An official from China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) shared the extremely low sales figures with Reuters on Tuesday. A Tesla spokesperson based in California denied the reports, saying “this is wildly inaccurate. While we do not disclose regional or monthly sales numbers, these figures are off by a significant margin,” according to CNBC.
As one of the early victims of the US-China Trade War, foreign-owned automobile companies have had to navigate turbulent waters in the Chinese market.
In July, China placed a 40 percent tariff on American made vehicles imported to China, forcing Tesla to hike up the price of its Model S and Model X by RMB150,000 to RMB250,000.
Just last month, Tesla signed an agreement with the Shanghai government to build its first Gigafactory outside the US. The company said in a statement that they plan to produce the first cars at the Shanghai facility about two years after construction gets underway.
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