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Volkswagen ID.3 takes the lead in the European market

For its launch, Volkswagen’s electric compact surpasses the Renault ZOE in October while the Hyundai Kona climbs to the third step of the podium.

In October 2020, the automotive market suffered a further decline in sales of 7%, to a total of 1.13 million units. But in this gloomy atmosphere, electric vehicles stand out with an increase of 197%. According to the latest statement published by JATO Dynamics, 71,800 electric cars were registered in October.

In this category, it is a novelty that dethrones the Renault ZOE. The Frenchwoman lost to the “Volkswagen of the new era”, the ID.3, scooping 10,475 registrations, against 9,778 for the city car with the diamond. This is the ID.3 1st launch edition, which had been reserved for 30,000 copies. VW should therefore secure good volume over the last two months of the year. Then 2021 will be the decisive year when more accessible versions will hit the market.

On the third step of the podium, the Hyundai Kona largely secures its position. With 5,261 registrations, it is ahead of the Kia e-Niro (3858), closely followed by the Peugeot e-208, which is struggling to establish itself outside the French market with 3,757 units sold.

Sixth, the Smart fortwo EQ has a total of 2829 registrations while the BMW i3 finishes 7th despite its great age with 2744 registrations. However, it is a disappointment for the Nissan Leaf. Arriving in tenth place with 2,247 units sold, the Japanese sedan finished behind the recent Opel Corsa-e and Mini Cooper SE which registered 2,616 and 2,432 registrations respectively.

27% electrification in October 2020

By taking the spectrum of electrified cars more widely, the market share is also taking off. From 10% last year, it jumped to 27% in 2020, an increase of 17 points in one year. Micro-hybrids account for nearly a third of registrations thanks in particular to the explosion in sales of small vehicles such as the Panda, the Puma or the 500. Electric and plug-in hybrids collect respectively 24 and 25% of the market, leaving the 19% remaining to hybrids.

Source: JATO

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