Here are the cars Aussies are leaving behind to get a Tesla Model 3

Australia used to be a country that bought Fords and Holdens but after Government regulation opened the floodgates for international brands to enter Australia, we now have one of the most competitive landscapes in the world.

As new tech-first automotive brands make more affordable products, Australian’s are stretching financially to access that technology.

The best example of that is the Tesla Model 3. Thanks to the Tesla Model 3 Australia Facebook group (go join if you haven’t already), we have some great new data about the vehicles people are upgrading from.

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What’s amazing to see is that some of these vehicles are in the $20-30,000 price range, which makes the cost of the Model 3 as much as 3 or 4 times the cost of their previous vehicle. This reflecting similar international data that shows people are embracing the Tesla stretch.

2012 BMW 320DHonda CR-V
1973 HQ HoldenHyundai Tucson
2005 Mitsubishi LancerMazda 2
2006 Subaru Forester XTMazda 3
2007 Alfa Romeo BeraMercedes-AMG GLA45
2007 Subaru OutbackMercedes-Benz E250
2008 Subaru LibertyMitsubishi i-Miev
2009 VW PassatMitsubishi Lancer
20098 Mazda 6Model S 85
2012 Ford FPV GTModel X 75D & Model X P100D
2012 Kia RondoNissan Dualis
2012 Nissan LeafNissan LEAF and Hyundai Ioniq
2013 Honda Civic HatchPorsche 911
2014 Camry HybridProton Jumbuck
2016 Hyundai TucsonRange Rover
2016 VW Golf 110TDISuzuki Grand Vitara
2017 Mazda 2Suzuki Swift
2018 Hyundai i30 SRTesla Model S
2018 Kia Sorento GTLineTesla Model S 75D
2018 Model X 75DToyota Aurion
Audi A1Toyota Prius C
Audi A4Toyota Prius V
BMW 320iToyota Rav 4
Chysler 300CVolkswagon Polo
Ford FalconVolvo V40
Holden BarinaVW Eos
Holden Cruise SRiVVW Passat Wagon 206tsi
Holden Statesman 2015 BMW 535d

That’s the full list as it stands today, showcasing an impressive range of vehicles. This gives us a window into the vehicle types that people are leaving behind by selling or trading in, in favour of a fully electric vehicle.

What’s surprising to me is just how many people are upgrading from Tesla Model S or Model X. This suggests those people who’ve owned a Tesla are not moving away from the brand, but instead after a smaller car, possibly influenced by the updated interior design with its minimal dash. Selling the more expensive X or S and buying the cheaper 3 may also be a way of retrieving some equity, or simply achieving longer range and faster-charging capabilities.

If you are buying a Model 3, leave a comment below with the vehicle you are leaving behind.

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Jason Cartwright
Jason Cartwright
Creator of techAU, Jason has spent the dozen+ years covering technology in Australia and around the world. Bringing a background in multimedia and passion for technology to the job, Cartwright delivers detailed product reviews, event coverage and industry news on a daily basis. Disclaimer: Tesla Shareholder from 20/01/2021

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