsche Cayenne (+725%) in 10th place. The VW ID.4 stays at #8 for its 2nd month in market. We welcome the Mercedes EQE (#25) in the charts while the Peugeot 208 (#34) and Range Rover (#50) make very rare appearances in the Top 50.

Previous month: South Korea September 2022: Ssangyong Torres up to #4, Hyundai Ioniq 6 in Top 20, sales up 22.6%

One year ago: South Korea October 2021: Genesis G80 on podium, Hyundai Ioniq 5 in Top 10 in market down -21.6%

Full October 2022 Top 30 all brands, Top 60 all domestic models and Top 50 foreign models below.

South Korea October 2022 – brands:

Pos Brand Oct-22 % /21 Sep 2022 % /21 Pos FY21
1 Hyundai 49,445 34.0% 6.8% 1 449,346 33.2% -7.6% 1 1
2 Kia 43,032 29.6% 13.7% 2 438,332 32.3% -0.6% 2 2
3 Genesis 11,291 7.8% -2.1% 3 108,225 8.0% -3.5% 3 3
4 Ssangyong 7,850 5.4% 139.4% 4 56,725 4.2% 28.1% 6 7
5 Mercedes 7,717 5.3% 113.0% 6 63,791 4.7% -3.1% 5 4
6 BMW 6,754 4.6% 40.0% 5 64,504 4.8% 12.6% 4 5
7 Renault Korea 4,338 3.0% -13.3% 7 43,825 3.2% -8.3% 7 6
8 GM Korea 4,070 2.8% 63.3% 8 33,340 2.5% -32.2% 8 8
9 Audi 2,637 1.8% -0.1% 9 17,094 1.3% -7.9% 9 9
10 Chevrolet 1,586 1.1% 177.3% 11 7,473 0.6% -8.0% 13 15
11 Volkswagen 1,114 0.8% 54.9% 10 11,170 0.8% -10.9% 10 11
12 Lexus 781 0.5% 19.1% 14 5,703 0.4% -29.8% 16 14
13 Jeep 767 0.5% 2.3% 12 5,994 0.4% -31.1% 15 13
14 Porsche 737 0.5% 43.9% 18 7,015 0.5% -9.2% 14 16
15 Mini 613 0.4% -12.6% 15 9,026 0.7% -6.7% 12 12
16 Volvo 566 0.4% -49.7% 13 10,003 0.7% -18.8% 11 10
17 Toyota 482 0.3% -7.5% 16 5,352 0.4% 0.4% 17 18
18 Land Rover 329 0.2% 0.6% 20 2,387 0.2% -6.6% 21 21
19 Peugeot 306 0.2% 22.4% 22 1,724 0.1% -10.1% 23 22
20 Honda 273 0.2% -48.1% 21 2,813 0.2% -21.2% 19 19
21 Polestar 249 0.2% new 19 2,444 0.2% new 20  –
22 Ford 155 0.1% -69.1% 17 4,206 0.3% -16.0% 18 17
23 Bentley 75 0.1% 341.2% 25 691 0.1% 77.2% 25 26
24 Cadillac 74 0.1% -19.6% 24 738 0.1% -18.4% 24 23
25 Lincoln 56 0.0% -71.3% 23 2,180 0.2% -24.7% 22 20
26 Lamborghini 53 0.0% 60.6% 26 311 0.0% -1.9% 27 27
27 Maserati 20 0.0% -64.9% 27 491 0.0% -24.9% 26 24
28 Rolls-Royce 10 0.0% -16.7% 28 197 0.0% 2.1% 28 29
29 DS 6 0.0% new 30 73 0.0% new 30  –
30 Jaguar 3 0.0% -57.1% 29 154 0.0% -46.7% 29 28
31 Citroen 0 0.0% -100.0%  – 39 0.0% -92.6% 31 25
 – Total local manufacturers 120,026 82.6% 12.8%  – 1,129,793 83.4% -4.4%  –  –
 – Total foreign manufacturers 25,363 17.4% 35.2%  – 225,573 16.6% -3.4%  –  –
 – Total market 145,389 100.0% 16.1%  – 1,355,366 100.0% -4.2%  –  –

South Korea October 2022 – domestic models:

