Tesla Model 3 is ranked in Australia in March 2022

The Tesla Model 3 has made it into the Australian monthly charts for the first time. Updated on July 4th to include the Top 272 All-Models rating. 

Tesla Model 3 is ranked in Australia in March 2022
Tesla Model 3 is ranked in Australia in March 2022

Updated on July 4th to include the Top 272 All-Models rating

Despite supply and shipping challenges, and wait times ranging from 3 to 12 months for most models, the Australian new car market rose 1.2 percent to 101,213 units in March, the highest monthly result since 2018. (record 106,988). 

After four months of negative results in Australia, this is the country's second consecutive positive result. The total number of units sold so far this year is 262,436 units, down merely -0.5 percent from the same time last year. 

Tesla officially shared sales figures for Australia this month, revealing the actual extent of BEV penetration in the country. 

In March, 5,532 BEVs were registered, accounting for 5.5 percent of the total. Petrol sales are down -11.6 percent to 50,272, while diesel sales are up 3.6 percent to 33,379, hybrid sales are up 14.1 percent to 7,474, and plug-in hybrids are up 49.3 percent to 427 units.

When looking at sales by the buyer, private sales are up 7.8% to 55,046, fleet sales are down -5.8% to 33,810, rental sales are down -20% to 5,593, and government fleets are up 11.5 percent to 2,637. 

New South Wales sales are down -6.2 percent to 32,224, Victoria sales are up 5.3 percent to 27,155, Queensland sales are down -1.7 percent to 21,214, Western Australia sales are up 5.3 percent to 10,016, South Australia sales are down -0.1 percent to 6,830, Tasmania sales are up 8.2 percent to 1,768, ACT sales are down -6.2 percent to 1,560, and the Northern Territory sales are down -0.2 percent to 916.

Tesla Model 3 is ranked in Australia in March 2022
Tesla Model 3 is ranked in Australia in March 2022

The SUV frenzy appears to have reached a nadir, with a 50.3 percent market share compared to 51.7 percent a year ago, and sales down 1.6 percent to 50,893. 

Light advertisements, on the other hand, are up 4.2 percent to 24,194 units, with a 23.9 percent share vs. 23.3 percent in March 2021, with passenger automobiles up 3% to 21,999 units and a 21.7 percent share compared to 21.4 percent a year ago. When it comes to the place of origin of automobiles sold in Australia this month, Japan continues to lead with 32,553 units (-8.1%), followed by Thailand with 24,025 (+10.4%), South Korea with 13,037 (-1.1%), China with 11,539 (+90.3%), and Germany with 3,729 units (-6.5 percent).

Toyota (+2.4 percent) maintains its ultra-dominant position in the brand's ranking, with a share of 21.6 percent, nearly double that of any other manufacturer. 

Mazda is in second place (+4.3%), while Mitsubishi (+40.1%), which is still in third place with an 8.9% share, has the most spectacular increase this month. Hyundai (-4.8%) has reclaimed the lead over Kia (+4.3%), while Ford (-29%) is in severe trouble at #6. For the fifth month in a running, MG (+20%) has climbed to a new high of #7, edging off Isuzu Ute (+4.2%) and Nissan (-30.5%), which have had contrasting fates. 

Tesla debuts in the monthly rankings at #10, with a 3.1 percent market share. Jaguar (+35.4 percent), Suzuki (+30.8 percent), Porsche (+27.2 percent), Ram (+25.4 percent), Land Rover (+21 percent), Renault (+19.4 percent), and Volvo (+5.1 percent) are all outperforming the market.

The Top 4 models all have outstanding double-digit year-over-year growth. For the third month in a row, the Toyota Hilux (+18.9%) leads the way with a 6.2 percent market share, a new high surpassing its previous high of 6% in April 2020 and the largest market share achieved by any vehicle in Australia in over 11 years, since the Holden Commodore in December 2008. (7.1 percent). 

The Hilux, on the other hand, falls just short of its all-time volume record of 6,537 set in June 2020, but it breaks its 44 volume record at 4,911 vs. 4,811 in June 2020. The Toyota RAV4 (+30.9 percent) is still in the second position, ahead of the Mitsubishi Triton (+52.8 percent), and has outsold the Ford Ranger (-25.7 percent) for the second month in a row. 

The Triton also outperforms the Ranger in the 44 section, with 3,446 points vs 2,743 for the Triton. The Ranger is currently out of production, with the next version set to arrive in the middle of the year. The Mazda CX-5 has risen 24.8 percent to #5 in the country and #2 in SUVs.

The Tesla Model 3 debuts at #5 overall for the first time with monthly data, surpassing the Hyundai i30 (#7) and Toyota Corolla (#10) to become Australia's best-selling car. In the remaining Top 10, note the strong results of the Isuzu D-Max (+22.7 percent) and Toyota Prado (+84.1 percent). Below, the Mazda CX-30 (+49.3 percent), Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (+88.4 percent), Kia Sportage (+98.4 percent) boosted by the new generation, Mitsubishi Outlander (+49.2 percent), Nissan Navara (+43.6 percent), and Suzuki Baleno (+121.8 percent) all continue to shine.

Previous month: February 2022, Australia: Mitsubishi Triton, MG ZS, and Mazda CX-30 set new records, marking the first market upswing in 5 months (+1.6%).

Australia a year ago March 2021: The market is up 22.4 percent year over year and 0.6 percent year over year, with Mazda up 58.2 percent and MG back in the top ten.

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