Tesla Model Y: Best-Selling Car Overall in China for Q1

Tesla’s Model Y SUV was the best-selling vehicle of all passenger vehicles in China in Q1, as noted by @Berlinergy on Tuesday in sales data including internal combustion engines.

Berlinergy also shared a bar graph of the sales data, distinguishing between ICE models, plugin hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), like Tesla’s lineup.

Along with the Model Y, Tesla’s Model 3 sedan earned the 14th best-seller spot, just ahead of the Toyota Corolla (~42,000) and behind the Haval H6 (~45,500).

The Model Y sold roughly 94,600 units during the three-month period, while the Model 3 sold about 42,800 in 14th spot.

The rest of the top five included BYD’s plugin hybrid Song Plus DM-i (~82,400), the gas Volkswagen Lavida (~72,600) and the gas Nissan Sylphy (~72,500).

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said for a while now that the Model Y would soon become the best-selling car globally, and we’re already seeing that happen in various markets.

The news comes just a week after data showed that Tesla’s March sales in China were up 35 percent from the same month last year, and after reports suggest that the automaker may launch its Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta in the country soon.

Additionally, plans for a new Megapack factory in Shanghai have been reported this month, especially as Tesla continues hiring for a handful of energy storage facility-related positions in China.

Tesla also builds the Model S and X at its Fremont, California factory, both of which recently began delivering in China. The Model 3 and Y are both built at Gigafactory Shanghai, for China and a handful of surrounding markets.