When Tesla released their Q1 2020 delivery and production numbers on Thursday, many were surprised that the EV automaker beat Wall Street’s revised estimates by delivering 88,400 vehicles, also delivering their best ever first quarter.
Tesla wasn’t the only automaker to release Q1 figures this week, but the picture wasn’t as rosy for others equally impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here’s a look at the Q1 2020 figures for a few other automakers that sell both gas and electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles in Canada.
Porsche – 899 units, -42%
Just last year Porsche sold a record 9,025 units in Canada, an average of just over 2,200 per quarter. Even with the release of the Porsche Taycan EV in Canada during Q1, it wasn’t enough to help the German automaker from posting a huge 42% drop in sales compared to the same quarter in the previous year.
Taking the biggest hit was the Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman, combining for just 9 sales in the first three months of 2020.
BMW – 5,284 units, -30%
BMW has already cancelled the North American release of the iX3, and is set to release the 330e hybrid in Canada later this year which will qualify for the federal iZEV rebate. Hopefully that will boost sales for the automaker, which saw a huge 30% drop in Q1 sales.
The X branded models from BMW saw the biggest drop, contributing a combined 1,712 fewer sales compared to Q1 2019.
Nissan – 18,228 units, -36%
The once popular Nissan Leaf EV had a massive 50% drop in sales, selling just 2,881 units across Canada. The woes continued into the first quarter, as Nissan sales overall dropped 36%.
The Nissan Sentra was the worst offender, with sales of the sedan down 55% overall.
Mini – 722 units, -37%
Mini will soon be releasing their new EV, the Mini Cooper SE, in Canada later this year at an attractive price of $39,990 CDN. If the Q1 numbers for Mini are anything to go by, sales for the Cooper SE may be slim in Canada.
Mini sales dropped 37%, delivering just 722 units across Canada. With the COVID-19 shutdowns and its impact on the global economy, the continuing trend of poor sales numbers for a small automaker such as Mini could signal the end of Mini.