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Tesla Model S Gets $2,500 Price Increase

The Tesla Model S is getting a bump up in price, and will now start with a base price of $59,900 before federal tax credits. 

Tesla points out that general inflation has increased by 8.75 percent since the original Model S was priced, which should have increased the price by $5,000, but instead Tesla only tacked on an extra $2,500. Every model gets the same price increase of $2,500, which puts the 60-kWh model at $69,900, and the 85-kWh model at $79,900.

New features include 12-way adjustable, heated front seats as standard equipment, and new standard 19-inch wheels for performance model cars. Adding on 21-inch wheels will cost you $3,500 extra, and a new red multi-coat paint shade is also available, for $1,500.

Battery pack replacements were also priced by the brand, with the price of a 40 kWh pack starting at $8,000. Another $2,000 gets the 60 kWh pack, and the 85 kWh pack costs another $2,000 on top of that.

By Stephen Elmer

Massachusetts Dealer Denied Injunction Against Tesla

The Automobile Dealers Association in the state of Massachusetts was denied a request for a preliminary injunction against Tesla Motors Inc., which allows the American automaker to continue operating its store in Boston.

The dealers requested the Massachusetts Superior Court for a restraining order and injunction in hopes of stopping the Tesla-owned showroom from operating. The group is now considering an appeal and other judicial remedies, but currently hasn’t made a decision as to its next step.

“Tesla looks forward to continuing to focus on advancing the knowledge of EVs in a convenient, accessible environment,” said Shanna Hendriks, Tesla spokeswoman in an email. “We remain hopeful for a positive outcome of this case.”

SEE ALSO: Tesla Sued by Auto Dealers Association

One thing is for sure, the lawsuit isn’t going to be dropped any time soon according to Robert O’Koniewski, executive vice president of the Massachusetts association.

“Dropping the lawsuit is not an option at this point,” he said. “We feel very strongly that Tesla is operating a factory store outside parameters of our franchise law and our license law, and they are operating that store illegally.”

The injunction is part of an ongoing lawsuit in both Massachusetts and New York, where members of the Automotive Trade Association believe that Tesla is operating illegal dealerships in those states. The Tesla stores, which are mainly boutiques located in shopping malls and other high-traffic areas, have come under attack even though the automaker states that they comply with federal and state laws where they operate.

[Source: Automotive News]

By Jason Siu

Daimler Deserves Credit for Saving Tesla Says CEO

American electric automaker Tesla is enjoying great success, at least in terms of the EV market, and its CEO Elon Musk credits Daimler for saving the automaker in its time of need.

Three years ago, Daimler invested a hefty $50 million into Tesla Motors, a move that surprised even the most enthusiastic Tesla supporters. In a recent interview, Elon Musk revealed that Tesla Motors would now be extinct if Daimler hadn’t stepped in with its funding. In Musk’s own words, “There were a couple of near-death situations.”

Surprised? The bold CEO now has no problems sharing his thoughts on competitor Fisker, and Tesla is clearly heading towards in the right direction. Had Daimler not stepped into the picture however, we wouldn’t be speaking about Tesla at all today, and who knows where Musk would be in terms of finances.

Thankfully Musk confirmed that Tesla’s financial status is “pretty good” and we should be seeing plenty more from the automaker for years to come.

[Source: Autoblog]

By Jason Siu

Tesla Model X Interior is Shockingly Nice: 2013 Detroit Auto Show

While we’ve seen the Model X electric crossover concept before, the vehicle sitting at the Tesla booth at this year’s Detroit Auto Show is sporting a few modifications.

The main changes to the Model X are with the interior. Tesla calls the vehicle’s cabin an exploration in interior design, and it really is stunning with gorgeous black and white contrasting colors. The black-and-white look is reflected both in the three-rows of seats, as well as the stylish exterior, which features black and chrome accents that show off the white paint. The theme carries over to the vehicles dashboard which  is equipped with the same huge touch-screen that was first seen in the Model S sedan.

SEE MORE: Complete 2013 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

The Model X still has those very cool ‘Falcon doors’ and with production slated for late this year, its likely that design will be final.

The electric-only crossover will be available with either a 60 kWh and 85 kWh battery, as well as a handy all-wheel drive mode.

GALLERY: TESLA MODEL X

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By Sami Haj-Assaad

Tesla Dealers Association Lawsuit Dismissed

Dealers in Massachusetts suing Tesla over what they say is an illegal dealership lost today when a judge dismissed the case from the court. 

Norfolk County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman ruled that the dealers association lacks the grounds to sue the American EV manufacturer.

SEE ALSO: Tesla Wins License to Sell Cars in Boston Suburb

The issue raised by the dealers association is a state franchise law which states that a factory cannot directly own a dealership. Tesla’s response was that no business is done at the dealership, and all cars are purchased online. The dealerships merely exist to showcase the vehicles.

The dealers association say that they will not stop trying to shut the dealer down, because of the precedent that will set.

