Tesla Model Y becomes the best-selling crossover/SUV in March and the first quarter of 2022
The Tesla Model Y achieved incredible sales success in China last month and during the first quarter of 2022, becoming the best-selling model among all crossovers/SUVs.
According to data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), in March Tesla sold some 65,754 China-made (MIC) cars in China (up 85% year-on-year) and exported some. 60 more.
* CPCA reports wholesale shipments, not registrations/deliveries to customers.
More detailed data, shared by Chinese media, including CnEVPostreveals retail sales of Tesla Model Y in China were at 39,730 in March (up 291% year-on-year and near record high) and 74,681 in Q1.
In both cases, the figures are the best in the crossover/SUV segment not only among plug-in or premium models, but all vehicles in the segment, including mainstream models.
According to the report, in March the Tesla Model Y was followed by BYD Song (26,723), Changan CS75 (22,811) and Haval H6 (19,303). In the first quarter, the Model Y was followed by BYD Song (73,704) and Haval H6 (71,411).
For reference, the top premium models behind the Model Y in Q1 were the Mercedes-Benz GLC (45,037), BMW X3 (39,592) and Audi Q5 (36,624).
The report also states that the Tesla Model 3 is one of the best models in the country. Retail sales in March amounted to 26,024 (up 3% year-on-year), second only to Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV (41,980) and Nissan Sylphy (30,240) in its segment (yes, the Hong Guang MINI EV is counted with sedans in China).
However, in the first quarter, Model 3 noted a total of 33,619 units, down 36% from a year ago.
It is assumed that the decrease is due to the export of thousands of Model 3s (mainly to Europe) and that the overall result of sales + export is higher than in 2021.
So far this year, Tesla has sold more than 108,000 locally produced electric cars in China, while exports topped 73,000, according to the CPCA.
Production results in March (reported 55,462) were likely partially affected by the shutdown of production at the Giga Shanghai plant (related to the COVID-19 lockdown), which lasted until in April.