EV and PHEV sales in Europe continue to break records in 2019 with a 38% increase to nearly 383.000 sales of plug-in vehicles in the first three quarters of the year, of which more than 257.500 full electric cars and over 125.000 plug-in hybrid cars. Sales of the former almost doubled at +93% while PHEV sales were actually down at -13%. The latter is a result of the new WLTP fuel efficiency cycle and new, tougher government incentive requirements in some countries, which PHEVs only qualify if they have an electric range of at least 50km. If in 2018 battery electric cars outsold PHEVs for the first time, in the first three quarters of 2019 more than twice as many EVs were delivered than plug-in hybrids. Plug-in vehicles accounted for 3,2% of the European car market, up from 2,2% in the full year 2018.
European car sales by segment
- Segment up 8% YTD, gains 0,2 percentage points to now hold 1,8% of the European new car market
- BMW X5 untouchable, best performer in the top-3 at +27% and the only nameplate to sell over 10k units per quarter
- VW Group best selling manufacturer YTD with 31,6% share ahead of BMW Group with 18,1% and Jaguar-Land Rover with 18% and Daimler with just 13%
- The Volvo XC90 in 3rd place in Q3 but returns to 2nd place YTD ahead of the Range Rover Sport, just when the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE outsold the XC90 to grab the #2 spot for the quarter
- The VW Touareg outsells the RR Sport as well in Q3 to take the fourth place it also holds YTD
- Audi places no less than 3 nameplates in the YTD top-8 with the e-Tron as best seller in overall 7th place in Q3, followed by the Q7 and the Q8, which is still the brand’s best seller for the year
- The renewed Porsche Cayenne outsold all three Audis in Q3 but is still behind for the first three quarters
- The Range Rover is knocked down 2 spots in the YTD ranking to #10, just ahead of its stablemate Land Rover Discovery, one of the biggest losers of the segment, together with the Q7 and the Tesla Model X
- The Mercedes-Benz G-Class manages to hold on to its 12thplace YTD with sales up 55% thanks to the new generation
- The Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and BMW X6 are simultaneous high double digit losers this year, as victims of the fresher Audi Q8
- The BMW X7 outsells its rival Mercedes-Benz GLS by a huge margin, taking a 16th place in the third quarter.
- Segment down 2% YTD, stable at 3,3% share of the European new car market.
- Mercedes-Benz GLC holds on to the top spot of the segment, although this is including sales of the GLC Coupe
- BMW is now the best selling brand in the segment, with 78.500 combined sales of the X3 and X4. BMW is also the big winner, gaining 5,9 percentage points of share
- The Germans are much less dominant in SUVs than in sedans, with just 55,7% share of the segment , including Porsche. Jaguar-Land Rover holds 16,4%, Volvo holds 14,2%, and even DS is more than just a niche player at 5,3%, outselling the Alfa Romeo Stelvio
- The Audi Q5 is unable to fight for the segment lead, stuck in 4thplace, but selling more than double of its nearest rival
- The Range Rover Velar is already losing steam at -18% YTD, with the Porsche Macan breathing down its neck
- The Jaguar F-Pace loses 21% so far this year and is out of the top-10 but remains ahead of the Lexus NX
- In the EV ranking, the Jaguar I-Pace is joined by the Mercedes-Benz EQC in September
- Segment down 8% YTD, stable at 0,3% share of the European new car market.
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class consolidates segment lead, although helped by having Coupe and Convertible versions available as well
- Porsche Panamera took 2nd place in Q3, outselling the BMW 7-Series by 32 units
- 7-Series still the best performer in the top-3 at -5%, and BMW the distant leader among brands, thanks to strong sales of the new 8-Series, firmly in 4th place of the segment
- German Big-3 improve their share of the segment by 3,3 percentage points to 95,8% share
- Jaguar XJ due for an all-electric replacement in a few years time, sells just 188 units in Q3, still triple the volume of the Lexus LS, which was outsold by the Maserati Quattroporte in Q3
- Rolls Royce Phantom delivers 44 untis in Q3, twice the number of the Bentley Mulsanne, Aston Martin Rapide and Rolls Royce Ghost
- Bentley Flying Spur is due for a new generation in Q4, delivering just 1 unit in Q3
- Segment down 14% YTD, loses 0,3 percentage points to now hold 2,3% share of the European new car market.
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class still the dominant player of the segment, strengthened further by having Coupe and Convertible versions available as well
- Audi A6 the only player in the top-4 to gain sales YTD, at +19% thanks to the new generation
- Volvo S90/V90 biggest loser in the top-5 as cannibalized by the smaller S60/V60
- Tesla Model S also down sharply, -48% YTD, also due to internal competition of the smaller Model 3. As a result, German Big-3 regain 7,5 percentage points of segment share to 83,3%
- Mercedes-Benz CLS up 12% YTD thanks to the new generation, but sales were already down 35% in Q3 when it was outsold by the Model S and Audi A7
- Jaguar XF outsold in Q3 by the Lexus ES and BMW 6-Series, ES already sold more than the GS has done in any full year in the last decade.
