Chinese Lynk & Co 01 PHEV #1 in May
Against the backdrop of a declining overall market, down 7% year-on-year (YoY) in May, the Dutch plug-in vehicle (PEV) market continued to grow, reaching 32% on last month. That’s mainly thanks to pure electric (21% of all new vehicle sales), which jumped 48% year-on-year (YoY) last month. Overall, the year-to-date market share for plug-in vehicles increased to 31% (18% BEV).
Geely’s Lynk & Co 01 PHEV won May’s best-selling race, with 553 entries last month also helping it to No. 5 overall, followed by the Skoda Enyaq, which scored 523 entries, which earned him 6th place overall.
Rounding out the podium we have the Peugeot e-208 EV, with a best-ever result of 507 registrations. The electric version contributed 54% of the total registrations of the French sedan, allowing the Peugeot model to be for the first time the best-selling model on the global market.
Speaking of record results, a few other models have achieved personal bests, such as the #10 Citroën e-C4 EV, with 184 units. The electric hatchback-who-thinks-it-is-a-crossover continued to slowly increase deliveries. The same thing happened to the BMW i4, which ended the month in 11th place, with a record 178 deliveries. The Dacia Spring was 16th, with 143 registrations, a new record for the Sino-Romanian in Dutch lands.
In the second half of the chart, the highlights were the 151 units of the Opel Corsa EV #14, underlining a positive month for Stellantis, which had 5 models in the top 20 for May.
The Cupra Born also appeared once again in the chart, this time at #17.
Outside the top 20, April saw the Opel Astra PHEV land, with 55 registrations, and while plug-in hybrids aren’t really hot currently, there were only 3 PHEV representatives in last month’s top 20. suitable pointed Opel’s compact model will get a BEV version next year, like the flash The manufacturer is looking to recapture its past glory, especially in the Netherlands, where it was once one of the leading brands. Will Opel be great again in the Nederlands?
The highly anticipated Mercedes EQE had its second month on the market, with 37 registrations, better than the 23 in its first month. That’s still behind the current category leaders, the Audi e-tron (88 units in May), the BMW iX (64) and the Porsche Taycan (also 64).
Looking at the 2022 rankings, the race remains tight between the Skoda Enyaq and the Lynk & Co 01 PHEV, with only 106 units separating the two. However, with production constraints expected to ease in the second half, expect the Czech to take home the 2022 bestseller title.
In the race for 3rd place, Korea’s Kia Niro EV has taken some ground from the #3 Volvo XC40 PHEV, with 201 units now separating them. So we could see a shift in stance here in the coming months.
At the bottom, we see the Peugeot e-208 EV jump two places, to 6th place, thanks to its record score, overtaking both the Kia EV6 and the Fiat 500e. These latest models nevertheless maintain their leading positions in their respective categories (midsize for the Korean sportsman, city cars for the small Italian).
In the second half of the table, there is much to say. The Mini Cooper EV climbed to No. 11, while the BMW iX3 jumped four places to No. 13, becoming the new best-selling model in the BMW stable. The 3-series (330e) PHEV is now on its way out, as the recent i4 speeds up shipments at the expense of the PHEV Bimmer model.
The Volkswagen ID.3 has moved to #16, so it looks like the German sedan is now in a necessary good recovery mode. Meanwhile, the Citroën e-C4 EV joined the table in #17, with the original sedan now the 4th Stellantis model on the table.
In the manufacturer classification, PHEV-heavy Volvo (11.4%, down 1.2% in market share) is starting to suffer from the Buyout of BEV, but still has the second BMW (9.1%) at a safe distance. Although, we wonder for how long….
Meanwhile, a rising Kia (8.8%, down from 8.4%) is comfortable in last place on the podium.
Outside the podium, Peugeot made a triumphant return, thanks to the record score of the e-208. It rose to 4th place, with 6.8% market share. However, he has #5 Skoda (6.8%) just 9 units behind him.
As far as component suppliers are concerned, the Volkswagen group (20.8%) is in a leading position, gaining valuable ground on second place Geely-Volvo (19%, against 19.7%). Geely-Volvo saw its share decline due to Volvo’s slowdown in the month.
On the other hand, Stellantis, 3rd (15.4%, up 1.1% market share), is on the rise, now having a comfortable distance over the 4th Hyundai–Kia (12.7%).
Finally, in 5th we have BMW Group (11.5%), which is a safe distance above its great rival Mercedes Group. Both groups are moving to a heavier BEV range.
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