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Leapmotor delivers 8,726 units in Apr with higher-priced models contributing most sales

Leapmotor's higher-priced C-series models contributed more than 83 percent of April deliveries.

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Leapmotor saw significant sequential sales growth last month, and most importantly, the higher-priced models are starting to dominate sales.

The electric vehicle (EV) maker delivered 8,726 vehicles in April, down 3.97 percent from 9,087 a year ago, but up 41.38 percent from 6,172 in March, according to data released today.

Leapmotor did not release model-specific breakdown sales figures, but said the higher-priced C-series models contributed more than 83 percent of deliveries.

The company's full lineup is in the process of accelerating deliveries, it said.

Founded in 2015, Leapmotor's models on sale include the minivan T03, the coupe sports model S01, the flagship SUV model C11, and the flagship sedan C01.

The company's previous sales were mainly contributed by the cheap EV T03, which led Leapmotor to be seen as a budget EV maker.

The T03 currently has a starting price range of RMB 59,900 ($8,670) to RMB 89,900, the C11 extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) is RMB 149,800 to RMB 185,800, the C11 battery electric vehicle (BEV) is RMB 155,800 to RMB 219,800, and the C01 is RMB 149,800 to RMB 228,800. The Leapmotor website does not currently show prices for the S01.

As of June 30, 2022, Leapmotor had delivered a cumulative total of 79,220 T03s, 2,729 S01s, and 22,880 C11s, according to its Hong Kong IPO prospectus published in September 2022.

The C11 BEV, which was launched on September 29, 2021, and the C01, which was launched on September 28, 2022, are Leapmotor's flagship models, targeting the RMB 150,000 to 300,000 range.

On March 1, Leapmotor officially launched the C11 EREV, with hopes that the model will target a larger market than BEVs and thus turn around its weak sales performance.

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China EV deliveries: Aion, Leapmotor, Shenlan and more

In March, sold 40,016 vehicles, delivered 6,172 and Shenlan 8,568.

The first day of every month is the day when Chinese electric vehicle (EV) makers intensively announce their deliveries for the previous month, and CnEVPost highlighted leading companies, including NIO, XPeng and Li Auto, in separate articles.

For the other lesser-known EV companies, we wanted to use this article to record their delivery performance in March.

Aion: 40,016 units

GAC's new energy vehicle (NEV) subsidiary, GAC Aion, saw a strong performance in March, with sales reaching 40,016 units, up 96.96 percent year-on-year and up 33.01 percent from February, according to data released today.

GAC Aion sold 80,308 vehicles in the first quarter, up 78.96 percent year-on-year.

On March 30, GAC Aion announced the magazine battery 2.0, which claims not to catch fire or explode even after a gunshot.

Leapmotor: 6,172 units

Leapmotor delivered 6,172 vehicles in March, down 38.64 percent from 10,059 in the same month last year but up 93 percent from 3,198 in February.

In the first quarter, the company delivered 10,509 vehicles, a decrease of 51.30 percent from the same period last year and down 55.41 percent from the fourth quarter.

The Leapmotor C11 series SUV received more than 10,000 orders in March, according to the company.

Leapmotor officially launched the C11 extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) on March 1, after the model was previously only offered in an all-electric version.

Yesterday, Leapmotor announced the signing of a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Qualcomm for a strategic partnership to build smart cockpit products based on the latter's latest-generation Snapdragon SA8295P platform.

Shenlan: 8,568 units

Changan Automobile's NEV brand Shenlan delivered 8,568 vehicles in March, up 108.82 percent from 4,103 vehicles in February.

In the first quarter, Shenlan delivered 18,808 vehicles, a decrease of 22.85 percent from the fourth quarter of last year.

Shenlan currently offers only the SL03 sedan, which was unveiled on July 25, 2022 and began deliveries in September last year.

It officially debuted its first SUV, the Shenlan S7, a model similar to the Model Y crossover, on March 5. The Shenlan S7 is not yet available.

Smart: 5,911 units

Smart delivered 5,911 vehicles in China in March, up 63.47 percent from 3,616 vehicles in February.

In the first quarter, Smart delivered 12,697 vehicles in China, an increase of 46.87 percent year-on-year.

Since deliveries began in September 2022, Smart has delivered a cumulative total of 21,909 vehicles.

Skyworth: 1,282 units

Skyworth delivered 1,282 vehicles in March, down 13.14 percent from 1,476 vehicles in February. The company exported 517 vehicles last month.

In the first quarter, Skyworth delivered 3,946 vehicles, according to figures released by the company today.

Skyworth, a Chinese appliance manufacturer, released its first electric vehicle product in April 2021.

The company is one of those tracked by CnEVPost, but it has been putting deliveries and orders together in an incomprehensible way when it released delivery figures before this year.

NIO delivers 10,378 vehicles in Mar, down 14.6% from Feb

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Leapmotor surges about 20% to near-record high in Hong Kong

Analysts expect 's sales to start improving gradually in the second quarter, meeting the company's guidance of selling more than 30,000 units in the quarter.  |  Leapmotor HK

Chinese electric vehicle startup Leapmotor surged on the Hong Kong stock market today, recovering almost all of its losses since going public.

