Tesla brings show and tell – but no sell

Warwick Daily News - - GAMES & GADGETS -

TESLA has brought a hand­ful of pro­duc­tion ver­sions of its much-hyped Model 3 to Aus­tralia. But cus­tomers who put down $1500 more than two years ago still have at least a year to wait be­fore their cars ar­rive.

There is still no firm date for lo­cal de­liv­er­ies.

The com­pany’s lo­cal web­site says right-hand drive pro­duc­tion will start in the next year, with de­liv­er­ies to start in the next 12–18 months.

But prospec­tive own­ers still queued for a look at the car (pic­tured) in Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane.

Pro­duc­tion woes have stran­gled sup­ply, caus­ing the brand to miss mul­ti­ple pro­duc­tion targets, but it built its long-held goal of 5000 Model 3s in one week in June and has re­port­edly main­tained that since.

The left-hand drive model that is on dis­play in Aus­tralia is meant to drum up lo­cal sup­port for the com­ing ve­hi­cle and keep the faith with cus­tomers who have de­posits on the car.

The Model 3 was orig­i­nally pro­moted as the af­ford­able Tesla – boss Elon Musk said prices would start at $US35,000, trans­lat­ing to about $60,000 in Aus­tralia af­ter taxes and im­port du­ties are ap­plied.

But now the cheap­est Model 3 – the one on dis­play – costs $66,610 in lo­cal cur­rency be­fore taxes and im­port du­ties are ap­plied, which would push the price tag closer to $80,000 drive-away.

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