Surprise! Norway’s Best-Selling Car Is the Tesla Model S
While Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) and its cars have made quite a splash in the auto industry by merely being present, the company has yet to hit a milestone that indicates the company is a genuine contender with the automotive giants in Michigan, Germany, and Japan, rather than just a boutique manufacturer spitting out fancy, tech-laden toys for the affluent.
While the latest news may not speak volumes about Tesla’s sales, uh, volume, it certainly shows that the company is well on its way: The Tesla Model S sedan was the best-selling car in Norway in September.
That’s certainly an impressive feat for any manufacturer, let alone one with the production capacity of the Fresno, California-based EV maker, which is expecting to yield around 21,000 Model S sedans this year. By comparison, Ford (NYSE:F) sold more than 60,000 units of its F-Series pickup last month alone, and although the two vehicles are barely comparable — beyond the fact that they both feature four wheels and a windshield — those numbers put Tesla’s production run into some perspective.
And yet, the Tesla Model S, with its presence in Europe still on the thin side of minimal, has managed to become the best-selling model in the Scandinavian country for September. As John Voelcker at Green Car Reports points out: “Not the best-selling electric car. Not the best-selling car with a plug. … the Tesla Model S was the best-selling car, period.”