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Tesla Model 3 mass production in China began just under one year ago. On January 7, 2020, a solemn ceremony of presenting cars to the first owners took place. Since then, Tesla China has been working hard to expand Giga Shanghai's production capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand.
The company's efforts have resulted in the factory reaching a production capacity of over 250,000 units per year by November 2020, which is a very significant achievement. Thus, for 11 months of the year, 111,645 Model 3s were sold in the country, which made it a worthy competitor not only for EVs but also for cars with internal combustion engines.
@ray4tesla/Twitter reports that the Tesla Model 3 was ranked ninth in the mid-size sedan category in China, regardless of power type, ahead of a number of popular and more affordable vehicles.
This is an automatic translation from Chinese, so the vehicle names may be displayed incorrectly.
MIC Model 3 now ranks 9th in the most sold mid-size sedan category in China w/ 111,645 units sold from Jan to Nov. The 1st spot is held by Honda Accord w/ 191,221 units sold, followed by Camry w/ 167,487. Expect Model 3 to replace Camry as the 2nd in 2021 & then be 1st in 2022. pic.twitter.com/TyPyJ9PBrM— Ray4Tesla⚡️🚘☀️🔋 (@ray4tesla) December 19, 2020
At the moment, we don't know for sure what production capacity for the Model 3 is planned for 2021, as this information will only become available when Tesla publishes its Q4 2020 financial report in January. However, according to industry sources, Giga Shanghai plans to produce around 550,000 EVs in 2021, including 300,000 Model 3s and 250,000 Model Ys.
We also do not know how many of the 300,000 planned Model 3s will be exported. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the bulk of them will be sold in the domestic market because the demand in China will only increase over time.
As such, @ray4tesla makes the assumption that, next year, Model 3 will replace the Toyota Camry in second place; and in 2022, it will displace the Honda Accord from first place, becoming the sales leader. Given Tesla's rapid progress in ramping up production, this prediction seems quite realistic.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.