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Tesla’s reputation as an automotive disruptor continues with the introduction of the electric vehicle marque into the official new car registration figures.
EV car maker Tesla has submitted data to the national new car sales and instantly shot to fifth place overall.
The Tesla Model 3 was also the top-selling passenger car in the country in March, according to VFACTS figures supplied by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries.
That’s a huge result and cements the brand as one of the major players in the market, rather than just the dominant EV car company.
But the headline number of 3,097 Model 3s for the month doesn’t tell the whole story. Tesla sold 4,417 vehicles for the first quarter of this year, largely because of the intermittent arrival of ships delivering cars from the company’s Shanghai factory.
That number puts Tesla into the top 15 cars sold so far this year. It also means the ongoing monthly tally will need to be averaged out to give an accurate indication of the company’s sales.
It’s still a massive achievement for a one-model company and the arrival of the Model Y SUV should spike those numbers, but there’s no official word on when the highly anticipated SUV will go on sale here.