[Seoul Yonhap News]The Korea Automobile Importers & Vehicles Association announced on the 5th that the number of newly registered imported passenger cars in June was 26,191 units, a decrease of 4.2% from the same month of the previous year. In the first half of the year, the total number was 147,757 units, an increase of 15.2% from the same period of the previous year. This year, monthly imported car sales continued to increase year-on-year until May, but began to decline for the first time in June. On the other hand, it increased by 8.8% from the previous month. According to the association, there was an effect of eliminating the shortage of some brands and launching new models. Looking at the imported cars in June by brand, Mercedes-Benz was 6828 units, keeping the number one position for 6 consecutive months. This was followed by BMW with 6502, Audi with 1848, Volkswagen (VW) with 1667, Volvo with 1451, Mini with 1197 and Jeep with 1134. The number of Japanese cars was 2070, which was 7.9% of the total. May increased by 21.7% year-on-year, but decreased by 24.3% in June.