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Recent sales figures show Tesla’s Model 3 was the top-selling passenger car and the fourth best-selling vehicle in Australia in August, with 3,397 vehicles going to new owners.
VFACTS data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), shows Tesla delivered 3397 vehicles last month, placing it seventh in terms of total car manufacturer registrations.
Of those, 2,380 were Model 3 passenger cars, trailing only the Toyota HiLux (6,214 sales), Ford Ranger (4,497) and Toyota RAV4 (2,482) for the month. The Tesla Model Y mid-sized SUV accounted for 1017 registrations.
The spike in sales is a result of Tesla’s Chinese factory ramping up production and the arrival of seven ships in the past month bearing Tesla products.
Tesla sales in Australia tend to spike and dive according to the shipping schedule, with the company selling every car it can land, meaning there is no stock sitting in local warehouses waiting for prospective owners.
Tesla’s Giga Shanghai factory was shuttered earlier this year, initially in response to a COVID-19 lockdown and then in July to upgrade the Model 3 and Model Y production lines.
That impact was felt in Australia, with Tesla sales amounting to four in July and 172 in June. So far this year the company has sold 8,054 vehicles, placing it 18th overall.
That’s still a significant figure for a company that only sells two vehicles (prices for the Model S and Model X don't display on the Australian website).