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I think that a lot of ZS EV registrations are for PHV as it makes kind of sense.

Even ZipCar are getting in on the act and are going to be rolling out MG ZS EV models to their fleet.


Cheers..
From the link I am guessing PHV is something like Private Hire Vehicles as there is is no ZS Plug-In Hybrid. The standard minicab having morphed from a diesel Octavia to a Prius, it seems the time is right for ZS EV and particularly for MG5 SW, though councils such as Stafford have been making problems for EVs.

Are you having a guess for March, Matty? This month i have enough guesses to close the books on Wednesday as usual and the results will be out a week on Tuesday.
 

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From the link I am guessing PHV is something like Private Hire Vehicles as there is is no ZS Plug-In Hybrid. The standard minicab having morphed from a diesel Octavia to a Prius, it seems the time is right for ZS EV and particularly for MG5 SW, though councils such as Stafford have been making problems for EVs.

Are you having a guess for March, Matty? This month i have enough guesses to close the books on Wednesday as usual and the results will be out a week on Tuesday.
Yes, PHV is the acronym for Private Hire Vehicle.

No guesses from me, I just like to watch from the sides.

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Thanks Dave. I think that concludes the guessing for this month.


MemberMar
G0MRL
666​
GSi
963​
patpending
1,108​
gnu
1,250​
adaveabbott
2,650​

Dave's guess is massive compared to the others, three times more than G0MRL at the bottom and more than twice gnu in second place. If MG can shift that many cars in a month with no showrooms or test drives virtually anywhere, they and their dealers must be thinking how the model could be streamlined.
 

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Woo! what a month! With almost no showrooms open, only 44 cars fewer than 4,000 sold, catching us all out. Dave wins , though it's 1,300 and some half again more than his guess. It's almost six times as many G0MRL's guess!

That's high thirties sold in the month for each dealer (before presuming there were some direct fleet sales)

I expect the EVs are selling like hot cakes . Fleet sales are up 29% in the month (and March 2020 was quite a good month until lockdown late in the month).

Match month was actually up, but MG's midfield competitors were mainly on the slide and saw octagon no longer in their rear view mirror, but accelerating away. The exceptions were Mazda and Renault, who held on to their lead despite a stunning 45% boost by MG by merely maintaining their sales.

Even so, in the month the car in front was an MG for new rivals Fiat, Dacia, and Suzuki but also for Honda!

ManufacturerMar mthv MGv 2020Mkt %
Dacia
2,149​
(1,807)​
-29%0.76%
Fiat
2,376​
(1,580)​
-29%0.84%
Suzuki
2,932​
(1,024)​
-15%1.03%
Honda
3,055​
(901)​
-34%1.08%
MG
3,956​
0​
+45%1.39%
Mazda
4,058​
102​
-3%1.43%
Renault
5,787​
1,831​
+2%2.23%
Whole market+11%

Year to date , MG's advance looks less startling, but Mazda too is in the rear view mirror overall. I only added Honda and Renault as competition at the last minute, but, of these midfield brands, only Renault is even ahead of the octagon after three months!

Manufacturer2021 YTDv MGv 2020Mkt %
Fiat
3,213​
(2,948)​
-48%0.76%
Dacia
3,276​
(2,885)​
-35%0.77%
Suzuki
3,903​
(2,258)​
-38%0.92%
Honda
4,520​
(1,641)​
-53%1.06%
Mazda
5,302​
(859)​
-26%1.25%
MG
6,161​
0​
+13%1.45%
Renault
8,066​
1,905​
-19%1.90%
Whole market-12%

Fleet sales were up 29% this month over last month. I expect the EVs are MG's big sellers with them! BEVs are now regularly 2/3 or more diesels...

MarYear 2021
Diesel total
30,730​
48,574​
Petrol total
137,557​
209,212​
BEV
22,003​
31,779​
BEV as % of diesel
72%​
65%​
 

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I'm sure it will be relief to you all when I say that I'm getting out of here. I've been an MG fan all my motoring life of 60 years, but with electric only, Chinese SUV MGs, I think the time has come to vote with my feet. We'll keep our 7 year warranty MG3 until the said guarantee has more or less run out, and I will probably keep my one owner TF135 until I peg out, but I'm even wondering about that.

Cheerio all.
 

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I'm sure it will be relief to you all when I say that I'm getting out of here. I've been an MG fan all my motoring life of 60 years, but with electric only, Chinese SUV MGs, I think the time has come to vote with my feet. We'll keep our 7 year warranty MG3 until the said guarantee has more or less run out, and I will probably keep my one owner TF135 until I peg out, but I'm even wondering about that.

Cheerio all.
Whilst some of their decisions along the way have been curious and odd.
You can't blame them for embracing electric vehicles the same as most manufacturers are, hybrids have been out a long time, so they are bit too late to the party in the hybrid stakes.
Given the ban on ICE in the very near future it would be daft to spend lots of money on developing petrol and or diesel engines when everyone else is trying to go electric in readiness for the ban.
Pitching half decent electric cars is doing MG a big boost in sales and is shown by the sales figures.
 
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