 [Source: Automotive News]

By Stephen Elmer

Tesla Model X Delayed

As Tesla hopes to repay its DOE loan five years ahead of schedule, the American electric automaker will be delaying production on the Model X for at least a year.

Tesla originally was on schedule to repay its $465 million loan by the end of 2022, but announced earlier that it now has a target date of repaying the loan by the end of 2017. Unfortunately, those that are eager for the Model X to hit the market will have to be patient, as Tesla now plans on starting production of its electric crossover to late 2014.

SEE ALSO: Tesla DOE Loan Repayment to Finish Years Early

The Tesla Model X was originally slated to begin production later this year, with deliveries beginning early 2014. However, Tesla is also putting more focus on its surprisingly popular Model S, hoping to deliver 20,000 units of its sedan this year. With more focus being placed on the Model S and repayment of the loan, the Model X will just have to sit back and wait its turn.

GALLERY: TESLA MODEL X

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[Source: LA Times]

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By Jason Siu

Tesla Retail Stores Defended by Brand CEO

Elon Musk, tech mogul and co-founder of Tesla is coming to the defense of his company as it faces a lawsuit from dealers in Massachusetts and New York.

They allege the Palo Alto, California-based electric-car maker is violating franchise laws that forbid factory-owned stores, something that’s restricted or prohibited in 48 states. Naturally, Musk denies this claim. In a blog post he said the company has taken “great care not to act in a manner contrary to those rules.” He backs up this assertion with several arguments.

The first point he makes is that most dealerships have an inherent conflict of interest. Pushing consumers toward electric cars undermines the sales of traditional vehicles, which is the majority of their business. Tesla, of course, does not have this problem.

Another one of Musk’s arguments centers on franchise laws. Factory-owned Tesla dealerships cannot unfairly compete with franchised dealers because there are no franchised Tesla stores, therefore no harm can be done.

One of his last points has to do with the location of Tesla dealers. By putting them in high-traffic areas like shopping malls Tesla hopes it can reach potential customers before they decide what kind of car to buy. The stores are staffed by non-commissioned salespeople are there to educate consumers. Vehicles are purchased from the company’s website.

By Craig Cole

Tesla Planning Compact Crossover

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Tesla is looking to expand its product lineup, and besides a BMW 3 Series competitor with a Nissan Leaf price tag, the brand is also planning on bringing a compact crossover to market, both of which will ride on the same platform.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that both of these new vehicles will arrive ”in the next three to four years.” Both models will be significantly cheaper than Tesla’s current offering, the Model S, which carries a price tag of about $70,000.

SEE ALSO: Tesla Wants Lower Cost Car to Take on Nissan Leaf

Both are known internally as “gen 3″ because this is the brand’s third generation platform. Musk says that the small sedan will be targetted at the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, though it will carry a price tag around $30,000.

As for the compact crossover, it is likely to take its styling cues from the Model X, and may even incorporate the same gull-wing door design. It will look to take on the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.

[Source: Automotive News]

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By Stephen Elmer

Tesla Model S Gets New Service and Warranty Program

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a new service and warranty program today for owners of the Model S EV, which includes a free Model S loaner when their cars are in for service, and an unconditional warranty on the vehicle’s battery pack.

In a bid to provide buyers added convenience, Tesla will provide Model S owners with a free Model S loaner car if their own personal vehicle ever needs to go into the shop for repairs. Those loaner vehicles will be top-trim Model S EVs, while owners interested in taking a Tesla Roadster rather than the Model S will be allowed to do so if one is available.

Making the service experience even less painless is a new valet service, which will pickup and drop off your Model S when it needs servicing.

Finally, a new warranty is being offered for Model S owners. “Except in the cases of a collision, opening of the battery pack by non-Tesla personnel or intentional abuse (lighting the pack on fire with a blowtorch is not covered!), all damage is covered by warranty, including improper maintenance or unintentionally leaving the pack at a low state of charge for years on end,” wrote Elon Musk in a press release.

Tesla will replace the battery pack if it is found to be defective, and replace it with a reconditioned unit with energy storage equal to or greater than what the original battery pack could handle. Also part of the new program, Tesla suggests that each Model S come in for at least one annual service checkup, though it now does not affect the warranty if the customer doesn’t honor that request.

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By Stephen Elmer

Tesla Roadster Successor Not a Guarantee

Despite earlier reports that Tesla would have a successor to its Roadster model set to debut sometime in 2015, the American electric automaker has confirmed that a decision on a new Roadster has not yet been made. 

The automaker is currently focusing on its new Model S and Model X, as well as a more mainstream BMW 3 Series rival that’s expected to be unveiled sometime in 2015-2016. Tesla hopes to have a couple of sedans and a compact SUV on the market before it returns to the drawing board on creating a successor to its Roadster model.

“It isn’t decided that we will build another Roadster, but that would be around the time we would look to have a real ‘halo’ model in the range,” said George Blankenship, vice-president of sales and ownership experience.

[Source: Autocar]

By Jason Siu