Unveiling the Tesla “Y”

March 14, 2019

Like past Tesla events, a live stream will be available on Tesla’s website, either directly on the main page, or through the Events & Presentations section on the Investor Relations page.


New York (CNN Business)Tesla on Thursday is expected to unveil the Model Y, its most important car yet.
Tesla expects the electric SUV to become its best-selling vehicle. Car buyers in the United States are increasingly choosing SUVs over sedans.
Tesla (TSLA) already makes the Model X SUV, a luxury model that is often priced at more than $100,000. It only accounted for 15% of Tesla’s sales in the fourth quarter, but it did edge out sales of the Model S, it’s luxury sedan.
The Model Y is expected to be priced for the mass market. But getting to that affordable price could take time. Tesla has just begun taking orders for the long-promised $35,000 version of the Model 3, almost three years after it was unveiled.

The Model Y will soon have a lot more competition from other automakers, which are making their own electric SUVs. That raises the stakes for Tesla’s launch because it risks losing its grip on the electric car market.

One of reason electric vehicles haven’t taken off is because most of them have been available only in sedan models, said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for AutoTrader. Electric vehicles represent just over 1% of new car sales in the United States.
“It really hasn’t been in a body style that people are buying,” she said. “The only one out there now is the Model X. But that won’t be the case for long.”
CEO Elon Musk is clearly counting on big things for the Model Y.
“The demand for Model Y will be maybe 50% higher than Model 3 — could be even double,” Musk told investors on a conference call in January when he announced the Model Y would be going into production next year.If his figures are correct, the Model Y will have a chance to become the bestselling SUV of any kind — gas or electric — in the United States, a title currently held by the Toyota Rav 4.

4 Responses to “Unveiling the Tesla “Y””

  1. Gingerbaker Says:

    Happy Pi day! I guess, spelled with a “Y”.

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    Tesla stock dropped 5% with the announcement of the Y. Musk’s inability to meet production and price targets (and other “missteps”) seem to have made investors wary of Tesla’s future prospects. No surprise (but at least he hasn’t been talking about Mars lately).

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    Take a look at the “design your own Tesla” page—-note how “gas savings” are included in the price calculation—-IMO, just more BS that hurts their image.


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