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Why is it called Model 3?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Evbwcaer, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. Evbwcaer

    Evbwcaer Member

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    The Model 3 with be Tesla's 4th car. What am I missing?
     
  2. mitch672

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    Teslas 3rd generation:

    1st generation: Roadster
    2nd generation: Model S and Model X (built on same platform)
    3rd generation: Model 3
     
  3. Evbwcaer

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    But "model" and "generation" are not synonyms. I sort of understood Gen 3 because S and X share a platform/generation arguably, but it is clearly their fourth model.
     
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    Tesla M3 is going to be awesome! I hope it can keep up with BMW's version :)
     
  6. Model 3

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    Model S
    Model ☰
    Model X

    Thats what your missing ;)
     
  7. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    It's the "Gen III" car, the third generation Tesla. The name makes sense to me.
     
  8. Zarwin

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    Also, isn't the Model 3 supposed to be in the BMW 3 series market?
     
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    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    As crazy as Part Four of the trilogy..... ;)
     
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    At least it wasn't Tesla, Tesla 2, "the new Tesla", and Tesla Air.
     
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    It could have been called the "master plan"
     
  12. Zythryn

    Zythryn MS 70D, MX 90D

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    The BMW 1 Series was not BMW's first car, and the 2 series was not their second.
    Numbers, names and letters in model names have no correlation to the order of production.
    It is purely a branding and marketing decision.
     
  13. mnx

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    Please stop calling it M3!

    It's almost as bad as calling the giga factory GF.
     
  14. Newb

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    #14 Newb, Jul 17, 2014
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    +1

    I'm also thinking about 3 as being read as E, as in 1337 (Leetspeak) (Elon's origin is the IT world of 1990s when leetspeak was established).

    That would especially make sense after FORD intended to KILL SEX (S3×). Now T☰SLA SAVES S☰X (or: "T3S1@ S@\/3S S3× !") . But psssssttt, don't tell anyone it's supposed to be an E !!! ;-)
     
  15. AnOutsider

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    Mod Note: Updated the title. As there are a lot of Model 3 topics popping up, it's best to clarify how yours is different than the others.
     
  16. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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    And then there will be a CUV version, the Model Y.

    At that point Tesla will begin releasing monthly sales reports. 4WD makes it a "truck" and the sales release will be sectioned:
    Cars: ...
    Trucks: ...
     
  17. mknox

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    Maybe because Elon wanted and couldn't get Model E so they just flipped it around and turned the E into a 3 :wink:
     
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    Model 3 & Model 4 (former model y)
     
  19. Iz

    Iz EVs are here to stay

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    +1 I wonder if they tried to purchase the Model E rights from Ford?
     
  20. 3s-a-charm

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    So true, thanks for the laugh!

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    There needs to be some congruence between the naming of Tesla cars. Model 3 *kind of* makes sense although would have made more sense if Model S had been named Model 2? If Model 3 is for the 3rd platform, then Model X doesn't make any sense. It also seems that they don't leave themselves open for future models. BMW, Mercedes, Audi have clear(ish) naming conventions that give consumers clarity and make sense based on size and type of car. American cars tend to give random "names" to each vehicle and phase them in/out as needed. Tesla could use some consistency - for example:

    Model R = Roadster
    Model S = Sedan
    Model X = SUV (BMW has already done the legwork on this one branding x-drive and X models for SUV's)
    Model C = Compact car
    Model L = Luxury GT (future model?)
    Model V = Van (cargo or mini?)

    etc... Of course being such a common name, it must be a challenge with copyright issues to develop new naming conventions for new vehicles. Bottom line is that mixing letters and numbers (along with full words like "roadster") is confusing to the consumers and lacks congruence in my opinion.
     

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