Mercedes-Benz Steadily Leads Imported Car Market
Mercedes-Benz has sold the most imported cars in Korea for three months in a row. The automaker sold 5,267 cars here in August, according to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association on Wednesday.
BMW came in second with 4,105 cars sold, up 28.8 percent from a year ago. Toyota was third with 1,210 units, and Lexus came fourth with 1,201 units. Mini and Ford came next with some 800 units each.
Mercedes-Benz sold 48,461 cars for the first eight months of this year, up 44.6 percent over the same time period last year, accounting for 31.6 percent of the imported car market in Korea.
But by model, BMW's 520d was the best-selling car in August. Sales total 921 units since its release early this year. Lexus' hybrid ES300h fell to second place with 733 units sold.
The total number of newly registered imported cars in August was 17,547, up 10.1 percent from a year ago but down 0.5 percent from the previous month.