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BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:28:48 AM

Building on the popularity of the Model S, Telsa Motors (TSLA_) plans to push the best features of its electric-car design further with its upcoming SUV, the Model X.

According to Tesla's Web site, the Model X will come with two motors, and be offered with an optional All-Wheel Drive, which will it allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 in less than 5 seconds.

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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:27:48 AM

OK
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:22:09 AM

I'll take two.
TucsonC
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:56:15 AM

Not for me.
gbs1
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:21:32 AM

No thanks
ClarkSC
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:44:49 AM

Keep it.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:53:44 AM

still not interested
NilesBishop
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:43:09 AM

Falcon wing doors? Aren't they gull wing doors? And why do people think these are good ideas.
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:31:10 AM

When will we see a four-motor Tesla, one for each wheel? Zoom-zoom.
Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:29:13 AM

It looks to be an interesting and unique vehicle. It's outside my affordability range unless I win the lottery.
52MPG
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:26:46 AM

And the price is???
mdr46
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:18:30 AM

Doesn't look like much of an SUV to me. Looks like it's not even as large as a BMW X3. The 0 to 60 numbers look good, but what about the range? And how much is this thing going to cost?
Pramodsharma
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:10:47 AM

Looks good , do not know works good too?
lisenclose
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:02:06 AM

I would buy one of those for sure.
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:56:48 AM

Doesn't give a price
car253
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:52:28 AM

$$$$
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:49:45 AM

$$$
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:47:33 AM

Only the 1 % need apply !!
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:36:38 AM

SUV's are big profit.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:34:43 AM

Nice engineering, but more than I want to spend on a car.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:26:21 AM

Sell it to hunters, bird watchers, etc. as a way to get into the woods quietly without spooking the animals you're hunting, observing, etc.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:25:01 AM

I only hope the base price is $60,000 so it is affordable to most people.

(/sarcasm)
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:22:39 AM

ok
el_fr
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:14:32 AM

Keep the price down
Nancy&Len
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 8:12:04 AM

Not for this guy.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:50:23 AM

Send it to my house, I'll test drive it for a few years and get back to you...
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:48:59 AM

Sounds good!
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:48:57 AM

make one that's affordable
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:45:36 AM

EVs are here to stay.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:41:49 AM

The falcon wing doors for ease of entry without requiring much door swing space and 'step into all three rows of seating' alone are going to make this a class leader from the get go. Since they are competing against expensive luxury SUV competition on a price range--"Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover and offerings from BMW and Mercedes"--the X will not be 'cheap' but it wasn't intended to be. The blistering performance along with the incredible traction/road holding of the extremely low centre of gravity of the Tesla design just cannot be matched by conventional drivetrains. This vehicle is to extend the vehicle range while Tesla slowly triples its output to 80,000 units a year...and keep Tesla solidly profitable in the process. People have to remember that the former NUMMI plant (Toyota/GM collaboration) that Tesla now owns can easily put out over half a million vehicles a year without changes--but they have planned for those changes when they will be needed. They also know the perils of growing too fast.

Lowering the price when economies of production are achieved will be one of the steps taken by the next vehicle, the small sedan of the BMW 3 size and price range. This has been the plan from the very beginning--start out with a very limited production very expensive Roadster, then introduce a top end luxury sedan for 2/3 the price of the Roadster and make as many of those in a month as you made Roadsters over three whole years. Next, the luxury large SUV in a similar price class while you ramp up production so that you are making in one month what you used to build in a quarter, and THEN go down market in stages as you increase production further.

From the small sedan platform, the rumoured small SUV (Like the electric RAV4 Tesla builds for Toyota) electric pickup truck, and next generation Roadster will likely be built.

When they have the production up over a couple of hundred thousand a year, THEN they can start to introduce the lower cost to build and sell models. Heck, Tesla makes the electric Smart right now for Mercedes-Benz to sell, as well as the electric RAV4 for Toyota, so they know the costs of mid range, and even micro cars at the bottom of the market.

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:21:48 AM

To expensive for me
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:20:53 AM

awesome
JDchefF
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:05:44 AM

Interesting, but wish they would do one that is a lot more affordable.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:05:18 AM

Not for me.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 7:00:22 AM

OK.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:34:46 AM

No thanks!
BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 6:29:36 AM

Need for Speed
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