Last November, the Tesla Model Y became the best-selling car in the European market, beating heavyweights like the Volkswagen Golf along the way. This is especially relevant not only because the Model Y is an electric car, but also because Tesla usually concentrates the bulk of its deliveries in the last month of each quarter (in this case, December).
This irregularity is evident if we look at the October ranking, in which the SUV fell out of the top 50… after being the undisputed leader in September. However, everything indicates that these “waves” of deliveries will be mitigated as the output of Giga Berlin, the company’s first plant on European soil, increases.
With 19,144 units shipped in November, the Tesla Model Y saw its registrations increase by more than 260% year-on-year. The second place was occupied by the Dacia Sandero, with 18,746 units and an increase of 16%. After him, we find the Toyota Yaris, which reached 17,309 units after improving its figures by 150% compared to last year.
After decades of the reign of the Volkswagen Golf, with some occasional incursions of models such as the Renault Clio, in 2022 the first place in the European lists has been disputed by a total of six models: the Dacia Sandero (January), the Volkswagen Golf (February and October), the Tesla Model 3 (March), the Peugeot 208 (April-June), the Volkswagen T-Roc (July-August) and the Tesla Model Y (September and November).
The Peugeot 208 is the leader in the accumulated of the whole year
In the accumulated of the whole year, the best-selling car in the old continent at the moment is the Peugeot 208, which has a 100% electric version (e-208). From January to November, the French firm registered 193,743 units of its popular utility, which, except for surprise, will end the year taking the crown.
This could change next year, as Tesla is preparing to carry out a significant increase in the production capacity of Giga Berlin during the first quarter of 2023, a period in which it will try to manufacture 75,000 cars in said facilities. To achieve this, it will need to double its current capacity to 6,000 units per week.
Tesla’s initial goal was to reach 5,000 copies per week by the end of the year, a goal that ultimately cannot be achieved. However, it would not be surprising if this milestone is reached throughout January. If 75,000 quarterly units are achieved, the annual rate will be 300,000 vehicles.