Tesla Model 3 sales in China fell 41.2 percent in July to 6,477 units, according to data released Wednesday by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).
The model fell to sixth on the list of China's top new energy vehicle sales in July, and was the only model on the list to see a year-over-year sales decline.
(Source: the CPCA. Highlight ours.)
But that doesn't seem to reflect demand for the Model 3 in China, as Tesla ramped up exports in July.
Locally produced Tesla vehicles delivered 8,621 units in China in July, down 69 percent from 28,138 in June, according to a report released by the CPCA on Tuesday.
The CPCA did not directly release data on Tesla's deliveries in China, but said the company's wholesale sales in the country in July were 32,968 units, of which 24,347 were exported.
Tesla China's wholesale sales in July were essentially unchanged from June's 33,155 units, and its exports in July were up 385 percent from June's 5,017 units, meaning the majority of locally produced models were shipped abroad in July.
The Wuling Hongguang Mini EV remained the top-selling model with 30,706 units sold in July, while the second-place BYD Qin PLUS DM-i sold 9,127 units. In third place was the Penta EV with 8701 units sold, according to the CPCA.
China's passenger vehicle sales reached 1.5 million units in July, down 6.2 percent year-over-year and 4.9 percent from the previous month.
China's wholesale sales of new energy passenger vehicles reached 246,000 units in July, up 5.1 percent from the previous month and up 202.9 percent year-over-year. 1.339 million new energy passenger vehicles were sold wholesale from January to July, up 227.4 percent year-over-year, according to the CPCA.
China's retail sales of new energy passenger vehicles reached 222,000 units in July, up 169.4 percent year-over-year and down 3.2 percent from the previous month. 1.229 million new energy vehicles were retailed in January-July, up 210.2 percent year-over-year.
(Best-selling new energy vehicles in China from January to July.)