The Tesla Model Y has proven to be extremely popular and is currently on track to become the fourth best selling car in the world in 2022. That level of popularity is thanks in part to Europe, where the electric SUV was the best selling car of any type in the month of September.
According to data from JATO Dynamics, a total of 29,367 Model Y SUVs were registered across Europe last month. That figure represents a massive 227% increase from last year, and was enough to put it ahead of all other cars, including those with internal combustion engines (ICE). (via Reuters)
The closest competitor to the Model Y was the Peugeot 208, which starts around €30,000 (~$41,000 CAD) in most European countries, compared to around €55,000 for the Model Y.
Not even the extremely budget friendly Dacia Sandero was able to top the Model Y. The compact hatchback starts as low as €17,000.
While the accomplishment is a major feather in the hat for Tesla, it should not come as a big surprise for anyone that has been following the Model Ys meteoric rise across Europe this year.
The electric SUV has been near the top of the sales charts in the United Kingdom several times since it was launched there earlier this year, and was the most popular car along with the Model 3 in the UK in March.
Even in Germany the Model Y was able to outsell hometown favourites like Mercedes-Benz and BMW and become the top selling car in September.
All of this is thanks to Giga Berlin, which has ramped Model Y production in Germany and supplied Europe with additional units, and Giga Shanghai which is still exporting the Model Y Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) variant to Europe from China.
Before the Model Y even launched, CEO Elon Musk predicted it would become the most popular car in the world. Based on the current sales trends, it looks like it will be able to achieve that in 2023, just over three years after the first delivery.