Tesla is showing that China is implementing a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to lying about the prices of their cars. The company made an announcement on its Weibo account earlier today indicating that the fake Model 3 price reduction rumors will be dealt with in court.
According to a post from Tesla China’s official account on the Chinese social media platform, the Model 3 price will drop to 199,000 ($ 29,787) before a consumer incentive called “TKNI”.
Currently, the Standard range + costs 9 249,900 ($ 37,406) Before the perks, it was the most affordable version of the Model 3 sedan for Chinese consumers. However, Tesla clarified in its posting that the price for the Model 3 is currently set, and there are no indications that it will further reduce the price.
The Tesla China account states that the customer who initiated the rumor is being taken to court.
The company said in a statement regarding a false article regarding another price reduction:
“Content about our pricing posted by this Weibo user is a rumor, which has been verified by the Shanghai and National Development and Reform Commission and they say they don’t even know. We will sue the Weibo user in court according to the law.”
There are several laws that violate the Weibo user in this case. One could be Article 4 of the Advertising Law of the People’s Republic of China, which states that there should be no “false or misleading content or misleading consumers in advertising”.
Another faces up to three years in prison directly for spreading “rumors” in an online setting. Reuters It was reported in 2013 that the penalty had been reintroduced, with the Chinese Judicial System finding that defamation could be charged if 5,000 users visited or reposted the rumor more than 500 times.
This is not the first time Tesla has sued China on a public level. In August, Tesla filed a lawsuit Against e-commerce giant Pinduvo, who recently conducted a promotion for a Model 3 sedan without Tesla’s permission.
False price reduction news indicates an attempt to gain notoriety by using the Tesla name. Verifying Tesla news directly with the company is a reminder, or through an intermediary who has previously accurately reported company price changes.