EV and PHEV sales in Europe continue to break records in 2019 with a 64% increase to nearly 565,000 sales of plug-in vehicles, which is 3.6% of the total European car market, up from 2.2% in 2018. Of this, full electric cars make up 361,000 sales, up 90% on the previous year, which gives them a 2.3% share of the car market. PHEV sales are up 31% to 203,000 units, which is a share of 1.3%. These figures are only set to improve significantly again in 2020 as the new average fleet emissions quota of 95 grams per kilometer are virtually impossible to be reached for any brand without plug-in vehicles which will be counted double towards the fleet average.
The midsized MPV segment in Europe continues its decline in 2019 at -16% to 489,000 sales, a record low and just 3.1% of the overall European car market, down from 3.9% in 2018. In 2008 just the top-3 models (Scenic, C4 Picasso and Zafira) sold a combined 500,000 units and the entire segment was over 1 million sales and in 2005 just the top-2 models (Scenic and Zafira) sold as many units as the entire segment now. The Scenic has its lowest annual sales since its launch in 1997 at just 76,000 deliveries, keeping it just ahead of the Volkswagen Touran, the segment best seller in 2016 and 2017.
Sales of EVs and PHEVs in the US showed a decline of 9% in 2019 after a very slow second half of the year. Battery electric vehicle sales were up 3% to nearly 240,000 which is about 1.4% of the total US car market, up from 1.3% in 2018. Plug-in hybrid sales were down a harsh 31% to below 89,000 which is 0.5% of the total US car market, down from 0.7% in 2018. And while the PHEV market is very fragmented with 16 different brands offering 30 models of which none has a share of more than 10%, the EV market is clearly dominated by a single player: Tesla. More than 8 out of every 10 EVs sold in the US are from the Californian brand, with the second best selling brand, Chevrolet, holding just 6.8% of the market. Another interesting trend to see is that dedicated green vehicles appear to be much more popular than electrified versions of existing models. The top-6 best selling EVs which account for 94.4% of all EV sales in the US are EV-only models, while from the other models only the VW e-Golf and the Fiat 500e manage to get a take rate above 10% for the EV version. [Read more…]
Sales of compact cars in the United States are down by a worrying 16% in 2019, and the segment is down 1.6 percentage points of share of the total US car market, to 9.7%. It now holds 35% of the sedan market in the US, down from 36.8% in 2018. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla consolidate their leadership thanks to stable sales while their closest two rivals both see their sales drop by double digits. The Civic and Corolla are now not only the only two nameplates to sell over 300,000 cars each, but also the only ones to sell over 200,000 cars, with the Nissan Sentra and Hyundai Elantra both dropping below that threshold as both are down by 13%. The Civic and Corolla together hold 38% of the compact car segment (39.7% of non-luxury compact cars), up from 32% in 2018. We lose three members of the 100k sales club, as the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze have been killed by their manufacturers and the Kia Forte dropped below that mark despite falling slower than the overall segment. We do welcome a returning member after a 1-year absence with the Jetta back above 100,000 sales again, allowing it to jump from 8th in 2018 to 5th in 2019. [Read more…]
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 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, down 0,9 percentage points to just 3,2% share of the European new car market.
- Mercedes-Benz B-Class best seller in Q3, with over 4.000 sales more than its nearest rival VW Touran. BMW 2-Series Active/Gran Tourer not far behind in 3rd B-Class now in the race for the full-year crown
- YTD leader Renault Scenic down to 4th place in Q3, may lose title to Touran or B-Class
- Citroen C4 Picasso biggest loser in the top-5 due to end production of the 5-seater version
- Ford C-Max loses even more as the model is due to be killed entirely
- BMW i3 only other model in top-10 besides B-Class to improve YTD, with a 37% gain, closing in on 7th place YTD
- Dacia Lodgy also relatively stable at just -9%
- Opel/Vauxhall Zafire near the end of its life cycle, Zafira nameplate will live on as a passenger van based on Peugeot Traveller etc.
- Toyota Prius+ enjoys a second wind with sales up 30%.
Sales of compact luxury cars in Europe are down 4% in the first half of 2019 to just over 400.000 units. Only four nameplates manage to improve their sales in this period while all the others are down by double digits. After storming to the top of the chart in 2018 for the very first time ever, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class distances its competition further this year, with a 41% increase in deliveries and a 7,5 percentage points improvement of share, as it now holds almost a quarter of the segment sales by itself. That leaves the former segment leader Audi A3 down into 2nd place with a loss of 12% and the BMW 1-series in third place with a loss of 2% just when a new generation arrives in showrooms. Mercedes-Benz has a second model that improves its sales in this class, with the B-Class up 5% thanks to its all-new third generation, moving past its direct rival BMW 2-series Active/Gran Tourer, and this is before a first-ever 7-seater version of the B-Class is launched. The 2-Series vans are down 22% despite relatively successful sales of the plug-in hybrid version, which makes up about 20% of the model’s sales. In sixth place we find the third Mercedes-Benz model with the CLA, down 12% as the new, second generation is just arriving in showrooms. Undoubtedly, the CLA will end the year in the positive when deliveries of the new model, including the Shooting Brake version, start to gain traction. [Read more…]
Segment shrinks despite new A-Class finding great purchase with buyers
Sales in the US Premium Compact segment fell by 14.2% to 32,669 in the first half of 2019, accelerating the rate of decline the segment experienced in 2018. What’s more, combined with the 24% sales decline the segment experienced in 2017, total sales are now heading towards barely over half of what the segment achieved in 2015. However, [Read more…]
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.