New York — First it was America’s best-selling electric car. Then it became the best-selling luxury car. Now, against the odds, Tesla’s Model 3 is becoming one of the best-selling sedans in America, period. On Tuesday, car makers reported monthly and quarterly sales totals. For the three months ended September, Tesla delivered more Model 3s than all but four of the top sedans sold in the US, regardless of size or price. It’s an imperfect ranking because Tesla didn’t break out sales by country, and the Model 3 tally included some deliveries to customers in Canada. And the climb comes at a time when Americans prefer cross-overs, SUVs and truck by an ever-wider margin. Nonetheless, the third-quarter showing was unprecedented for an electric car and a remarkable turnabout for Tesla, which struggled for much of the last year to mass-produce the sedan. Tesla’s competitors are feeling it. Sales of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the best-selling luxury sedan in the US, plunged 24% last month an...

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