On the Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes front, which has left behind a year in which electric car sales have multiplied, investments in this point will continue rapidly.
The year 2020 was a period when the automobile market, one of the biggest industries on a global basis, was extremely turbulent. It is also among the undoubted facts that there is a coronavirus epidemic behind the mobility here. Sudden moves that started with the closures of factories led to the reconstruction of annual plans for many names. With the end of the year, it becomes clear what kind of picture the brands exhibited in this period. For the three German giants in the cradles of the automobile market, it is now at a stage where we can talk with the numbers on the table. The statistics provided by the Financial Times draw attention to the three-fold increase in sales in the electrification-oriented models of this trio.
Electric and hybrid vehicles increase their share in BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen groups
When we look at the numbers, we see that these three important groups of Germany sold almost 600 thousand electric and hybrid cars in 2020. First of all, it is noteworthy that the Volkswagen group delivered a total of 5.3 million vehicles in 2020, of which approximately 212 thousand are electric-oriented models. This figure means an incredible increase of 158 percent compared to 2019. It is also worth noting that more than half of the total electric vehicle sales are in the European market. The fact that Volkswagen, as a brand, has sold 117,000 electric cars in its own right, is a sign that this is just the beginning.
The BMW group is also among those looking to the future with hope. We see that the group, which is preparing to introduce the electric iX3 to the market by 2021, has delivered 2.3 million vehicles together with Mini and Rolls-Royce. The share of electric vehicles from this big cake is recorded as approximately 193 thousand, which means an increase of 32 percent compared to 2019. When we narrow the post-global circle and look at the figures focused on Europe, it reveals a picture where electric vehicles make up 15 percent of total sales. This figure is expected to increase in 2021 with new models.
When we switch to the Mercedes side, an electrification sale that makes us feel as effective as Volkswagen meets. The share of electric vehicles in the Mercedes-Daimler group, which has realized 2.2 million sales on a global basis, is reflected in the table as approximately 160 thousand units. These vehicles, which tripled their numbers compared to 2019, signal that they will increase their share even more with the EQA and EQS, including this year. The Smart brand, which is the first name of the Daimler group to reflect its electrical power, leaves the year behind with the sale of 27,000 fully electric cars.
We often mention that 2020 is a turning point for electric cars. These vehicles, which have an impact on their market shares more than ever, will reach even more serious points in a short time with the support of governments in Europe. We are getting closer to seeing the Norwegian-focused data, which showed over 50 percent of the electric car sales rate, step by step in Germany and France. Brands now have a separate competition to meet their carbon emission targets. We are also among the countries that are experiencing this competition also hope to see Turkey as soon as possible.
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