2018 file 12 months for EVs; gross sales up 74% to 1.26M items; total market secure, as SUVs rule

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2018 marked a file 12 months for the sale of battery-powered electrical automobiles, in keeping with knowledge from JATO Dynamics. Passenger electrical automobiles recorded 1.26 million gross sales all year long, up by 74% (about 1.5% of whole international gross sales). It was one of many highest will increase amongst all automobile classes on the worldwide market, which will be defined by a number of elements, JATO mentioned.


  1. Chinese language demand for EVs soared all through 2018, because the car-type gained extra visibility amongst shoppers, due partially to their promotion by native governments for his or her environmental affect.

  2. Tesla lastly took off. The Mannequin three grew to become the world’s best-selling EV, because it was boosted by gross sales in North America, the place it first grew to become obtainable.

  3. The diesel disaster in Europe additionally helped to lift consciousness amongst shoppers about the advantages of driving electrical.

Total, 2018 marked a considerably difficult 12 months for the worldwide automobile market, as gross sales fell for the primary time since 2009, logging 86.01 million items. Many carmakers felt the results of commerce tensions between the world’s greatest economies, political modifications in key markets, and new threats to the established order of the trade.

Final 12 months might be thought-about as the start of a brand new period for the automotive trade.

—Felipe Munoz, JATO’s international analyst

Sturdy leads to India, Brazil, Russia and South East Asia offset stalling gross sales in Europe, China and the US.

The dip within the Chinese language market had ramifications upon the remainder of the worldwide market in 2018. As China makes up practically 30% of world automobile gross sales, any change that occurs there may be felt throughout the remainder of the world.

—Felipe Munoz

In addition to stalling gross sales in China, the automotive trade additionally needed to take care of uncertainty within the European market, following the fallout from Brexit and the introduction of extra complicated environmental rules. It additionally needed to take care of management modifications at a few of the world’s greatest automobile makers, which aren’t at all times simple to navigate.

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In what was one of the important outcomes from 2018, India grew to become the world’s fourth largest automobile market, because it was lastly in a position to outsell Germany. India’s progress is projected to proceed over the following few years, with it anticipated to turn out to be the third largest market by 2021.

Elsewhere, Russia climbed the rankings and overtook South Korea, whereas Argentina and Turkey—two large producers of automobiles—noticed declines, having felt the results of difficult financial instances. China continued to steer the world rankings with 28.08 million gross sales, adopted by Europe with 17.7 million gross sales and the US with 17.three million gross sales. In the meantime, Latin America outsold Japan, recording 5.6 million and 5.2 million gross sales, respectively.


SUVs as soon as once more drove gross sales within the international market, proving that the increase in demand for the phase was not only a fad, however a long-lasting development that continues to enchantment to shoppers all over the world. Nonetheless, as was anticipated, progress within the phase did decelerate to single digits.

A file 29.77 million SUVs had been bought in 2018, with quantity up by 7% on 2017. Regardless that progress within the phase remained sturdy, as SUVs recorded the very best proportion improve amongst all segments, it was the bottom results of the previous 4 years and was nearly half the expansion registered in 2017, when gross sales elevated 12 months on 12 months by 13%.

Regardless of the double-digit progress posted by Toyota, Hyundai-Kia and Volkswagen Group, which outsold GM, Renault-Nissan continued to dominate the SUV phase, recording nearly 12% of the market share. SUVs additionally made up a big portion of the gross sales of FCA, Geely, Mazda, Tata Group, and lots of Chinese language makers as properly.

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All SUV subsegments recorded constructive outcomes. Compact SUVs continued to be the preferred amongst shoppers, recording 12.three million gross sales throughout 2018, adopted by midsize SUVs with 7.2 million gross sales. Elsewhere, small SUVs recorded double-digit progress with 6.6 million gross sales, whereas three.7 million massive SUVs had been bought.

The continual demand for SUVs got here on the expense of gross sales of conventional automobiles. Amongst them, MPVs posted the most important drop, the place quantity was down by 14% to six million items—practically 1 million lower than in 2017—as they misplaced floor in nearly each market. Compact automobiles additionally recorded a decline, as quantity fell by eight% following drops within the US and European markets.


2018 additionally marked a superb 12 months for pickups, which outsold city-cars, as international quantity totalled 5.2 million items, up by 5% on 2017. Surprisingly, the expansion within the phase was not pushed by the US, the place greater than half of world gross sales are recorded, however by Thailand and Brazil.

The Ford F-Sequence maintained its place because the world’s best-selling automobile, because it was the one automobile to register greater than 1 million gross sales. This was because of the monumental reputation of the mannequin within the US, the place 84% of its international quantity was recorded.

The Toyota Corolla additionally maintained its place within the rankings, the place it was as soon as once more the second best-selling automobile on the earth, because the trade anticipates the arrival of its subsequent era. In distinction, the Volkswagen Golf, which occupied the third place in 2017, fell down the rankings to 7th place in 2018, because it posted the most important drop within the international high 10.

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The Golf felt the results of the diesel disaster in Europe, in addition to the age of its present mannequin, with its subsequent era not anticipated to be offered to the market till later this 12 months.


The Honda Civic occupied the third spot, because it was boosted by elevated demand in China. In the meantime, the Toyota Rav4 outsold the Nissan X-Path/Rogue to turn out to be the world’s best-selling SUV and fourth best-selling automobile. The X-Path/Rogue was hampered by falls in demand within the US, the place quantity was down by 11%, and in Europe, the place quantity was down by 31%, because it additionally felt the results of getting an older mannequin, having first been launched to the market in 2013.

In distinction to the X-Path, its counterpart the Nissan Qashqai/Rogue Sport noticed the very best improve within the high 20, as its gross sales elevated by 13%. This was largely as a consequence of its reputation within the US, the place gross sales elevated by an enormous 130%. Conversely, the Ford Escape/Kuga misplaced floor and recorded the very best drop within the high 20.

2018 marked a superb 12 months for the Nissan Sylphy/Almera, Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage, Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota Hilux, Jeep Compass, Toyota C-HR, Hyundai Creta, Ford Ecosport, Jeep Wrangler, Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Cavalier, Mercedes A-Class and Suzuki D-Zire. Additional down the rankings, it was additionally a superb 12 months for the Hyundai Kona, Volkswagen T-Roc, Changan CS55, Volkswagen Atlas/Teramont, Baojun 360, Hyundai ix35, BYD Track Max, Tesla Mannequin three, Skoda Karoq, Geely Imaginative and prescient X3, Baojun 530, Buick Regal, Citroen C3 Aircross and Peugeot 5008 SUV.


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