Thursday, March 30, 2017

World Top 10 February 2017

Image result for BMW plug-ins have 3.6% of sales

Models - Nissan Leaf #1, Tesla Model S climbs to #3

After a slight scare, the global EV market is back on track, with over 50.000 units delivered in last month, representing a 33% growth YoY, with the Chinese market on its way to recover the pace, expect sales to peak in March, do i hear 90-100k deliveries next month?

In February, the Nissan Leaf cemented its leadership with an additional 4.000 units delivered, something that wouldn't be much of a surprise, if it wasn't the oldest model in this Top 10. Still, despite being March Best Seller, its sales were down 24% YoY and with the recent announcement of the September reveal of the Leaf II, expect it to progressively drop in the ranking, as buyers wait for the antecipated follow up model.


In Second we have the ZE 40-boosted Renault Zoe, the best position ever achieved by the French model, followed by the Tesla Model S, jumping two positions to Third Place, and with the French hatchback within shooting range, expect the Californian to reach Second Place in March, profiting from the usual last-month-of-the-quarter peak. 


Below these two, we have a couple more surprises, with the Chevrolet Volt reaching Fifth Place and the Tesla Model X dropping three positions to #7.

Now that the reservations backlog has dried up, it seems Tesla's SUV is less in demand than its older brother Model S, an exception to the current trend of falling sales from regular cars and boiling hot demand for SUV's, which begs the question: Is it all to blame on those Model X Falcon Doors?

In the second half of the Top 10, we can see also the first Chinese model to reach the Top 10 this year and...Shock! It's not a BYD! The BAIC EC180 is a small-but-trendy city car that's just started its career last December and three months after, it's already in the Top 10, so i think we will be hearing about it a lot throughout this year.

Another recently arrived model is the Second Generation Prius Plug-In, scoring 2.062 units last month, the nameplate best result in almost three years, with the recent model still in launch mode, expect it to become one of the hottest sellers this year, even possibly winning a couple of "Best Seller of the Month" awards.

"But what about the Chevrolet Bolt?" - Some of of you might be wondering, as GM's new baby fails to be inside the Top 10.

The new long-range BEV is #11, with 2.206 units, as it is still in launch mode, we shouldn't read too much on its deliveries, only after landing in Europe and Asia, where its size and shape is better understood, we will see if the car is a success. And if GM makes them in enough quantities.

PlWORLDFeb. YTD%'16Pl
1Nissan Leaf4.2287.92591
2Renault Zoe2.8525.49668
3Tesla Model S2.8604.97762
4
5
6
BMW i3
Chevrolet Volt
BAIC EC180
2.047
2.118
2.800
4.504
3.990
3.524
5
4
4
6
4
42
7Tesla Model X1.3453.48347
8Toyota Prius Prime/PHV2.0623.428464
9Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV1.3722.71535
10Volkswagen Passat GTE1.0752.437319

TOTAL 50.126
90.599


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BAIC EC180

Manufacturers -  BMW #1!

BMW is pushing forward, leading the EV charge with over 10.000 units in two months, doubling last year result and on target to reach the 100.000 units (Or more) that the brand management set as goal for this year.

The German brand is followed by Nissan and Tesla, both running for Second Place, while in Fourth we have a strong Chevrolet, doubling sales YoY. 

BAIC jumped two positions to #6 and is the Best Selling Chinese brand in the ranking, while we salute two new entries in the Top 10, Zotye profits from the Chinese market recovery to return into the Big Boys table, while Toyota is back after a two year absence.

But, what about last year winner, BYD??? Well, after registering 2.045 units last month, it is now #15, up two positions regarding January. With the new "100" versions of the Tang and Qin just released in the end of February, expect it to score a decent performance in March (7.000 units?) and rejoin the Top 10 soon.



PlWORLDFeb.YTD%'16Pl
1BMW4.81510.047113
2Nissan4.5588.662104
3Tesla4.2058.46092
4Chevrolet 3.1606.20478
5
6
7
Renault
BAIC
Volkswagen
3.197
3.929
2.218
6.056
5.550
4.815
7
6
5
10
5
6
8Mercedes 1.8714.127513
9Zotye
3.791
3.97747
10Toyota
2.073
3.481430





Monday, March 27, 2017

Europe February 2017

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Renault Zoe leaves the competition in the dust

The European EV market had over 16.000 registrations last month, up 20% over February 2016, with YTD numbers up 38% YoY, the market is set to surpass the 300.000 units (310k?) by year end, while the EV share is firmly north of the 1% mark, this growth is in no small part due to a refreshed BEV, that has just got a 40 kWh battery...

