Johannesburg – We all see a fair number of Hyundais and Kias on the roads, but when it comes to vehicle sales numbers, there is a shroud of mystery as their distributor, now called Motus, doesn’t report monthly individual sales numbers for the two South Korean brands.

Thankfully the brands’ s figures are released retrospectively, so if we’re willing to live with the delayed gratification, it is possible to determine how popular these cars are in relation to their rivals. Local manufacturer Mercedes-Benz is equally guilty of this, but we’ll get to that another day.

For now let’s take a look at how Hyundais and Kias sold in 2016, according to data made available by Lightstone Auto. As you’ll see below, the most popular South Korean car in South Africa last year was the Hyundai Grand i10, selling an average of 548.4 units a month, followed by the Tucson, which actually led its segment at 516.6 units despite only having been launched in March. Its Kia Sportage cousin, which was only renewed at the end of the year, should see better numbers in 2017.

A- and Sub-B Segments

Volkswagen Polo Vivo28 830
Toyota Etios12 768
Hyundai Grand i106582
Kia Picanto 6037
Renault Sandero II5857
Ford Figo 5482
Hyundai i105267
Chevrolet Spark4386
Datsun Go4169
Volkswagen Up2602
Toyota Aygo 2021
Suzuki Swift2004
Honda Brio1513
Renault Kwid (Nov, Dec)1271
Suzuki Celerio 605
Tata Bolt575

B-Segment hatch/sedan

 Volkswagen Polo 22 557
 Ford Fiesta  12 204
 Hyundai i20 7652
 Kia Rio 5573
 Renault Clio 5093
 Hyundai Accent 4707
 Toyota Yaris 2023
 Mazda2 1964
 Honda Jazz 1418
 Opel Corsa 1208
 Honda Ballade 1185
 Peugeot 208 553
C-Segment hatch/sedan
 Toyota Corolla Quest 9768
 Toyota Corolla 6826
 Volkswagen Golf 4496
 Ford Focus  4291
 Mazda3 2845
 Volkswagen Jetta 2572
 Chevrolet Cruze 1046
 Opel Astra hatch 1003
 Toyota Auris 905
 Honda Civic 468
 Kia Cerato 393
 Hyundai Elantra 366
 Renault Megane IV 255
 Peugeot 308 254
 Nissan Sentra 202
B-Segment Crossover/SUV
 Ford EcoSport 11 441
 Renault Captur 2838
 Mazda CX-3  2477
 Jeep Renegade 1190
 Opel Mokka 1208
 Honda HR-V 1028
 Suzuki Vitara 571
 Nissan Juke 448
 Fiat 500X 199
 Kia Soul 177
 Peugeot 2008 154
C-Segment Crossover/SUV
 Hyundai Tucson 6199
 Toyota Rav4 5021
 Mazda CX-5 3976
 Nissan X-Trail 3474
 Ford Kuga 2428
 Nissan Qashqai 2372
 Volkswagen Tiguan 2302
 Mitsubishi ASX 1179
 Honda CR-V 936
 Renault Kadjar 793
 Kia Sportage 784
 Subaru Forester 514
 Hyundai ix35 (discontinued) 392
D-Segment Crossover/SUV
 Toyota Fortuner 11 060
 Chevrolet Captiva 752
 Chevrolet Trailblazer 644
 Mahindra XUV 559
 Jeep Cherokee 268
 Kia Sorento 179
 Hyundai Santa Fe 155