31 January 2019

NZ Electric (Model) Sales : 2016-18


New Zealand is mainly a green country, but that is because of rainfall. Most of its power is hydroelectric so that is 'green'. How about fossil fuel? Searching for oil deposits is no longer allowed but as the country is heavily dependent on such fossil fuel, it is imported from countries that do allow oil exploration and any risks associated with their exploration is someone else's problem.

So electric cars are heavily promoted, right? Well, they avoid road user charges and they can be given preferential treatment regarding special vehicle lanes, if local authorities wish. The first part is until 2% of cars are electric and the second I'm unsure of the coverage of that.

The downsides are NZ is fairly sparsely populated country and distances to travel are deceptively long. Charging points are not that prolific. The initial purchase cost of new cars is high. So the take up so far is conservative. As NZ does allow used imports (mainly coming from Japan), that is the most common source of electric cars joining the national vehicle fleet. That said, they are still a rare sight on the road.

The chart below is for new cars and I believe LCVs. The percentage numbers at the bottom are for annual increases, which are strong. The number of electric cars sold is still low. I personally have driven an electric car and loved it. Will I own one? As a one car family, living in an area where travelling out of town requires large distances, I won't be getting one anytime soon. That's reality.


Brand Model 2016 2017 2018



Hyundai Ioniq 4 206 211


Kona - - 106

Hyundai Total 4 206 317



Tesla X - 116 146


S 24 128 108

Tesla Total 24 244 254



VW Golf 7 28 109



BMW I 13 65 30



LDV V80 - - 28



Renault Kangoo 35 1 17


Zoe 4 2 9

Renault Total 39 3 26



Jaguar i-Pace - - 2



Nissan Leaf - - 1



Ford Focus - - 1



Electric Total 87 546 769


55% 548% 41%



Data source: MIA.

China Passenger Car Sales : 2018 (Locally made)

Geely Emgrand Boyue was the 12th best selling model

I'm not enamoured to the Chinese car market. The data doesn't include imported cars (denial doesn't make them go away) and their inclusion would swell some brands figures while adding marques not manufacturing in China to the list below.

Sales for these locally made cars were down 4.3% in 2018, perhaps the start of tougher times ahead, relatively speaking. Ford had a horrendous year while Suzuki has decided to leave altogether. Margins are thinning so for some that will mean losing sales to preserve margins or just going home.

It's not bad for everyone. VW was the early bird in China and that has helped it achieve and retain leadership. It even managed to improve its market share to 13.4%, despite a tiny fall in volume. Geely are now third although the growth is slowing. Numerous new brands have entered the market, all local ones.

If you want to have more detail, click on carsalesbase below the chart and Bart does a great job in giving the subject a thorough coverage, specialising in a few areas. I'm too broad in what I cover to have the time to do the more detailed information.