Pos Model Oct-22 /21 Sep 2022 /21 Pos FY21
1 Hyundai Porter 9,020 123.2% 1 76,149 -1.5% 1 1
2 Kia Bongo 5,872 67.1% 3 54,772 10.2% 3 7
3 Hyundai Avante 5,615 66.7% 7 44,808 -23.6% 5 4
4 Kia Sorento 5,127 -4.4% 2 54,853 -7.8% 2 5
5 Kia Carnival 5,004 42.4% 24 44,170 -31.2% 6 3
6 Kia Sportage 4,950 16.3% 8 43,436 75.3% 7 16
7 Ssangyong Torres 4,726 new 4 15,833 #DIV/0! 29  –
8 Hyundai Grandeur 4,661 -50.7% 5 54,359 -27.0% 4 2
9 Hyundai Palisade 4,147 60.6% 13 41,027 -7.0% 8 10
10 Hyundai Casper 3,908 55.9% 9 38,920 1334.0% 10 34
11 Hyundai Ioniq 6 3,667 new 17 6,327 new 38  –
12 Kia K8 3,613 -13.6% 10 36,711 -4.2% 12 12
13 Hyundai Staria 3,461 24.7% 16 26,945 28.6% 16 21
14 Kia Ray 3,363 -1.1% 11 36,159 20.2% 13 18
15 Hyundai Sonata 3,323 -45.8% 6 40,053 -22.8% 9 6
16 Kia Seltos 3,150 29.7% 12 35,153 6.9% 14 15
17 Genesis G80 3,082 -49.6% 15 38,097 -22.8% 11 9
18 Genesis G90 2,818 943.7% 25 19,693 333.0% 26 41
19 Hyundai Santa Fe 2,722 -22.1% 22 22,030 -37.4% 24 13
20 Kia K5 2,514 29.9% 26 25,723 -49.0% 18 8
21 Genesis GV70 2,413 -16.6% 21 23,088 -31.6% 22 14
22 Kia Morning 2,246 64.1% 27 23,872 -9.1% 20 19
23 Kia EV6 2,175 -21.3% 23 21,335 191.2% 25 32
24 Hyundai Ioniq 5 2,169 -42.7% 19 24,768 28.7% 19 24
25 SsangYong Rexton Sports 2,077 24.4% 28 22,963 16.4% 23 22
26 Samsung QM6 2,007 -42.4% 14 23,528 -21.6% 21 17
27 Genesis GV80 1,945 6.4% 30 17,646 -2.3% 27 23
28 Hyundai Tucson 1,729 -40.6% 18 27,495 -33.2% 15 11
29 Kia Niro 1,642 -13.4% 20 25,732 63.4% 17 25
30 Samsung XM3 1,540 94.4% 29 15,423 24.0% 30 28
31 Kia K3 1,500 -1.7% 35 16,678 -23.7% 28 20
32 Chevrolet Trailblazer 1,360 95.1% 31 13,039 -23.3% 31 26
33 Hyundai Nexo 1,101 17.1% 33 8,622 17.4% 35 35
34 Kia Mohave 980 66.7% 32 10,393 11.5% 32 33
35 Chevrolet Bolt EUV 908 new 39 1,859 new 46  –
36 Chevrolet Spark 882 -17.9% 34 9,856 -38.8% 34 27
37 Hyundai Venue 702 -30.0% 36 6,974 -37.4% 36 30
38 Genesis G70 540 45.2% 40 4,679 -26.8% 41 37
39 Hyundai Kona 493 -49.4% 37 6,967 -33.5% 37 31
40 Genesis GV60 493 948.9% 42 5,022 10585.1% 40 52
41 Samsung SM6 475 38.5% 43 3,458 53.6% 43 44
42 SsangYong Tivoli 437 -45.6% 38 10,017 -22.8% 33 29
43 SsangYong Rexton 429 30.8% 41 3,214 -31.7% 44 40
44 Kia K9 371 -32.1% 45 5,361 -1.1% 39 39
45 Renault Samsung Master 316 6.4% 52 900 0.0% 52 50
46 Chevrolet Traverse 260 -16.1% 47 1,570 -45.1% 48 43
47 Chevrolet Bolt 199 n/a 44 636 -37.4% 53 53
48 Kia Stinger 184 -23.3% 53 1,683 -37.7% 47 45
49 SsangYong Korando 180 -62.3% 46 4,589 -33.2% 42 36
50 Chevrolet Colorado 167 14.4% 48 2,418 -28.3% 45 42
51 Chevrolet Equinox 135 n/a 51 912 66.4% 51 55
52 Chevrolet Malibu 105 -59.0% 49 1,389 -45.7% 49 46
53 Chevrolet Trax 28 n/a 50 1,238 -42.1% 50 47
54 Chevrolet Tahoe 26 n/a 54 347 n/a 55  –
55 Ssangyong Rexton Emotion 1 new  – 109 new 58  –
56 Renault Samsung Zoe 0 -100.0%  – 404 -44.2% 54 54
57 Hyundai Veloster 0 -100.0%  – 183 -60.6% 56 56
58 Renault Samsung Twizy 0 -100.0%  – 112 -61.2% 57 58
59 Chevrolet Corvette/Camaro 0 -100.0%  – 74 -9.8% 59 60