Looking at the Monthly Models Ranking:

  Image result for white Renault Zoe
#1 Renault Zoe – After a few months delay on the delivery of the new battery, the French hatch deliveries skyrocketed since December, and February was no exception, with registrations up 74% YoY to 2.828 units. With sales in its domestic market and Norway in full swing, it was the performance in Germany (431 units) that surprised, delivering its best result in over a year.   

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#2 BMW i3 – Proving that there’s no replacement for range when it comes to BEVs, the BMW hot hatch is up 85% YoY in Europe, all thanks to the 33 kWh battery kick, with sales in February reaching 1.455 units, with an interesting twist: While in the past, the extended range version outsold the pure electric one, the new battery significantly changed the mix, last month the BEV version represented 78% of all i3 deliveries…  

 Image result for white Nissan Leaf
#3 Nissan Leaf – If recently upgraded EV’s are stealing the headlines, the fact is that the daddy of them all is still around and had another good sales month in February, by registering 1.327 units. With sales up 5% this year, the Nissan model is here to stay, with good numbers in many markets, namely Norway (408 units), France (277) or Germany (117).

Image result for white outlander phev 
#4 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – After a tight race with the VW Passat GTE, the Japanese SUV won the Fourth Place, with 1.130 units, becoming also the Best-Selling PHEV in February. Once ruler of the European market, its sales have been slipping for a long time (Down another 12% last month), and although registering positive results in a couple of markets, like the 164 units in Germany, Mitsubishi hasn’t found a way to stop the bleeding, no doubt derived from an increasingly larger number of competitors and cuts in PHEV benefits in some countries.

Image result for white Passat gte 
#5 VW Passat GTE – The Volkswagen midsize offering continues to be a frequent presence here, this time reaching the Fifth Place, with 1.070 units. With the all-important Estate version profiting from almost non-existent competition, the Passat GTE has a big following in Norway and Sweden, performing 48% of its sales in those two Scandinavian countries. Now imagine how many sales Volvo is losing by not offering a PHEV version of its V90 estate…
   
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Mercedes GLC350e: Climbing in the ranking

YTD Ranking – Renault Zoe leads, Mercedes GLC350e Shines

Looking at the YTD ranking, the Top 5 positions remained the same, with the Outlander PHEV recovering a little (60 units) on the distance over the #4 Passat GTE.

Below the first positions, several changes occurred, with the Tesla Model S (829 units, up 48% YoY) climbing one position to Sixth, the Mercedes GLC350e jumping two positions to #8, all while breaking again its personal best, with 725 deliveries (Will we see it reach four digits in March?), in the meantime, its car-related sibling, the C350e, was down to #10, due to a slow month of 432 registrations, its worst result in 16 months. I wonder where these sales have gone to…

Elsewhere, the BMW 330e rose one position to #11, while the Kia Soul EV jumped three places to #12.

On the losers side, we have two recently arrived models, with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric (145 units, worst result in four months), down three positions to #17, while the Tesla Model X dropped two positions to #13, with half the numbers of its Model S sibling.

With reservation deliveries now out of the way, it seems the new Tesla isn’t so much in demand as its older brother, with the SUV only frankly outselling its older brother in three countries (Norway, Switzerland and Luxembourg).

Looking at the manufacturers ranking, the trophy bearer BMW (19%, down 2%) is leading the way, but hot on the heels of the Zoe success, the Second Placed Renault (16%, up 1%) is approaching, while the Third Placed Volkswagen (12%) is keeping at a safe margin Mercedes and Nissan, both with 10% share.


Pl
Europe
Feb.
2017
%
'16Pl
1
Renault Zoe
2.828
5.468
16
1
2
BMW i3
1.455
3.274
9
4
3
Nissan Leaf
1.327
2.720
8
3
4
Volkswagen Passat GTE
1.070
2.432
7
5
5
6
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Tesla Model S
1.130
829
2.245
1.654
7
5
2
6
7
Volvo XC90 T8
489
1.558
5
9
8
Mercedes GLC350e
725
1.376
4
26
9
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
664
1.356
4
13
10
11
12
Mercedes C350e
Kia Soul EV
432
452
472
1.105
983
894
3
3
3
8
10
15
13
14
Tesla Model X
BMW X5 40e
305
300
886
821
3
2
20
14
15
Audi A3 e-Tron
420
800
2
11
16
Volkswagen Golf GTE
295
687
2
7
17
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
145
633
2
32
18
19
20

Audi Q7 e-Tron
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Volkswagen e-Golf
Others
201
255
299
2.421
600
587
572
5.250
2
2
2
11
19
16
12

TOTAL
16.514
35.901


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