Tesla Model Y became the second best-selling car in the UK in June 2022, only surpassed by the affordable Vauxhall Corsa. All other polluting cars are left behind, which only emphasizes the rapid transition of the world to electric vehicles.
Tesla Model Y once again demonstrates its strength, achieving another victory in the automotive market. Despite extremely unfavorable headwinds during the first two months of Q2, Tesla coped well and its cars are once again some of the best-selling ones on the market. On Wednesday, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) released auto sales data. With 4,194 units, Model Y became the second best-selling car in the UK in June, rivaling the most popular petrol cars, which began to lose ground when Tesla was able to ramp up production. Much of the same is happening in other European countries, and the rise in the price of gasoline will continue to encourage consumers to look for cars that run on electricity, and Tesla is in the lead here.
In first place is the affordable Vauxhall Corsa with 5,014 sales. The German car is the favorite of the British and, with varying degrees of success, has been competing with Tesla cars for the title of the best for several years now. Since Tesla's Q2 production was quite modest due to the COVID-19 lockdown in China, this gave Corsa a chance to beat Model Y.
In third place is MINI, with 3,055 sales, which is quite modest, however this is the case with many automakers in Q2 2022. In fourth place is Nissan Qashqai with 2,987 sales. With a small gap behind, closing out the top five is Volkswagen Golf with 2,965 units sold.
New car sales fell by a quarter last month as global semiconductor shortages and rising fuel costs continue to hurt the industry. Registrations fell 24.3% to 140,958 in June, the weakest June result since 1996. However, battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales continued to grow, rising 14.6% to 22,737, or 16.1% of the market. In contrast, plug-in hybrid vehicle sales fell by more than a third to 7,714, with a market share of just 5.5%.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said:
“The semiconductor shortage is stifling the new car market even more than last year's lockdown.
“Electric vehicle demand continues to be the one bright spot, as more electric cars than ever take to the road, but while this growth is welcome it is not yet enough to offset weak overall volumes, which has huge implications for fleet renewal and our ability to meet overall carbon reduction targets.
“With motorists facing rising fuel costs, however, the switch to an electric car makes ever more sense and the industry is working hard to improve supply and prioritize deliveries of these new technologies given the savings they can afford drivers.”
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.