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Old 10-25-2008, 01:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tesla Releases Pictures of its Model S 4-Door Sports Sedan

Based on all the buzz that Tesla has created, you’d be tempted to think they were the only electric car manufacturer out there. However, they’ve really taken it to a new level today, releasing some pictures of the long talked about 4-door sports car, the Model S.The Roadster has become the ubiquitous electric sports car, [...]

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Old 10-25-2008, 01:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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...releasing some pictures of the long talked about 4-door sports car...
4-door sports car? Nonsense: that's like announcing a 4-legged bird :-)
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Old 10-25-2008, 01:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice looking car.

Hope they last long enough to build a few for public consumption.

Electric carmaker Tesla plans big round of layoffs - Los Angeles Times

Tesla is no more immune to the business climate than are the legacy manufacturers.
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Old 10-25-2008, 05:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Ben, you've got to read articles more carefully. The "picture illustration" is attributed to "Larson", a regular contributor to R&T of "educated guesses" of future car design. The article is just about Tesla building the Model S. Lots of chatter over at Tesla Motors Club Forum - Powered by vBulletin with supposed denials by Tesla employees that the pic is from them.

It seems to me like the venture capitalists involved in the shutdown of the Detroit office forced Tesla's hand to do something to stop the bad press.

The Model S is supposed to hit the street in 2010 from a facility that they haven't even broken ground on yet. They are going to build that car from scratch, not on a Lotus rolling chassis. Good luck to them.

When was the last SUCCESSFUL car company startup without a major manufacturuer supporting them?
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To my knowledge the last auto company startup that lasted more than ten years was Nash.

The auto biz is a great deal tougher than some people on this board think it is.

Bricklin.
DeLorean.
Kaiser.

Do those names ring a bell?

What worries me is that Chrysler, Ford, and GM might join then in extinction.
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I wouldn't think an electric would need a gaping maw in front like that...


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