Tesla Model Y is the top-selling SUV in China so far in 2022

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The Tesla Model Y is continuing to be a big seller in China in 2022.

According to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Model Y sales are up, and the vehicle is the best-selling SUV in China in Q1 and March.

In Q1, the Model Y just beat out the BYD Song for the title. The Model Y moved 74,681 units, a 354.8 per cent increase over 2021 Q1, while the BYD Song moved 73,704 units.

Rounding out the top three was the Haval H6 with 71,411 units.

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The Model Y led the BYD Song in March sales as well, beating out the popular SUV by over 12,000 units. In third was the Changan CS75 and the Haval H6 was in fourth.

Month over month, sales continue to grow for the Model Y in China. In March, Tesla sold 39,370 units, representing a 113.7 per cent increase over the 18,593 units sold in February. (via CnEVPost)

However, the real impressive number is in year-over-year sales. That same March number is 291.4 per cent higher in 2022 than in 2021.

The Model 3, for its sake, sold 33,619 units in Q1, just missing out on the CPCA top 15 best-selling cars list. After a weak start to Q1, the Model 3 moved 26,024 units in March to end the quarter strong.

Overall, Tesla delivered 65,754 vehicles to the Chinese market in Q1.

The second quarter is likely to tell a very different story. Giga Shanghai has not produced a car since it was shut down on March 28. Continuing COVID lockdowns mean the factory is unlikely to restart production until at least May.

Even if it does it will not restart at 100% capacity, and suppliers will likely also take some time to get back up and running.

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