China’s EV registrations in Germany in November: MG 1,673, BYD 350, Nio 50

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In November, the largest European automobile market was in decline, KBA data revealed. 245,701 new passenger cars were registered in Germany, down 5.7% from last year. Among them, 44,942 were all-electric (BEV), down 22.5% annually. Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) registered 18,124 units, down 59.3% from the same month last year.

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MG Roewe got the first spot among China-made brands, registering 1,673 vehicles, down 20.82% from October and basically flat from last year. MG delivered 18,655 cars in Germany in 2023 so far.

It was followed by Geely’s Smart, which registered 1,339 EVs, up 50.96% from October and down 7% from last year. In 2023, Smart delivered 15,655 EVs in Germany.

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Smart sells only two vehicles in Germany: compact SUVs Smart #1 and Smart #3. Both cars are all-electric, and the #1 is made in Geely’s plant in Xi’an, while the #3 is assembled in Changxing. Smart is a joint venture between Geely and Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes itself is 20% China-owned as about 10% stake owns Geely Group and another 10% state-owned BAIC, who is MB’s biggest shareholder.

Third place goes to Great Wall Motor (GWM), which registered 426 EVs, down 2.29% from last month. GWM expanded to Germany mainly with their ORA brand, which sells their ORA Funky Cat hatchback.

BYD sold 350 EVs, up 54.87% in November in Germany, and their cumulative deliveries in 2023 (January – November) are 3,438 vehicles. Geely’s owned Polestar registered 281 EVs, up 3.31% from last month and 83.2% down from last year. Polestar delivered 6,023 EVs this year so far. Polestar vehicles are produced in Geely’s plant in Hangzhou Bay.

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It was followed by Nio, which registered 50 cars, down 82.70% from 289 in October and down 47.4% from last year. Nio’s cumulative deliveries from January to November are 1,224 vehicles.

In Germany, Nio offers two options – standard car buyout or subscription. The KBAs track new car plate registrations, so they include both of those options. Companies often favor the subscription as a leasing alternative. 

Nio officially started deliveries in Germany a year ago, in October 2022.

Xpeng hasn’t entered Germany yet and plans to do so in 2024; Aiways registered 0 vehicles, down from 2 in October.

For comparisons, Tesla sold 4,923 vehicles in November in Germany, down 54.5% from the previous year. Part of the deliveries were locally made in Giga Berlin, and part was imported from Giga Shanghai.

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