Sales of fully electric new cars increased by 11 percent during the first days of 2020, although they still represent only 2.4 percent of the total new car market with 322 registrations. Unofficial sales figures for the first 10 days of the year show that 13,344 new cars were registered at the close of operations on Friday, 1.8% less than in the same 10-day period last year.
Toyota is the best selling brand in new car sales in 2020. The Japanese brand with 1,984 sales, ahead of Hyundai with 1,674, Volkswagen with 1,053 and Nissan with 1,028. Kia has risen to fifth place with 938 sales. At the top end of the market, Mercedes-Benz has surpassed its rivals Audi and BMW. The Toyota Corolla remains the best-selling model with 754 sales, ahead of the Hyundai Tucson and Kona.
Diesel is still the most popular engine option, with 43.2 percent compared to gasoline with 37.7 percent, while hybrids, in regular and plug-in format, add up to 16.45 percent.
The Nissan Leaf is the most popular all-electric car with 104 sales, ahead of the Hyundai electric version of the Kona with 58. As for the premium electric models, the BMW i3 small car has 29 registrations in 2020, compared with 11 for the Tesla Model 3.
However, the gasoline and electricity hybrid is the fastest growing sector in the new car market, with a sales increase of 91 percent to 1,953, representing 14.6 percent of the new car market. This is mainly due to Toyota’s decision to abandon diesel models and, more recently, to sell several of its models only in hybrid format. The cars of the Japanese brand accounted for 1,705 of the hybrid sales so far this year.
Sales of plug-in hybrid models also increased by 90 percent, although they still represent only 1.8 percent of total sales, with 241 records during the first ten days of January.
Used imports decreased 28 percent to 1,952, possibly due to the new tax based on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from a vehicle applied to new car purchases and imports used since January 1, replacing the surcharge current diesel 1 percent. It is expected to significantly affect older used diesel imported cars.
The imports used totaled 108,895 last year, the largest annual number of registered imports, according to new figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CSO).
Their data on licensed cars (taxed) for the first time show that the new car market fell 6.5 percent in 2019 to 113,305. Of these, 3,443 were fully electric, and 9,579 were regular hybrids, while 1,321 were plug-in hybrids.
Volkswagen was the most popular new car brand in 2019, according to the CSO, with 13,180 cars taxed for the first time, ahead of Toyota with 11,408, Hyundai with 10,281, Ford with 9,047 and Skoda with 8,791.
In the commercial vehicle market, considered a benchmark for economic activity, sales of light commercials, mainly vans, have decreased 3.4 percent in the first ten days compared to the same period last year, to 1,910 vehicles . However, there has been a 5.4% increase in the registration of heavy vehicles.