The Tesla Model Y topped China’s premium SUV segment in 2021 with approximately 169,853 units sold from January to December last year, reported the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).
Tesla sold 40,500 Model Y units in December 2021, earning second place in general SUV retail sales. The Haval H6 was the best-selling SUV in China, with 41,456 units sold. From January to December 2021, Tesla sold 169,853 Model Y vehicles, placing it in ninth place in the CPCA’s overall SUV retail sales rankings.
However, the Tesla Model Y topped rankings in the premium SUV market. In December 2021, Tesla sold 40,500 model Y units, making it the nation’s best-selling premium SUV. The Ideal ONE took second place with 14,087 units sold, followed by the Mercedes-Benz GLC with 13,072 units sold. For all of 2021, a total of 169,853 Model Y units were sold, placing it at number one in CPCA’s ratings. In second place was the BMW X3, with 149,742 units sold.
Cumulative passenger car sales reached 20,146 million units, a year-on-year increase of 4.4%. The CPCA also reported that the market share of American cars was 8.2% in December, up 2.7% from the previous month. Last month SUV sales decreased 11.3%, with only 960,000 units sold. However, cumulative sales for 2021 showed a year-over-year increase of 3%, with 9.221 million SUVs sold in China.
As per the CPCA, Tesla’s retail sales surged 196.6% in December 2021. New energy vehicles sales increased year-over-year by 128.9%, with 475,000 units sold in December 2021 and 2.989 million new energy vehicles sold for the entire year.
Tesla Giga Shanghai aimed for a 500,000 annual output in 2021. It plans to increase production capacity with a RMB1.2 billion (about $180 million) project that should expand the facility further. The expansion started in December 2021 and is scheduled to be completed by April 2022.