Sales of U.S. and British cars up more than 40 pct in first seven months

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Yonhap) -- Sales of American and British cars jumped more than 40 percent in South Korea in the first seven months of 2013 from a year earlier, data showed Wednesday.

A total of 1,647 units of Land Rover were sold between January and July, up 66.7 percent from 988 units a year earlier, according to the data compiled by the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.

The data also showed that 1,022 units of Jaguar and 3,980 units of Ford were sold during the cited period, up 46 percent and 42 percent, respectively, from 2012.

The brisk sales came as some people, who used to drive well-known German cars, opted for other foreign cars, according to an industry official.

Still, German carmakers dominate the local import auto market in total sales.

The combined sales of five German carmakers -- BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen -- came in at 49,922 units in the first seven months, accounting for 55.8 percent of 89,440 units of foreign cars sold during the period.

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