in March, Tesla put two models on the podium against thermals!

We are now used to seeing Tesla models at the top of electric car sales charts. In March, the American brand did much better by placing one model in first place and another in third place on the whole of the European market, gasoline and diesel vehicles included.

Last month, Tesla had achieved a nice double by placing Model 3 and Model Y in the first two places of sales of electric vehicles. In March, it’s even better since the Tesla Model 3 is quite simply the best-selling car in Europe with 23,013 registered units. And we find the Model Y on the third step of the podium with its 18,968 registrations. Three other models in the 10 best sellers offer an electric version in their range: Peugeot 208, Fiat 500 and Opel Corsa. Over the whole of the quarter, however, the star of the European market is called Peugeot 208. It is ahead of the Dacia Sandero and the Volkswagen Golf.

Model Sales in March 2022
Tesla Model 3 23,013
Peugeot 208 21,026
Tesla Model Y 18,968
volkswagen golf 16,784
Dacia Sandero 16,778
Citroen C3 16,697
Fiat/Abarth 500 16,120
Ford Puma 15,937
Toyota Yaris 15,910
Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 15,824

On the electric vehicle market alone, Tesla outrageously dominates all the competition. It sells 3 times more Model Y than Fiat 500 which we find in 3ᵉ place of sales. 41% of Fiat 500s sold are electric versions. The proportion drops to 20 for the Peugeot 208.

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Hyundai-Kia is still well represented with the Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona, and there are also models now used to the Top 10 such as the Renault Zoé, the Peugeot e-208, the Dacia Spring or the Volkswagen ID.4. But even with the month-to-month stability, Tesla’s posting volumes this month smash everything. Twice as many Model 3s were sold in March as Niro, Kona, Zoe or 500 over the full quarter…

The BMW i3 is still doing well a few months before the end of its production, climbing to tenth place.

Model Sales in March 2022
Tesla Model 3 23,013
Tesla Model Y 18,968
Fiat 500 6,579
Kia e Niro 5,217
Volkswagen ID.4 5,009
Peugeot e-208 4,201
Renault Zoe 4,054
Hyundai Kona 4,032
Dacia Spring 3,989
BMW i3 3,768
Volkswagen ID.3 3,454
Hyundai Ioniq5 3,243
Nissan Leaf 3,142
Mini Cooper SE 3,005
Polestar 2 3,003
Skoda Enyaq 2,959
Kia EV6 2,941
Audi Q4 2,660
Renault Twingo 2,624
Volvo XC40 2,352

Plug-in hybrids haven’t quite said their last word. This month, the Ford Kuga is doing well ahead of the Volvo XC40 and the Peugeot 3008.

Fortunately, the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes A-Class save the honor of sedans in this segment dominated by SUVs.

Model Sales in March 2022
Ford Kuga 5,544
Volvo XC40 4,005
Peugeot 3008 3,748
CUPRA Formentor 2,905
BMW X5 2,777
Volvo XC60 2,688
BMW X1 2,620
BMW 3 Series 2,607
Mercedes A-Class 2,346
Hyundai Tucson 2,215
Mercedes GLC 2,124
Toyota Rav4 2,072
Jeep Compass 2,024
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross 1,989
MG HS 1,953
Mercedes E-Class 1,903
Mercedes GLA 1,757
Volvo XC90 1,713
Audi A3 1,710

244,801 plug-in cars were registered in March on the continent, of which 62% were electric cars and 38% plug-in hybrids. This represents 21.9% of the total of 1,116,419 cars.

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