Sales of imported cars in South Korea rose 35.7% year on year to 5,576 units last month, boosted by dealer promotions.

Local media reports said the import hike contrasted with the 14.5% drop in home market sales by South Korean automakers.

In the first thre quarters of 2008, import sales rose 30.8% to 50,381 units led by Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.