The Dutch car market is recovering quickly from a slow first half. He grew up 20% in October, to nearly 29,000 units. This could mean that the easing of the flea crisis is noticeable across the whole market. In fact, it even grew faster than the Dutch plug-in vehicle (PEV) market, which was up just 17% year-on-year (YoY) last month. Yet pure electric vehicles, which were up 12% year-on-year, accounted for 22% of all new vehicle sales. Plug-in hybrids (PHEV) increased by 28% in October. Although many of the 3,350 PHEVs registered in October were just one model, the Lynk & Co 01 PHEV accounted for 21% of all PHEV sales last month. Regardless, PHEVs accounted for 12% of the nation’s auto market in October.
Overall, the year-to-date (YTD) market share for plug-in vehicles remained stable at 32% (21% BEV). Highlighting a continued market shift towards BEVs, they achieved 66% of plugin sales in September, compared to the 2022 average of 64%.
Lynk & Co’s 01 PHEV crossover becomes something of a case study in the Netherlands. It won the October bestseller race, its third consecutive bestseller title on Dutch lands. The model reached 707 registrations last month, allowing it to finish September in 7th place in the overall car market. Paradoxically, the Lynk & Co model was one of only two PHEV models in the top 20, the other being the BMW 3 Series PHEV, which ended the month in…#20. Now imagine if Lynk & Co had a really competitive model (as in BEV)!
(Speaking of which, it is said that the success Zeekr 001 fastback-style could land in Europe next year… as Lynk & Co? To be continued.)
Then we have a few surprises, with Sweden’s Lynk & Co Volvo XC40 EV cousin coming in second. He got the best of the year with 521 entries. The BEV version accounted for 67% of all XC40 registrations in this market last month, which added to the 163 units of the PHEV version (21% of all deliveries). We find that 88% of all Volvo XC40s registered in the Netherlands in October had a plug, with these two versions contributing to the Swedish SUV’s decisive 3rd place overall in the Dutch market.
Another surprise landed in third place in the plugins chart, with the sleek Opel Mokka EV earning a record 300 signups last month. The EV version accounted for 60% of all units sold in the overall market, helping the small crossover to end the month at #13.
In 4th we have the BMW i4, which finally seems to have found its mojo (or maybe BMW has enough components to make more units?). The German brand placed three models in the top 20, with the iX3 ending the month in 13th place, thanks to a best annual score of 231 registrations, and the BMW 3 Series PHEV in 20th place, with 171 registrations, its best result in almost 6 years! It seems that BMW is back on track. However, we are still waiting for the iX SUV to post convincing scores.
The #5 VW ID.4 also impressed, with 292 registrations, a new record for the year. This helped the German crossover end the month as the best-selling MEB platform model, beating the #7 Skoda Enyaq, the #15 VW ID.3 and the #16 Audi Q4 e-tron.
Other models also shone in the top 10, such as the Polestar 2 ending the month in 9th position thanks to 254 registrations, a new record for the year. Its parent company, Volvo, is looking to make up for lost time when it comes to BEVs. In fact, besides the second-place Volvo XC40 EV, its other BEV model, the sportier C40 crossover, also had the best performance of the year in October, with 172 registrations. It seems that the Volvo vessel is now going full speed to all-electric.
The Renault Mégane EV #12 had a record month, with 236 registrations, benefiting from the ramp-up of French production. sedan-that-thinks-is-a-crossover.
Outside the top 20, a few models are worth mentioning, such as the Opel Corsa EV with a total of 148 registrations, highlighting Opel’s big month. Besides the record score of the Mokka EV and the consistent performance of the Corsa EV, Opel even had the Zafira EV van-with-windows-turned-minivan score 56 registrations, and speaking of Stellantide vans converted into minivansthe Fiat Ulysse midsize minivan registered a record 86 registrations last month, allowing the Italian brand to become less dependent on the fortunes of the 500th.
In the stable of the Volkswagen group, two other models with MEB platform could soon join the table: the Cupra Born (145 registrations) and the Volkswagen ID.5 (110 registrations). Volvo has also seen some of its PHEV model deliveries increase. The S/V60 PHEV mid-twins reached 144 registrations, their best result in 21 months, and even the veteran The XC90 PHEV achieved its best score since last January (94 registrations), which could mean that the shortage of components is easing at Volvo too.
A final reference goes to the Nissan LEAF, which had 97 deliveries, its best score in 8 months. It seems that the veteran model is not affected by the arrival of the Nissan ARIYA (98 registrations).
Looking at the 2022 ranking, the Skoda Enyaq has lost the leading position to the Lynk & Co 01 PHEV, and although it is only 47 units behind the Chinese crossover, the truth is that the Czech model has recently lost of its momentum, while the Lynk & Co model now seems unbeatable.
The climber of the month was the Volvo XC40 EV. It jumped five places, to 8th, and could reach 7th next month – the Audi Q4 e-Tron is only 2 places away! Incidentally, if we add the BEV and PHEV versions of the Volvo XC40, the Swedish model would be the second model in this table, with 4,459 registrations.
But it is in the second half of the painting that most of the action takes place.
The BMW i4 jumped four positions to 13th place. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 was in 14th place. And the Polestar 2 moved up one spot, to 17th place. What do these three models have in common? All are intermediate cars*. And who is not on this table? The Tesla Model 3…. (*Although Hyundai is marketing its Ioniq 5 as a crossover, that’s clearly not the case – it’s an XXL sedan, and a handsome one at that. But the truth is that the Korean brand is only doing this because crossovers are all the rage. And they’re not the only ones doing it – remember when Chevrolet tried to sell the regular Bolt as a crossover?)
Finally, we have two “new” models on the table. The VW ID.3 returned to the top 20, in #19, and its sportier, spicier (and prettier) Spanish sibling, the Cupra Born, joined the top-selling chart in #20. Consequently, there is now five MEB platform models in this top 20.
Interestingly, these last entries in the table came at the expense of two PHEVs (the Ford Kuga PHEV and the Volvo XC60 PHEV). So we now have a year-to-date top 20 with only of them hybrid model plug-ins!
In the manufacturers’ ranking, Volvo (9.6%, against 9.1%) regained the leading position – which had been briefly occupied by Kia (8.8%, against 9.1%). The Korean brand must now be more concerned with keeping 3rd place BMW behind it, now that only 49 units separate the two brands.
Meanwhile, Peugeot #4 (6.9% vs. 7.3%) continues to lose market share and Mercedes (5.9%) is the new #5 after overtaking Skoda (5.8%) , compared to 6.2%). Mercedes took advantage of his too long composition to reach the top 5.
Below Škoda we have two other Volkswagen Group brands. A rising Volkswagen (5.4%, against 4.9%) reached the 7th position… to the detriment of Audi (5.3%, down 0.2%).
When it comes to OEMs, Volkswagen Group (20%, down 0.3%) is comfortable in the leadership position, which Stellantis (17.4%) cannot say, as the n °3 Geely-Volvo saw its share close (16.8% now vs. 16.1% a month ago) thanks to the strong performance of all its brands. If this trend continues, we might even get a crossover before the end of the year.
Hyundai-Kia, 4th, saw its share drop in October from 13.5% to 13.0%. BMW Group, 5th (10.9%), seems to have hit bottom after the drop in sales. BMW Group’s transition to a heavier BEV lineup is now starting to pay off, and the company must be hoping the upcoming iX1 crossover becomes a sales success.
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