Tesla Doesn't Want You To Buy a Model X
Ever since the Tesla Model X crossover was announced, customers have been lining up to own one. They've walked into stores, $5,000 cash deposit in hand, and happily plunked down that cash money for a car that has no release date, no price, no anything. Well, the people at Tesla have had enough. They're now trying really hard not to sell you that car. RELATED: See More of the 2014 Saleen Tesla Model S
Instead, according to CEO Elon Musk, they're going to try really hard to convince you to buy a Model S instead. At the company's Q2 earnings announcement, Musk was quoted by Seeking Alpha as saying, "There are no cars available for a test drive. There is no information about the cars in our stores because we’re only selling the S. In fact, if somebody comes in who wants to buy the X, we try to convince them to buy the S. So we anti-sell it."
Could it be that Tesla wants to get people into a Model S today, so they don't change their mind about the Model X between now and whenever the car hits the streets? Or could it be an effort to get a little more dough in the Tesla coffers by selling what is expected to be the pricier Model S? According to Musk, neither of those scenarios is the case.
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Musk went on to explain that while he was in China, he found customers were not unhappy with their Teslas, but they were unhappy with the long wait to own one. Estimates are that as many as 20,000 people have put down a deposit. As excitement builds and the release gets closer, that number will grow. He just doesn't want customers disappointed by long waits.
See, Elon loves you and just wants you to be a happy Tesla owner, even if that means convincing you that the car you want isn't the one you set out to buy.
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