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Something new?

When is something new regarding the Model S coming out from Tesla? If launch is due a year from now, should the Beta not now be released? Options? Interiors? Final body shapes? Colours? In fact, at this stage they must surely KNOW where they heading, unless there is some glitch in the production/product development sequence. It is going to take quite some time for tooling etc.
At the very least, Franz needs to answer the questions posed on a previous blog, as promised. We are halfway through the month AFTER he was supposed to reply!!!
Is this a cause for concern for those of us who have put down cold hard cash to reserve? "S"#9 holder, Australia

EdG | July 29, 2011

"I will be getting my Tesla regardless of how it looks or what's in it, because it's different. PERIOD."

@t7n7,
By saying this, you're depending on others to worry about details, pushing Tesla to make the best car they can. On the other hand, if 5,000 people felt like you do, Tesla could sell whatever non-performing, ugly, buggy car they ended up with.

So appreciate the fact that you don't have to sweat the details: you'll get a nice car without any worries, and maybe at a reasonable price, because others are being picky on your behalf.

Brian H | July 30, 2011

EdG | July 29, 2011 new

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if 5,000 people felt like you do, Tesla could sell whatever non-performing, ugly, buggy car they ended up with.

So appreciate the fact that you don't have to sweat the details: you'll get a nice car without any worries, and maybe at a reasonable price, because others are being picky on your behalf.

Ed, don't get carried away with your own importance. There is plenty of evidence that Elon and the rest of Tesla have ample commitment to and pride in quality in both large and small matters. Your POV assumes they are motivated to get away with as much as possible, at minimum effort and expense.

That's GM, not TM.

Brian H | July 30, 2011

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Brian H | July 30, 2011

Don't know what happened, above. 1st 2 paras were included in the italicization.

EdG | July 30, 2011

Perhaps you haven't noticed, but I haven't been at all critical of what I've seen so far. It's not my "importance" that I was talking about. I'm depending on "the market" to get me the best car possible, just as you are, and that's why Elon and Tesla must be driven to provide quality, etc., even if they would have done so without pressure. My point was simply that you should appreciate that more critical people give Tesla that much more to work for.

If no one on this forum cared about the details, they'd all have bought a Volt or Leaf or other car already, and Tesla would not be able to stay in business making cars.

Brian H | July 30, 2011

EdG;
The big issues (performance, capacity, etc.) would have been enough to provide TM with all the buyers it can handle for some time to come, I think. A "non-performing, buggy car" was never in the cards. And TM's attention to the detail level is likely to be more than sufficient to keep demand surging for a long time to come.
If the Roadster produced "Tesla Grins", I expect the Mod-S will generate "Tesla Gobstruck" expressions when it hits the road! ;)

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