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Published on December 5th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan


Tesla Model 3 = #6 Top Selling Car In USA In November (Possibly)

December 5th, 2018 by  

Tesla shares its quarterly global sales figures at the beginning of each quarter. It breaks down those sales by model, but it doesn’t break down sales by country or by month. As such, anyone providing a Tesla sales figure for the US for any given model in any given month is either pulling your leg or just providing their best estimate based on various clues they’ve gathered.

CleanTechnica‘s Tesla Model 3 US sales estimate for the month of November is 18,000. That estimate makes it the 6th best selling car in the country (in terms of units sold). Every model above the Model 3, interestingly, saw their sales decline month over month. Actually, if you click through the months in the second chart below, especially starting in August, you’ll notice a gradual decline in the sales of the top 4 models — the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla. (Hat tip to Paul Fosse for that note.)

Additionally, as in the previous few months, the only cars that saw higher sales in November were much cheaper than the Model 3 in terms of upfront cost, which means that the Model 3 was the best selling car in the US in terms of revenue.

As far as year-to-date sales, the Tesla Model 3 rose to the #11 position, passing up the Ford Focus. Worth noting, however, is that GM is another company that does not report monthly sales by model. As such, sales figures for the #9 Chevy Cruze and #10 Chevy Malibu are also estimates. We will never get precise monthly sales data for these models, but we will get quarterly and full-year 2018 data next month and will be able to see if our Tesla Model 3 estimates put the hot new electric car in the top 10 for the year.

As published last month, I expect the Model 3 to break into the top 10 for the full year, and there’s a chance it will be the top selling car in the country in December. I’ve got an advent calendar counting down to the day Tesla releases 4th quarter sales figures.

Stayed tuned for more monthly sales charts and reports in the coming days.

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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