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Autoline Detroit will have the complete disassembly of a model 3 on this Thursday. It should be interesting. The teaser said there are some amazing things and also some very poor items discovered. It was done by an impartial testing firm.
it's Munro . Old news from Feb. Sorry OP, they recycle crap like this all the time for clicks and views.
Not "fatal" as in, Tesla is going to dry up and blow away., But "fatal" as in a successful model launch that sells strongly and profitably into the entry-level luxury market segment. They proved they can dominate in the luxury segment. And as the reviewer said, a luxury vehicle manufacturer can do almost anything and still sell cars. Selling to buyers for mid-market vehicles (where the buyers are pickier and the margins are tighter) was always going to be tough. Personally, I still think they can pull it off. One test will be when the standard range model becomes available.Thats a pretty serious takeaway there...
I wondered that, too. I was reminded of when GM bought Saab, and immediately ordered them to lighten up on the roof supports, because GM did not spend shareholder money keeping an upside down cabin intact.The car was built I'm sure with safety in mind. Wonder if the large heavy pieces and parts and pieces performed better structurally in a crash and that was what the end goal was while still producing a stylish car. Haven't watched the 1-1/2 video but will when I get a chance. Curious how things get assembled and in this case disassembled.
This just came out and it's very, very long. But I found it worth watching. Essentially, a company bought two Model 3's, road tested them, then completely disassembled them. Their final report is a logbook of "what's good, what's not, and what's weird and inexplicable."
1. Driving experience was very positive, except for wind noise at highway speed.
2. They loved the suspension.
3. The car was not really designed to be built by robots. There are unnecessary (and heavy) pieces (and combinations of pieces) that clumsily do a job that a better-designed part (or parts) could do more cheaply, more simply, and better. This adds costs, production time and weight.
3. People on the factory floor were not given sufficient time to learn how to put this car together, leading to inconsistencies in just about every area but one, and that stellar standout is:
4. The skateboard (batteries and electronic controllers) is revolutionary and technically gorgeous.
5. Fit and finish is on a par with a 1990's Kia (except when it's not, and that seems to be fairly random)
6. Tesla ignored the ways the Old Dinosaur automotive industry did things. On the electronics side, that was smart. On the production side, that was dumb, and maybe (if the goal is efficient mass production and adequate profit) fatal.
Watch it here: