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Tesla Model-S: "Our Sedan Will Crush Everything Out There"


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Tesla is in financial trouble, having recently laid off employees, found a new CEO, delayed mass production of its Elise-based Roadster, and pushed back introduction of its Model-S sedan until 2011. Nonetheless, chief investor Elon Musk who, as Carscoop claim, "took over as the company's CEO from Ze'ev Drori," told Businessweek that the new Model-S will "crush everything out there."

Said to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesel E-Class, Lexus GS450h hybrid, and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, Tesla's sedan won't be able to do any car-crushing until its delayed intro date sometime in 2011. The company recently did a photo tease of the S-Model, styled by Mazda designer Franz von Holzhausen, revealing only the rear end that sports smooth lines and a carbon-fiber diffuser.

No technical details have been released for the Model-S, but Tesla has led an exciting race for fully electric vehicles that don't drive like golf carts. The Tesla Roadster, which was recently tweaked to yield even better performance, scoots to 60 mph in about five seconds, offers stellar handling from its Lotus Elise donor chassis, and overall makes a great vehicle for commuters who drive modest distances and don't need big carrying capacity.--Colin Mathews
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  1. From a friend: "Raise your hand if you think Tesla's showroom will be a Starbucks in a year."
     
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  2. 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.
     
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  3. 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).
     
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  4. 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.
     
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