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Imported car sales jump 21 pct in Sept. on demand for German models

2017/10/13 11:43

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SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Yonhap) -- Sales of imported vehicles in South Korea jumped 21 percent last month compared to a year earlier on robust demand for German vehicles, industry data showed Wednesday.

The number of newly registered foreign vehicles rose to 20,234 in September from 16,778 a year earlier, the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA) said in a statement.

The three best-selling models were the BMW 520d, BMW 520d xDrive and Mercedes-Benz E 220 sedans. Six out of 10 imported vehicles sold in Korea last month were from Germany, the statement said.

Seven out of 10 imported vehicles sold here for the first nine months were from Europe, it said.

The share of imported vehicles in the domestic passenger car market rose to 15.17 percent in the nine-month period from 14.56 percent tallied for the same period in 2016, a KAIDA spokeswoman said.