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Tesla Model Y continues to take over the automotive market and is on its way to becoming the world’s best-selling vehicle. In December 2022, the electric SUV became the best-selling car in the UK, with the Model 3 coming in at #2. At the end of the year, Model Y became the 3rd best-selling car in the country.
According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK new car market rose for the fifth month in a row in December, up 18.3% to 128,462 new registrations. Despite underlying demand, total registrations for the year fell 2.0% to 1.61 million units.
While sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles continued to decline, the only ones to register growth were battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), up 40.1% and 27.6% YoY, respectively. In December, BEVs captured the largest monthly market share of 32.9%, while in 2022 overall they accounted for 16.6% of registrations, surpassing diesel for the first time and becoming the second most popular powertrain after gasoline. The annual share of plug-in hybrids (PHEV) decreased to 6.3%.
In December, Tesla Model Y was the clear winner in the UK car market. The sales result was so impressive that there was not a single competitor that could come close. Tesla registered 10,664 Model Ys, almost a third of all sales for the year in the country. The closest competitor was Tesla Model 3, which became the second best-selling car in the country. In December, 5,704 vehicles were registered. The two Tesla cars registered almost as many last month as the next seven vehicles in the top 10 combined.
Despite a challenging 2022 for the manufacturer, sales in the UK have been strong throughout the year, with its Model 3 and Model Y being the top-selling cars multiple times in different months. According to the results of sales for 12 months of 2022, Tesla Model Y became the 3rd best-selling car in the country.
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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.