The direct links to 22 Historical posts are below.
South Korea now has proper Historical coverage on BestSellingCarsBlog with 22 years worth of Historical Data. There is now an All-local models ranking for absolutely every year since 1998. While in 1997 the Hyundai Accent was #1, the South-East Asian economic crisis cut the South Korean new car market in half in 1998 and crowned the Daewoo Matiz for the first time.
The Hyundai Sonata would then top the models ranking ten times over the following 12 years, spanning 3 generations from 1999 to 2010, and was only interrupted twice: in 2004 when the Hyundai Santa Fe took the lead and in 2009 when the Hyundai Avante (aka Elantra) was in pole position. However, both years corresponded to generation changes for the Sonata, with different generations counted separately. The Sonata nameplate would have led for 12 consecutive years.
Discover or rediscover forgotten nameplates like the Hyundai Atos #2 in 1998, the Daewoo Nubira #3 in 1999, the Daewoo Rezzo #3 in 2000 for its first year of sales in the country, the SsangYong Musso #7 in 2003 and the Kia Lotze #7 in 2006. Notice also the Kia Carens #2 in 2000, the Kia Carnival #3 in 2001, and the Kia Sportage #3 in 2005.
Note that on top of the Hyundai Sonata and Avante, only four additional nameplates managed to crack the 100,000 annual sales barrier over the last 20 years: the Samsung SM5 peaking at #2 and 100,777 units in 2002, the Kia Morning (aka Picanto) reaching 102,082 sales in 2009, the Hyundai Grandeur at 107,652 sales in 2011 and the Hyundai Porter at 101,423 units in 2017.
The next 3 years were the property of the Hyundai Avante, best-seller in 2011, 2012 and 2013 before the Hyundai Sonata reclaimed its crown in 2014 and 2015. 2016 marked the first year a light commercial vehicles managed to top the annual sales charts: the Hyundai Porter, while 2017 was the first time the Hyundai Grandeur took the annual top spot honours.
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