Tesla’s electric SUV grabbed the top spot in the first quarter that the Toyota Corolla had held for years.
This is a turning point in the history of the car. For the first time, the best selling model in the world is an electric car. And it’s not the cheapest on the market, far from it, as it is Tesla’s Model Y. In the first quarter of this year, it sold 267,200 copies according to the estimates of Felipe Munoz, an analyst of the company. JATO Dynamicswhich is a criterion.
So Tesla’s Model Y steals the first place from Toyota Corolla in the world’s top 5 places, but Toyota remains the number one manufacturer on the planet thanks to its range that includes fifteen times as many models. Moreover, the Japanese giant monopolizes the rest of the list of best-selling models in the world.
A drop in the price that you pay
This performance of Model Y is due to the wise decision of the manufacturer, who decided to reduce the price this winter with a drop of 15%, or even more in some countries. This tax reform, for example, has enabled Tesla to take advantage of the ecological bonus in France again. And this price drop was particularly effective in Europe where Model Y almost tripled its sales, winning the top 5, ahead of Dacia Sandero and Volkswagen T Roc.
European champion but not France, because Tesla’s success is not very impressive in France. Models from French brands still largely dominate sales. But the Model Y is still today in the top 10 best-selling cars since the beginning of the year, ahead of the Dacia Spring, which the Renault group imports from China.
The Chinese are the largest buyers of the Model Y
The fact that the electric car has risen to the top 10 best-selling cars in the world is also good news for the Chinese, who have recently become the world’s largest exporter of cars. Something Tesla has contributed to since some Ys models committed to export come from its Shanghai factory. But Tesla is also appealing to the Chinese themselves, who are now the biggest buyers of the Model Y.
This first world victory for Elon Musk seems to give him wings. Being the second richest man in the world, he wants to increase the number of his factories in the world. In addition, France is in the running for the second Gigafactory in Europe after the one in Berlin. Tesla’s goal is to be able to produce 20 million cars a year by 2030. Fourteen times more than in 2022.