According to preliminary data from Dataforce cited by Automotive News Europe, the Tesla Model Y finished November as Europe’s best-selling passenger car overall. The electric crossover saw an impressive surge in sales, with 19,144 units sold – a gain of over 260% compared to the same month in the previous year.

Overall, Tesla’s European sales rose 97% in November to 31,820 units, largely due to the success of the Model Y. It was the only electric vehicle on Europe’s November sales podium, with the Dacia Sandero coming in second place (18,746 units sold, up 16%) and the Toyota Yaris coming in third (17,309 units sold, up 150%).

Tesla Model Y
Tesla Model Y

Year-to-date, the Peugeot 208 – which also offers an all-electric variant – is Europe’s overall top-seller, with 193,743 units sold. However, the French subcompact hatchback looks set to be overtaken by the end of the year, as the Model Y continues to dominate the sales charts in Europe.

Germany: Model 3 Takes the Lead

In Germany – Europe’s largest car market – the Tesla Model Y was dethroned in November by the Model 3. According to data from the Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), the sedan was the most registered electric vehicle in the country, with 6,811 units sold in November, compared to 3,687 units of the Model Y.

This marked the start of deliveries for the refreshed Model S and Model X in Germany as well, with Tesla selling 106 and 35 units, respectively. In total, Tesla’s deliveries in Germany hit record levels in November, accounting for a 93% year-over-year increase for a total of 10,819 vehicles.

Looking Ahead: Elon Musk’s Prediction

Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk famously predicted that the Model Y would become the world’s best-selling vehicle overall in 2023. While it is still too early to tell if this prediction will come true, the Model Y’s impressive sales performance in Europe and other regions certainly makes it a strong contender.