The most purchased new car in Switzerland is a Tesla, according to a report by RebelinkPress, which cited Reuters, and a report presented by the Association of Automobile Importers, Auto-Suisse. According to the report, the market for new cars in both Switzerland and Liechtenstein ended 2021 with a 0.7% increase compared with 2020.
“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects, the statement explains, the number of 238,481 new registrations (236,827 in 2020) is however significantly lower than the pre-pandemic level of 311,466 cars.”
That latter number is from 2019.
“Rich in challenges continues Auto-Suisse, the 2021 automotive year was ‘marked by delivery difficulties’, due to the shortage of electronic components in the production of vehicles, and ‘by restrictions international transport.’”
Despite this, there are some good things to point out. Demand for new passenger cars is increasing, especially when compared with 2020, and that change is driven by more interest in electric vehicles. Also, an EV is now at the top of the list. That is the Tesla Model 3, which took first place among all types of vehicles with 5,074 vehicles sold.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk responded to a tweet by Kristen (K10) who initially shared the article by RebelinkPress. I think he is happy with the good news and I’m sure Tesla employees are proud of their accomplishments not just in Switzerland but globally.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 11, 2022
It’s not surprising that Tesla is a popular choice for those in the market for a new car. It’s a similar story in the USA. Recently, Kelley Blue Book released its Brand Watch report, which noted that one out of four new car shoppers in the first quarter of 2022 considered buying a hybrid or an EV. Although the number one choice was a hybrid, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, EVs are climbing. The top EV was the Tesla Model 3 (3rd overall among hybrids and EVs), followed by the Tesla Model Y (4th) and then the Ford F-150 Lightning (7th).
It’s good to see countries in Europe such as Switzerland embracing Tesla and EVs. Overall, the European market is far ahead of the US in terms of market share of new vehicles being electric vehicles. And as Giga Berlin continues to ramp up its production, I’m sure we’ll see similar stories.
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