Wednesday, November 13, 2019

France October 2019

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All the young dudes

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... 

Renault Zoe
Smart Fortwo EV
Nissan Leaf
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. 


  1. Shouldn't the new Ioniq EV count as long range and therefore earn bold fonts?

    1. It's a few km short of the (somewhat arbitrary) 300 km threshold...

    2. I was following Antrik's logic, but then again, it is a shame that it stays in the same category as the VW e-Golf, so moving forward, i will put the "Hyundai" part of the name in Bold, as a sort of "in between" category between the SR and LR categories.

    3. Funny thing is that the e-Golf actually has almost the same battery size (~3 kWh smaller) -- it's just considerably less efficient...

  2. Exciting to see the DS 3 Crossback EV and Peugeot e-208 landing, I didn't think we'd see any e-208 registrations until 2020.

    Are these likely to be customer registrations or would they be for test drives, etc?

    1. All of them belong to a demo fleet

  3. Awesome stuff! Thanks.

  4. Until the year end, the Zoe is expected to post impressive registrations that might push the score above 20.000 units. On the other hand, the Leaf might struggle to manage reaching 4500 registrations, while Kia-Hyundai secures a great sales standing even though the Niro EV and Kona EV are unable to post volume registrations.
    From the published data, YTD sales performance is:
    1st Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance with 20812 vehicles
    2nd Kia-Hyundai with 5282 vehicles
    3rd Tesla with 4980 vehicles

  5. Maarten VinkhuyzenNovember 14, 2019

    That light blue ZOE on the right will be mine before years end. :-)

    France is a strange market. The e-tron, I-Pace, Ampera-E, Model S, and Model X are missing. Local heroes like the C-Zero and the Ion reach a top 20 spot.

    Can't wait for next year Europe listing, with the Leaf62, ZOE50, e208, e2008, e-Corsa, ID.3 competing with the Kona EV, Niro EV, Ioniq EV, Soul EV, e-Golf, I3.

    In the upper regions the 3 Tesla models, e-tron, I-Pace, Taycan, EQC, Polestar 2.

    The super small "city" cars, the VW-Triplets, the 3 SMART models, and the Honda e.

    And of course those that I forget to mention.

    1. Congrats for the new baby! :)

      Yeah, 2020 will be really interesting to watch, and i believe January will already be a revelation…

      Fingers crossed!

    2. In the compact class, VW's real entrant next year should be the ID.3, not the e-Golf.

      BTW, the Honda e is just a tick smaller than the Zoe -- much larger than the e-UP! etc.

      (And of course you forgot the new Fiat 500e among major new entrants... And the Mini e -- though I have a hard time imagining that one being anything but niche.)

      With all the new competition, I think the Leaf will have a very hard time staying relevant -- unless they significantly lower prices...