15% share in PHEV-friendly market
This time we start October with Belgium, where plugins are in the fast lane, last month PEV registrations jumped 213% YoY, to 5.688 units, allowing for a 15% share and pulling the 2020 score to 9,1%.
This 9,1% plugin share is well above the 3,2% of last year, although this market returned to its PHEV addiction, as they represented 74% of registrations last month (67% in 2020).
The trends in this market are SUVs (In October, 5 of the Top 6 models were SUVs) and locally-made models, with the local hero Volvo XC40 PHEV winning October's Best Seller status, thanks 503 units, a new record for the Belgian-Swede, winning precious advantage over the previous runner-up, the Tesla Model 3, while the current leader BMW X5 PHEV, can start to think preparing the Best Seller ceremony, considering the large advantage (1.279 units) to the #2 Volvo XC40 PHEV.
Speaking of BMW, the Bavarian brand had a positive month, as the 330e jumped three spots, to #4, thanks to a record 323 deliveries, most of them being the new Station Wagon body, while the compact SUV X1 PHEV climbed to 7th and its Group cousin, the Mini Countryman PHEV, joined the table, in #18.
Other models shining were the #9 Skoda Superb PHEV, scoring a personal best 153 deliveries, while the #10 Audi Q5 PHEV, thanks to a record 251 deliveries, jumped 3 positions, and finishing the good news on the VW Group, the VW Passat GTE climbed to #14.
In a PHEV-friendly market, there are only 5 BEVs on this Top 5, and this month new additions were both plugin hybrids, besides the aforementioned Mini Countryman PHEV, the other new model in the table is the much-awaited Mercedes GLE350de and its 31 kWh(!) battery. It seems Mercedes has finally found enough battery cells to start ramping up production of its large plugin yacht, allowing it to record a best ever 390 deliveries, allowing it to jump into #16, but also to almost match the result of its arch-rival, the BMW X5 PHEV.
Outside the Top 20, a reference to the Hyundai Kona EV scoring a record 198 units, allowing it to be just 59 units behind the #20 BMW 530e, while there are plenty of models either landing (Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV - 132 units; Toyota RAV4 PHEV - 113), or ramping up production (Audi A6 PHEV - 115 units; Mazda MX-30 - 118; Renault Captur PHEV - 112).
Regarding the much awaited VW ID.3, after a "meh" landing in September (191 units), the German BEV logged 120 deliveries in October, so VW's new baby has failed to make an impact here, but then again, this isn't the most suited market for it, as it is neither an SUV or a PHEV. Better luck for VW with the Golf VIII PHEV and the upcoming ID.4?