delivered 8,620 vehicles in June, up 14.84 percent from May and the fifth straight month of sequential growth. First deliveries of the G6 will begin later this month.

Xpeng (NYSE: XPEV) deliveries continued to improve modestly ahead of the start of deliveries of the new SUV G6.

The electric vehicle (EV) maker delivered 8,620 vehicles in June, up 14.84 percent from May and its fifth straight month of improvements sequentially, despite a 43.64 percent decline from a year ago, data released today showed.

Deliveries of Xpeng's flagship sedan P7 series rose 17 percent in June from the previous month, it said, without disclosing specific figures.

The company delivered 23,205 vehicles in the second quarter, up 27.29 percent from the first quarter but down 32.59 percent from the previous year.

The second-quarter deliveries were above the upper end of Xpeng's previous guidance range of 21,000 to 22,000 vehicles. It guided for second quarter revenue of between RMB 4.5 billion ($620 million) and RMB 4.7 billion.

In the first half of the year, Xpeng delivered 41,435 vehicles, a 39.93 percent decrease from 68,983 vehicles in the same period last year.

As of June 30, Xpeng's cumulative deliveries since inception were 300,145 vehicles, surpassing the 300,000 mark, data monitored by CnEVPost showed.

Xpeng launched its new SUV, the G6, in China on June 29 at a price significantly lower than its main competitor, the (NASDAQ: TSLA) Model Y.

The company is offering five versions of the G6 with starting prices of RMB 209,900, RMB 229,900, RMB 234,900, RMB 254,900 and RMB 276,900, respectively.

The starting price is RMB 15,100 lower than Xpeng's G6 pre-sale starting price of RMB 225,000 announced on June 9, and RMB 54,000 lower than the Model Y's starting price of RMB 263,900 in China.

Xpeng chairman and CEO He Xiaopeng said at the G6 launch event that the G6 had more than 35,000 pre-sale orders as of June 28 since pre-sale began on June 9.

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The G6 is expected to become the top-selling smart electric SUV priced at the RMB 250,000 level in China within two months, he said.

In an interview with local media on June 30, Mr. He said the monthly sales target for the G6 is at least 10,000 units.

Initial deliveries of the G6 are set to begin this month, and display vehicles have arrived at showrooms nationwide and are ready for test drives, Xpeng said today.

Xpeng's ADAS feature, XNGP, will be available immediately upon delivery of all G6 Max versions, it said, adding that it plans to roll out its "AI Valet Driver" feature for all XNGP-equipped vehicles beginning in the fourth quarter.

The "AI Valet Driver" mode allows users to customize smart driving routes to their preferences in multiple Chinese cities, making driving in everyday driving scenarios safer and more efficient, the company said.

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Xpeng targets G6 monthly sales of over 10,000