Most popular variants of Tesla Model Y, Model 3 in Australia revealed

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A single model variant accounted for nearly half of all Tesla electric cars reported as sold in Australia last year.

More than three-quarters of Tesla electric-car buyers in Australia last year chose the base model – and about half of all Teslas sold were a single model grade – new data obtained by Drive shows.

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) sales data supplied to Drive shows the Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) accounted for 78 per cent of Tesla Model Y SUV deliveries – and 76 per cent of Model 3 sedan deliveries – last year.

It means the 22,374 Model Y RWDs reported as sold (delivered) last year represented 49 per cent of the 46,116 new Tesla vehicle deliveries recorded in total.

The RWD variants are the cheapest in the line-up – currently priced from $61,900 plus on-road costs for the Model 3, and $65,400 plus on-roads for the Model Y – and eligible for current or recently-discontinued electric-car rebates in many Australian states.

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Among Model 3 sales, the Long Range accounted for 21 per cent of deliveries, followed by the Performance with 3 per cent.

Meanwhile, the remainder of Model Y sales were split between the Long Range at 11.3 per cent, and Performance at 10.9 per cent – with just 129 deliveries between them.

In the second half of 2023 alone – when Model 3 deliveries slumped in the switch from old to new models – the Model Y RWD accounted for 56 per cent of Tesla’s total 20,539 sales.

Tesla reported 46,116 deliveries in Australia last year, up 135 per cent on 2022 – but its share of the electric-car market slipped from 58.6 to 52.9 per cent.


Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020.

Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines at a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.

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