Leapmotor rose as much as about 20 percent today to HK$39.2 a share, close to its highest price of HK$41 on the day it went public last September 29.

As of press time, that gain has eased back to about 16 percent, with a cumulative gain of about 27 percent so far this month.

There are no immediate factors driving the company's share price surge, though some recent developments are worth noting.

On March 21, Leapmotor released its annual results for 2022, showing it achieved revenue of RMB 12.38 billion ($1.8 billion) last year, up 295.4 percent year-on-year.

The company reported revenue of RMB 3.015 billion in the fourth quarter, up 116.16 percent year-on-year.

Leapmotor's deliveries in 2022 were 111,168 units, up 154 percent year-on-year. Of the total, 23,566 units were delivered in the fourth quarter, up 37.9 percent year-on-year.

The company's management said at the time that Leapmotor was targeting 200,000 unit sales in 2023, nearly doubling from 2022.

The effect of Leapmotor's price cut in March was affected by the price war in the Chinese auto industry, but the new orders will still start to pull full-year sales back up in the second quarter, said CITIC Securities analyst Yin Xinchi's team in a March 23 research note.

While sales are climbing, Leapmotor can keep its gross losses manageable and gradually narrow to near break-even through a series of cost-cutting measures and scale effects, the team said.

Leapmotor's gross margin in 2022 was -15.4 percent, better than the -44.3 percent in 2021. It had a gross margin of -6.9 percent in the fourth quarter.

The large improvement in both Leapmotor's revenue and gross margin in 2022 was mainly due to the growth in sales of the C series models and the obvious scale effect, the team said, adding that the company's average selling price of its products has increased with the product mix adjustment.

With the improvement of the sales network, overseas market expansion, and the application of new R&D results, Leapmotor's sales and profits are expected to further improve, Yin's team said.

The team expects Leapmotor's sales to start improving gradually in the second quarter, meeting the company's guidance of more than 30,000 units sold in the second quarter and revenue growth of more than 50 percent year-on-year.

In the third quarter, deliveries of the more profitable C01 extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) will begin, which is expected to further boost the company's sales and drive gross profit closer to break-even, the team said.

Leapmotor delivered 3,198 units in February, up 180.77 percent from 1,139 units in January and down 6.9 percent from 3,435 units in the same month last year, according to data released by the company on March 1.

Along with the delivery figures, Leapmotor announced the official launch of the C11 EREV, a rare shift back to internal combustion engines among Chinese electric vehicle startups.

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More Chinese EV makers promise no price cuts as price war intensifies consumer wait-and-see sentiment

EV makers including , and Denza have all introduced 90-day price protection policies.

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As the auto price war in China continues, some electric vehicle (EV) makers are beginning to make it clear that they will not cut prices in an attempt to dispel the wait-and-see sentiment of potential consumers.

EV makers including Leapmotor, Neta and Denza have all introduced price protection policies, after (NASDAQ: LI) introduced a similar policy and (NYSE: NIO) made it clear that the company would not cut prices.

Leapmotor announced yesterday that for consumers who purchase any of its models during this month, they will get the difference back if the price drops within 90 days or if the company offers additional cash discounts.

This is in line with a policy introduced earlier this week by Li Auto, whose salespeople said it was designed to make clear to consumers that its models would not be reduced in price.

Neta, Hozon Auto's EV brand, announced today that consumers who order its flagship sedan, the Neta S, by April 30 will not have to worry about the model's price dropping within 90 days.

If the price of the model drops within 90 days of the consumer's purchase, Neta will refund the difference.

Notably, along with the announcement of the price protection policy, Neta began offering an RMB 23,000 ($3,340) discount for the lowest-priced model of the Neta S, bringing the model's starting price down to RMB 179,800 from the previous RMB 202,800, valid until the end of April 30.

Neta models on sale also include the Neta V and Neta U, which start at less than RMB 150,000 and are not covered by its price protection policy.

Denza, 's premium brand, announced that if consumers who purchase its vehicles during the month see a drop in official guide prices will receive a rebate for the difference.

Auto and Volvo Car's jointly held Lynk & Co brand also began offering a 90-day price protection policy that expires on April 30.

The increasing number of car companies joining the price war has led to an increased wait-and-see mood among consumers to avoid seeing price cuts soon after purchasing a car.

An NIO executive said yesterday that they noticed Li Auto's move and the company had considered whether to issue a similar policy.

But for NIO, it has previously made it clear that prices will not be lowered, the company's assistant vice president of sales operations Pu Yang said at a media event yesterday, adding that NIO is not only not cutting prices for 90 days, but prices will not change for a longer period of time.

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Leapmotor starts bringing back combustion engines for its offerings to reverse plummeting sales

Leapmotor announced that it is entering the dual-power era, with all new models to be offered in both BEV and EREV versions going forward.

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