Tesla has now moved into the number three spot for luxury vehicle sales in the US this year through September.
Only Lexus and BMW are ahead of the EV automaker, according to data from Experian. Up to the end of September, Tesla sold 230,855 vehicles compared with the 213,708 of Mercedes-Benz, which Tesla passed only with a late-year surge. Second-place Lexus sold 245,864 vehicles while BMW leads with 259,237 new vehicles sold.
The report also notes that Tesla sales rose 76 per cent compared with the same first three quarters of last year, while Lexus is up 33 per cent and BMW up 36 percent.
Tesla sells the Model 3 and Model S sedans, along with the Model Y and Model X crossovers. Next year, it plans to release its all-electric Cybertruck, as well as opening up its second US factory in Austin, Texas, to complement its plant in Fremont, California. While all automakers have suffered delays with the worldwide chip shortage, Tesla has seemed to fare better than most, even though its demand has outstripped supply.