Sunday, March 30, 2014

World Top 10 February 2014

Models - Outlander prepares for battle

With 17.283 plug-ins sold in February, global sales are up 17% regarding the same month last year, a steady increase that is another step in the right direction to dump the pump.

On the models ranking, the Nissan Leaf has seen their new arch-rival Outlander PHEV come closer, maybe preparing another strike at the Number One position in the near future, but where things are really heating up is in the fight for #4 between Volt and PiP and for #8, where three(!) EV's are separated by less than 100 units.

Finally, there´s two newcomers this year to the TOP 10, the Big-In-China BYD Qin and the electric-hot-hatch BMW i3, the first seems to have a bright future ahead, so this will be a name to remember for the coming months.

On the other hand, Renault lost all representation in the Top 10, when last year it had two vehicles (Zoe and Kangoo ZE), and even three in '12 (Twizy, Kangoo and Fluence ZE)...

1Nissan Leaf3.5537.299231
2Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV2.2633.731125
3Tesla Model S 2.0213.114104
4Chevrolet Volt (1)1.3572.39682
5Toyota Prius Plug-In1.3052.38083
6BYD Qin8341.507540
7Ford Fusion Energi7791.33249
8BMW i36451.050320
9Volvo V60 Plug-In6101.05837
10Ford C-Max Energi5521.02338


Manufacturers - Mitsubishi is #2 thinking in the leadership 

In the Manufacturers ranking, Mitsubishi is now firmly in #2 and expecting to continue to grow in order to remove Nissan from #1.

Further down the ranking we see Ford reaching #4 thanks to yet another record month (1.473 sales), while BYD secures #7 also with a personal best score (1.072 units).


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

Questions for March

1 - Which model will be #4? Prius or Volt?

2 - Which vehicle will be #8 YTD?

3 - Can Mitsubishi scare Nissan?

4 - Which brand will be #4 YTD?


  1. I'll be excited what would appear over the summer when the vastly cheaper i-MiEV arrives in Europe and the US in mid-April or May.

    Also, now that demand in The Netherlands has died off, there's not such a great demand for the Outlander PHEV. It will give it some much needed space even thought Mitsubishi is rolling it out to the rest of Europe and Australia. At the rate high Mitsubishi was building them, I hope they'll change their mind and realise that they have the room introduce the Outlander PHEV in the US later this year like October.

    The Outlander PHEV and cheaper i-MiEV (if it behaves the same way of how the LEAF reduced its price) really proves that it was an investment well spent for Mitsubishi and that's just a happy, comforting thought as I remember of how skint and how badly placed they were in 2011 and 2012.

  2. Answers:

    1 - Volt. But the Prius is just 38 units behind...

    2 - BMW i3;

    3 - Still waiting for the japanese data, but i guess not;

    4 - Chevrolet, but Ford and Toyota are less than 100 units behind.