2023 (Full Year) Global: Tesla Worldwide Car Production and Sales

In full-year 2023, Tesla increased worldwide car production and with global sales of over 1.8 million vehicles remained the world’s largest battery-electric carmaker.

In full-year 2023, Tesla increased worldwide car production and with global sales of 1.8 million vehicles remained the world's largest battery-electric carmaker.
Tesla Model 3 © Courtesy of Tesla, Inc.

2023 (January to December): Tesla increased worldwide car production by over a third to 1,845,985 battery electric vehicles to confirm its position as the leading manufacturer of electric passenger cars in the world. However, BYD claimed to have sold more electric cars than Tesla in the final quarter of 2023.

Tesla Worldwide Sales and Production in 2023

Tesla announced worldwide production and deliveries of Tesla electric cars globally in 2023 as follows:

Tesla 2023 (Full Year)ProductionDeliveries
Model S/X70,82668,874
Model 3/Y1,775,1591,739,707

Although Tesla’s production and sales fell short of the 2 million cars predicted earlier in the year, the final results were above analysts’ predictions.

Production of Tesla Cars from 2019 to 2023

Tesla production of electric cars worldwide increased as follows in recent years:

Model S/X70,82671,177-0.5%24,39054,80562,931
Model 3/Y1,775,1591,298,43436.7%906,032454,932302,301
Total TESLA Production1,845,9851,369,61134.8%930,422509,737365,232

Tesla increased global car production by more than a third with the Models 3 and Y remaining by far the most important volume models. Production of the Models S and X were flat but still well above the levels of the preceding three years.

Although Tesla did not separate the sales and production of the Model 3 and Y, the Model Y is considered to be the best-selling Tesla worldwide. Model 3 production was restricted in the final quarter of 2023 with factories retooling and preparing for a model update.

Tesla remained the largest producer of battery-electric cars in the world but BYD is catching up fast with nearly 1.6 million electric cars produced in full-year 2023. Tesla had its traditional very strong final quarter of the year with production and sales just below a half million vehicles. However, that was around 30,000 fewer electric cars than BYD claimed to have sold in the final three months of 2023.

Global Worldwide Car Sales by Brand in 2023 (Full Year)

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Global Worldwide Car sales by Brand in 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020

Global worldwide sales by brand in 2023:

NOTE: “Sales” as reported by the various brands generally refer to deliveries and not necessarily sales to the customer or final registration. Terms and definitions may vary. All statistics are provided by respective car manufacturers unless clearly stated otherwise.

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Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience in online writing. His best-selling cars website has been reporting car sales statistics since 2008 with classic car auction prices focusing on the most expensive automobiles sold at public auctions in the past decade. He also owns the travel websites European-Traveler.com and Lake Geneva Switzerland. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Finance from the University of London.