Super cars had a super six months as rest of market struggled
Their sales boomed as the car market as a whole struggled.
Sales of seven super car brands identified by the Korean Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA) jumped by 38.3 percent year-on-year in the first six months of this year, from 553 units to 765 units.
The seven brands are Bentley, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, McLaren, Rolls-Royce and Lotus.
Bentley’s bestselling model was the Flying Spur V8 sedan, which starts at 320 million won.
“Import car brands that cost over an average of 400 million won reported all-time high sales,” KAMA said in a report Tuesday. “Distinctive consumption patterns such as revenge consumption as a result of Covid-19 factored into the sales figures.”
Imported carmakers in general had a stellar first half, delivering 167,000 units, a 17.9 percent year-on-year jump. It is a half-year record, according to KAMA.
Their market share in Korea increased by 3.1 percentage points during the cited period to 18.1 percent.
Sales of Korean automakers plunged by 6.2 percent to 756,000 units, largely due to the weak performances of GM Korea, Renault Samsung Motors and SsangYong Motor.
Sales of Hyundai Motor and Kia, Korea’s two largest automaker, slipped by 1 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively. Sales of the other three Korean automakers in the first half dropped by 34.9 percent year-on-year.
The sales of German imports, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi in the Jan.-June period jumped by 23.9 percent year-on-year. Sales of U.S. auto brands surged by 12.3 percent year-on-year, led by Tesla.
Japanese car sales dipped by 2.4 percent year-on-year during the Jan.-June period.
“The fact that only imported carmakers are seeing a sales surge is something to be mulled over amid diversifying demand,” said Jung Man-ki, chairman of KAMA.
Eco-friendly vehicles continued to sell well.
Sales of hybrid, all-electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles surged by 72.9 percent on-year in the first half, accounting for 17 percent of new cars sold. They accounted for 9.7 percent of the new cars sold in the first half of last year.
Sales of petrol and diesel-powered vehicles dropped by 7.5 percent and 14.1 percent respectively during the cited period.
The Korean auto industry in the first half sold 924,000 units, down from 948,000 units a year earlier.
BY JIN EUN-SOO [firstname.lastname@example.org]