Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Belgium October 2019

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Volvo XC60 PHEV #1 in October, but Tesla Model 3 leads YTD

October was a positive month in Belgium, with sales growing 77% to 1.760 passenger plug-ins registered, pulling the YTD tally up 16% to 14.095 units.

The October result (4.1%), pulled the 2019 PEV share to 2.9%, a new record in this market.

In a year where Belgium seemed to have reduced its PHEV addiction (in 2017, PHEVs had 82% share), with BEVs now having the upper hand (52% vs 48%), for the first time since 2014, the last two months saw this market return to the black stuff, with October seeing PHEVs own 67% of sales, thanks to an impressive 128% growth rate.

Proof of that is that the first 4 models in October were PHEVs, with the Brussels boy Audi e-Tron being the Best BEV last month, with 105 registrations, behind the Volvo XC60 PHEV (183 units), BMW 330e (167), Volvo S/V60 PHEV (117) and the new BMW X5 PHEV (108).

The 2019 leader Tesla Model 3 was only 7th last month, with 82 units, but the 2019 title is more than assured, with the Californian doubling sales of the #2 Volvo XC60 PHEV.

The Climbers of the Month were the Mini Countryman PHEV, up 3 positions to #10, thanks to 93 units, the crossover best performance in over a year, while the new BMW 330e was up to #15, with 167 units, a new record for the German midsizer.   

Other noticeable performances were the Volvo S/V60 PHEV twins climbing one position to #7, while outside the Top 20, the new BMW X5 PHEV landed with a bang, by registering 108 units, the nameplate best result in 18 months. 

In the manufacturers ranking, things are more balanced than in the models race, with Tesla (20%) leading the way, followed by Volvo and BMW, both with 14%.


  1. It's striking that all the PHEVs that did well this month are premium models; while the Outlander actually fared rather poorly... And it's not just the new/renewed models either that got a kick. I wonder whether something happened that boosted premium PHEVs in general?

    1. German OEMs possibly had a meeting earlier this year and set September/October as the timeframe for a PHEV counter-strike.

      It's like the footbal mannschaft, their best quality is to play as a bloc.

    2. Heh... Not sure how the Kartellbehörde would look upon that ;-)