Tesla is getting serious about its next vehicle, the highly anticipated Model X. So serious that the company is shutting down production of the Model S sedan for two weeks at its factory in Fremont, Calif. to install new equipment.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has successfully been serving its premium electric Model S sedan to a niche global target market that can afford the $71,000 luxury. The company plans to roll out another premium Model X electric SUV in the third quarter next year, and a smaller mass-market Model 3 electric sedan two years later, which it hopes to price at about 50% of the starting price of a Model S.
Tesla Motors Inc.’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) 2015 product lineup is quite impressive and includes the upgraded Model S with the all-wheel drive and self-driving “autopilot” features, as well as the highly anticipated electric Model X crossover SUV. However, according to Consumer Reports, the company is boosting incentives on the 2014 Model S, including units put on display, before the release of the 2015 cars.
Luxury car maker Porsche, which is owned by Volkswagen AG (ADR)(OTCMKTS:VLKAY) is coming up with its all electric car ‘Pajun’ sedan and is expected to pose a challenge for Tesla Motors' Model S.
The Porsche EV is expected to hit dealerships by 2018. The electric car is said to be a smaller version of its sibling, the Panamera, for which the automaker is expanding its lineup to bring out fuel efficient plug-in hybrid variants.
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) shares closed down 2.7% in yesterday’s trading session in spite of an expected profit surge reiterated by CEO Mary Barra and other executives at the Global Auto Industry Conference in Detroit. GM management announced that it expected improved profitability from the company in 2015, after witnessing major recall challenges in 2014 with tens of millions of cars.
Daimler AG’s (OTCMKTS:DDAIF) Mercedes-Benz marquee has announced a breakthrough concept that could be the most serious step toward autonomous cars. The Germany luxury automaker unveiled the F 015 "Luxury in Motion" concept last night at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas, and gave a roadmap to its progress into driverless vehicles for the future.
When Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) went public in 2010, its story was similar to that of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA). The IPOs were oversubscribed, and high demand forced both firms to set prices above the initial ranges. In the case of Tesla, the shares were first expected at $14-16, but actually went for $17 apiece.
By Andrei Volgin:I admire Tesla Motors (TSLA) and wish the company all the best, but I strongly believe that its shares are greatly overvalued. As an investor, whenever I see that the market values a company several times more or less than my own assessment, I always ask two questions: What are the other investors missing? And, when are they going to realize that their expectations are wrong?