The Kia Rio was the second most popular South Korean car in July. With 635 sales, it was narrowly beaten by its Picanto sibling.
The Kia Rio was the second most popular South Korean car in July. With 635 sales, it was narrowly beaten by its Picanto sibling.

July sales: Kia and Hyundai vs segment rivals

By Jason Woosey Time of article published Aug 4, 2017

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Johannesburg - We see a lot of them on the roads, but actually quantifying the popularity of Kia and Hyundai vehicles in South Africa has been a difficult task until recently.

In July, the local distributor of the two South Korean brands, Motus, started reporting monthly sales figures for its individual models to Naamsa for the first time. Although it was sometimes possible to obtain retrospective sales figures, this is the first time that we’re able to compare Kia and Hyundai sales to those of their rivals, directly and on a monthly basis.

So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at how popular these Korean cars were in July.

As you’ll see below, where we’ve compared a large selection of Hyundai and Kia models to their most popular rivals, the two brands feature prominently in many of the segments in which they compete.

Kia is a strong contender in the compact hatchback game, while Hyundai is doing rather well among the smaller and medium-sized SUVs.

However, the two brands do lag a little in the Corolla class as well as the large SUV segment.


Budget Car

Volkswagen Polo Vivo2675Toyota Etios973Renault Kwid799Kia Picanto


Datsun Go647Hyundai Grand i10


Renault Sandero469Ford Figo 354Suzuki Swift337Hyundai i10


Compact Sedan/Hatch

Volkswagen Polo1623Ford Fiesta998Kia Rio


Nissan Almera406Renault Clio362Hyundai i20


Hyundai Accent


Toyota Yaris242Mazda2203Opel Corsa108

Medium Sedan/Hatch

Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris1480Volkswagen Golf 7483Audi A3319Ford Focus249Mazda3234Hyundai Elantra


Volkswagen Jetta157Opel Astra40Renault Megane22Fiat Tipo21Kia Cerato


Compact SUV/Crossover

Ford EcoSport851Hyundai Creta


Mazda CX-3298Renault Captur228Toyota C-HR161Renault Duster146Honda BR-V122Honda HR-V86Opel MokkaX64Kia Soul


Medium SUV/Crossover

Toyota Rav4641Hyundai Tucson


Volkswagen Tiguan371Mazda CX-5342Ford Kuga261Nissan X-Trail224Nissan Qashqai209Renault Kadjar197Kia Sportage


Large SUV/Crossover (Sub-R900 000)

Toyota Fortuner1033Ford Everest 359Toyota Prado61Jeep Grand Cherokee42Chevrolet Trailblazer32Mitsubishi Pajero16Toyota FJ Cruiser14Kia Sorento11Hyundai Santa Fe8

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