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Tesla Cuts Price of Model Y SUV as COVID-19 Weighs on Auto Sector

Tesla Cuts Price of Model Y SUV as COVID-19 Weighs on Auto Sector

Sunday, 12 July, 2020 - 08:00
FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is seen on a car in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 9, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) cut the price of its sport utility vehicle Model Y by $3,000, just four months after its launch, as the US electric carmaker seeks to maintain sales momentum in the COVID-19 pandemic.


The reduction follows price cuts in May on Tesla’s Model 3, Model X and Model S.


The company headed by Elon Musk this month posted a smaller-than-expected fall in car deliveries in the second quarter, resilient results despite the pandemic that hit the global auto industry.


The Model Y now starts at $49,990, down nearly 6% from its previous price of $52,990, according to the carmaker’s website, Reuters reported.


The company started deliveries of the Model Y in March, promising a much-awaited crossover that will face competition from European carmakers like Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) rolling out their own electric rivals.


In April, Tesla had said the Model Y was already profitable, marking the first time in the company’s 17-year history that one of its new vehicles turned a profit in its first quarter.


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