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2017 Tesla Model S: Invited To The Wrong Party

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Tesla is claiming that they have taken over the competition in the full size luxury sedan market in the US; however an observer in the auto industry has said that perhaps the 2017 Tesla Model S joined the wrong party.

Tesla said that they sold 9, 156 units of the Tesla Model S during the third quarter in the US and this saw a jump up of 59% compared to the year previous. This means that it sold almost twice as more as the Mercedes Benz S-Class.

But you do have to wonder whether the Tesla Model S is really a large luxury sedan. It seems that perhaps the vehicle should be in the midsize category than the full sized sedan.

The reason we say this is that the Tesla Model S has a price tag that should put it in the midsized category. It comes in with a price tag of $30,000 less than the Mercedes S-Class and $16,000 less than the BMW 7-Series.

Whether the Tesla Model S should be in the midsized category or the large category doesn’t really matter to Tesla. All that they care about is that the vehicle has sold more than the Mercedes Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

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3 Comments

  1. Phil Maxwell

    October 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    The Tesla is a great, fast, innovative car. It is certainly expensive. It is not, however a luxury car. It is spartan. My MB S-550 is luxurious and of a different category than the Tesla. Not better, just different. If I had the space, I’d own them both.

  2. Denny

    October 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    It seats 5+2.
    How many midsize cars seat a family of 7? Are you seriously saying that because it’s priced lower than it’s competition, so it doesn’t qualify as luxury?

  3. Tao Jones

    October 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Just once I’d like to read a factually correct article about the Model S.

    1. There is no 2017 Tesla anything. Yet. Tesla does not have model years. If your car emerges from the factory in February 2016, that’s what it is. A May 2016 Tesla is not the same car.

    2. MSRP is another bogus comparator. Tesla doesn’t discount, generally speaking, and nobody who buys a lesser car (read that, any car not named Tesla) pays MSRP.

    Want to spend $155,000? There’s a Tesla for you. Want to spend $55,000? There’s a Tesla for you, too.

    The best part is that both will look identical.

    Anyway, that observer’s premise is flawed about four different ways. A large number of Tesla owners are former Mercedes and BMW owners, and for good reason.