Tesla Bucks China Car Slump As Registrations Soar In November

Tesla Bucks China Car Slump As Registrations Soar In November
Tesla (TSLA) bucked a downturn in the world's biggest electric-vehicle market as new-car registrations soared 14-fold last month in China, giving the Model 3 maker some momentum as it prepares to begin deliveries from its multibillion-dollar Shanghai factory.

Registrations of Tesla cars climbed to a five-month high of 5,597 vehicles in November, compared with 393 a year earlier, according to state-backed China Automotive Information Net, which gathers and reports car-industry data.
Fears that China, the world's biggest auto market, would raise tariffs on U.S.-made cars in December probably helped bolster sales, according to Bloomberg Intelligence auto analyst Steve Man. But that threat subsided last week after the U.S. and China agreed to the first phase of a broader trade agreement.
The figures could fuel the recent optimism that helped Tesla's stock rally to a record high on Friday. They also stand out because the Chinese electric-car market has been shrinking for five months straight. Still, billionaire Elon Musk's success in the country will largely hinge on how soon he can get Tesla's new Shanghai plant, its first outside America, up and running so the company can lower prices and spur demand for its cars.

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