The Tesla Model Y outperforms any car with this new record

The enthusiasm around the Tesla Model Y does not weaken. It is even quite the opposite that is happening, as illustrated by the latest figures for the automotive market in Europe. This record proves that the Tesla Model Y is superior to any car, whether gasoline, diesel or electric.

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It’s a new coup for Tesla, which is definitely no longer a niche brand. Over the first six months of the year, its Model Y was the best-selling car in Europe, all engines combined, with just over 125,000 registrations.

By comparison, Tesla had sold about 40,000 copies of its electric SUV in the first half of 2022. Year-on-year, sales therefore increased by 211.7%. The significant price reductions adopted in recent months are obviously not unrelated to this phenomenon.

Tesla Model Y

The performance of the Model Y has an important symbolic aspect, because it is the first time that an electric car ranks number one in sales over a six-month period in Europe. The podium is completed by two thermal models: the Dacia Sandero and the Volkswagen T-Roc.

What is quite remarkable is that the craze around the Model Y is not limited to the European continent alone. The success of this vehicle is indeed worldwide, despite increasingly fierce Chinese competition. This electric car is indeed the best-selling car in the world during the first quarter of 2023. It could therefore become the best-selling car of the year, as Elon Musk predicted in 2022.

A sinusoidal sales curve

As noted Automotive News, Model Y sales in Europe varied greatly from month to month. In January and April, the electric SUV, for example, only ranked 17th in the ranking, while it occupied the top step of the podium in February and March, which was its best month of the semester (more of 46,000 registrations).

This is quite normal, because if the Model Y is produced in Germany, in Berlin, another factory is also running at full speed: that of Shanghai in China. The cars then come by boat, approximately every two months, which explains these monthly variations.

In May, the Model Y finished second in the top sales in Europe, behind the Dacia Sandero. It finally regained its first position in June, its second best month of the year after that of March (29,765 units registered).

The Tesla Model 3 in retreat

The success of the Model Y is not without consequences on the performance of the Model 3, which is clearly relegated to the background. Despite a good month of June, the electric sedan ended the first half in 50th place, with 38,843 registrations on the meter.

Several models present in the top 50 exist both in internal combustion and in 100% electric. This is for example the case of the Peugeot 2008 and 208, the Opel Corsa and Mokka, the Hyundai Kona, the Mini and the Hyundai Kona. However, as the firm behind these figures does not give the sales mix model by model, we do not know what the volumes of the electric versions of these different cars are.

It should also be noted lastly the absence of several important electric models in the ranking. We are thinking, for example, of the Renault Mégane e-tech, the MG4 and the Volkswagen ID.3. The Dacia Spring is not included either, despite its good performance in France.

It should also be noted that the month of June 2023 is historic, since sales of electric cars have exceeded those of diesel cars.

Top 50 cars sold in Europe

Here are the top 50 cars sold in Europe during the first half of 2023.

1 Tesla Model Y 125144
2 Dacia Sandero 118883
3 VW T-Roc 107249
4 Vauxhall Corsa 102082
5 Peugeot 208 101151
6 Renault Clio 96135
7 Toyota Yaris Cross 90135
8 VW Tiguan 88020
9 VW-Golf 85730
10 Dacia Duster 82813
11 Toyota Yaris 78783
12 Peugeot 2008 78058
13 Hyundai Tucson 77706
14 Skoda Octavia 77174
15 Ford Puma 74677
16 Renault Captur 73453
17 Kia Sportage 72488
18 Nissan Qashqai 69045
19 Citroen C3 66777
20 VW Polo 63329
21 fiat-panda 61102
22 MINI One/Cooper 58889
23 Ford Kuga 58267
24 Audi A3 S3 58179
25 Toyota Corolla/ Corolla TS 56399
26 VW T-Cross 55233
27 Ford Focus 54829
28 Fiat 500 54811
29 Peugeot 3008 54639
30 Toyota C-HR 53161
31 Volvo XC40 51785
32 Vauxhall Mokka 51625
33 Cupra-Formentor 49836
34 Peugeot 308 49809
35 Hyundai Kona 45054
36 Skoda Karoq 44916
37 Skoda Kamiq 44268
38 VW Taigo 43870
39 Dacia Jogger 43744
40 Mercedes A-Class 42886
41 BMW 1 Series 42644
42 SEAT Arona 42591
43 Skoda Fabia 41680
44 Mercedes C-Class 41561
45 BMW X1 40874
46 Skoda Kodiaq 40595
47 Mercedes GLC 40478
48 Ford Fiesta 40195
49 BMW 3 Series 39605
50 Tesla Model 3 38843

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