has cut the prices of its entire Model 3 and Model Y lineup by as much as 48,000 yuan in China to boost demand in the world's largest EV market.

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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) has sharply lowered the prices of all its China-made models in an attempt to boost demand in the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) market.

Tesla has a factory in Shanghai that makes the Model 3 and Model Y. The company currently offers two versions of the Model 3 and three versions of the Model Y in China.

The entry-level, rear-wheel-drive Model 3 has an updated starting price of RMB 229,900 ($33,430), down RMB 36,000 from the previous RMB 265,900, according to the latest information on Tesla's China website.

This is an all-time low for the Model 3's starting price in China, even below the January 2021 price of RMB 249,900.

The latest starting price for the dual-motor all-wheel drive Model 3 Performance is RMB 329,900, down RMB 20,000 from the previous RMB 349,900.

The entry-level rear-wheel drive Model Y now has a starting price of RMB 259,900, down RMB 29,000 from the previous price of RMB 288,900.

The Model Y Long Range with dual-motor all-wheel drive has a new starting price of RMB 309,900, down RMB 48,000 from RMB 357,900.

The new starting price for the two-motor all-wheel drive Model Y Performance is RMB 359,900, down RMB 38,000 from RMB 397,900.

In addition to the price adjustment, the specification information for these models remains unchanged and the expected delivery dates all remain the same at 1-4 weeks.

(Vehicle information displayed on Tesla's China website on January 6.)

This is the second time in three months that Tesla has significantly reduced prices in China, in response to the slumping demand it faces in the country, with the slowing economy and increasing competition.

On October 24, 2022, Tesla lowered the prices of its entire Model 3 and Model Y lineup in China. Along with the price cuts, Tesla resumed its owner referral program in China, which it had discontinued a year earlier.

On November 8, Tesla announced that consumers who choose to purchase their car insurance from its insurance partners will receive a discount when they make their final payment.

The discount was RMB 8,000 for vehicles with deliveries completed between November 8 and November 30, or RMB 4,000 if the delivery is between December 1 and December 31.

It is worth noting that Tesla has offered this insurance discount for the past two months only on vehicles that have been produced, not on vehicles that consumers have customized on its website.

On December 7, Tesla announced that Chinese consumers who purchase an already produced Tesla vehicle will receive an additional discount of RMB 6,000 in addition to the RMB 4,000 insurance subsidy.

Nonetheless, these measures still do not seem to have stopped the decline in Tesla's sales.

Tesla China's wholesale sales in December were 55,796 units, down 44.37 percent from 100,291 units in November and 21.24 percent from 70,847 units in the same month last year, according to data released yesterday by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).

The wholesale sales figure includes vehicles delivered by Tesla in China, as well as vehicles exported from its Shanghai plant, and those breakdowns are currently unavailable.

On January 1, Tesla announced that for Model 3 and Model Y orders with deliveries completed between January 1 and February 28, Chinese consumers can receive an RMB 6,000 delivery incentive.

If they purchase car insurance from Tesla's partner insurance agencies, they can receive an additional RMB 4,000 subsidy, according to Tesla.

These purchase incentives apply to all new vehicles, including new cars that consumers customize on Tesla's website, show cars, test cars, and vehicles already produced.

On December 27, Reuters reported, citing an internal schedule, that Tesla will run 17 days of production between January 3 and January 19 and will stop production of electric vehicles from January 20 to January 31 to allow for an extended break during the Chinese New Year holiday.

Tesla did not specify the reason for the production slowdown in its output plan, but it is not an established practice to stop production for an extended period during the Chinese New Year, the report noted.

