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Tesla Model Y third best-selling new car in Australia

Tesla Model Y third best-selling new car in Australia

New data showed 93,555 vehicles were sold in September, an increase of 12.3% from September 2021 figures.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) VFACTS report released today revealed that sales of 93,555 new vehicles represent an increase of 10,243 vehicles compared to September 2021.

Car sales figures for the months leading up to July and August reached 84,461 and 95,256 respectively, bringing the total for the year to 811,130.

Of that figure, 7,247 were all-electric vehicles — more than hybrid and plug-in hybrids combined at 5,141.

This was largely due to the fact that 4,359 Tesla Model Y units arriving on Australian shores had already been pre-sold, making it the third best-selling vehicle.

This is because the fuel tax rebate has been abolished, pushing peak fuel prices back to over $2 per liter.

Other EV sales for September 2022 include 140 sales for the Hyundai Ioniq 5; Polestar 2.85; and Kia EV6, 60.

Top 10 sold vehicles

  1. Toyota Hilux – 5,170 units
  2. Ford Ranger – 4.890
  3. Tesla Model Y – 4.359
  4. Mazda CX-5 – 2.439
  5. Mitsubishi Triton – 2.319
  6. Isuzu D-Max Ute – 1,924
  7. Toyota RAV4 – 1,856
  8. Kia Sportage – 1,775
  9. Hyundai i30 – 1,733

The i30 was the only non-SUV of ute to make it into the top 10; Australia’s cheapest all-electric SUV, the MG ZS, also fell out of the top 10.

Also see: Top five affordable electric cars in Australia


In the year to date, 21,771 electric vehicles have been sold, according to FCAI chief Tony Weber.

“While the overall market share of battery electric vehicles remains low [2.7%]there is a clear market trend towards zero-emission technology,” said Weber.

The VFACTS report revealed sales statistics by state compared to September 2021, noting:

  • Australian Capital Territory sales increased 67.7% with 1,498 vehicles sold.
  • Sales in New South Wales were up 20.8% with 28,945 vehicles sold.
  • Northern Territory sales were down 9.8% with 832 vehicles sold.
  • Sales in Queensland were up 2.9% with 20,643 vehicles sold.
  • Victoria’s sales were up 23.8% with 25,367 vehicles sold.
  • Sales in South Australia were down 2.2% with 6,005 vehicles sold.
  • Tasmania’s sales were down 0.9% with 1,630 vehicles sold.
  • Sales in Western Australia were down 6.0% with 8,644 vehicles sold.

Toyota led the market with a total of 14,852 vehicles sold, followed by Kia 7,290; Mazda 7,259; and Mitsubishi, 6,784.

Savings to be made with EVs

A survey of 741 Tesla drivers conducted by the Electric Vehicle Council and the Tesla Owners Club of Australia (TOCA) found that technology (83%) and the environment (78%) were the most common reasons for buying a Tesla. to buy.

Nearly half of respondents said they save more than $2,000 on gasoline per year, while 77% save more than $1,000.

“Electric vehicle owners save thousands of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs,” said Behyad Jafari, Electric Vehicle Council Chief Executive.

“At a time when petrol and diesel prices are going through the roof, the Australian government must introduce long-awaited fuel efficiency standards to cut costs and reduce emissions in the future.”


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