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The French PEV passenger car market registered 6,433 registrations in October, up 65% YoY, and this time it's the plugin hybrids (+118%) to pull the market up, with BEVs growing just 53%.
The October result (3.4%) pulled the 2019 PEV share to 2.7%, with BEVs alone having 1.9% share.
With plugin hybrids growing faster than pure electrics, BEVs saw their lead (71% vs 29% share), be reduced by 1%, but expect BEVs to rebound in the following two months, thanks mainly to great scores of the Top 2 models.
Which takes us to last month Best Selling models, with the new Renault Zoe starting to be delivered, the nameplate hit 1,939 units, its best performance this year.
Elsewhere, we have two surprises in the Top 5, in #2 we have the restyled Smart Fortwo EV, that scored 491 units, a new record for the nameplate, while the Porsche Cayenne came out of nowhere to #4, thanks to 300 registrations.
A demand peak, or will the Porsche SUV become a regular customer of the Top 5? To be continued...
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Por. Cayenne PHEV
Mit. Outlander PHEV
In a market usually known for its stability, it seems the French market wants to ditch the "Most boring plugin market in the world" title to the USA, as this time there is plenty to talk about, like...
Thanks to their recent restyling, both Smart nameplates hit record performances last month, with the Fortwo EV registering 491 units, while the (slightly) larger Forfour EV scored 98 units. The tiny two-seater profited from the record result to jump two positions, to #8.
But it wasn't just the Daimler brand to reach new heights, Hyundai-Kia also had reasons to smile about, with both Kia Niro versions shining, with the e-Niro scoring 253 units, its best result since March, while the Niro PHEV scored a record 170 units.
In the Hyundai side, the new Ioniq has landed, with both versions hitting record results (120 units for the PHEV, 174 for the EV), alllowing the plugin hybrid to climb to #14, while the Electric version joined the Top 20, in #18.
Another surprising nameplate to join the ranking was the evergreen VW e-Golf, that hit a record 105 units last month, an amazing feat for an EV that has its sucessor already being advertised all over Europe.
If there are a bunch of interesting things going on in the Top 20, it is below that we find a series of newly arrived models that should become Top 20 presences soon, many of them coming from the PSA stable, like the just landed DS 3 Crossback EV, that scored 110 units in its landing month, the DS 7 Crossback PHEV (81 units), or the Peugeot 508 PHEV (40).
Oh, and a certain Peugeot 208 EV has also landed last month, if only with 50 registrations...But do not get fooled, the small hatchback will be the star of the new (and ever growing) PSA plugin lineup, possibly running with the Zoe for the 2020 Best Seller title.
Ouside the Peugeot-Citroen orbit, we also welcome the new BMW 330e, that registered 110 units last month and should be a Top 20 presence soon.
In the brands ranking, Renault (30%, down 1%), continues in the leading position, while Tesla (12%, down 1%) is firm in the 2nd spot, all while Kia, BMW and Nissan (all with 7%) are running for the last place in the podium.