Tesla (TSLA) reported production and delivery numbers for the fourth quarter of 2018. The automaker produced 86,555 vehicles and delivered 90,700 vehicles in the recently ended quarter. For 2018, the company had delivered 245,240 vehicles. Tesla reduced Model X, Model S, and Model 3 vehicles’ price by $2,000 in the US. Shares of Tesla were down 7% in the pre-market today as the numbers fell short of the expectations.
Fourth quarter deliveries increased 8% compared to Q3 deliveries of 83,500. Model 3 deliveries grew 13% to 63,150, while Model S and Model X vehicle deliveries stood at 13,500 and 14,050, respectively.
Production in Q4 also increased 8% versus Q3 production of 80,142. Model 3 production grew 15% to 61,394, while the company produced 25,161 Model S and X vehicles in Q4.
Tesla expects to grow Model 3 sales by expanding to international markets, introducing lower-priced variants and offering leasing. International deliveries in Europe and China will start in February 2019. Expansion of Model 3 sales to other markets, including with a right-hand drive variant, will occur later in 2019.
As the federal EV tax credit halved to $3,750, the company reduced the price of Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles in the US by $2,000. Customers can apply to receive the $3,750 federal tax credit for new deliveries starting on January 1, 2019. In China, Tesla cut its Model 3 prices and slashed down Model S and Model X prices recently.
Tesla stock, which opened down 8% at $306.10 in Wednesday’s trading, had increased 7% in both last three months and one year period.