Tesla Outsells Porsche In California

Dan Evon - Author

Aug. 27 2013, Updated 7:38 a.m. ET

Tesla has outsold Porsche, Jaguar, Volvo, Land Rover, and Lincoln this year in California.

According to the California New Car Dealers Association, Tesla’s year-to-date sales stand at 4,714 cars. That’s 128 more than Porsche, 1732 more than Volvo, 692 more than Land rover, 2484 more than Lincoln and 3460 more than Jaguar.

Yahoo Finance notes that Tesla also outsold Fiat, Buick, and Mitsubishi this year in California.

Slash Gear notes that the Tesla Model S made up for 12% of the luxury and sports vehicle market during the first six months of 2013. The Lexus GS and the Audi A6 only make up 10% of the market combined.

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But Tesla isn’t quite at the top just yet. The Mercedes E-Class was the best seller with 6,582 units followed by the BMW 5-Series with 6,077 units. Tesla is also well behind more affordable cars like the Toyota Prius which had 33,987 new California registrations since the start of the year.

Are you surprised that Tesla outsold Porsche?

Tesla’s sales are pretty impressive (the company’s sales have grown more than 3000% compared to a year ago) but that isn’t the only thing that Tesla has to be proud of. The company recently achieved a perfect test crash score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tesla writes: “Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board. NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) provided to manufacturers, where the Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars.”


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