- Segment up 4% YTD, gains 0,2 percentage points to now hold 4,1% share of the European new car market.
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class still in lead of models ranking, but this includes Coupe and Convertible models which its nearest rivals have split into separate nameplates
- BMW in lead of brand ranking, outselling Mercedes-Benz in Q3 by 200 units, with Audi another 600 sales behind
- Audi biggest loser YTD with sales down 22%, while BMW is down 7% and Mercedes-Benz is down 2%. German Big-3 lose 10,9 percentage points of share and are down to 70% share, mostly due to the arrival of the Tesla Model 3
- Model 3 beats Audi A4 in Q3, but too far behind for full-year top-3 position
- Volvo also among big winners in the segment, thanks to the new generation S60 and V60, sales up 34% YTD
- VW Arteon recovers in Q3 to improve on 2018 and reduce its YTD loss to 18%, outsells the BMW 4-Series in Q3
- Alfa Romeo Giulia still among the biggest losers of the segment at -41% but distances the Jaguar XE which managed just 555 deliveries in Q3, outsold by the Kia Stinger and Lexus IS and even the larger Jaguar XF.
- Segment down 3% YTD, stable at 5% share of the European new car market.
- Mercedes-Benz takes firm control of the segment with the A-Class selling nearly double of its nearest rival in Q3, up 39% YTD and gaining 7,6 percentage points of share to take a quarter of all sales in this segment
- Combined with the B-Class and CLA, Mercedes improves its share of the segment to 41,9% (up 9,3 percentage points), compared to 32% for BMW (down 3,3 percentage points) and 17% for Audi (down 1,6 percentage points), for a German Big-3 share of 87,6% share of the segment, not even including the Mini Clubman’s 3,6% share
- BMW 1-Series the biggest loser of the top-3 due to the model changeover to the new generation
- Audi A3 relatively stable at -11% despite its age
- Mercedes-Benz CLA almost back in positive YTD thanks to the new generation
- Volvo V40 biggest loser in top-8 as model is discontinued in favor of the XC40 crossover
- Alfa Giulietta now facing the axe as well, YTD sales down by half
- BMW i3 second biggest winner of the segment at +37%
- Segment down 23% YTD, one third of its share of the European new car market, now down to just 0,2% at 27.600 sales. All models lose volume, all but one by double digits.
- Sales of the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Edge split by just 18 units in Q3 and just 38 sales YTD
- The two South Korean models both outperform the segment and Hyundai-Kia increases its share by 7,1 percentage points to 50,4%
- Toyota Land Cruiser also outperforms the segment at -14%
- Mitsubishi Pajero biggest loser of the segment at -87% to just 515 sales YTD, just 5 deliveries in September.
- Segment up 1% YTD, gains 0,3 percentage points to reach 11,3% share of the European new car market.
- Nissan Qashqai still in control of the segment, despite losing 13% YTD, consolidates its lead in Q3
- Ford Kuga surprise #3 in Q3, as new generation hasn’t hit showrooms yet, so successful sell out of old model
- That leaves VW Tiguan down to 4th place in Q3 (sales estimated as split of Allspace not reported, which should be about 17% of total Tiguan sales)
- Hyundai Tucson relatively strong at just -5% YTD despite its age. Sister model Kia Sportage is down 12%, but at least outsold the Toyota C-HR in Q3
- Renault Kadjar back in positive YTD, but outsold by the Skoda Karoq in Q3
- Citroen C5 Aircross outsells platform sibling Opel/Vauxhall Grandland X and Seat Ateca in Q3, leapfrogs Jeep Compass in YTD ranking
- Mazda CX-5 also outsells the Compass in Q3
- Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross remains a niche player, maxes out at 1,6% segment share
- Subaru XV biggest loser YTD, down 32%
- Mazda CX-30 arrives, lands at #18 after just 1 month of sales.
- Segment up 13% YTD, gains 1,8 percentage points to reach 14,3% share of the European new car market, larger than compact cars.
- Dacia Duster surprise leader in Q3 as well as YTD, helped by the model changeover of traditional leader Renault Captur
- VW T-Roc in 2nd place in Q3, also helped by the Captur’s model change, three models still in race for segment crown 2019
- Peugeot 2008 down 6% as it also is due for a new generation in Q4, holds on to 4th place by a large margin
- VW T-Cross in 5th place in Q3, moves up to 13th YTD, already close to Jeep Renegade
- Ford Ecosport leapfrogs Citroen C3 Aircross in YTD ranking to claim 5th place
- C3 Aircross down to 10th place in Q3 and under threat of its platform sibling Opel/Vauxhall Crossland X in YTD ranking
- Opel/Vauxhall Mokka biggest loser in top-15, but new generation isn’t due until mid-2020 at the earliest
- Kia Stonic moves up 2 places YTD, outsells the Mazda CX-3, Citroen C4 Cactus and Nissan Juke
- Kia Niro moves up 1 spot YTD, also outsells the C4 Cactus and Juke, the latter of which will be replaced by a new model in Q4
- Skoda Kamiq arrives, lands in 27thplace.