Sunday, June 1, 2014

World Top 10 April 2014

Despite all the New Kids On The Block, the Plug-In version of the Good Ol' Prius is still selling. And it's now #4...

Models - A Whole Lotta Changes

There were 19.477 plug-ins sold last month, representing a 42% jump regarding the same month last year, crossing also the half a million plug-in registrations in the world.

Looking to models ranking, the leader Nissan Leaf was one of the few cars to maintain its position in the ranking, although its performance (3.687 units, worst result of the year) made it loose 1% in share.

The Outlander PHEV recovered the Second Place, surpassing the still-recovering-from-March-sales Model S, while behind them the Chevy Volt and Prius Plug-In changed positions for #4, with the japanese winning for now, but with just 41 units separating them, anything can happen. 

Behind these, #6 BYD Qin (910 units, new personal best) distanced itself a bit from the #7 Ford Fusion Energi and #8 BMW i3.

And finally, two new models in the last two positions of the ranking, the Chery QQ3 EV benefits from the increased demand of electric cars in China to climb at #9, while the Volkswagen e-Up! finally appears in the Top 10, after several months in #11.

1Nissan Leaf3.68717.296231
2Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV2.3818.228115
3Tesla Model S1.4768.187114
4Toyota Prius Plug-In1.9984.16083
5Chevrolet Volt (1)1.8034.11982
6BYD Qin9103.294440
7Ford Fusion Energi7532.99449
8BMW i37972.814420
9Chery QQ3 EV e)6002.616311
10Volkswagen e-Up!6932.311318


Manufacturers - Toyota climbs to #4 

In the Manufacturers ranking, Mitsubishi benefits from Tesla's bad performance to win some margin and secure the YTD #2.

Further down the ranking, Toyota climbed two positions to #4 at the expenses of Chevrolet and Ford, this last had a less-than-stellar month (1.451 units), losing contact with the previous two contenders.

The #7 BYD continues to improve with yet another sales record (Now at 1.172 units/month), while Renault is slowly recovering (1.170 units, best result of the year).

In #9 we have BMW (804 units), wainting to grow significantly in May (US introduction of the i3 and landing of the i8 in several markets), while the #10 position now goes to Chery, taking credit for the increased demand of plug-ins in China.

5Chevrolet 1.9006.36982
10Chery e)6002.75349

(1) - Includes Holden Volt, Opel and Vauxhall Ampera;

e) - Estimate

Questions for May

1 - Which model will be #4? And #7? And #10?

2 - Who will improve their sales records?

3 - Can the Model S fight back and reach #2?

4 - Which manufacturer will be #4?

5 - Can Ford regroup with Toyota and Chevrolet?


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  2. Keep up with the good work!

  3. Could you also include at least a single cumulative number of units sold? I'd be interested in a worldwide ranking of markets up to date, but at the very least would love to see something on just the number of cars sold world-wide to this point. Thanks! Keep up the good work!

  4. Answers:

    1 - Prius; BYD Qin (Ford jumped to #6); VW e-Up!

    2 - Lots of them: Prius, Fusion Energi, Qin and BMW i3;

    3 - Nope, but they were close;

    4 - Toyota.

    5 - Ford regrouped but only with Chevy.