Tesla sold record 56,006 China-made vehicles in Sept

US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc sold 56,006 China-made vehicles in September, the highest since it started production in Shanghai about two years ago, data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showed on Tuesday.

The September sales included 3,853 that were exported, the data showed.

Tesla, which is making Model 3 sedans and Model Y sport-utility vehicles in Shanghai, sold 44,264 China-made vehicles in August, including 31,379 that were exported.

Chinese EV makers Nio Inc and Xpeng Inc. delivered over 10,000 vehicles each last month. Volkswagen Group said it sold 10,126 ID series EVs in China in September.

CPCA said passenger car sales in China in September totalled 1.6 million, down 17 per cent from a year earlier.