Tesla sells 55,796 China-made vehicles in Dec, down 44% from Nov

Tesla China price changes

DateModelPrev PriceChange (RMB)%Latest Price
May 5, 2023Model S789,90019,0002.41%808,900
May 5, 2023Model S Plaid1,009,90019,0001.88%1,028,900
May 5, 2023Model X879,90019,0002.16%898,900
May 5, 2023Model X Plaid1,039,90019,0001.83%1,058,900
May 2, 2023Model 3229,900+2,0000.87%231,900
May 2, 2023Model 3 Performance329,900+2,0000.61%331,900
May 2, 2023Model Y261,900+2,0000.76%263,900
May 2, 2023Model Y Long Range311,900+2,0000.64%313,900
May 2, 2023Model Y Performance361,900+2,0000.55%363,900
Feb 17, 2023Model Y Performance359,900+2,0000.56%361,900
Feb 17, 2023Model Y Long Range309,900+2,0000.65%311,900
Feb 10, 2023Model Y259,900+2,0000.77%261,900
Jan 6, 2023Model X PlaidNewNANA1,039,900
Jan 6, 2023Model XNewNANA879,900
Jan 6, 2023Model S PlaidNewNANA1,009,900
Jan 6, 2023Model SNewNANA789,900
Jan 6, 2023Model Y Performance397,900-38,000-9.55%359,900
Jan 6, 2023Model Y Long Range357,900-48,000-13.41%309,900
Jan 6, 2023Model Y288,900-29,000-10.04%259,900
Jan 6, 2023Model 3 Performance349,900-20,000-5.72%329,900
Jan 6, 2023Model 3265,900-36,000-13.54%229,900
Oct 24, 2022Model Y Performance417,900-20,000-4.79%397,900
Oct 24, 2022Model Y Long Range394,900-37,000-9.37%357,900
Oct 24, 2022Model Y316,900-28,000-8.84%288,900
Oct 24, 2022Model 3 Performance367,900-18,000-4.89%349,900
Oct 24, 2022Model 3279,900-14,000-5.00%265,900
June 17, 2022Model Y Long Range375,900+19,0005.05%394,900
Mar 17, 2022Model Y301,840+15,0604.99%316,900
Mar 15, 2022Model Y Performance397,900+20,0005.03%417,900
Mar 15, 2022Model Y Long Range357,900+18,0005.03%375,900
Mar 15, 2022Model 3 Performance349,900+18,0005.14%367,900
Mar 15, 2022Model 3265,652+14,2485.36%279,900
Mar 10, 2022Model Y Performance387,900+10,0002.58%397,900
Mar 10, 2022Model Y Long Range347,900+10,0002.87%357,900
Mar 10, 2022Model 3 Performance339,900+10,0002.94%349,900
Dec 31, 2021Model Y280,752+21,0887.51%301,840
Dec 31, 2021Model 3255,652+10,0003.91%265,652
Nov 24, 2021Model Y276,000+4,7521.72%280,752
Nov 24, 2021Model 3250,900+4,7521.89%255,652
Nov 19, 2021Model 3235,900+15,0006.36%250,900
Oct 27, 2021Model S Long Range859,990+30,0003.49%889,990
Oct 27, 2021Model X Long Range909,990+30,0003.30%939,990
Sept 11, 2021Model Y Performance377,900+10,0002.65%387,900
Aug 4, 2021Model S Long Range829,990+30,0003.61%859,990
Aug 4, 2021Model X Long Range879,990+30,0003.41%909,990
Jul 30, 2021Model 3250,900-15,000-5.98%235,900
Jul 16, 2021Model S Long Range799,990+30,0003.75%829,990
Jul 16, 2021Model X Long Range849,990+30,0003.53%879,990
Jul 8, 2021Model YNANewNA276,000
May 8, 2021Model 3249,900+1,0000.40%250,900
Mar 24, 2021Model Y Long Range339,900+8,0002.35%347,900
Mar 24, 2021Model Y Performance369,900+8,0002.16%377,900
Jan 1, 2021Model Y Long RangeNewNANA339,900
Jan 1, 2021Model Y PerformanceNewNANA369,900
Jan 1, 2021Model 3 PerformanceNewNANA339,900
Oct 1, 2020Model 3271,600-21,700-7.99%249,900
Oct 1, 2020Model 3 Long Range344,050-34,150-9.93%309,900