VFACTS January 2023: Tesla Model 3 Australia’s 3rd best-selling new vehicle in the last month

VFACTS January 2023: Tesla Model 3 Australia's 3rd best-selling new vehicle in the last month

Australia’s third best-selling new vehicle last month was the Tesla Model 3 sedan – which posted its second-best monthly sales on record.

the Tesla model 3 was Australia’s third best-selling new motor vehicle in the last month – and the best-selling electric car – marks its best-ever ranking.

Industry data from VFACTS released today shows that in January 2023, 2,927 Tesla Model 3 sedans were reported as sold — based on deliveries, not orders — accounting for two-thirds of all electric vehicles sold in the last month.

The strong sales result – thanks to the arrival of the largest Tesla vehicle delivery in December – is the second best monthly sale for the Tesla Model 3, behind the first month of recorded sales, March 2022, when 3097 deliveries were reported.

However, its third place – behind the Ford Ranger (4749) and Toyota HiLux (4131) and ahead of the Mazda CX-3 (2417) – in the overall New Car Sales chart is its best on record, beating its previous best of fifth from last March.

A Tesla vehicle has only made the top three once so far – the related Tesla Model Y SUV in September 2022, when 4369 deliveries were reported.

As the Model 3 rocketed up the sales charts, Model Y deliveries hit the brakes due to an inventory gap with 386 reported sales — allowing it to maintain its lead in the $60,000, two-car, midsize SUV class still to be said before the BMW X3 (384).

A total of 4,852 electric vehicles were reported as sold in January 2023 — up 682 percent from January 2022, or up 148 percent if Tesla is excluded, since the US electric-car specialist didn’t report its monthly sales around this time last year.

Alex Misoyannis

Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017 when he launched his own website Redline. He worked for Drive in 2018 before joining CarAdvice in 2019 and becoming a regular journalist on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from leafing through car magazines at a young age to growing up surrounded by performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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