Taken in isolation, these numbers may sound like meh. After all, we have been spoiled by doubling or tripling our sales each month. But the real story is that the global market continues to collapse – it was down 21% compared to September 2020. Against this background, things look much more positive, and this can be seen in the share of plug-in vehicles in the country’s overall automotive market, as it has reached 22% last month (13% BEV). Pure electricity has once again surpassed PHEVs – 59% plugins market share vs. 41% – allowing BEVs to gain the upper hand over cumulative rate (YTD) (51% BEV vs. 49% PHEV). Expect BEVs to continue to gain ground for the rest of the year.
For some powertrains to go up others have to go down, and that’s what happens with regular gasoline and diesel sales, with the former (gasoline) accounting for 38% of sales in September in the overall market, up from 45%. one year ago. , and the latter (diesel) falls even sharper, accounting for just 18% of sales last month, a sharp drop of 14 percentage points from the 32% in September 2020. And this in what was once a love market diesel. At this rate, diesel sales will be dead in just two years! This is what the disturbance looks like ….
Last month’s bestseller was the Tesla Model 3, thanks to 2,833 deliveries, a rather disappointing result (many units were probably diverted to Germany…). It was still enough to be last month’s top seller in the plugin category, and 9th overall, while also being the top-selling foreign model. Of course, it was a month of high tide for Tesla, so that sort of thing is expected and results will be quite different in October, when Tesla experiences a quarterly delivery lull.
In the last places of the podium, the Renault Zoe took silver in the plugin category, and 13th overall, while the Peugeot e-208 n ° 3 obtained its best score in 15 months, thanks to 2,090 deliveries .
In 4th, we have the surprise of the month, with the Dacia Spring celebrating its first month of delivery to the general public, ending with a record of 2,089 registrations. It’s just one unit below 3rd position! It also meant that there were 4 BEVs in the first 4 positions.
How high will the electric vehicle under 20,000 euros go once at full speed? I think catwalks are possible, and given the popularity of its cousin Dacia Sandero ICE, I imagine the small Sino-Romanian model might even win a few bestseller awards. Better yet, the small crossover’s rise in volume means urban EVs with usable range are finally becoming affordable, and the Spring is a valuable option for those who value value in high regard.
Elsewhere, a mention goes to the Volkswagen ID.3 # 8, which scored 749 registrations, another better year for the hatchback model. Could this foreshadow a regular presence in the top 10 over the next 3 months?
In the second half of the table we have the Tesla Model Y in # 17, with 430 deliveries, and the Peugeot 508 PHEV in # 16, marking its best result since January 2020 (454 registrations) – perhaps thanks to the delivery in volume of the new high performance PSE version.
Below the top 20, it has been a slow month. The Skoda Enyaq (231 units) continued its successful career, the Nissan Leaf (hey, remember?) While its crossover sibling, the Mokka EV, continued to ramp up production, scoring a record 119 registrations. Meanwhile, the rise of the Citroën C4 EV has allowed the compact sedan to deliver a record 294 units, so expect the French EV to join the table soon.
Looking at the 2021 ranking, the leader Tesla Model 3 kept a safe distance over the runner-up Renault Zoe, while the same can be said for the Renault EV and the 3rd position, now in the hands of the Peugeot e-208. The e-208 actually passed its 3008 PHEV teammate in the bronze race, which means we now have a 100% BEV podium.
The Fiat 500e also comes close to the Renault Captur PHEV # 5, and with just 139 units separating the two models, we could see a third Stellantis model in the top 5 as early as October.
When we are looking for actual position changes we have to go down to the second half of the table, the first being the Volkswagen ID.3 which jumps from 3 positions, to # 12. In # 15 we now have the Dacia Spring, which joins the top 20 this month. The small model is set to climb the rankings again for the rest of the year, possibly finishing 2021 in 7th place.
Finally, the Renault Mégane PHEV joined the table, in # 20, with the current French compact plugin serving as a placeholder until the attractive new generation, 100% BEV, lands early next year, giving the French automaker’s sales a much needed helping hand. Its current bestseller, the Zoe, saw its sales fall by 40% year-on-year!
In the constructors’ standings, everything remained stable, Peugeot (16%) kept a good distance from its rival Renault (14%) in the title race, while Tesla (9% share) closed the podium, ahead of Mercedes ( 6%) and Volkswagen (6%, up 1 point).
When it comes to OEMs, Stellantis is the force majeure, with a dominant market share of 29% (down 1 percentage point last month). The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is far behind in # 2, but saw its share increase by 2%, to 17% share, thanks to volume deliveries of the Dacia Spring. The best foreign supplier is Volkswagen Group, with a 13% market share.
Apart from the podium, we have Tesla in 4th (9%), then Hyundai-Kia (8%).
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