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Tesla China's sales decline sharply in October, says the automotive industry



  Zang Yi charges her Tesla car at a charging point in Beijing, China on April 13, 2018.

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Zang Yi accuses her Tesla car on April 13, 2018 at a charging point in Beijing (China).

Tesla's car sales in China fell 70 percent last month a year ago, the country's car association told Reuters Tuesday, underscoring how the Sino-US trade war hurt the US automaker.

A China Passenger Car Association official said the industry organization's data showed that Tesla sold just 211 cars in the world's largest car market in October.

Tesla has not responded to repeated calls and written calls for comments on Tuesday.

The electric car maker, which imports all cars sold in China, said in October that tariff increases in auto imports pounded its sales there. In July, Beijing increased tariffs on imports of US cars to 40 percent, as trade with the US worsened.

While sales of new new-vehicle vehicles in China continued to increase, broader car sales have slowed sharply since the middle of the year, pushing the market to the brink of its first annual decline in sales in nearly three decades.

Tesla, led by billionaire boss Elon Musk, said last week he is lowering the prices of its X and S models in China to make the cars "more affordable" and absorb more of the hit higher tariffs.


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