BEIJING, Aug 10 (Reuters) - U.S. electric vehicle maker
Tesla Inc sold 32,968 China-made vehicles in July,
including 24,347 for export, the China Passenger Car Association
(CPCA) said on Tuesday.
Local sales of China-made vehicles plunged 69% to 8,621 cars
from 28,138 in June. Tesla's sales in the first month of each
quarter are usually lower than the following two months.
The company, which makes Model 3 sedans and Model Y
sport-utility vehicles in Shanghai, sold 33,155 China-made
vehicles in June.
Last month, Tesla introduced 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 lowered the starting price for Model 3 sedans.
China's BYD sold 50,387 electric vehicles last month, while
General Motors Co's China joint venture with SAIC Motor
delivered 27,347 units.
CPCA also said China sold 1.52 million passenger cars in
July, down 6.4% from a year earlier.
(Reporting by Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh
Editing by Louise Heavens and Mark Potter)