Friday, February 15, 2019

Germany January 2019

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Audi E-Tron jumps to #4

The German PEV passenger car market was up 17% to 6,767 registrations, with a seismic change happening in the fuels mix, with BEVs jumping (+68% YoY), while PHEVs continue sinking (-26%), allowing full electrics to outsell plugin hybrids by a large margin (69% share for BEVs).

With a stagnating mainstream market (-1% YoY), the PEV Share climbed to 2.6% in November
, with BEVs alone hitting 1.8%.

Looking at January Best Sellers, you can see the good moment of all-electric models, with 8 BEVs in the Top 10, and the Renault Zoe leading the way, with 799 units, closely followed by the VW e-Golf (746) and the BMW i3 (703), with the Bimmer hot hatch scoring its best monthly result ever in its 5 year career. I guess the formula larger battery = higher sales gets proven once again...

But the (not so) surprise of the month was the Audi e-Tron, starting the year in the 4th Spot, with 407 registrations, a great result, considering official customer deliveries are only set to start in February, so expect these numbers to grow in the near future. Will we see the Audi SUV in a podium position soon?

One thing is certain, 2019 will see another close race for the leadership, with the 2018 trophy winner, the Renault Zoe, having to defend its title from the BMW i3, Tesla Model 3 and Audi e-Tron (maybe), while Volkswagen could surprise us with higher than expected deliveries of the eGolf / ID duo.   

Below the top positions, the Hyundai Kona EV continues to ramp up deliveries, having registered a record 291 units, while the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was by far the best selling plugin hybrid, thanks to 360 units. 

Besides the Kona, the other Korean models also had a positive month, with 6(!) models in the Top 20, while the Volvo SUVs are also on the up in 2019, with the (relatively) smaller XC60 PHEV delivering a record 126 units, and the full-blown vessel XC90 PHEV registering 84 units, its best result in 2 years.

In the brands ranking, BMW (17%) is in the leadership, while Renault and Volkswagen are racing for the runner-up place, both with 12% share, comfortably ahead of the #4 Hyundai (9%).

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ireland January 2019

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Hyundai is going after Nissan's crown in red hot market

January had 1.111 PEVs registered, by far the best in Ireland, with sales up 292%(!) YoY, and the 2019 PEV share starting at a record 3.4%.

Also significant is the fact that the mainstream market was down 13% YoY, is disruption already happening in this market?

After nearly stealing the 2017 title from the seven times Best Seller Nissan Leaf, Hyundai is at it again, and this time with a new model, the Hyundai Kona EV, that outsold the Japanese hatchback in January, with a new all-time record of 311 deliveries, being the first time in 11 months that someone has beaten the Nissan EV.

The Renault Zoe is a distant Third, with 77 registrations, while the #4 Kia Niro PHEV was the Best Selling PHEV, with 71 units.

Below the top spots, a few worthy mentions, the BMW i3 scored a record 42 deliveries in January, registering in only one month what it usually does in one year...once again, the "larger battery = higher sales" formula gets proven. 

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV did even better, as last month 44 sales represented not only the nameplate's best month ever, but has already beaten the best year ever for the Japanese SUV in Ireland (2015, with 40 units). Again, larger battery = higher sales... 

Looking at the manufacturers ranking, Hyundai started in the lead, with 33% share, followed by Nissan (27%), while BMW (9%) is Third, and Renault (7%) is Fourth, closelly followed by Kia (6%).

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

France January 2019

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BEVs step up 

The French PEV passenger car market registered 4,210 registrations in January (+78% YoY), with all-electric models jumping 138%, the highest growth rate in over 2 years, while plug-in hybrids remained in positive ground (+14%).

This recent pick up pulled the 2019 PEV share to a record 2.7%, with BEVs alone having 2% share.

Looking at January Best Sellers, the Renault Zoe registrations uptick continues (+136% YoY!), with 1,496 units (#29 in the mainstream market), being the main reason for BEVs to shine, but it wasn't the only one, as the #3 Smart Fortwo ED tripled sales to 306 deliveries, while the #2 Nissan Leaf maintained its sustained growth, thanks to 341 units. 

But the real events were the Kia Niro EV (149 units) and the Hyundai Kona EV (147) performances, winning a Top 10 spot, while the presence of both Hyundai Ioniq's (#15 & #17) and the Kia Niro PHEV (#18), underline the current deliveries push that the Korean Group is doing in Europe.