15 16 17 18 Brand 2018 % +/-

1 1 1 1 VW 3,129,743 13.4% 0%

5 3 2 2 Honda 1,452,411 6.2% 2%

14 10 3 3 Geely 1,382,119 5.9% 10%

4 6 5 4 Toyota 1,243,202 5.3% 9%

7 7 6 5 Nissan 1,177,705 5.0% 5%

2 2 4 6 Buick 1,057,452 4.5% -14%

17 11 8 7 Baojun 879,077 3.8% -14%

6 4 7 8 Changan 851,361 3.6% -20%

3 5 11 9 Hyundai 790,746 3.4% 1%

10 9 9 10 Haval 766,062 3.3% -10%

11 16 13 11 Chevrolet 673,376 2.9% 12%

16 17 15 12 Audi 620,300 2.6% 13%

31 20 17 13 GAC Trumpchi 536,267 2.3% 6%

25 24 19 14 Mercedes 513,108 2.2% 15%

18 18 20 15 BYD 507,127 2.2% 26%

36 30 21 16 SAIC Roewe 479,156 2.0% 24%

9 14 16 17 WuLing 476,539 2.0% -11%

23 26 22 18 BMW 465,044 2.0% 21%

19 19 18 19 Chery 443,702 1.9% -3%

13 13 12 20 Dongfeng 440,413 1.9% -31%

15 12 14 21 BAIC Beijing 437,763 1.9% -23%

12 15 23 22 Kia 390,109 1.7% 7%

8 8 10 23 Ford 383,485 1.6% -54%

24 23 24 24 Škoda 352,000 1.5% 5%

39 41 36 25 SAIC MG 312,906 1.3% 132%

26 27 25 26 Mazda 274,735 1.2% -14%

28 25 26 27 Zotye 232,409 1.0% -25%

44 37 32 28 Cadillac 228,043 1.0% 32%

21 21 29 29 JAC 185,259 0.8% -16%

27 32 31 30 FAW 160,368 0.7% -16%

29 28 27 31 Huansu BAIC 153,083 0.7% -40%

42 46 40 32 Mitsubishi 141,148 0.6% 17%

- - 46 33 Wey 139,486 0.6% 61%

20 22 28 34 Peugeot 139,164 0.6% -44%

35 36 34 35 Venucia 132,068 0.6% -9%

63 35 30 36 Jeep 124,514 0.5% -39%

38 43 38 37 Hawtai 120,640 0.5% -7%

- - 69 38 Lynk & Co 120,414 0.5% n/a

22 29 37 39 Citroën 113,867 0.5% -14%

41 47 45 40 Volvo 107,598 0.5% 19%

32 31 35 41 Haima 89,260 0.4% -35%

46 40 39 42 Leopaard 86,402 0.4% -32%

40 39 33 43 Soueast 85,361 0.4% -44%

33 33 43 44 Brilliance 79,927 0.3% -21%

- 63 50 45 Hanteng 64,357 0.3% 4%

58 59 65 46 Qoros 62,252 0.3% 305%

34 38 42 47 Lifan 58,240 0.2% -46%

- 58 49 48 SWM Motor 57,388 0.2% -11%

56 50 48 49 Jiangling 56,193 0.2% -16%

30 34 41 50 Suzuki 53,121 0.2% -55%

- 55 47 51 Renault 50,109 0.2% -31%

45 44 44 52 Karry 48,257 0.2% -47%

52 48 52 53 Changhe 47,040 0.2% -17%

56 49 51 54 Land Rover 40,481 0.2% -34%

- - - 55 Jetour 40,009 0.2% n/a

48 52 58 56 Yema 36,089 0.2% 4%

- 56 55 57 Borgward 32,942 0.1% -26%

60 61 59 58 SAIC Maxus 30,383 0.1% -5%

51 57 60 59 Infiniti 28,868 0.1% 4%

- 69 63 60 Jaguar 27,310 0.1% 22%

- 74 54 61 Bisu 26,448 0.1% -44%

- - - 62 Traum 21,795 0.1% n/a

49 45 53 63 Jinbei 19,106 0.1% -61%

47 42 56 64 Landwind 18,800 0.1% -56%

66 64 61 65 Foton 15,932 0.1% -34%

67 60 57 66 Zhi Dou 15,336 0.1% -33%

55 53 62 67 Yingzhi 13,813 0.1% -41%

43 51 64 68 Luxgen 9,362
-48%

- - - 69 YGM 8,514
n/a

- - - 70 Dorcen 8,156
n/a

- - - 71 Nio 8,101
n/a

- - - 72 Cos 7,933
n/a

- - - 73 Yudo 7,343
n/a

- 67 66 74 Acura 7,337
-48%

37 54 67 75 Great Wall 5,976
-49%

- - - 76 Dearcc 3,918
n/a

54 62 68 77 DS 3,867
-36%

- - - 78 Ora 3,515
n/a

- 73 73 79 Qiteng 2,265
n/a

70 75 71 80 Denza 1,974
-58%

- - - 81 Neta 1,206
n/a

- - - 82 Lark 1,005
n/a

63 72 74 83 Jiangnan 873
n/a

62 70 72 84 Huasong 854
-81%

- - - 85 Link Tour 671
n/a

- - 76 86 ArcFox 588
25%

65 68 70 87 Jonway 500
n/a

68 78 75 88 Xpeng 371
n/a

50 65 75 89 Fiat 269
-88%

69 71 - 90 Everus 100
n/a


Total 23,423,886
-4%

Data source: carsalesbase.