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VFACTS: Tesla drives big EV market share in August


A big month of deliveries from Tesla, coinciding with the local launch of the Model Y SUV, has driven EVs to their second-best monthly market share to date, in August.

Electric vehicle (EV) sales totalled 4235 in August, 80 per cent of which wore a Tesla badge.

“Year-to-date EV sales are 2 per cent of the total market, hybrids are 7.6 per cent and plug-in hybrid vehicles are 0.6 per cent,” said FCAI chief executive Tony Weber.

“Combined electrified vehicles are now just over 10 per cent of total sales,” he said.

In August Tesla sold a total of 3397 vehicles, which equates to just over 80 per cent of the month’s EV sales. A total of 4235 EVs were sold during August.

Tesla was also the seventh best-selling brand overall for August, outselling brands such as MG (3074 sales), Subaru (2960 sales), and Isuzu Ute (2800 sales).

It was still a far cry away from Toyota, the top-selling brand for the month, which sold a total of 20,616 vehicles.

In August it sold a total of 2380 Model 3 sedans, making it the top-selling passenger vehicle for the month and the fourth top-selling vehicle overall.

The Model 3 was beaten by the Toyota HiLux (6214 sales), Ford Ranger (4497), and the Toyota RAV4 (2482) for overall sales in August.

It outsold the likes of the Toyota LandCruiser (2379 sales), Mazda CX-5 (2325), Toyota Corolla (2115), and the Mitsubishi Triton (2087).

In the luxury medium passenger vehicle segment, the Tesla Model 3 significantly outsold its closest competitors, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (306 sales) and BMW 3 Series (252).

Tesla also delivered 1017 examples of its newly-launched Model Y SUV during August.

It was the top-selling luxury mid-sized SUV in the country, outselling the BMW X3 (420 sales), Mercedes-Benz GLC wagon (316), Volvo XC60 (299), and the Audi Q5 (227).

Over the last few months Tesla has been experiencing production delays at its Chinese manufacturing plant.

The last time Tesla recorded a similar number of monthly sales was back in March 2022 when it recorded 4417 sales of its Model 3. The Model Y wasn’t on sale yet.

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