In keeping with the promise it made earlier this year to disclose quarterly estimates of vehicle deliveries at the end of each quarter, Tesla Motors [NASDAQ:TSLA] confirmed on Friday that it delivered a total of 11,580 cars to customers during Q3, 2015.
That figure is a preliminary estimate based on the total number of cars listed on Tesla’s books as being sold worldwide throughout the quarter (July 1 through September 30). But, warns Tesla, that figure should not be used as the final figure for the number of cars sold in the quarter.
That’s because Tesla only classifies a car as having been sold if it has been delivered to a customer and all necessary paperwork pertaining to that car has been filed by the end of the quarter. While the estimated figure is usually fairly accurate, Tesla says the final Q3 deliveries figure — which won’t be released until its Q3 earnings statement is prepared in a few weeks’ time — could differ by a few cars after all the necessary paperwork has been collated from Tesla Stores around the world and triple-checked.
The total number of estimated deliveries marks a slight upward tick in the number of cars delivered by Tesla during Q3 compared to the previous quarter — 48 cars more — showing that even though the Tesla Model X has now launched, demand for Tesla’s famous Model S luxury electric sedan remains steady.
In its press release announcing the figure, Tesla notes that it managed to increase deliveries during Q3 for the sixth consecutive quarter, despite a one-week factory shutdown during the quarter to prepare its production lines for the Model X.
Which brings us nicely to model breakdowns. With the official launch of the Tesla Model X taking place just a few days before the end of the quarter and at least five Model X cars now on the public highway as a consequence, Tesla’s Q3 sales estimate includes figures for two different models for the first time in the company’s history.
At this point, it’s obvious that that the majority of the 11,580 cars estimated by Tesla to have been delivered during Q3 will be Model S sedans. But with the Tesla Model X now in full production, all eyes will be on Q4 to see just how much of an impact two different models have on Tesla’s sales figures.
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