• Marty Padgett Posted: 10/27/2008 3:35pm PDT

    From a friend: "Raise your hand if you think Tesla's showroom will be a Starbucks in a year."

  • Skeptic3 Posted: 10/28/2008 6:05am PDT

    Bold talk. Unfortunately, in the car biz, talk doesn't mean anything, the product does all the speaking.
    For now, the S is just vaporware. The factory where it's supposed to be manufactured is just an empty dirt lot.

  • Frank Field Posted: 10/28/2008 11:42am PDT

    They do sound a bit like GM, which, a few too many times has said: "We have great product coming -- soon!"
    The roadster is proof that the company can deliver a great car. But this consumer just isn't clear on what kind of car company it will be. The former managers talked about mass-production vehicles at attainable prices. But clearly, for now, it's a company building niche vehicles for a tiny market of big spenders.
    I guess what I'm saying is I'm rooting for them, but I won't be convinced until they have something I can drive (much less afford).

  • Ed Posted: 10/28/2008 4:14pm PDT

    I don't know if their showroom will be a Starbucks next year, and even if it were, there is equal chance I will ever visit either..LOL.
    But re Tesla's claim that their sedan will "Crush Everything out there", they themselves have already priced the sedan at at leaast $60,000.
    Not even 5% of all sedanss sold in the USA are even CLOSE to that price level.
    AT BEST, that sedan will be an insignificant NICHE vehicle that can only threaten upscale versions of the E class and 5 series models, they are the only ones in that price range.
    And I doubt this amateur mobilede will ever measure up against these masterpieces.