The Tesla Model 3 was the 10th best-selling car in the world in 2021, and some industry watchers believe it could make its way to the top five by 2022.
According to global data collected by the Fiat Group World (@lovecarindustry) auto industry blog Using data from individual markets, the Model 3 found 508,000 homes last year, placing it in 10th place, ahead of the Honda Accord (481,000) and Honda Civic (467,000). The Ford F-150 and Toyota Hilux trucks were not far ahead at 562,000 and 549,000 respectively, although the Tesla Model 3 was half as popular as the first-placed Toyota RAV4 and second-placed Toyota Corolla, each selling more than 1.1 million sales. †
But looking at the year-over-year sales change for each vehicle, it becomes clear why industry experts think the Model 3 is poised to take some big steps further up the ladder. While most vehicles before Tesla were up single-digit percentages, and the Honda HRV (8th place, 670,000 sales) and Toyota Hilux (9th place, 549,000 sales) were up 20 and 22 percent respectively, Model 3 sales were up 40 percent. than in 2020.
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NEWS: According to @lovecarindustryTesla Model 3 was the 8th best-selling car worldwide in 2021, and is expected to enter the top 5 later in 2022, surpassing the Ford F-150.
Model Y was ranked 19th in 2021 and is expected to outsell the Model 3 by the end of 2022, placing them both in the top 5. pic.twitter.com/xBnkgqPJyZ
— Sawyer Merritt 📈🚀 (@SawyerMerritt) June 23, 2022
However, it’s not just the Model 3 that the top five RAV4, Corolla, Honda CR-V, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Camry have to worry about. Because the Model Y comes on quickly and is ready to slipstream most of them.
Just over 390,000 people took home a Model Y in 2021, placing it in 19th place, well behind the Model 3, plus a number of more conventional trucks, SUVs, and sedans. But sales rose by a phenomenal 412 percent, despite it only going on sale in Europe in the fall of that year (and sales in the UK didn’t start until Spring 2022).
These figures have not been officially verified, but have been produced using verified data from various regions, collected by analyst Felipe Munoz. The industry obsessive claims the numbers represent 99.32 percent of total global auto sales last year, which should mean they’re representative. Munoz also points out that the RAV4’s top position makes it the first SUV to ever reach that milestone, and highlights the impressive performance of the Wuling Hongguang Mini EV, which scored 391,000 sales to take 20th spot and 238 percent higher. was then in 2020.