Tesla's sales in California have pulled ahead of Porsche and other luxury automakers. The California New Car Dealers Association reports Tesla sales for the first half of 2013 at 4,714 cars with Porsche reaching 4,586.
Other models and sales numbers are:
Land Rover: 4,022
Cadillac is still in a class by itself with 6,805 sales so far in 2013.
The positive news for the Palo Alto-based car maker follows an earlier report in August 2013 giving Tesla the best safety rating of any car ever tested.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board.
A report from Tesla says the Model S is a sedan but it surpassed SUV safety ratings, too.
The Model S has the advantage in the front of not having a large gasoline engine block, thus creating a much longer crumple zone to absorb a high speed impact.
Financing options may have played a role in boosting Tesla's sales. The company worked with Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank to provide 10 percent down financing on approved credit.