Tesla Model 3 Is UK's Best-Selling Car in September, as Buyers Shift Away from the Combustion Engine

by Eva Fox October 05, 2021

Tesla Model 3 Is UK's Best-Selling Car in September, as Buyers Shift Away from the Combustion Engine

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Tesla Model 3 is the best-selling vehicle in the UK in September 2021. The data shows Tesla's success in meeting its goal of replacing internal combustion vehicles with electric vehicles and stronger local market acceptance.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) released September sales data and announced that Tesla Model 3 is the best-selling vehicle in the UK. This victory is not the first this year, as in June the model already became the best-selling car (among EVs and internal combustion engines) in the country. The California manufacturer registered 6,879 Model 3s, surpassing not only its electric competitors but all cars available in the nation's car market, even those with internal combustion engines. Tesla's superiority is further underlined by the fact that Model 3 sales are higher than any other vehicle, even cheaper models. Despite the fact that such a spike in sales is typical for Tesla in the last month of each quarter, it shows a strong shift in general consumer interest towards Tesla.

In June, Vauxhall was able to sell 5,235 Corsa vehicles, 1,644 units fewer than Tesla’s Model 3, taking second place. This is an impressive difference, which clearly demonstrates a shift in interest not only in electric vehicles but specifically in Tesla.

It is encouraging to note that sales of battery-powered vehicles were up 49.4% year-on-year. This trend is likely related to the ban on the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles starting in 2030. A total of 215,312 new vehicles were registered in the UK last month, down 34.4% from the same month in 2020.

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