Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Mongolia Falls for Korea

Matt Gasnier
by Matt Gasnier

After Afghanistan, Norway and Haiti, I will continue to surprise you and get us all to Mongolia for our next stop. Yes Mongolia, and why not? Some of you have already expressed strong interest in that particular country so I didn’t feel I could wait any longer to let you know all about the best selling cars there…

Now let’s be honest, hands up who has been to Mongolia?

Thought so. So get yourself over the jump and discover all about yak-replacements… Now if you live there (serious. if you do, please say hi!) or you are yaked out, there’s always my blog where 155 more countries are covered


Landlocked between Russia and China, you would assume the Mongolian car landscape would be a mix of…

best selling cars around the globe mongolia falls for korea


…and this…

…and this.

Not so.

Ladas and Chinese cars are very rare in the streets of Ulan Bataar.

Instead, recent YouTube videos of the streets of Mongolia’s capital show that Hyundai has established a solid grip on the Mongolian car market, with various generations of Hyundai Pony/Accent and Sonata the most common sights…

Like these ones…

…or these ones…

…or even that one.

So in this context I will be bold.

And venture a – calculated – bet: the new generations of Hyundai Accent…

…and Sonata should in all logic lead the models ranking in Mongolia in 2011. Perhaps not yet as both models may still be in their launch phase, but almost surely by the end of the year.

Japanese brands are also appreciated in Mongolia, especially Toyota. And 4WDs are the preferred choice in this mountainous country. For example, other models that should find their way towards the Mongolian Top 10 are the Toyota Land Cruiser…

…Nissan X-Trail, and possibly Nissan Qashqai and Tiida.


I know I owe you a little trivia nugget at the end of each article so you can show off in posh dinners about your nerdy knowledge of the best-selling cars around the world. To my defence, isn’t the fact that Hyundai and not Lada is dominating Mongolian car sales a weighty nugget enough?


Thank you.

If you have any official car sales data for Mongolia please make sure to comment on this post!

Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.

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  • Obbop Obbop on Aug 06, 2011

    I like yurts. And if I had a son I would have wanted to name the spawn Ghengis Kahn Kelley. No wimpy soft "J" sound in Ghengis as in "Julie." NAY!!!!!!!!!!! Under threat of disembowelment the "Ghengis" would have a hard "G" sound as in "gut-wrenching/despoilment disembowelment." Yeah. Yurts would be great places for working-poor masses to live. Perhaps if I end up in that isolated rural spot a yurt would allow quickly-erected affordable housing. Just stay away from my yurt. Addressing snail mail would be interesting. I can envision Xmas cards (IF I ever send any but unlikely) "from our yurt to yours." That does have a certain "cachet" to it. Now, get outta' here.

  • Zealot2kx Zealot2kx on Jul 27, 2012

    my english poor, sorry. I'm from Mongolia-Ulaanbaatar My TOP 20 best selling cars in UB is... 1. Toyota Prius 2. Toyota MARK II 3. Toyota ALLION 4. Toyota Kluger 5. Toyota LAND CRUISER 6. Toyota LAND CRUISER PRADO 7. MITSUBISHI PAJERO 8. Hyundai SONATA NF 9. Hyundai Tucson 10. Hyundai Accent 11. Toyota Altezza 12. Toyota CAMRY 13. Honda CIVIC 14. HONDA CR-V 15. TOYOTA VITZ 16. TOYOTA Hilux SURF 17. Nissan Tiida 18. Nissan Patrol 19. Nissan X-trail 20. Nissan TEANA ... ... ... Mongolia is very high demand second car market. All car is import from 1. Japan 2. Korea 3. USA 4. Germany 5. UEA Best selling top brand is 1. Toyota 2. Hyundai 3. Nissan 4. Honda

  • Tassos Chinese owned Vollvo-Geely must have the best PR department of all automakers. A TINY maker with only 0.5-0.8% market share in the US, it is in the news every day.I have lost count how many different models Volvo has, and it is shocking how FEW of each miserable one it sells in the US market.Approximately, it sells as many units (TOTAL) as is the total number of loser models it offers.
  • ToolGuy Seems pretty reasonable to me. (Sorry)
  • Luke42 When I moved from Virginia to Illinois, the lack of vehicle safety inspections was a big deal to me. I thought it would be a big change.However, nobody drives around in an unsafe car when they have the money to get their car fixed and driving safely.Also, Virginia's inspection regimine only meant that a car was safe to drive one day a year.Having lived with and without automotive safety inspections, my confusion is that they don't really matter that much.What does matter is preventing poverty in your state, and Illinois' generally pro-union political climate does more for automotive safety (by ensuring fair wages for tradespeople) than ticketing poor people for not having enough money to maintain their cars.
  • ToolGuy When you are pulled over for speeding, whether you are given a ticket or not should depend on how attractive you are.Source: My sister 😉
  • Kcflyer What Toyota needs is a true full size body on frame suv to compete with the Expedition and Suburban and their badge engineered brethren. The new sequoia and LX are too compromised in capacity by their off road capabilities that most buyers will never use.