Tesla Moving to Online-Only Sales, Closing Most Showrooms to Cut Costs

02 March, 2019, 05:07 | Author: Sally Reid
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To get "full self-driving", buyers will need to stump up $5,000 extra, which enables "automatic driving from highway on-ramp to off-ramp including interchanges and overtaking slower cars", auto-parking, and "summon", the feature that makes a parked vehicle find the owner.

Obviously, these cars are still pretty far out of reach for the average customer, but these price cuts might just be enough to convince those with extra cash to burn to buy into the Tesla ecosystem. Despite expectations for a profit, Musk now says the company won't be profitable in the current quarter.

The long-awaited "entry-level" Tesla Model 3 has now gone on sale in the United States of America, with a U.S. $35,000 (£26,000) starting price and a 220-mile range - at the same time as the firm has moved all of its sales online only.

Still, experts say the time may be right. In some states where Tesla has showrooms, such as Texas, final sales contracts are executed online as out-of-state transactions to skirt prohibitions.

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"This is a purchase that is an extended-buy purchase". However, customers with orders already in queue will get priority, which could delay some deliveries until June, Mr Musk said.

In a 2018 Twitter post, Musk confirmed that Tesla would undergo a "difficult but necessary" reorganization that would see approximately 9 percent of employees losing their jobs. He's also offering to let people return the cars and get their money back within seven days or 1,000 miles after the sale.

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Tesla's plan to close many of its physical retail stores as it shifts towards an all-online sales model "will force the whole industry to accelerate the move to online auto sales", it has been claimed.

"There's a bit of a leap of faith that's required to have confidence that the moving from a physical distribution model to an online distribution model will succeed", Tom Vandeventer, portfolio manager with Tocqueville Opportunity Fund, said in a telephone interview.

Last year, 78% of all Model 3 orders were placed online, rather than in a store, and 82% of customers bought their Model 3 without ever having taken a test drive.

"This is an important milestone for Tesla", Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at Edmunds, said in statement.

"Longer term, an argument can be made that there's some concerns about their ability to fund their debt if they can't maintain profitability", Forte said. I could easily imagine Tesla vehicle shows/events where owners gather to take people for a quick spin or at least let them view the interior and play around with the center console screen. Most of that time is spend doing online research, Caldwell said. He clearly also thought he would show the fools running Detroit's bumbling automakers a thing or two about how to make and sell cool cars.

Shares in the company were down 8.4% to $292.97 on Friday, the day after the announcement.

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