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The UK’s new car sales charts were topped by an EV in December, the Tesla Model 3, which outsold market stalwarts like the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Fiesta.

The American EV manufacturer managed to shift 5,798 Model 3s in December, beating its nearest competitor, the Golf, by more than a thousand units. VW’s icon came in second with 4,470 new registrations, and the Fiesta was third with 3,367.

This, according to Autocar, is the second time Tesla has topped the sales charts, the previous one being last April. As for last month, sales figures were boosted by the fact that big batch of Teslas arrived in the country in November.

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The figures are big news for supporters of electric vehicles, as UK’s EV sales jumped by 185.9 percent in 2020 to 108,205 units, up from 37,850 in 2019. Norway, for the first time in 2020, saw more new EVs registered on the roads than internal-combustion vehicles. In the UK, the number was closer to 10 percent of all new vehicle registrations, a stark increase from 2019, when EVs accounted for just one out of every 30 new cars registered.

Despite its success last month in the UK, Tesla wasn’t the best selling EV in Europe, as that honor goes to the Volkswagen ID.3 despite its launch being delayed by software issues. Moreover, UK’s overall best seller in 2020 was the Fiesta, with 49,179 registrations, with the Vauxhall Corsa (46,439) and the Golf (43,109) coming in second and third respectively and no all-electric vehicle making it into the top 10.

Still, Tesla nearly reached a production milestone this year, delivering 449,550 vehicles – just 450 units short of CEO Elon Musk’s goal of 500,000. Despite coming just shy of its target, the company managed to produce more than 500,000 new vehicles, which Musk is taking as a moral victory.

Sales look set to continue growing, too. Musk and the transport minister of India recently revealed that Tesla will begin selling vehicles in the country this year. The market is the world’s fifth largest for automobiles and the government is planning billions of dollars in investments to encourage its citizens to buy EVs.


Fueled by the strong growth of its Recharge models last year, Volvo has announced that it will triple its electric vehicle production at the Ghent plant in Belgium by 2022.

The factory makes the XC40 Recharge, which is the Swedish brand’s first EV, and the plug-in hybrid variant of the XC40, and will also assemble a new zero-emission Volvo, which will be based on the CMA architecture, starting later this year.

“Our future is electric and customers clearly like what they see from our Recharge cars”, said the car firm’s chief of global industrial operations and quality, Javier Varela. “As we continue to electrify our lineup and boost our electric production capacity, Ghent is a real trailblazer for our global manufacturing network.”

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In addition to the new EV that will enter production in Belgium in the coming months, Volvo will launch several other electric vehicles in the near future, as it wants half of its global sales to come from zero-emission models by 2025, with the rest being partially electrified.

Volvo sold 661,713 vehicles worldwide last year, a 6.2 percent drop over 2019 in the wake of the global pandemic, but it did record a 7.4 percent increase in the second half, with 391,751 units. The best-selling model was the XC60 with 191,696 units, followed by the XC40 and XC90, with 185,406 and 92,458 respectively.

Europe was the company’s biggest market, with 287,902 sales, 15.5 percent less than in 2019, while another 166,617 units were delivered in China and 110,129 in the United States, a 7.5 and 1.8 percent increase respectively.

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McLaren is certainly no stranger to the world of sim racing, having their own esports program, and an F1 driver, Lando Norris, who actively participates in it. On that note, the company has announced an all-new sim racing competition in partnership with VELO, this time with a focus on entertainment personalities rather than trained drivers.

The VELO ESERIES will be a four-part event, and will feature DJ/singer songwriter/producer Craig David, as well as automotive YouTuber Supercar Blondie in the first part, called Series 1.

There’s no word as to the guests taking part in the other three rounds yet, and the game of choice and format of the competition have yet to be announced, but we do know that ex-Top Gear host Rory Reid will be one of the presenters.

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Each series will be split into three episodes. The first will have the participants go through a boot camp at McLaren’s Woking headquarters. The second episode will give the celebrities their new found skills, which involves the two participants racing head-to-head. In the third episode, fans then get to participate in qualifiers to join the grid and race against the celebrities in a live-streamed “Beat Your Heroes” episode.

Series 1 launches this weekend on January 9th, with further episodes set to come over the coming months, concluding at the end of April. All of the content will be available on VELO’s social channels, including the livestream of each virtual race on their YouTube channel. The Craig David and Supercar Blondie race for series 1 will take place at 1 PM GMT on February 6th.