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Tesla Registrations Rise Again in China Despite Slowdown

A Tesla Model 3 vehicle sits parked outside a gate to the the company's Gigafactory in Shanghai, China.

A Tesla Model 3 vehicle sits parked outside a gate to the the company's Gigafactory in Shanghai, China.

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Tesla Inc.’s new car registrations climbed again in China last month to the highest since March despite a slowdown in the wider auto market.

Registrations of Tesla vehicles rose to 6,643 in December, according to state-backed China Automotive Information Net, which gathers industry data based on insurance purchases. Thirty of those were for the first of its locally made sedans: Tesla started handing over cars to employees at its Shanghai plant -- the company’s first outside the U.S. -- at the very end of the month.