BMW Passes Nissan, As BYD Runs Away With 2016 Plug-In Manufacturer Race

DEC 2 2016 BY MARK KANE 13

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 2016 January-October (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Selling Plug-In Cars – 2016 January-October (data source: EV Sales Blog)

In October, nearly 64,000 plug-in cars were sold worldwide (up 23% year-over-year).

BMW i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition special-edition model

BMW i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition

That translates to ~580,000 YTD and a target of 750,000-800,000 for the full year (November and December are always huge months for plug-in sales).

October was also 4th best month ever.

With updated LEAF sales data, it turns out that Japanese flagship is still ahead of the Tesla Model S in model rank for this year, as Tesla has had some production slowdowns as it retooled for now building all its EVs with new Autopilot 2.0 hardware.

Those issues moved into November for Tesla, so the LEAF-Model S gap will likely spread further than the ~2,500 units found in October…but the Model S will well outperform the LEAF in December as deliveries at Tesla are now heading out at a torrid pace.  Nutshell:  It is going to be a ‘photo finish’ we think for the 2016 individual model sales crown.


A big change did occur on the manufacturer’s top list, where BMW wrestled third spot from Nissan! Something the Japanese automaker is not likely to take back in 2016, as BMW is flush with new plug-in offerings, and Nissan’s new and upgraded plug-in hotness won’t arrive until 2017.

With Nissan down for the count in 2016, and Tesla having a “best case” delivery scenario of about ~80,000 EVs, the race for the #1 spot was decided some time ago.  The only question now is by how much will BYD win the race by? 35,000?  40,000?

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2016 January-October (data source: EV Sales Blog)

World’s Top 10 Plug-In Car Manufacturers – 2016 January-October (data source: EV Sales Blog)

Our thanks to EV Sales Blog for tallying up and estimating the individual sales by OEM.

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13 Comments on "BMW Passes Nissan, As BYD Runs Away With 2016 Plug-In Manufacturer Race"

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Pitiful numbers we must do better. Humans need to wake up.

Aren’t Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi the same company? Those are numbers by brand, rather than manufacturer…

Renault holds a 43% ownership of Nissan, and there is a partnership or “alliance” between the two companies, but I doubt it’s appropriate to call them merely two divisions of the same company.

Mitsubishi is entirely separate.

Just as FYI/backstory (Nissan owns a controlling interesting in Mitsu ~34%), and Renault and Nissan separately own a piece of each other – but no one partner owns more than 50% of the opther…hence the “Alliance” tag of common interest in seeing the group do well, while each keeps its own identity (at least that is the thinking anyway)

With 34% Stake Nissan Adds Mitsubishi Motors To Alliance, Ghosn New Chairman – Video

…which is also why it is difficult to lump them together under one, especially when it comes to connecting Mitsu to Renault (via Nissan), as there is another layer of indirect ownership there. You can bet if they were counted as one, there would be a lot of hand-wringing over that as well, so its lose-lose pretty much if anyone wants to get too concerned with the data.

They are an alliance, that shares the same chairman. If I recall correctly, Nissan and Renault each own a share of each other, but neither owns the other outright.

Nissan owns a large portion of Mitsubishi now. I believe that they are the largest share holder.

I also think with the same CEO Renault-Nissan Mitsubishi should count together.

Not that they have plug ins right now, but that would be like saying “isn’t BMW the same as Mini Cooper and Rolls Royce?”

BMW own both those brands so I would lump them together, just like Holden, Vauxhall, Chevrolet and Opel are all GM. Nissan, Mitsubishi and Renault are still separate companies.

“Mitsubishi is entirely separate.”

PP again proves that he is not up to date.

Show this graph with country flags under each manufacturer to Trump, that’ll help him recognize the opportunity for the US to lead (or not) in the future of the auto industry. Same could be said of other clean tech, such as PV, wind and batteries.

I think he is looking more at this list instead of country flags:

Renault’s shareholding of Nissan is sufficient under French law to make Nissan a subsidiary of Renault. Its not like in my country or NA countries, or even Japan, but Nissan really is a subsidiary of Renault. They are one.

Nissan has a controlling (veto) share of Mitsubishi now, and share the same CEO, but, on the balance, Mitsubishi is still a separate company, just in the family now so to speak.

Similar to Ford/Mazda of yesteryear.

Since Nissan and Renault made such different choices in technology and standards. Its reasonable to treat them as separate entities for EVs.