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Tesla’s China Orders Surge as Promotion Seeks to Counter Bad Publicity: Bloomberg
Visitors wearing face masks check a China-made Tesla Model Y sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the electric vehicle maker's showroom in Beijing, China on January 5, 2021. Photo: Reuters

(AF) Promotions designed to raise the profile of Tesla in China following a spate of bad publicity may have helped boost orders for the the US company’s electric vehicles (EVs) in June, according to Bloomberg News.

More than 28,500 people registered to buy the firm’s Shanghai-built Model 3 cars and Model Y SUVs, up 29% on May and double April’s figures, the report stated. Tesla has been hit in recent months by a series of accusations about the reliability and safety of its cars, with one report claiming an accident caused by brakes failure had led to four deaths.  

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