Entry-level Tesla Model 3 goes on sale in USA for $35000

02 March, 2019, 05:08 | Author: Gerard Cortez
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High-traffic locations will stay open and act as galleries or information centers. And although it's now the entry-level model, there's nothing "entry-level" about the performance of the new Model 3 "Standard Range".

As Tesla says in its official news announcement, "Quite literally, you could buy a Tesla, drive several hundred miles for a weekend road trip with friends and then return it for free".

Tesla has 378 stores worldwide, with 20 stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland - some of which are combined with service centres.

In addition to the Model 3 news, Tesla said sales going forward would be online only, with the company saying that "a test drive prior to purchase isn't needed" because of a 7-day, 1,000-mile return policy.

Investors also were skeptical, in part because Musk predicted a first-quarter loss after pledging to be profitable every quarter.

Premium electric automaker Tesla finally revealed its long-promised $35,000 Model 3 to the public on Thursday, immediately opening orders for the low-cost offerring with a $2,500 deposit.

The Tesla Model 3 first entered "production", if that's what you wanted to call it back then, nearly two years ago in 2017. Most stores will shutter but it's not clear where and when.

"Taken in conjunction with the introduction of the $35k Model 3, we view this (price cuts) as confirmation that demand for Tesla vehicles has softened", RBC Capital Markets analyst Joseph Spak wrote in a client note.

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Meanwhile, the customers that Musk often thanks for putting their faith - and hard-earned dollars - into Tesla are penalized each time the company slashes prices. Before the new $35,000 model was announced, the cheapest Tesla was $42,000.

In order to remove the need for a test-drive, customers will be able to return a auto within seven days, or before they have driven 1,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Tesla stunned the automotive world after its reservations list for the promised $US35,000 Model 3 ballooned to over half a million orders in 2017.

Tesla's website on Thursday briefly halted online orders for its Model X, Model S and Model 3 vehicles.

The electric range is 220 miles, and the estimated 0-to-60 mph time is 5.6 seconds.

Company boss Elon Musk has long promised that the electric saloon would eventually be offered in a Standard-spec, and it is now available to order on the company's website, along with a new mid-range "Standard Range Plus" model created to bridge the gap to the current mid-range, long-range and Performance models. At the same time, CEO Elon Musk announced plans for the company's long-awaited Full Self-Driving system.

Tesla pointed to its overall customer satisfaction rating from the magazine and said it has corrected numerous problems found in the survey.

Chief Executive Elon Musk's warning on profit during a conference call with members of the media, which did not include Reuters, contrasted with Tesla's statements last month that it was expecting a "very small" net profit in the first quarter.


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