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Discussion in 'News' started by dpeilow, Aug 19, 2008.
Autocar - Tesla confirms new models
I wonder how much detail we'll get on the Tesla chassis as this will be the critical partner to the drivetrain in the success of future vehicles.
I must admit, I thought that they would continue to license the aluminium bonding technology from Lotus. Seems such an obvious choice.
I think it makes sense that they move toward an entirely in house build. If they are truly serious about branding (and it seems they are), it doesn't make sense to be so closely linked to another car company. Uninformed people still refer to the roadster as an electric Elise. Some might agree with that assessment, I certainly don't. But, they do need to create their "stand alone" car company.
Tesla to work with other brands, Roadster priced at Â£108k | Automotive & Motoring News | Car Magazine Online
Quite a few foreigners (and a few Americans) are unaware that New Mexico is part of the USA.
Here in Texas I've noticed some people habitually refer to Mexico as "Old Mexico" to help distinguish the two.
That article was jammed full of a lot of info. Tesla has plans for an SUV in 2015? Other manufacturers are interested in the powertrain? A Roadster 1.5? All of this is very interesting...
Still, it doesn't mean much until they figure out production of the Roadster. Isn't it 12 days till September when ramping up of the new drive train Roadsters is set to begin?
I'm not sure how they arrive at £108,000 though.
€99,000 is circa £79,000.
VAT is 17.5% so the total price is around £93,000.
I will have to keep an eye on this to see if it is more than a simple error.
We already have Powertrain 1.5 now(ish). Shouldn't it be Roadster 2.0?
300 miles. That would be fantastic for around 2012-13
Darryl Siry corrects the inaccuracies in the article:
Tesla talking about future product plans with Brit magazines, no SUV coming - AutoblogGreen
So that means that Whitestar will NOT be an SUV or COV as many have suggested here. It will truely be a HATCHBACK :frown: as they have said. No more 5 door speculation
They are now comparing it to the CLS:
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I never really thought of the CLS as a hatchback, but I suppose it is.
I see no photos of the trunk open but it looks like the lines of a trunk not a hatchback from the shapes around the rear window.
Yes, I think I misread that. I thought both the AutoCar and the AutoBlog Green articles were proposing that the Model S would be like the CLS. But I think ABG was stating that the CLS information was just another inaccuracy to correct.
CLS is a good looking car. Too bad Whitestar will not look like that :frown: But DS's comments go back to Whitestar actually being a HATCHBACK in the truest form. And that is a real bummer to me
Well they said it is a coupe-like hatchback so there is still some chance that it will look like a CLS given that is a "coupe-like sedan".
There are some coupe-like hatchbacks that look fairly good:
You can also design hatchbacks that don't look any different from a standard sedan:
Having Darryl Siry confirm some of the inconsistencies with the article is exactly what we need. A viable EV SUV is not possible until battery technologies move ahead by several degrees. Has Tesla confirmed the base Model S with 160-mile range? A number of sources indicated it would be > 200 miles for the base model.
When does the Model S waiting list start? :biggrin:
Coupes do not fit the promised 4 door approach. I am not apposed to a hatchback that looks like a sedan. As I said the lines of the hatchback are what bothers me. The Red car looks like a sedan from the outside and that is cool with me.
I totally agree. I wish TM would make up their minds as to what in the world they are making. All this wishy washy crap is for the birds. It just tells me that they have no idea what it looks like yet and they are hedging all of their bets. My take of the situation and how I fell is they are just going to disappoint EVERYONE now. Sedan people are pissed. Cross Over and SUV people are pissed now and soon the Hatchback people will be pissed that it is not what they said. Lose lose lose all around.
Article says it is a Saloon. Which according to Wickipedia is a Sedan ...
A sedan car, American English terminology (saloon in British English), is one of the most common body styles of the modern automobile. At its most basic, the sedan is a passenger car with two rows of seats and adequate passenger space in the rear compartment for adult passengers. The vehicle most commonly has a separate trunk (boot in British English), for luggage at the rear. However, rear-engined sedans include models by Chevrolet, Tatra, and Volkswagen.
This adds even more confusion to the mix I am just thinking the more people that get their hopes up for what they want - like me - the more people that will be disappointed. A sedan is a 3 box car which means it is NOT a Hatchback. All this talk just makes TM sound stupid and ignorant. Makes them sound like they have no idea what it is that they are building.
According to the article Whitestar looks like this...
with a BMW-style Hofmeister kink in the rear side glass.
Does anyone have a picture of this effect ? I have no idea what this looks like.