Monday, May 22, 2017

France April 2017

Image result for 2017 e-Golf and Golf GTE
The restyled Golf plug-ins are eager to recover their laurels

Golf plug-ins return to form in slipping French market

The French EV passenger car market had its worst result of the year in April, with only 2.119 registrations last month, down 23% YoY, but YTD the market is still up 5% regarding the same period in 2016.

The mass delivery of the 40 kWh version of the Renault Zoe had a hiccup last month, with deliveries down 5% YoY to 939 units, but do not fret too much on this, as it isn't a case of waning demand, but just another production/delivery constraint, something that unfortunately many hot selling EV's suffer from. 

In the remaining April top positions, besides the usual Nissan Leaf (#2, with 198 units) and BMW i3 (#4, 100), two German models excel: The Mercedes GLC350e registered 125 units, confirming its fashionable status in the market, while the VW Golf GTE benefitted from the first deliveries of the restyled version to score 83 units, its best result since last October. It seems the German Hot Hatch is back to reclaim its Best Selling PHEV status.

PlModelSales  
1Renault Zoe939
2
Nissan Leaf
198
3Mercedes GLC350e125
4BMW i3 *100
5Volkswagen Golf GTE83

In a market known for its stability, few significant changes occurred, in this case the main news were the climb to Fourth Place by the trendy Mercedes GLC350e, while the 2016 Best Selling PHEV Golf GTE jumped five positions to #17, while its all electric cousin, the VW e-Golf, had its best result in three years(!), delivering 25 units of the new 36 kWh version, rising to #29.

In the brands ranking, Renault (49%) continues to be the Master In Command, followed at a distance by BMW (8%), Mercedes and Nissan (Both with 7%). Expect Volkswagen to recover ground soon, jumping to a share well above its current 2%.

Pl
France
April
2017
%
'16Pl
1
Renault Zoe 
939
6.130
49
1
2
Nissan Leaf 
198
931
7
2
3
BMW i3 *
100
540
4
4
4
Mercedes GLC350e
125
453
4
25
5
Peugeot iOn
51
416
3
5
6
Kia Soul EV
45
281
2
7
7
Tesla Model S
38
244
2
9
8
Volvo XC90 PHEV
71
239
2
10
9
10
11
12
13
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
Mercedes C350e
Volkswagen Passat GTE
BMW X5 40e
Citröen C-Zero 
59
1033
43
27
223
207
161

154
143
2
21
1
1
18
25
20
1311
13
Audi A3 e-Tron
26
143
1
12
15
Porsche Cayenne PHEV
41
133
1
16
16
17
Tesla Model X
Volkswagen Golf GTE
24
83
123
117
1
1
32
6
18
Hyundai Ioniq Electric
26
100
1
31
18
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34

Audi Q7 e-Tron
BMW 330e
Citröen e-Mehari 
Mercedes E350e
Volkswagen e-Up!
Kia Optima PHEV
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
Mitsubishi I-Miev
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mercedes GLE500e
Volkswagen e-Golf
BMW 740e
Toyota Prius PHEV **
BMW 530e
Bolloré Blue Car
Mercedes S500e
Others
22
15
23
4
12
4
6
12
10
5
25
9
4
14
2

9
100
95
81
73
61
42
40
35
33
30
28
27
20
18
14
2
16
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
37
23
19
41
27
30
15
34
22
33
35
38
37
N/A
742

TOTAL
2.119
11.464

Source: Avere France

* - 41 BEV + 59 REX

** - Includes 16 Gen 1 + 4 Gen 2 PiP


In the coming days i will publish a small serie of posts called: "Road Trip - Zooming in the USA". 

Spoiler alert: They include a Nissan Leaf and a BMW i3. Stay Tuned!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Norway April 2017

Image result for 2016 bmw i3 in norway

The Empire Strikes Back

April signaled the end of a growing streak that had been happening since a year ago, with registrations down a harsh 20% to 3.357 units, but numbers are still historically high, with YTD numbers up 11% to 16.757 units.

Looking at April Top Sellers, the BMW i3 returned to the highest place in the podium, with 426 units, followed by the rejuvenated VW e-Golf, that with 409 units, had its best result in eight months. Given the popularity of the German hatchback in Norway, expect it to win a number of Monthly Trophies. Starting in May?

Just outside the Top 5, we have the VW Golf GTE, #6 with 221 units, signaling the return to form of another VW best-seller, so it won't be surprising if in May we see three Volkswagens in the Top 5.

It seems the all-mighty German automaker is hitting back and won't let go this market so easily.

PlModelSales  
1BMW i3426
2Volkswagen e-Golf409
3Nissan Leaf287
4Volkswagen Passat GTE
240
5Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV222

Looking at the YTD ranking, the VW e-Golf jumped to Fourth Place, while its plug-in hybrid sibling, the Golf GTE, climbed two positions to #8, signaling the return to form of VW Golf plug-ins, thanks to the arrival of the restyled versions.

On the other hand, the Renault Zoe lost two positions to #7, while the Tesla Model X dropped to #10, with its older brother Model S faring even worse, dropping to #14, with the American brand having its lowest sales month of the year in April. Are consumers already ditching the current offerings and waiting for the Model 3?

In the second half of the ranking, two models deserve a mention, Second Generation Toyota Prius PHV was up three positions to #25, thanks to 35 units, while the BMW 530e delivered 39 units and jumped to #29, already above its Mercedes E350e arch-rival (#30, with 40 units), a promising start to the BMW PHEV sedan, that might even win back some customers that have gone elsewhere.

