Pressure mounts on carmaker after customer protest


Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks at an opening ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai on Jan. 7.

Aly Song | Reuters

BEIJING and GUANGZHOU, China — Tesla faces mounting pressure in China as state media and regulators criticize the electric carmaker following an alleged customer’s protest at a major auto show this week.

Tesla could be facing one of its worst public relations crises in China, a market investors see as critical for its future growth.

On Monday, a woman who claimed to be a Tesla customer stood atop one of the company’s cars at the Shanghai auto show with a T-shirt that read “brakes don’t work” in Chinese. She was protesting an alleged brake failure in her car —…


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