Passenger car sales in Europe (26 European markets, monitored by JATO Dynamics) once again declined due to the chip shortage. The number of registrations amounted to 964,800 (down 25% year-over-year).

Because of a few weak months, the year-to-date number is now just 7% above the level of 2020.

Plug-ins, with 221,500 new registrations (up 44% year-over-year), are selling better and better, taking some 23% of the total market in September, compared to just 12% a year ago and 5% in 2019.

So far this year, about 1.5 million plug-ins were sold in Europe. On the other hand, diesel is fading.

Top 10 best-selling models with Tesla as #1

Thanks to a high number of deliveries in the last month of the quarter, Tesla has achieved unprecedented results in Europe.

The Tesla Model 3 has become not only the best-selling electric car, but the best-selling car overall for the month of September 2021 with about 24,512 registrations and 2.6% market share.

Not only that, for the first time a model manufactured outside of Europe is the best-selling car, which sounds like another warning signal for the local automotive industry.