Tesla Model 3 was UK’s No 3-selling car in August

The Tesla Model 3 was the No. 3-selling new car in the UK in August, finishing behind the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf.

It’s the first time a full-electric car has been in the UK’s overall ranking of top 10 selling models.

The UK is Europe’s second-largest car market after Germany.

With sales of 2,082 Model 3s, the Tesla model was ahead of the Ford Focus at No. 4 and the Mercedes-Benz A class, which rounded out the UK top five last month.

Tesla Model3 (Image: Wikimedia/Carlquinn)

Tesla Model3 (Image: Wikimedia/Carlquinn)

The success of Tesla’s smallest model pushed the UK’s electric car sales up by 337 percent in August to 3,147 units. The overall UK market was down 2 percent.

The record was hailed by European green lobby group Transport & Environment. “Tesla Model 3 was the third best-selling car of any brand. Reminder: We are in 2019, not 2025…” the group tweeted.

The Model 3 was Europe’s best-selling electric car in the first six months with sales of 37,227, figures from market researcher JATO Dynamics show. The Renault Zoe was second at 23,914 followed by the Nissan Leaf.

Read more: Autonews

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