© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Model Y cars are pictured during the opening ceremony of the new Tesla Gigafactory for electric cars in Gruenheide, Germany, March 22, 2022. Patrick Pleul/Pool via REUTERS
SHANGHAI (Reuters) -Tesla cut prices for all versions of its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles in China by up to 13.5%, according to its Chinese website on Friday, after its December deliveries of China-made cars fell to the lowest point in five months.
The U.S. automaker reduced the prices for the models by 6% to 13.5%, according to Reuters calculations based on the prices shown on the website.
The starting price for Model 3 was cut to 229,900 yuan ($33,427.84) from 265,900 yuan, and for Model Y was lowered to 259,900 yuan from 288,900 yuan, the website showed.
The move followed a price reduction in October when Tesla (NASDAQ:) cut the prices for those models by up to 9%. The company has been offering incentives as much as 10,000 yuan to Chinese buyers since September.
China’s decision to end a more than decade-long subsidy for electric vehicle purchases has also forced automakers, including Tesla, to deepen discounts to maintain sales as demand eases in the world’s largest market.
Tesla delivered 55,796 China-made electric vehicles in December, marking a 44% drop from November and 21% fewer than a year ago, according to data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) on Thursday, as it reduced output and cut prices to deal with rising inventories.
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Authore – Abhi bhardwaj