South Korea 2009: Avante #1, new Sonata sells 60,000 in 4 months
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.
South Korea Full Year 2009:
|3||Hyundai NF Sonata||85,071||7.2%|
|5||Hyundai YF Sonata||61,255||5.2%|
|7||Hyundai Santa Fe||58,324||5.0%|
|8||Kia Forte Koup||51,374||4.4%|
|10||Daewoo Lacetti Premiere||43,962||3.7%|
South Korea December 2009:
|1||Hyundai YF Sonata||16,368||12.1%|
|3||Hyundai Santa Fe||8,016||5.9%|
|7||Samsung new SM3||6,459||4.8%|