Tesla starts Model 3 delivery in China earlier than expected

FILE PHOTO: 2018 Tesla Model 3 electric car is seen in this photo illustration taken in Cardiff, California, V. S., June 1, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

BEIJING (Reuters) – Tesla, Inc has started the delivery of Model 3 cars in China, something for the schedule, such as the U.S. luxury electric-car maker looks to revive sales in the world’s largest car market.

The California-based firm is focused on accelerating the Chinese sales, that have been hit hard by the consequences of the Sino-AMERICAN trade tensions. It has adjusted prices of the AMERICAN cars in China to make them affordable.

Tesla said in a statement that the possession of a delivery event in Beijing on Friday, “marks an important milestone for the market”. The company said in January that the Model 3 deliveries in China would begin in March.

The earlier than scheduled delivery, however, the car maker was dealt a setback on Thursday, after Consumer Reports, an influential AMERICAN magazine, pulled its approval for Model 3, citing problems with the reliability.

The magazine’s decision to cancel an approval, less than nine months after the recommendation of the electric sedan, questions about the quality that Tesla has gotten since the Model 3 is difficult to launch.

Tesla currently imports all the cars it sells in China, but is in the process of building a factory in Shanghai that will manufacture the Model 3 cars in the initial phase.

The company said in October that sales in China had hammered after Beijing raised tariffs on the import of AMERICAN cars to 40 percent in July in the middle of the trade tensions.

China has since temporarily suspended the additional 25 percent rate, making it among the 15% level.

Reporting Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh; Writing by Miyoung Kim; Editing by with the ipad has Himani

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