SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Imported car sales in South Korea reduced last month due mainly to less working days caused by the three-day-long Chuseok holiday, industry data showed Monday.
Sales of cars imported from overseas came to 12,668 units in September, down 9.4 percent from a month earlier, according to the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association.
The monthly reduction came as the Chuseok holiday, equivalent to Thanksgiving Day, fell on last month, reducing working days for around three days.
For the first nine months of this year, imported car sales totaled 116,085 units, up 21.3 percent from the same period of last year.
The double-digit growth came after foreign luxury brands became popular among South Korean consumers following free trade deals with Europe and the United States.
European cars were most popular, with 10,131 vehicles sold here last month. The figure accounted for 80 percent of the total, followed by Japanese brands with a 12.3 percent market share and U. S. models with a 7.8 percent share.
German carmaker Volkswagen ranked first in terms of best- selling brand, with 2,457 vehicles sold in September. It was trailed by Mercedes-Benz with 2,430 units and BMW 1,916 units. Audi ranked fourth with 1,679 units sold, and Ford came next with 599 units.
Mercedes-Benz's E220 CDI was the most popular model with 575 units sold, beating Tiguan 2.0 TDI made by Volkswagen with 489 units sold. It was followed by Volkswagen's Golf 2.0 TDI with 426 units.
Vehicles with an engine capacity of 2-liter or less were most popular, posting a 52 percent market share in September. This was followed by cars with an engine displacement of between 2-3 liters, which took up 35.2 percent.