Tesla denies involvement in planned Pinduoduo promotion
US electric carmaker Tesla said on Tuesday that it does not have any cooperation with Pinduoduo for the promotion of its Model 3 vehicles.
On the e-commerce platform, a Fujian-based automobile company named Yiauto unveiled a promotional activity to offer Tesla's China-made Model 3 vehicles at 251,800 yuan (US$ 36,017), which is 19,750 yuan below the price listed on Tesla's official website.
Yiauto, established in 2015, is an automobile service platform and claims to have 200 stores across the country, mainly in Fujian and Guangdong provinces as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Tesla said it received notice from netizens that Yiauto was organizing a limited time group purchase promotion for 2019 Tesla Model 3 vehicles on Pinduoduo.
This promotion activity has not yet started and is scheduled for July 26. In response, the US electric carmaker said there is no cooperation between Tesla and Pinduoduo or Yiauto on this activity, adding that Tesla does not have any form of entrusted sales service with Pinduoduo or Yiauto. Tesla said it did not sell any vehicles to Pinduoduo or Yiauto for this promotion.
Tesla also announced that if customers have any disputes over their rights due to this group-buying activity, Tesla would not bear any responsibility.