BMW ranks first in sales of imported cars in Korea until September…
The number of new car registrations in Korea increased last month from the same period last year as the supply and demand for semiconductors, which hit the global automobile industry, eased.
According to automobile statistics company Kaysu Data Research Institute, the number of new cars registered in September this year was 141,640 units, up 17.9 percent from the same month last year. Compared to the previous month, it increased by 6.0%.
Among them, 114,834 new domestic cars were registered, up 17.7 percent from the same month last year, while 26,977 new imported cars were registered, up 9.7 percent from the same period last year.
Kia registered 35,431 units, Hyundai Motor 32,429 units, Genesis 9,852 units, Ssangyong 7,693 units, Renault Korea 4,736 units, and Chevrolet 3,811 units.
By model, Kia Sorento was the most registered with 5,300 units, followed by Hyundai Sonata (4,984 units), Ssangyong Torres (4,871 units), Hyundai Avante (4,575 units), and Hyundai Grandeur (4,504 units).
BMW topped the list for the fourth consecutive month with 7,407 new imported cars. It was followed by 5,483 Mercedes-Benz, 3,133 Tesla, 1,812 Audi, 1,470 Volkswagen, 1,25 Jeeps, and 882 Volvo.
BMW also recorded 57,756 units in the cumulative number of sales from January to September, ahead of Mercedes-Benz (56,110 units), which is the first time this year. If this trend continues, BMW could beat Mercedes-Benz and become the No. 1 imported car for the first time in seven years since 2015.