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Tesla’s December sales of China-made cars fall to the lowest in five months

CNA – Tesla delivered 55,796 China-made electric vehicles (EVs) in December, the lowest level in five months, according to data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) yesterday.

That was a 44-per-cent drop from November and 21 per cent fewer than a year earlier as the United States (US) automaker reduced output and cut prices to deal with rising inventories amid weakening demand.

It also marks the fewest monthly deliveries since July when most production at Tesla’s Shanghai plant was suspended due to an upgrade to its production lines.

For the whole of 2022, the US automaker delivered 50 per cent more vehicles produced in its Shanghai plant compared with 2021, the CPCA data showed.

Globally, the EV maker’s deliveries rose by 40 per cent last year, missing CEO Elon Musk’s 50 per cent annual target.

Tesla suspended production at its Shanghai plant, its most productive manufacturing hub, from Dec ember 24 to January 2 as part of the output reduction efforts, media reported previously.

Chinese rival BYD still led all brands in China’s December EV sales with 234,598 electric cars including plug-in hybrids and pure EVs, more than quadruple Tesla’s sales in the same month, the CPCA data showed.

SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co, the joint venture of General Motors in China making small budget EVs, also outsold Tesla by 53 per cent, according to the association.

Visitors check a China-made Tesla Model Y sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the electric vehicle maker’s showroom in Beijing, China. PHOTO: CNA

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