South Korea October 2022 – foreign models:

Pos Model Oct-22 /21 Sep 2022 /21 Pos FY21
1 Mercedes E Class 2,771 345.5% 3 23,133 1.0% 1 1
2 BMW 5 Series 2,658 110.6% 2 17,072 8.5% 2 2
3 Audi Q4 e-Tron 1,235 new 10 1,859 new 35  –
4 Mercedes GLE 1,225 28.5% 5 5,996 -0.7% 7 8
5 Chevrolet Bolt EUV 908 new 14 1,859 new 36  –
6 BMW X5 902 110.3% 9 6,172 30.0% 5 11
7 BMW X3 721 46.5% 22 5,304 18.5% 10 14
8 VW ID.4 585 new 8 1,258 new 51  –
9 Audi A6 562 -55.8% 20 5,808 -33.0% 8 3
10 Porsche Cayenne 561 725.0% n/a 2,861 -11.6% 19 24
11 Mercedes GLC 475 68.4% 18 4,109 -30.6% 11 10
12 BMW 6 Series 397 27.7% 13 3,593 19.0% 16 26
13 BMW X4 387 1.3% 6 4,014 22.7% 13 20
14 VW Tiguan 379 340.7% 12 3,481 -18.6% 18 15
15 Lexus NX 363 1550.0% 35 1,127 600.0% 56 n/a
16 BMW X6 361 31.3% 15 4,037 14.3% 12 21
17 Mercedes CLS 358 383.8% n/a 2,762 -12.1% 20 25
18 Mercedes A Class 358 477.4% 33 2,570 -41.1% 23 18
19 Mercedes GLB 349 0.3% 37 2,547 -48.1% 24 13
20 Lexus ES 341 -35.2% 16 3,551 -34.5% 17 9
21 Mercedes G Class 335 1663.2% 24 1,282 -17.0% 49 41
22 Mercedes S Class 320 -61.2% 7 11,103 35.1% 3 4
23 Toyota RAV4 318 106.5% 23 2,003 20.0% 32 40
24 Mercedes EQS 316 new 26 1,380 new 46 n/a
25 Mercedes EQE 297 new n/a 399 new 75  –
26 Mercedes GLS 280 237.3% 38 1,850 53.7% 37 n/a
27 BMW iX3 261 new 21 1,487 new 45  –
28 Chevrolet Traverse 260 -16.1% 41 1,570 -45.1% 44 23
29 Polestar 2 249 new 30 2,444 new 26  –
30 Jeep Compass 244 6000.0% 11 1,152 n/a 54 n/a
31 Audi Q3 239 n/a 39 1,052 n/a 59 n/a
32 Jeep Grand Cherokee 216 100.0% 45 1,069 -23.9% 58 43
33 Mini Cooper Hatch 214 -35.7% 28 3,611 -22.2% 15 12
34 Peugeot 208 203 480.0% n/a 312 n/a 76 n/a
35 Chevrolet Bolt EV 199 n/a 32 636 -32.5% 72 n/a
36 Mini Countryman 181 0.0% 34 2,011 -15.4% 31 30
37 BMW 4 Series 171 74.5% 43 1,136 -13.0% 55 n/a
38 Chevrolet Colorado 167 14.4% 42 2,418 -28.3% 27 22
39 Mini Clubman 156 -10.3% n/a 2,034 -13.5% 30 34
40 Jeep Wrangler 154 -57.9% 46 1,800 -35.3% 39 29
41 Audi Q5 145 -13.2% 49 1,761 64.3% 40 n/a
42 BMW 8 Series 142 208.7% n/a 524 n/a 73 n/a
43 Mercedes EQA 136 1411.1% 44 1,296 323.5% 48 n/a
44 Honda CR-V 135 -39.2% n/a 1,124 -26.0% 57 n/a
45 Chevrolet Equinox 135 n/a n/a 912 66.4% 67 n/a
46 BMW i4 131 new 40 1,591 new 42  –
47 Mercedes CLA 129 18.3% 47 1,323 2.6% 47 50
48 Audi Q7 120 -34.1% n/a 1,004 -20.8% 60 n/a
49 BMW 3 Series 117 -75.2% 19 5,616 -18.8% 9 7
50 Range Rover 112 286.2% n/a 446 n/a 74 n/a

Source: Manufacturers, Motorgraph