Tesla Model Y leads Europe’s D-SUV segment in 1H22


Elon Musk has been quite open about the idea that the Tesla Model Y will eventually become the best-selling car in the world, first in sales and later in volume. The Model Y certainly seems to have a lot of momentum, with the vehicle recently surpassing the European D-SUV segment in the first half of 2022.

The European D-SUV segment is competitive, with established players such as the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC as pillars. In one of its blog posts this month, the automotive business intelligence company writes JATO Dynamics pointed out that Europe is experiencing a strong increase in sales of electric and electric vehicles. For example, in the first half of 2022, JATO found that one in five vehicles sold in Europe was electrified.

But while electric vehicles include plug-in hybrids, the popularity of pure electric cars is increasing. This was especially evident in the D-SUV segment, as the Tesla Model Y was the best-selling vehicle in 1H22 with 44,468 units sold. This allowed the Model Y to beat popular rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Volvo XC60, BMW X3 and the Audi Q5.

The Model Y’s position in the D-SUV segment is particularly impressive as it competed not only with other electric cars, but also with popular petrol and diesel rivals. This bodes well for the Model Y as a whole, and it suggests that Elon Musk’s estimates for the vehicle’s overall popularity aren’t necessarily as far-fetched as Tesla skeptics might think.

It’s not just the Model Y, either. According to JATO Dynamics data, the Tesla Model 3 sedan was also ranked as the second best-selling BEV in Europe in the first half of 2022. The Model 3 sold 39,896 units in 1H22 in Europe. beating out more affordable rivals like the Fiat 500 The Model 3’s ranking is especially impressive given that SUVs (like its sibling Model Y) are gaining popularity in Europe.

Elon Musk first mentioned his estimates for the Model Y last year and since then the all-electric crossover SUV has become hugely popular. In the United States alone, the estimated delivery time of the Model Y Long Range extends into the second quarter of next year, which is now the time when both the Fremont Factory and Giga Texas are ramping up production of the vehicle.

JATO Dynamics’ blog post about Europe’s 1H2022 results is accessible here.

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Tesla Model Y leads Europe’s D-SUV segment in 1H22


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