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.
- 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.
EV and PHEV sales in Europe continue to break records in 2019 with a 44% increase to nearly 126.000 sales of plug-in vehicles, of which close to 83.000 full electric cars and almost 43.000 plug-in hybrid cars. Sales of the former surged almost doubled at +94% while PHEV sales were virtually stable at -3%. If in 2018 battery electric cars outsold PHEVs for the first time, in the first quarter of 2019 almost twice as many EVs were delivered than plug-in hybrids. Plug-in vehicles accounted for 3,1% of the European car market, up from 2% in the first quarter of 2018 and 2,2% in the full year 2018.
Audi e-tron quattro Concept
The Audi e-tron quattro Concept previews the Tesla Model X-rivalling Audi Q6, which will be presented in early 2018. It uses the power of three electric motors; one drives the front axle, the other acts on the rear axle. Total output is 435 hp and in boost mode it can mobilize up to 500 hp and 800 Nm torque. It accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, while its electronically governed top speed is 210 km/h. The battery’s capacity of 95 kWh should enable a range of more than 500 kilometers. With its length of 4.88 metres, width of 1.93 metres and height of 1.54 metres, it fits between the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7, and its luggage capacity is 615 litres.
Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept
The Vision GranTurismo showcases Bugatti’s new design language and previews the Chiron, which should debut at the Geneva Motor Show next spring, although the Volkswagen emissions scandal could delay the new ‘Chiron’ hypercar.