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At the end of September, Giga Shanghai upgraded its assembly lines and added an additional shift, which significantly increased the factory's production capacity. Already at the end of October, Giga Shanghai shipped the first batch of 7,000 vehicles to Europe, marking the factory's first-ever export. And now it seems that Tesla’s Chinese factory has begun production and export of the refreshed 2021 Model 3 to countries with left-hand traffic.
@ray4tesla/Twitter reports that six made-in-China Model 3s have been spotted in Hong Kong. All cars had a steering wheel on the right side. Also, after examining the images in detail, it became clear that they are all 2021 Model 3s, which means they have a number of improvements:
- Modified headlights
- New wheel design
- Chrome delete of exterior trims
- New multi-paned glass
- Powered trunk gate
- The gasket seal has small holes to drain excess fluid and prevent it from entering the trunk
- Added symbol to the "open door" button
- Updated steering wheel
- Updated center console
- Charging ports under the rear air vents
- 64GB flash memory
- Heat pump
JUST IN: 6 MIC Model 3s are spotted in Hong Kong. VIN # starting with LRW indicates MIC. All these are RHD or RHW vehicles. Based on this info, it may not be long before we see MIC Model 3s in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, etc.— Ray4️⃣Tesla⚡️🚘☀️🔋 (@ray4tesla) November 8, 2020
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For the time being, only a small number of RHD cars have been spotted, however this confirms that Giga Shanghai has begun production of cars for countries with left-hand traffic. This means that soon, export to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Great Britain, and others, can begin.
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