Tesla delivered a record number of cars as demand for Model X rises

Tesla’s Model X SUV is catching up to its sedan-sized sibling, the Model S.

According to Tesla’s production and deliveries report for the first quarter of 2017, the company hit a new deliveries record, selling “just over” 25,000 cars in that period, a 69% increase over the same period last year. 

Tesla delivered approximately 13,450 units of its Model S sedan and approximately 11,550 units of the Model X SUV. That means the Model X accounted for 46.2 percent of all cars Tesla has delivered in the quarter. For comparison, Tesla has delivered 9,500 Model X cars in the fourth quarter of 2016, which was 42.8 percent of all deliveries. 

The Model X was well received by reviewers on launch, but was plagued with bugs, most notably with its falcon doors. While Tesla’s SUV starts at a significantly higher price than the sedan, Tesla introduced a cheaper Model X variant in July 2016, which might have helped boost sales. 

Tesla also said it produced 25,418 vehicles in Q1 2017, another quarterly record. 

As for the future, Tesla previously said it plans to deliver between 47,000 and 50,000 vehicles in the first half of 2017. Given the company’s results in the last quarter, and the fact that it currently has about 4,650 vehicles in transit to customers (which will be counted as Q2 deliveries), it looks well positioned to reach that goal. 

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