For the first time in history, a 100% electric car becomes the best-selling car in the world. Tesla’s Model Y surpassed the Toyota Corolla to become the best-selling car in the first quarter of 2023. The feat, as well as being historic, is quite impressive, as the Model Y costs $47,490, while the 2023 Corolla costs $21,550.
When Tesla makes two new cars, it can celebrate success. The numbers were reported by the Jato Dynamics company and show that The Model Y sold 267,200 units in the first quarter, while the Corolla sold 256,400 units and the Hilux, also from Toyota, sold 214,700 units. The sales figure represents an increase of 69% compared to the same period last year. If sales continue to be strong, the Model Y could become the best-selling car in 2023.
Check out the list of best-selling cars in the first quarter:
- Tesla Model Y: 267,200
- Toyota Corolla/Levin/Allion/Lingshang: 256,400
- Toyota Hilux: 214,700
- Toyota RAV4: 211,000
- Toyota Camry: 166,200
As we can see, Toyota dominates another list of best-selling cars in the world, showing good results in the first quarter. However, Tesla’s victory in reaching the top spot shows how the electric car segment is spreading around the world. Every year the number of sales of 100% electric cars increases and soon we will see more models appearing on the bestseller list. Currently, sales of electric vehicles account for 10% of all vehicle sales in the world. It may seem small, but the number is growing every year.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, predicted that the Model Y will be the best-selling car in 2021: “We think the Model Y will be the best-selling car or vehicle of any kind in the world. Maybe next year. I’m not 100% sure next year, but I think it’s very likely.” He was slightly wrong in his predictions, but even with a delay of a few years, success came. Despite this, the Car Logos company claims that Tesla still cannot be considered one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, occupying only 19th place, according to data from 2022. Perhaps the results of the Model Y in 2023 will change this placement.