Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New Zealand February 2019

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV recovers #1 from the Hyundai Kona BEV hands

Plugins are a hot item in New Zealand, last month, 200 units were sold in New Zealand, up 111% YoY, and pulling the year result to 329 units (+66%), while share wise, Fevruary recorded an impressive 2.6%, pulling the 2019 PEV Share to a record 1.8%, already a significant improvement over the 1.4% of 2018.

Good news also on the BEV/PHEV breakdown, as all-electrics have been recovering ground in this traditionally PHEV-friendly market, now holding 47% of the PEV market, so it looks 2019 could signal BEVs overcoming PHEVs for the first time since 2013.

Looking at the models ranking, the 2019 leadership changed hands, with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV scoring its best result ever, with 65 units, allowing it to outrun the Hyundai Kona EV, but something tells me that this duel will have more chapters in the coming months...

Last month we had a nameplate coming back from the dead, with the Audi A3 e-Tron delivering 15 units, on what could be the last swan song stock clearance from the German maker.

Another big news was the landing of the Kia Niro EV, that was #4 last month, with 11 deliveries, a promising start for the Korean Crossover, that should be on its way for a Top 5 spot, if not a podium seat.

In the Manufacturers ranking, Hyundai started the year as it ended 2018, being the surprise leader, with 27% share, while the seven times Best Selling Manufacturer Mitsubishi is in Second Place (26%), and Tesla (8%) is Third. 


  1. Hi Jose, why not a Top20 chart?
    The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is holding well both Hyundai(Kona/Ioniq) but until when, one wonders.
    About the A3 e-tron, it is very unlikely that it will enter into swan song mode because Audi will not release another new generation for the A3, that model is being discontinued by the Q2, Q3 and Q4 models of which in some markets there will be full BEV versions.

    1. Would it even be possible to fill a top 20? Model S in tenth had 3 sales in feb..

    2. Top 20 will return later in the year, but the YTD numbers so far are too small to justify it.

  2. Great write-up Jose, lots of information. New Zealand should keep growing as long as they can get some new models this year.

    1. Thanks. I am curious to see how the Model 3 behaves in NZ. Will it go straight to #1?