VFACTS: Tesla breaks the sales record in September 2022, the Model Y is clearly the third best seller

VFACTS: Tesla breaks the sales record in September 2022, the Model Y is clearly the third best seller

Tesla has almost doubled its best monthly sales in Australia – and the Model Y electric SUV was the third best-selling new vehicle in September after a record number of deliveries.

US electric car specialist Tesla nearly doubled its best selling month in Australia in September – and ranked one of its models third overall on the sales charts – after a record number of deliveries ended months of chronic stock shortages.

Sales data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) lists 5,969 Tesla vehicles as delivered in September 2022, placing the brand seventh on the sales charts, ahead of Volkswagen, MG and Subaru.

It’s nearly double the 3,397 vehicles sold in Tesla’s best-ever month since records began, August 2022. The electric-car maker only started reporting sales data to VFACTS in March.

The Tesla Model Y SUV was the third best-selling model in September with 4,369 reported deliveries, behind best-sellers Toyota HiLux (5,170) and Ford Ranger (4,890) and ahead of popular models like the Mazda CX. 5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota RAV4.

The strong sales result is being driven by the arrival of a record number of vehicle deliveries since late July – helped by upgrades at Tesla’s Shanghai, China plant, which ramped up production to record levels.

In the four months leading up to August, Tesla reported just 240 cars as delivered – after the COVID-19 lockdowns in China mostly shut down the company’s factory in March and April.

China became the third-biggest supplier of new vehicles after Australia last month, with the 5,969 Tesla vehicles contributing to a total of 14,889 — behind Japan (23,880) and Thailand (20,663), but probably a first ahead of South Korea (14,443).

With 14,023 reported deliveries year-to-date, Tesla has surpassed the 12,094 reported deliveries for all of 2021 — three months to go — and accounts for nearly 65 percent of all EVs reported as sold so far this year.

The Model Y’s record result breaks by 50 percent the previous best-ever monthly sales result for an electric car, which was achieved in March with 3,097 Tesla Model 3s. Model Y customer deliveries began in August, reaching 1,017 customers before the end of the month.

The remainder of the 5,969 Tesla vehicles sold are Model 3 sedans (1,610 vehicles) — the third best monthly sales result after 3,097 Tesla vehicles sold in March and 2,380 delivered in August.

It was the twelfth best-selling new vehicle last month and the second best-selling passenger car after the Hyundai i30 (1733).

Electric cars accounted for 7.7 percent of all new vehicles sold last month — four out of five of which were a Tesla badge — and 2.7 percent of sales so far this year.

Battery electric vehicles outperformed hybrid and plug-in hybrid cars combined in September with 7,247 and 5,141 respectively.

September electric car sales remain in the hundreds rather than thousands – including 140 sales for the Hyundai Ioniq 5, 85 for the Polestar 2 and 60 for the Kia EV6.

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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