Elon Musk projected that the Tesla Model Y could become the world’s best-selling car by 2022 or 2023. Musk announced that the Tesla Model 3 became the best-selling luxury sedan of any kind in the world during its latest earnings call. Based on Tesla’s calculations, the Model Y could beat the Model 3’s record.
“I’d say more likely than not that in 2022 Model Y is the best-selling car or truck of any kind in the world,” said Elon Musk during the Q1 2021 earnings call.
If you missed TSLA's earnings, the highlight was @elonmusk sharing in the call that he thinks Tesla's Model Y will become the top-selling vehicle of any kind in 2022 or 2023.
World's top-selling car currently is Corolla at 1.5m units/year.
— Dave Lee (@heydave7) April 26, 2021
After the call, Musk reiterated his projection on Twitter, responding to long-time investor Dave Lee, who pointed out the amount of Model Y vehicles Tesla would need to produce and deliver to become the world’s top-selling vehicle. “Seems quite likely at least based on revenue in 2022 & possibly total units in 2023,” Musk said.
Last year, Ford sold the most vehicles thanks to its F-series, reported Forbes. The legacy automaker sold 787,422 total vehicles in 2020, a notable accomplishment considering the pandemic. Ford experienced a -12.2% change in F-series sales, revealing the impact of the pandemic.
For individual vehicle sales, Chevrolet Silverado was among those that topped the ranks in 2020 with over 500,000 sold. Given COVID’s hovering presence worldwide, Tesla may aim to beat Ford and Chevy’s 2020 sales in the short term.