After wrapping up 2021 as Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid, the Ford Kuga PHEV landed in second place in that regard in February, but then rebounded to take back the top spot in March and April. Now, June’s numbers are in, and it’s one again a clean sweep for the Ford Kuga PHEV, which finished the month as Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid model once again with 3,952 units sold over that time period.
That was good enough to top the runner-up in that particular segment – the Kia Sportage, which finished the month with 2,882 units sold. It was followed by the Cupra Formentor (2,833 units sold), Hyundai Tucson (2,626), BMW 3-Series (2,623), BMW X3 (2,582), Jeep Compass (2,382), BMW X1 (2,231), BMW X5 (2,160), and Peugeot 3008 (2,129) to wrap up the top ten.
Meanwhile, overall new vehicle sales fell sharply month-over-month, from 1,268,508 to 1,054,807 units, a 17 percent decrease and the worst result since 1993. For the first time in a while, the same held true for electrified vehicles, which recorded 215,000 sales in June compared to 233,000 last year, an eight percent decline and the worst since April 2020, when the pandemic tanked the market as a whole. All electric vehicle sales declined 62 percent, while plug-in hybrids sunk 38 percent.
Even though Ford remains committed to producing and selling hybrids, the future for PHEVs in Europe doesn’t look quite as bright. Plug-in hybrids are no longer eligible for incentives in the UK, and that will soon also be the case in Germany, as European Union officials argue that PHEVs aren’t as environmentally friendly as previously thought. Early last year, Ford announced that it would transition its entire European passenger vehicle lineup to EVs by 2030 or sooner, however, a process that will continue with the launch of seven new all-electric models in that region by 2024.