Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) Hikes Prices on Its Best-Selling Cars in Major Market after Musk’s ‘Rationale’

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    Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) inches up in pre trading session on Tuesday after the company hiked pricing by up to $290 in Canada, China, Japan, and the United States, according to its website on Monday, after slashing prices on its best-selling vehicles since the beginning of the year.

    The price increase was Tesla’s first on its two best-selling models in various markets at the same time, while prices throughout its portfolio are substantially lower than in January following a wave of reductions.

    Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, stated last month that the business will prioritize sales growth above profitability and try to profit later in its implementation of self-driving software for a bigger fleet of vehicles.

    Tesla has been using a real-time pricing strategy similar to airlines or ride-sharing since January, rather than the set rates of the traditional auto industry approach.

    Musk has stated that the firm is ready to sacrifice profit for sales volume, but that it is also trying to raise pricing when possible in order to align deliveries with output.

    On Monday, Tesla’s website revealed that it has increased the beginning price of the basic model Model Y and Model 3 in the United States by $250.

    Prices changed by roughly the same amount in China, its second largest market, as well as in Canada and Japan, according to those websites.

    Tesla raised the price of its cheapest car, the Model 3, in the United States for the first time since January.

    The base, rear-wheel-drive Model 3 is still roughly 14% cheaper in the United States than it was at the start of the year. In Tesla’s largest market, the long-range Model Y is still around 24% cheaper.

    Tesla increased costs for the performance variants of the Model 3 and Model Y in Canada by C$300 ($222). Prices for the base Model 3 increased by 37,000 yen ($269) in Japan.

    According to the website, Tesla upped the price of versions in China by 2,000 yuan ($289).

    When Tesla began price reduction in China last year, it sparked a pricing war in the world’s largest market, where it and other established automakers face increased competition from a range of Chinese electric vehicle companies led by BYD Co Ltd.

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    Ferrite stocks are surging in South Korea on predictions that the material would replace rare earths, which Tesla Inc. announced intentions to stop using in its next models two months ago.

    The fund manager at DS Asset Management Co, Yoon Joonwon stated that stock prices are rising on speculation that Tesla is considering using ferrite rather than Chinese rare earths. He added, however, a replacement is impossible in the short run, and they don’t know whether those companies will become Tesla suppliers.