Tesla sells the Toyota LandCruiser, Corolla and popular Utes

An all-electric Tesla is now one of Australia’s most popular cars, surpassing the coveted Toyota LandCruiser, with fuel prices set to skyrocket again.

The Model 3 sedan, with a starting price of $63,900, ranked fourth in the Federal Chamber of Automobiles in August with 2,380 orders.

EV sales are now at a record high as measured by monthly market share, with gasoline and diesel taxes set to double by the end of September, which could push fuel prices back above $2 a liter.

The Tesla Model 3 outsold the new LandCruiser last month, which posted 2,379 sales – buyers are now waiting up to two years for the latest 300-series model with a twin-turbo V6.

An all-electric Tesla is now one of Australia's most popular cars, surpassing the highly desirable Toyota LandCruiser, with petrol prices set to skyrocket again. The Model 3 sedan (pictured) with a starting price of $63,900 ranked fourth in the August sales list of the Federal Chamber of the Automobile Industry with 2,380 orders

An all-electric Tesla is now one of Australia’s most popular cars, surpassing the highly desirable Toyota LandCruiser, with petrol prices set to skyrocket again. The Model 3 sedan (pictured) with a starting price of $63,900 ranked fourth in the August sales list of the Federal Chamber of the Automobile Industry with 2,380 orders

Australia’s best selling cars in August

1. TOYOTA HILUX: 6,214 sales

2. FORD RANGER: 4,497 sales

3. TOYOTA RAV4: 2,482 sales

4. TESLA MODEL 3: 2,380 sales

5. TOYOTA OFF-ROAD: 2,379 sales

6. MAZDA CX-5: 2,325 sales

7. TOYOTA COROLLA: 2,115 sales

8th. MITSUBISHI TRITON: 2,087 sales

9. HYUNDAI I30: 1,975 sales

10 ISUZU UTE D-MAX: 1,928 sales

Source: Federal Chamber of the Automotive Industry

The Tesla also outsold the popular Mazda CX-5 SUV (2,325 sales) and the Toyota Corolla (2,115 sales), which was Australia’s most popular car in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

It also beat popular paraphernalia like the Mitsubishi Triton (2,087 sales) and the Isuzu D-Max (1,928 sales).

All-electric cars had a record 4.4 percent market share last month, with Elon Musk’s Tesla brand selling 3,397 electric vehicles in August, including the Model 3, Model S and Model X.

One in ten new cars sold in Australia is now either all-electric or a hybrid, with state governments offering subsidies and stamp duty exemptions to entice buyers into zero-emission or low-emission cars.

The NSW Government is offering $3,000 stamp duty rebates on electric vehicles worth up to $68,750, making an entry-level Tesla Model 3 an enticing purchase.

Across all brands, electric vehicles had a 2 per cent market share from January to August, with the MG ZS EV being the cheapest all-electric car in Australia at US$46,990.

New Zealand’s EV market share rose to 9 per cent this year, up from 3 per cent last year, after it introduced A$4,000 fines on those who bought petrol or diesel cars in April.

Tesla began providing quarterly sales data to the federal chamber of the automotive industry in March, but has since submitted monthly figures to the industry body.

The all-electric Tesla outsold the new LandCruiser last month, which hit 2,379 sales, with buyers now waiting up to two years for the latest 300-series model (pictured) with a twin-turbo V6.

The all-electric Tesla outsold the new LandCruiser last month, which hit 2,379 sales, with buyers now waiting up to two years for the latest 300-series model (pictured) with a twin-turbo V6.

Utes, which are primarily available with diesel engines, were still bestsellers in August with the Toyota HiLux, Australia’s annual No.1 since 2016, posting 6,214 sales compared to 4,497 sales for the first all-new Ford Ranger in a decade.

The Toyota RAV4, available as a petrol-electric hybrid, was third with 2,482 sales.

Overall sales for August were the best since August 2017, which Tony Weber, president of the Federal Chamber of Automobile Industry, said was a sign that supply shortages linked to computer chip shortages and Covid restrictions were easing.

“This gives hope that vehicle supply to the Australian market is showing signs of improvement,” he said.

Auto sales in August were 17.3 percent stronger than the same month in 2021.

95,256 vehicles were sold last month, bringing the year-to-date total to 717,575.

More than half, or 52 percent, of these were SUVs, with 375,036 units sold from January through August.

This came ahead of the fuel excise tax doubling to 44.2 cents a liter from September 28, ending the six-month halving to 22.1 cents a liter introduced by former Liberal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the March budget.

Labor Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his Treasurer Jim Chalmers have both ruled out extending the consumption tax halving as gross national debt nears $1 trillion.

“We have to make decisions based on what we can afford and we have a trillion dollars in Liberal Party debt,” Mr Albanese told ABC radio on Monday.

All-electric cars had a record 4.4 percent market share last month, with Tesla selling 3,397 electric vehicles in August, including the Model 3, Model S (pictured in California) and Model X. One in ten new cars sold in Australia is now either all-electric or a hybrid, with state governments providing subsidies and stamp duty exemptions to lure buyers into zero-emission or low-emission cars

All-electric cars had a record 4.4 percent market share last month, with Tesla selling 3,397 electric vehicles in August, including the Model 3, Model S (pictured in California) and Model X. One in ten new cars sold in Australia is now either all-electric or a hybrid, with state governments providing subsidies and stamp duty exemptions to lure buyers into zero-emission or low-emission cars

Toyota was Australia’s best-selling brand in August with a 22.5 percent market share ahead of Mazda (9.3 percent), Mitsubishi (7.5 percent), Kia (7.4 percent), Hyundai (7.2 percent) and Ford 5.4 percent), MG (4.3 percent), Isuzu Ute (3.4 percent), Subaru (3.2 percent) and Mercedes-Benz Cars (2.7 percent).

Climate Change and Energy Secretary Chris Bowen and Transport Secretary Catherine King announced last month that new fuel efficiency standards would be introduced as part of a national electric vehicle strategy.

Under Labour’s plan, 75 per cent of the Commonwealth Government’s car fleet would have a low emissions target by 2025, a number that includes purchases and leases.

Ministers have also pledged to set up EV charging stations on major roads at an average distance of 150 km, as well as a national hydrogen highway refueling network.

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Emma Colton

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