Tesla Model Y is still the top-selling premium SUV in China despite almost no deliveries for three weeks


Tesla was only able to sell 960 Model Ys in China in April due to COVID-19 lockdowns around Shanghai that led to Giga Shanghai turning out the lights for 22 days. That figure is a near 99% drop from March when 39,730 units of the electric SUV were delivered to new owners.

Even with the extremely low sales volume last month, the Model Y has been able to hold on to the title of being the top-selling premium SUV in China so far in 2022, including when compared against SUVs with internal combustion engines (ICE).

According to data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Tesla has sold 75,641 Model Ys from January to April. The electric SUV still has a healthy lead 20K+ unit over the next closest competitor, the Mercedes-Benz GLC which has 53,496 sales in the same time period.

For comparison, the German automaker was able to deliver 8,909 GLCs in April.

The BMW X3 was the third most popular premium SUV, accumulating 47,292 sales in the first four months of the year.

Tesla is hoping to continue the streak for the remainder of 2022. If it does it will be the second year in a row the Model Y will be the most popular premium SUV in China. In 2021 the Model Y took the crown by outpacing the second place BMW X3 by more than 20,000 units.

To be considered a premium SUV in China, the vehicle’s starting price must be above ¥300,000 (~$57,800 CAD).

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Source: CnEVPost

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