|"Bam!!! Here i am!..." - said the unassuming Passat PHEV...|
VW Passat GTE returns with a bang
The local plug-in market was up 31% YoY, to 3.404 registrations, with October scoring a 12% share for plugins, keeping the 2019 PEV share at 11%.
Looking at last month Best Sellers, there was a significant reshuffle, with the three times Best Seller ('16, '17 and '18) VW Passat GTE coming back from the dead and shooting straight to #1, thanks to 428 units, its best result since August 2018.
Expect the midsize Volkswagen to have a strong end of the year, due to fiscal changes in January 1st (CO2 emissions will have a higher tax), which should be enough for a Top 10 position this year.
To end the midsize trilogy, the Kia Optima PHEV was #2, with 353 units, proving that its Station Wagon body continues as popular as ever here.
Interestingly, for the first time this year, all Top 5 positions went to plugin hybrids, coinciding with the return en force of certain PHEV models, but also with an unusually slow month of the Tesla Model 3 (47 units, worst month so far), and with the skin change of the Renault Zoe, that nevertheless still scored 128 units.
Expect these two to rebound soon, making this 100% PHEV Top 5 a freak event.
VW Passat GTE
Kia Optima PHEV
Mit. Outlander PHEV
Kia Niro PHEV
On the 2019 ranking, there is not much to talk about on the top positions, apart from the fact that the leader Outlander PHEV profited from the slow month of the Tesla Model 3 to open a gap 300-plus units gap between them, so November could be decisive for the 2019 title, as the Californian cannot lose more ground to the Japanese SUV, as its December peak might not be enough to recover, if the distance is, say, over 500 units.
Who will win the race? Please make your bets...
The most important table change was the BMW i3 recovering the #10 spot, in what was a positive month for BMW, because the 530e luxury sedan also climbed one position, to #13, thanks to a record 94 registrations, part of it thanks to the new AWD version.
Other movements on the table were the risen from the dead VW Passat GTE joining the Top 20, in #16, tied with the surprising Mercedes E300e/de twins, that also jumped to #16, thanks to a record 133 deliveries.
It seems German PHEVs are back with a vengeance...