Tesla Kills The $50 000 Model S Makes The Media The Fools Of April

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Tesla Kills The $50,000 S, Makes The Media The Fools Of

This is The Morning Shift. our daily roundup of all the auto that’s actually important — all in one at 9:00 AM. Or, you could spend all day for other sites to parse it out to you one at a time. Isn’t your more important?

It’s 1st. All of these stories to my knowledge, real. I’m not an April Fool’s Day thing and no one here will.

With the of the BRZ thing (which was funny because they released it days early), we’re it as best we can.

If you’re another site and are curious if a is a joke or not, then you just look to see if they anyone. If they do, it’s a joke. Few people in this ever call.

1st Gear: Is Profitable As It Kills The 40 kWh Model S

Tesla Motors has reached they call full in the first quarter of 2013 to Bloomberg (via Automotive ). This was on sales they say 4,750 units.

What profitability mean? We don’t The company is still in debt, but a quarterly profit is a good How are they doing this you know, catching up on deliveries?


all very curious.

The real buried in this vague of profitability is that the long-promised 40 kWh — i.e. the $50,000 Tesla — is killed. That’s a damn because when the government in Tesla it was with the promise of a car regular people could afford as opposed to merely electric cars for rich

And here’s my favorite. Motor gave the Model S their Car Of The and made this argument :

Value With a base of $58,570 (before a federal tax of $7500), the 40-kW-hr Model S is with entry-level Mercedes-Benz BMW 5 Series, and Audi A6.

The value I think, still holds up, as a Tesla is on the level of other sedans it’s obviously with (an argument Motor also makes). What hold up as an argument is that the car is being axed because of of demand. From Tesla :

being announced today is the small battery option for the S will not enter production, due to of demand. Only four of customers chose the 40 kWh battery which is not enough to justify of that version. Customers are with their wallet they want a car that them the freedom to travel distances when needed.

I bullshit. Tesla never marketed the 40 kWh car. They EPA test it. They didn’t make it seem like ever wanted anyone to buy it. It got close to production.

For all the media hype about it, is still trying so hard to up with the 60 kWh and top-of-the-line 85 kWh models.

also completely goes on one of the promises of Tesla, which was to be building cars a relatively family could afford. is a failure being wrapped up as a and I can’t wait to see how many outlets fall for it.

If you were one of the few who ordered a 40 kWh model, Tesla is to take care of you by giving you a 60 kWh with a software-limited range you can pay more to have turned up to 60) and a Supercharger. That’s a pretty deal for you.

Also, and is going to sound crazy that I just spent all space bitching about it, but is probably much better for Engineering the 40 kWh model was going to money and it was going to cut into opaque profitability. For all we know, have lost money on the

They can’t afford to do if they want to maintain the of profitability or reach actual

Everyone who wrote about a EV got taken, though. I’m we did at some point.

2nd Gear: Considering A Pickup

Hyundai is building a pickup for the U.S. reports Automotive News . very early in the discussions and the of the Chicken Tax comes in 2021, means we’re far away getting anything. The Kia Soulster is as as we can get to picturing one.

3rd Gear: Hires Restructuring Lawyers

TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto

As we Fisker is screwed and has apparently restructuring lawyers to get ready for a bankruptcy.

A Department of Energy said it is committed to the best for taxpayers. Fisker’s equipment and are pledged as collateral on its loan, so the government would likely the company in the event of a bankruptcy-protection

4th Gear: Gas Engines Catching Up On

Karl Henkel says in Detroit News that engines are catching up with diesel counterparts in terms of This, as more and more engines enter the marketplace increasing sales.

What’s on here, of course, is the diesel-azation of engines with higher turbocharging, and direct injection.

5th UAW Members Is Up

After years of period of decline, membership in the Auto Workers is up for the fourth year. which will surprising to many.

Obviously, the in the industry and increased hiring by The Big in traditional locales in Michigan, and the Midwest is helping. Ultimately, membership is still at about the 25% it was at its in 1979.

Reverse: Alan Dies In A Plane Crash

On April 1st, 1993, driver Alan Kulwicki and others died in a plane before the Bristol Food 500. He’d won the championship the before as a driver/owner and was a two-time at Bristol. It was a major blow to the and it’s definitely worth the linked remembrance. [Bristol Speedway ]

Neutral: Foolish

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TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto
TESLA Model S – 60 kWh Auto

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