Tesla sold 32,968 China-made vehicles in July

    US electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. sold 32,968 Chinese-made vehicles in July, including 24,347 for export, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said on Tuesday.

    Local sales of Chinese-made vehicles fell 69 percent to 8,621 cars from 28,138 in June. Tesla sales in the first month of each quarter are usually lower than in the next two months. The company, which makes 3-sedan and Y-models sports cars in Shanghai, sold 33,155 Chinese-made vehicles in June.

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    Last month, Tesla unveiled a cheaper version of the Model Y in China, where it faces increased scrutiny from both regulators and the public and growing competition from local rivals. It also reduced the starting price for Model 3 sedans. Chinese BYD sold 50,387 electric vehicles last month, while General Motors Co. in China and SAIC Motor delivered 27,347 units.

    The CPCA also reported that China sold 1.52 million passenger cars in July, down 6.4% from a year earlier.

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