The Tesla Model Y was Europe's best-selling premium midsize SUV in the first half, beating German rivals including the segment's former leader, the Mercedes-Benz GLC.
The sales growth of the Model Y, which is supplied both by Tesla's new plant near Berlin and its facility in Shanghai, China, has been so strong that it could potentially surpass the Audi A3 to become Europe's best-selling premium model outright, preliminary half-year figures from Dataforce show.
"The Tesla Model Y has been very successful in the European market and it's set to grow further," Dataforce
senior automotive analyst Benjamin Kibies said.
Tesla's electric SUV has been rising up the sales rankings since its gradual rollout across Europe started last year. The Model Y was Norway's top-seller in the first six months while in June it topped Sweden's sales charts and finished No. 2 overall in the UK.
The Model Y recorded 41,851 sales in the first six months, beating the GLC (40,554), according to Dataforce's preliminary pan-Europe numbers, which exclude figures from Finland and Portugal.
The BMW X3 was third with 31,138 and the Volvo XC60 fourth with 27,836 sales (see table, below).