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South Korea 2009: Avante #1, new Sonata sells 60,000 in 4 months

The new Hyundai Sonata launched in South Korea in September 2009.

In 2009, the launch of the new generation Sonata messed up the rankings: the Hyundai Avante takes the lead over the Full Year with an excellent 115,378 sales and close to 10% of the market, followed by the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) at 102,082 sales and 8.7%.

The Hyundai NF Sonata loses its #1 spot and falls to 3rd with 85,071 units and 7.2%. However the new Hyundai YF Sonata, launched in September 2009, is off to an amazing start with 61,255 sales in 4 months, including 16,368 in December (by far #1 then). The combined sales of the two generations of Sonata reach 146,326 units which would place the nameplate #1 in 2009 by a large margin.

Full December 2009 and Full Year 2009 Top 10 Ranking Tables: click on ‘Read more’ below.

The Hyundai Avante is the best selling car in South Korea in 2009.

South Korea Full Year 2009:

Pos Model 2009 %
1 Hyundai Avante 115,378 9.8%
2 Kia Morning 102,082 8.7%
3 Hyundai NF Sonata 85,071 7.2%
4 Hyundau Grandeur 75,844 6.5%
5 Hyundai YF Sonata 61,255 5.2%
6 Samsung SM5 60,960 5.2%
7 Hyundai Santa Fe 58,324 5.0%
8 Kia Forte Koup 51,374 4.4%
9 Kia Lotze 49,054 4.2%
10 Daewoo Lacetti Premiere 43,962 3.7%

South Korea December 2009:

Pos Model Dec-09 %
1 Hyundai YF Sonata 16,368 12.1%
2 Hyunadi Avante 12,324 9.1%
3 Hyundai Santa Fe 8,016 5.9%
4 Kia Morning 7,846 5.8%
5 Hyundai Tucson 7,804 5.7%
6 Kia Lotze 6,676 4.9%
7 Samsung new SM3 6,459 4.8%
8 Hyundai Grandeur 6,182 4.6%
9 Samsung SM5 5,929 4.4%
10 Kia K7 5,640 4.2%
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