Tesla sales leap over 400% in Germany as Model 3’s European push continues

Tesla increased its market share last month in Germany’s auto market from .03% to .19%, according to the latest data from the Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers comparing German auto registrations between April 2018 and April 2019. A total of 575 Teslas were registered in April 2019, representing a 442% increase over registrations in April 2018. Tesla’s increase in the German market from month to month also represented the highest growth out of all automotive brands in the country.

Tesla’s total number of cars registered in April 2019 represents a higher percentage of the total vehicles sold in Germany for the month by Alfa Romeo and Lexus, which commanded a market share of 0.12% and 0.11%, respectively. Given the current trends, Tesla’s market share in Germany will likely continue to grow as the all-electric car manufacturer continues its sales push into the European market. This suggests that Tesla’s blend of practicality, performance, and tech-driven luxury has enabled the company to carve out its own niche in a market associated with luxury automobiles.

The backdrop of impending emissions regulations set to take force in Europe looks to be making a significant show in the German car market as the number of alternative power vehicles registered in the country continues to increase. Electric vehicles showed a 50% growth over the past year, while hybrid car registrations increased by 5.4%. Diesel-fueled vehicle registrations remained stagnant in a year-to-year comparison between 2018 and 2019, while gasoline-powered vehicle registrations dropped 5.1% for the same time period.

Tesla’s efforts aimed at increasing sales in the German market showed hints earlier this year, when the combined sales of the Model S, Model 3, and Model X began approaching those of another German-born luxury brand: Porsche. In March, Porsche had 2,723 new vehicle registrations in the country, while Tesla posted 2,367. The gap has widened again in April, with Porsche’s registrations totaling 3,093 against Tesla’s 575; however, momentum still remains with Tesla. Porsche’s April 2019 sales represented 0.62% growth compared to April 2018 vs. Tesla’s 442% for the same period. Porsche’s cumulative sales for 2019 are also down about 25% in Germany.

Germany may see Tesla’s market share jump into native brand territory in the future if Gigafactory Europe is eventually built within its borders. In a series of tweets last summer, CEO Elon Musk revealed that the country was being seriously considered for the facility. “Germany is a leading choice for Europe. Perhaps on the German-French border makes sense, near the Benelux countries,” he tweeted. A Gigafactory in Europe stands to be a lucrative investment for Tesla in its efforts to saturate the region with its competitively priced Model 3 and possibly its coming Model Y.

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