A final mention to the arrival of the Opel Ampera-e, for now it has only registered 15 units, no doubt demonstration vehicles, as Opel will have its hands full in the future to deliver the 5.000-plus waiting list of its electric hatchback.

In the manufacturers ranking, Volkswagen (22%) is back at the leadership, but BMW (18%, up 1%) is holding its own, with Mercedes (12% share) in Third Place, followed by Nissan (9%).


PlNorwayAprilYTD%'16Pl
1BMW i34261.939125
2Nissan Leaf2871.54694
3Volkswagen Passat GTE2401.29686
4
5
Volkswagen e-Golf
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
409
222
1.115
1.111
7
7
2
1
6Mercedes GLC350e179945621
7
8
9
Renault Zoe
Volkswagen Golf GTE
Volvo XC90 T8
74
221
105
915
800
777
5
5
5
10
3
19
10Tesla Model X33760411
11BMW 225xe Active Tourer114560312
12
13
14
15
16
Mercedes B250e
Hyundai Ioniq ElectricTesla Model S
Audi A3 e-Tron
Volvo V60 Plug-In
141
138
42
135
71
557
545
523
503
411
3
3
3
3
2
9
20
8
7
17
17
BMW X5 40e
79403216
18
19
Audi Q7 e-Tron
Mercedes C350e
81
70
374
366
2
2
22
15
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
Volkswagen e-Up!
Kia Soul EV
BMW 330e
Mercedes GLE500e
Mitsubishi I-MievToyota Prius PHV
Porsche Cayenne Plug-In
Peugeot iOn
Nissan e-NV200 / Evalia
BMW 530e
Mercedes E350e
Citröen C-Zero
BMW 740e
Kia Optima PHEV
Ford Focus ElectricOpel Ampera-e
Others
53
13
33
11
10
35
18
14
14
39
11
9
4
5
5
15
1
262
199
144
99
91
90
81
80
74
47
40
27
21
18
17
15
6
2
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
13
24
28
25
N/A
30
23
18
N/A
N/A
26
38
39
32
N/A

TOTAL3.35716.757100


Source: elbil.no; ofvas.no


Thursday, May 18, 2017

World All-Time Top 5 (Until March '17)

Nissan Leaf past the Quarter Million, on its way to 300k

If Tesla and the Model S are spreading the EV word across the globe like no other, the Nissan Leaf is doing its work under the radar, but making it in an effective way, now counting almost 270.000 units sold, with this generation still crossing the 300.000 units mark this year.

Not bad, eh?

The sure values Chevrolet Volt and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV follow, with the Prius Plug-In in Fifth, divided by 77.000 First Generation PiP and 12.000 from the Second Generation.

At the pace the Gen2 Prius is selling, expect the nameplate not only to distance itself from the closest rivals (BYD Qin, BMW i3, Renault Zoe...), but even maybe win a podium seat on next year survey. 


PlModelSales
1Nissan Leaf268.441
2Tesla Model S170.799
3Chevrolet Volt138.290
4Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV127.341
5Toyota Prius Plug-In89.470

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

USA All-Time Top 5 (Until March '17)

Second Generation Kick-ins


We are witnessing to a surprisingly stable market, with no changes in the Top 5 regarding the last survey, the Chevrolet Volt is still #1, benefiting from the uptick in sales of the Second Generation, thus distancing itself from the Second Place Nissan Leaf.

The Tesla Model S is Third, on its way to reach the Nissan Leaf, while the Second Generation Prius Plug-In (Aka Prius Prime) has helped the Japanese nameplate to recover the Fourth Place from the Ford Fusion Energi, now back at #5.

PlModelSales
1Chevrolet Volt119.052
2Nissan Leaf106.884
3Tesla Model S96.088
4Toyota Prius Plug-In49.113
5Ford Fusion Energi45.773

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Germany All-Time Top 5 (Until March '17)


Two Horse Race

The BMW i3 is the current Top Dog in Germany, with the Renault Zoe following it from a attainable distance.

The Kia Soul EV climbed two positions to Third, but it is a medal with some cheating thrown in, as we all know many of them ended up in Norway...

A recurring trend in the German EV market, that was also happening in previous surveys, is small sized BEV cars prevail over the rest of the competition, but this time the Outlander PHEV managed to reach Fifth Place.

A new market for Mitsubishi to ship their SUVs, now that the UK will absorb much lower volumes?

PlModelSales
1BMW i39.042
2Renault Zoe8.306
3Kia Soul EV5.793
4Smart Fortwo ED5.638
5Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV5.462

Monday, May 15, 2017

Canada All-Time Top 5 (Until March '17)

Stable Top 3

Canada is the Tenth largest market for EV's, and a relatively stable one, as the Top 3 isn't that different from what we are used to see in the regular monthly ranking, with the Volt on top and the remaining podium positions occuppied by the Model S and Leaf.

The two places below have new faces regarding the last survey, with the Tesla Model X and Kia Soul EV replacing the Smart Fortwo ED and BMW i3.

Will the Bolt feature in next year edition?


PlModelSales 
1Chevrolet Volt9.783
2Tesla Model S5.545
3Nissan Leaf4.895
4Tesla Model X1.453
5Kia Soul EV1.137

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Japan All-Time Top 5 (Until March '17)


Prius PHEV resumes growth

In a very stable market, the only significant change is the renaissance of the Prius Plug-In, now profiting from the Second Generation, which in time will be able to recover the Second Place from the Outlander PHEV hands bonnet.


PlModelSales
1Nissan Leaf77.201
2Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV37.366
3Toyota Prius PHEV28.737
4Mitsubishi I-Miev10.608
5Mitsubishi Minicab Miev6.375