Tesla Model Y is the best-selling luxury crossover in California, beating the RAV4 and CR-V
The Tesla Model Y has become the best-selling luxury compact SUV in California in 2021, claiming a whopping 44% share of the segment for the year and beating sales of Toyota’s RAV4 and Honda’s CR-V.
New sales data from the US state, which is commonly cited as the world’s fifth-largest economy, shows electric vehicles accounted for just under 10% of the overall auto market in the last quarter, while Tesla claimed fifth place behind Toyota, Honda. , Ford and Chevrolet with 121,080 cars sold – a significant achievement considering it only has four vehicle models for sale.
Although Tesla no longer resides in California (it moved its headquarters to Texas), it’s still by far its biggest market in the United States. With 936,000 sales worldwide in 2021, California accounted for nearly 13% of all of its sales.
As in Australia, the California auto market has seen a sharp drop in sales amid the pandemic and supply chain challenges. Aside from a jump in the second quarter that offset the closings of the previous year, each quarter saw a decline in sales.
But sales of battery-electric vehicles bucked the trend, as did hybrids and plug-in hybrids, the California New Car Dealer Association (CNCDA) noted. “Despite trends in the industry, electric vehicles continued a strong year, reaching nearly 10% market share, up 3.3% from 2020,” he said in a statement. report.
“Additionally, as automakers continue to offer new alternative drivelines to their lineups, sales of hybrids and plug-in hybrids have also increased their market share, with alternative drivelines combined accounting for 23.4% of all auto sales in 2021.
As for the Model Y, Tesla sold 60,394 units in California in 2021, or 43.8% of its segment. It also beat Toyota and Honda in the non-luxury compact SUV segment: Toyota sold 59,157 RAV4s and Honda sold 39,405 CR-Vs.
Not to be outdone, the Model 3 also continues to be a bestseller for Tesla. It sold 53,572 Model 3s, or 47% of the “near-luxury” sedan segment.
Bridie Schmidt is associate editor of The Driven, sister site to Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018 and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emission transport must play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is a co-organizer of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and offers it for hire on evee.com.au.