Mobility in South Korea

June 2021

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the new car market in South Korea sustained growth momentum in 2020, largely backed by the demand for luxury vehicles. Government subsidies and improving affordability also helped to lift electric vehicle sales. Nevertheless, demand for public transportation services declined due to social distancing measures and lower consumer mobility.

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The mobility reports examine how people travel, the emerging mobility trends and transport spending preferences.

Each mobility report covers five key topics:

Vehicle sales and ownership: Provides insights on the traditional automotive market, examining new car sales and registrations, sales by passenger car type and consumer preference for vehicle ownership.

Electric and alternative fuel vehicles: Analyses electric and alternative fuel passenger car registrations, as well as the legislative frameworks being introduced to incentivise consumer adoption of new fuel vehicles.

Shared mobility: Explores the use of various shared mobility modes including ride hailing, ride sharing, scooter sharing, car sharing and bike sharing. Provides some insights on the legislative frameworks or lack thereof in promoting shared mobility.

Public transportation: Outlines the modes, usage and consumer attitudes to public transport. Also studies the government initiatives being rolled out to modernise public transport fleets.

Autonomous vehicles and connectivity: Examines the penetration and market readiness of autonomous cars as well as consumer attitudes to self-driving vehicles. In addition, it provides an analysis of infrastructure, legislation and government support of factors critical to the promotion of self-driving/autonomous cars.

This report answers:

  • What are the passenger car sales and ownership in South Korea?
  • What are the forecast passenger car sales by segment in South Korea?
  • What is the market size and penetration of electric and other alternative fuel vehicles in South Korea?
  • How are consumers changing their attitudes to public transport in South Korea and what are the prospects?
  • Who are the major players entering the shared mobility market and how are consumers responding?
  • What are the chief regulatory and legislative developments in the autonomous vehicles and connected cars space?
  • How will COVID-19 and recession impact the alcoholic drinks industry?
  • Where is future growth expected to be most dynamic?

Mobility in South Korea



Market background
Chart 1 Car Sales in South Korea 2015-2025 Chart 2 Car Sales by Segment in South Korea 2015-2025 Chart 3 Vehicles in Use in South Korea 2015-2025 Chart 4 Consumer Expenditure per Capita on Purchase of Cars, Motorcycles and Other Vehicles in South Korea 2015-2025 Chart 5 Consumer Expenditure per Capita on Operation of Personal Transport Equipment in South Korea 2015-2025 Chart 6 Consumer Expenditure per Capita on Transportation: Regional Comparison 2020 Chart 7 New vs Second-hand car Purchase in the Past Year 2021 Chart 8 New vs Second-hand car Purchase in the Coming Year 2021


Market background
Chart 9 Electric Car Sales in South Korea 2015-2025 Chart 10 Hybrid Car Sales in South Korea 2015-2025 Chart 11 Electric Charging Stations by Type in South Korea 2015-2020 Chart 12 Electric and Hybrid Automobile Ownership, 2020 Chart 13 Electric Automobile Ownership by Income, 2020 Chart 14 Electric Automobile Ownership by Age Group, 2020


Market background
Chart 15 Mobility Sharing Retail Revenues by Type, 2015 - 2025 Chart 16 Annual Spending per Capita by Shared Mobility Type, 2020 Chart 17 Forecast Growth in Consumer Booking Value by Shared Mobility Type, 2020-2025 Chart 18 Typical mode of Commute Using Shared Services, 2020 Chart 19 Anticipated Future Spending on Transportation by Mobility Mode, 2020


Market background
Chart 20 Frequency of Public Transport Use for Commuting 2021 Chart 21 Frequency of Public Transport Use for Commuting by City Size, 2020 Chart 22 Public Transportation Use in 2020 and Growth 2015-2020 in Selected Cities Chart 23 Number of Days per Week Commuting 2021


Market background
Chart 24 Attitudes to Autonomous Vehicles in South Korea, 2020 Chart 25 I am Concerned About the Safety of Riding in an Autonomous Car by Age Group, 2020 Chart 26 I am Concerned About the Safety of Riding in an Autonomous Car by Income, 2020 Chart 27 Household Smartphone Possession and Broadband Access in South Korea 2015-2025 Chart 28 Household Broadband Internet by Speed in South Korea 2015-2025 Chart 29 Road Injury Accidents 2015-2020 and Road Injuries by City 2020 Chart 30 Road Network by Country 2020

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This industry report originates from Passport, our Mobility market research database.




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