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The Tesla Model Y was Europe’s best-selling car in September

The Tesla Model Y was Europe's best-selling car in September

Tesla’s dominance in the EV market was reaffirmed in Europe, where the Model Y secured the overall bestseller title with 29,367 units in September. With sales up 227 percent from the same month last year, the Model Y outsold the popular nameplates, including the VW Golf in its home market in Germany.

The Tesla Model Y was the only EV in the top 10 sales chart for September, with four places occupied by superminis and three places by SUVs. Still, it easily beat the Peugeot 208 (19,601 units), the Dacia Sandero (17,733 units), the Skoda Octavia (17,226 units) and the Toyota Yaris (16,275 units) in the top 5. They were closely followed by the VW T-Roc (16,048 units), the VW Golf (16,042 units), the Renault Clio (15,981 units), the Nissan Qashqai (15,852 units) and the outdated Fiat/Abarth 500 (15,669 units).

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The Tesla Model Y sold more than double the volume of the Model 3 in Sept. The sedan was limited to 12,244 units, 50 percent less than last year due to supply issues because it is built in China, as opposed to the SUV produced in Europe. Still, the Model 3 was Europe’s second best-selling EV in September, well ahead of the VW ID.4 (6,547 pieces), the electric Fiat 500 (5,078), and the Dacia Spring (4,846), which rounded out the top five.

In the plug-in hybrid charts, the Ford Kuga was the comfortable bestseller with 5,049 units, ahead of the Kia Niro (3,441), the Kia Sportage (3,138), the BMW X5 (3,119) and the Hyundai Tucson (3,089). Nine of the top 10 best-selling PHEVs are SUVs, with the sole exception being the Mercedes-Benz CLA in 9th place.

Market shows signs of growth, but lags far behind in pre-pandemic era

According to jato, the market in Europe grew for the second consecutive month, with total sales of 1,038,481 (+7.5 percent compared to September 2021). With 160,869 sales, all-electric cars (BEVs) accounted for 15.6 percent of total registrations – the second largest share after December 2021. Interestingly, one in four EVs sold in Europe in September had a Tesla, with the American company taking over the old continent. Plug-in hybrids saw a modest 7 percent increase over last year, for a total of 87,712 sales.

The three strongest markets in Europe were Germany (27%), the UK (24%) and France (14%), all of which grew compared to last year. Despite the good signs, the European market is still significantly lower compared to the pre-pandemic era. For a good measure, Europe’s total registrations from January to September 2022 were 8,182,818 units, which is 32 percent lower compared to the same period in 2019. Felipe Munoz, Global Analyst at JATO Dynamics, noted: “The market lost a million units per quarter over the past three years.Although it is a catastrophe in terms of volume relative to production capacity, most OEMs have now adapted well to this new reality.”

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