Korean cars which include Hyundai and Kia voted as the best low cost car to own in Australia according to Australia Automotive Association. South Korea successfully attract the car buyers and customers around the world lately with a lot of recognition from various country, continental and automotive association regarding best design, quality and reliability.
The i30 was tapped as the lowest-cost vehicle among small family cars, beating such rivals as the Volkswagen Golf. The Starex took the top of the van segment, with Kia’s Carnival coming in second.
In the compact SUV sector, the Sportage ranked first, with Hyundai’s Tucson ranking second, while the Sorento came in first in the mid-size crossover SUV category, beating the Ford Territory.
In addition, Kia’s K5 sedan received honors at the 2011 Australian International Design Awards along with the Peugeot 3008.
Hyundai and Kia said the good reviews come as they have released more new car models in the country and have actively moved to attract consumers and expand market share.
In the first half of this year, Hyundai’s sales in Australia rose 1.4 percent on-year to 42,978 units with Kia’s shipments gaining 3.3 percent to 12,836 units.
The overall Australian market contracted 6.6 percent on-year in the January-June period Hyundai’s market share, meanwhile, came to 8.7 percent, or fifth after such brands as Toyota and Ford, with Kia’s numbers reaching 2.6 percent.
The combined market share of the two South Korean carmakers was the third-largest in Australia.