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 crossover segment in Europe is up 8% in 2019 to 872,500 sales, or 5.6% of the total European car market (up from 5.2% in 2018). Like the midsized car segment, this is the smallest class where luxury brands outsell their mainstream rivals, at 58.9% share of the midsized crossover class, down from 64.3% in 2018 due to some impressive gains from the top mainstream models. In 2018 the two best selling midsized crossovers were luxury models, but the Mercedes-Benz GLC is now down to third place overall and the Volvo XC60 is down to fifth place overall. The Toyota RAV4 grabs the top spot with sales up 33% to almost 92,000 thanks to the new generation and popularity of the hybrid version. However, this is not even the RAV4’s best year in Europe, it was above 100k in 2004 and 2006. The Skoda Kodiaq, without any apparent reason, is up 38% to a new annual sales record for the nameplate at over 88,500 sales, jumping above 10% share. The best selling mainstream model of 2018 Peugeot 5008 is down 3% and into 6th place overall, while the Mitsubishi Outlander also sets a new annual sales record, with a record take rate of 81.2% for the PHEV version.
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…]
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 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
The midsized premium SUV segment in Europe falls into decline in the second quarter of 2019 with a 9% loss to just over 125.000 sales, after a 1% growth in the first quarter. As a result, the first half figure is down 4% to just over 260.000 deliveries. Among brands, BMW is the big winner after replacing its two entries into this segment last year as both are up by large double digits. The Mercedes-Benz GLC stays on top of the ranking, even accounting for the GLC Coupe version of which sales are included with the regular GLC. Mercedes-Benz sells 410 more cars than BMW but is losing ground quickly with a 20% drop in sales, compared to +47% for the X3 and -12% for the former segment leader Volvo XC60, which has a take rate of 17,7% for the PHEV version. However, the German brands are launching their full electric crossovers this year, with the Mercedes-Benz EQC already in showrooms, the BMW iX3 coming early next year just like the slightly larger Audi e-Tron, to which Volvo does not yet have an answer. The Audi Q5 is down 18% but holds on to 4th place as there’s a significant gap to the rest of the segment. [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.
The midsized premium SUV segment in Europe continues its steady growth in the first quarter of 2019 with a 5% increase to nearly 143.000 sales. In the top-10, only three nameplates improve their sales, helped by model updates. The segment leader Mercedes-Benz GLC loses ground with an 11% loss, which means it loses 2,8 percentage points of share and is now fewer than 1.500 sales ahead of both the #2 and the #3. The BMW X3 storms to second place with sales more than doubling thanks to the new generation. The X3 is looking to claim the top spot of the segment for the first time since 2013. Former leader Volvo XC60 is now down to 3rd place with sales stable on last year. It’s still in the running to reclaim the segment crown it held from 2014 till 2016, but the momentum is now with the X3. The XC60 has a take rate of 22% for the plug-in hybrid version, but the German brands are launching their full electric crossovers this year, with the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the BMW iX3 and the slightly larger Audi e-Tron, to which Volvo does not yet have an answer. The Audi Q5 is down to 4th place at a distance to the top-3 as it saw its sales decline by 18% in the first quarter. [Read more…]
Sales of midsized premium SUVs in Europe continue to grow in 2018, but at a lower rate than before. After four consecutive years of double digit growth, of which the last three years showed at least 20% growth, the segment was up “only” 5% in 2018. This still means that for the first time ever, over half a million luxury midsized crossovers were sold in Europe. And after claiming the segment lead last year, the Mercedes-Benz GLC consolidates its lead with a 13% gain to over 125.000 sales, almost one in every four sales in this segment. Please note that these figures include sales of the GLC Coupe, but even without those the GLC would easily top the ranking. Just imagine the sales volume (and turnover) Mercedes-Benz has missed by completely failing with the design of its predecessor GLK, which peaked at just 33.000 sales and 15% of the segment in 2012. The Volvo XC60 is down 19% in the first full year of sales for the new generation, and this is mostly due to the strong finish of the previous generation, which even continued to be sold alongside the new model in its home market Sweden. Despite sales back to its 2016 level but its market share thawed to the lowest in at least 7 years, the XC60 still holds on to its #2 spot ahead of the Audi Q5, which sees stable sales in 2018, as it also did in 2017. The Q5 has been around 70.000 annual sales for three years now, even during the changeover to the next generation and last year’s introduction of the WLTP fuel efficiency testing procedures, which meant some versions of the Q5 (and many other models) could no longer be sold after September 1st, 2018.
The Geneva Auto Show is one of the most important in the world, together with Detroit and Shanghai. Every year the Palexpo exhibition halls are jam-packed with exciting new launches from both the familiar mass-market brands and the obscure one-off garage-at-home builders. In terms of new production cars, Geneva never disappoints with more than a handful of all-new cars ready to hit showrooms in the coming months. After walking around on the show floor for two days, carefully observing, inquisitively test-sitting and numbing our ears with the broken record of marketing jargon, we’ve reached a verdict on what’s hot and what’s not.
In addition to the regular poll asking the “which is your favorite?” question, we also thought we’d ask you a slightly different question, more in the spirit of CarSalesBase – “which new car do you expect to deliver the biggest sales improvement on its previous generation?”. Enjoy! [Read more…]