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Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) Sales Drop by 14.7% as Price Cutbacks Reduce 24% Drop Profit


Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) inches up in pre session on Friday as according to data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), the company delivered 75,842 China-made electric cars (EVs) in April, a 14.7% decrease from March.

The amount was a significant increase from a year ago, when Shanghai, where Tesla has a manufacturing, was under COVID-19 lockdown. In April of last year, the business delivered only 1,512 Model 3 and Model Y vehicles built in China in the world’s largest auto market.

According to CPCA data, local rival BYD Co sold 209,467 vehicles in April, up 1.6% from March, with its Dynasty and Ocean series of EVs and hybrids.

Next week, the CPCA is anticipated to announce more specific China auto sales numbers for April.

Tesla has reduced prices in numerous places around the world and sparked a pricing war in China that has attracted more than 40 local and foreign automobile makers since the beginning of the year.

Price cutbacks have reduced manufacturers’ profitability, with Tesla reporting a 24% drop in first-quarter net income despite a new all-time record in quarterly worldwide deliveries.

The EV behemoth, on the other hand, has moved in the opposite way this week, hiking prices by up to $290 on its two best-selling models, the Model Y and Model 3, in Canada, China, Japan, and the United States on Monday.

It boosted the pricing of its new Model S and Model X automobiles in China by 19,000 yuan ($2,751) on Friday.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the plan and a production note obtained by Reuters, Tesla is preparing to export a variant of the Model Y to Canada this year from its Shanghai facility, marking the first time the company would sell cars to North America from China.

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