Tesla's China sales hit record high in March: industry association


Well, it seems like the old Model 3 LRRWD is finally back as the Chinese version of the online Tesla configurator has started listing this particular variant as a "China-made model selection".

The four-door vehicle sells for 366,550 yuan ($52,000) before rebates, according to Tesla's website, and is created to have a range of about 668 kilometers (415 miles) on one charge.

The reason the news attracted so much attention was that Tesla had stopped production of the long-range Model 3 RWD model in the US before.

Prior to this, the only Chinese made Tesla was the Model 3 Standard Range RWD.

The rear-wheel drive variant, with a driving range of over 600 kilometers before needing to be recharged, differs from the imported version which was all-wheel drive and priced 439,900 yuan.

The longer-range electric model could help Tesla fend off competition from other global automakers, including Volkswagen AG and BMW AG and local rivals struggling to sell cars during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ultimately, starting Giga Berlin's initial target of 3,000 Model Y per week shows that Tesla is very confident with its new vehicle, as well as its capability to produce it on a new factory. The U.S. carmaker may not be immune to China's auto-industry slump as it witnessed a fall in registration for two consecutive months.

More scope for China, apparently.

China-made Long Range Model 3 vehicles will be priced at 339,050 yuan after getting subsidies, while locally made Performance Model 3 will be priced at 419,800 yuan.

Tesla sold 10,160 vehicle in China during March to set a monthly record in a market that was down 41% Y/Y overall for the month.

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