The Tesla Model Y is set to become the world’s most popular car in the very near future. On the way to that achievement, the Model Y was the best selling SUV in China September, regardless of fuel type.
According to data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Tesla sold 46,694 Model Ys last month. That represented a large 41.4% increase over the number of sales in September 2021, and was enough to put it just ahead of the second place BYD Song.
After the Model Y and Song, the numbers drop significantly to the mid to low teens, showing just how popular the Model Y is among Chinese buyers.
After leading earlier this year, the Model Y now sits in second place with 219,112 units delivered so far in 2022, a 136% increase from the same time period in 2021.
This puts the Model Y behind the BYD Song, which has accumulated 288,768 sales in the first nine months of the year.
Given the recent production line upgrades which has significantly increased Model Y production at Giga Shanghai, the electric SUV should be able to hold on to its second place ranking for the remainder of 2022, but has an outside shot at overtaking it with a strong performance in the final quarter of the year.