In a market known for its stability, this time there are some interesting surprises, besides the Korean rise, Jaguar-Land Rover had a great month, placing all three plugins in the Top 20, with the Land Rover Range Rover Sport PHEV, along with winning the title of longest model name, earning the #11 spot, followed but its posher sibling Range Rover PHEV (#12), while the fully electric Jaguar i-Pace joined the ranking, in #20.

Both Volvo SUVs scored record results, with the midsize XC60 PHEV registering 214 units, while the fullsize barge XC90 PHEV delivered 195 units, with both running with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (214 units), for the Best Selling PHEV title.

In the brands ranking, Renault (36%) continues to lead the way, followed at a distance by the #2 Volvo (10%) and the #3 Nissan (9%), with the #4 Smart (8%) following closely. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Norway January 2018

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Leaf starts in the lead

PEV Sales were up a solid 27% in January, to 4.699 units, despite the PHEV slump (-17%), but thanks to the BEV brilliant performance (3.401 units, +60% YoY), things are looking good, leading to a large BEV (38%) and PEV (52%) shares, and this is still without the Tesla Model 3 volume deliveries, when it does land numbers will be even more outlandish, possibly even reaching 80% share!

In this context, seeing Norway get some 80% PEV share, with peak months possibly reaching 90%, should be possible, effectively meaning Game Over for ICE in this market.

The fuels mix now shows BEVs well above everyone else (38% share), followed by gasoline (19%) and diesel (17%), while PHEVs (14%) and HEVs (11%) are both down 17% YoY, as their sales are too are being absorbed by the BEV black hole effect.

Looking at the 2019 ranking, there aren't significant news on top, with the Nissan Leaf starting 2019 where it ended 2018, in the lead, but this time the VW e-Golf and BMW i3 are much closer, so the race for the runner-up spot should be interesting.

Interestingly, there are 7 BEVs in the Top 9 spots, which says a lot on where the market is going...

Elsewhere, the Korean nameplates started the year with a strong pace, with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric in #5, with 347 units, while its younger sibling Kona EV was #6, with a record 325 units, and even the runnout-mode Kia Soul EV was #12 in January, while the #18 Kia Niro PHEV made a quartet of Korean models on the Top 20.

Proof of the BEV mommentum is the Jaguar i-Pace reaching #14, thanks to 79 units, while another long range BEV, the Opel Ampera-e, returned to the Top 20, in #16, but the most surprising return was the VW e-Up!, that started the year in #13, thanks to 80 deliveries. What a price reduction can do to a model career…

In the manufacturers ranking, BMW started in the lead (18%), being closely followed by Volkswagen (17%), while the 2018 winner Nissan was down to Third, with 15% share, with a short 10 units lead over the #4 Hyundai.

Models breakdown by Fuel Source

The plug-in market continues to merge with the mainstream, breaking down sales by fuel source, we have three BEVs in the podium, followed a balanced mix of plugins, with 3 BEVs and 2 PHEVs, but the telling story is that the Best Selling HEV (Toyota C-HR) was only #8, with the remaining Top 10 hybrids (Toyota RAV4 and Yaris) ending behind it.

With regular ICE models (again) wiped out from the Top 10, and the Best Selling HEV only #8, will we see a 100% plug-in Top 10 soon? Let's say...March? 

We just need to add the Tesla models…

Monday, February 11, 2019

Canada January 2018

Tesla Model 3 starts in the lead

January registered some 2.300 plugins in Canada, up 75% YoY, with the 2019 PEV share starting at 2%.

After a weak year end, due to the focus on deliveries south of the border, the Model 3 is back on track in Canada, with the midsizer leading in January, by a sizeable margin. 

On the other hand, Chevrolet is going down, not only its bread and butter Volt dropped 5% regarding the same month last year, but the Bolt was down an astounding 32%(!), to 125 units..

Besides Tesla, the main benefitter was the Nissan Leaf, that is now in the runner-up place, thanks to 247 units,  and should be the main candidate for the Silver medal this year.  

Regarding the manufacturers podium, Tesla (42%) is head and shoulders above the competition, while Chevrolet (14%) is holding on to Second Place, with Nissan (11%) in Third Place.

Tesla Model 3 & Others

 Toyota Camry
 Tesla Model 3
 Honda Accord 
Mercedes C-Class
Chevrolet Malibu

Looking at the midsize vehicles general ranking, this time the Model 3 was 2nd, as the Toyota Camry managed to overcome it.

Looking into 2019, expect the Model 3 to continue running for the category leadership, as the Premium title seems to be already in the bag.