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BMW Group Plug-In Car Sales: Down In Q2, But Up In H1 2020

Last quarter, sales went down by almost 5%, but the first half of the year was actually positive.

BMW Group has noted a significant 25.3% year-over-year decrease in vehicle sales in the second quarter of 2020 (23.2% in the case of BMW brand and 38.2% in the case of MINI brand), although plug-in car sales were not affected that much.

The total plug-in car sales (globally) amounted to 31,095, which is 4.9% less than a year ago or 6.4% of the total volume of BMW and MINI cars.

BMW and MINI plug-in car sales worldwide – Q2 2020

The small decrease during the COVID-19-related lockdown is not a bad result, especially since the company soon will start its all-electric car offensive with the BMW iX3, followed by BMW i4 and BMW iNEXT next year.

BMW notes also that the upcoming stronger incentivization of electrified vehicles in Germany will also help to sell more plug-ins.

During the first six months of 2020, BMW sold 61,652 plug-in cars, which is 3.4% more than a year ago, thanks to decent Q1.

Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales said:

“We are following the development of global demand very closely and continue to plan for various scenarios so we can respond quickly as regions around the globe recover from the coronavirus pandemic at different speeds. We are seeing a positive development in China, where our second-quarter sales were once again higher than in the previous year,” underlined Nota. “Demand for our electrified vehicles also outperformed the market trend in the first half of the year. Our wide range of plug-in hybrid models and the new fully-electric MINI are in high demand among our customers,”.


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Spectators allowed to attend Darwin Supercars round

Spectators will be allowed in to Hidden Valley Raceway for next month’s Darwin Supercars round.

The two-day race meeting will both the first major event in the Northern Territory, and the first race since the resumption of the Supercars season, to welcome crowds.

A dedicated COVID safety plan will be in place, limiting tickets to 4,500 per day.

Merchandise outlets will be open as will a small selection of food and beverage vendors.

“Territorians love their motorsports and we are pleased to host the first Supercars event with crowds here in Darwin,” said NT minister for tourism, sport and culture Lauren Moss.

“The BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown is the biggest event on the Top End’s dry season calendar and the fact it can go ahead with spectators this year is incredible – a real boost for fans and the Territory’s events industry.

“The programme will be different this year but fans are guaranteed plenty of action on the track. Tickets are limited, so get in as soon as you can for this unique, one-off version of our beloved Supercars.

“The wellbeing of attendees is paramount and the team from Northern Territory Major Events Company will continue to work closely with the Department of Health, Virgin Australia Supercars, Motorsport Australia and the Sport Organising Committee to hold the event in line with COVID-19 precautions.”

Supercars CEO Sean Seamer added: “This is obviously great news for Supercars and for fans of sports in the Northern Territory. The past few months have been tough on everyone, and we have worked hard behind the scenes to get our championship back up and running and, importantly, getting fans back trackside.

“Thanks to the Northern Territory Government, we are now at the stage where we are able to take the next step on the journey back to normal racing.

“It will be an honour to see 4,500 fans at Hidden Valley each day cheering on their favourite drivers. This is certainly a positive milestone for us and we are thrilled that this year’s Darwin Triple Crown will be run in front of our supporters.”

Supercars has already confirmed there will be an innovative parc ferme system in place for the Darwin round, with drivers missing out on a spot in Saturday’s Top 15 Shootout able to spend more time working on set-up for the first race.

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