Tesla's Model Y SUV will begin production in 2020

William Gayde

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Tesla has been plagued with production issues for their current Model 3 production line, so investors were unsurprisingly a bit worried that the Model Y would have similar issues. Musk did his best to assure shareholders that Tesla had learned from the Model 3 and wouldn't make the same mistakes.

The company estimates that the cost and complexity of the Model Y production line will be substantially lower than the Model 3 line. They predict this will result in a faster production ramp up. This is because Model Y will share about 3/4 of the components from the Model 3. Since production methods for those components have already been figured out and optimized, there is less room for error or delays.

The Model 3 is produced at Tesla's Fremont plant in California, while the Model Y will likely be produced at the Nevada Gigafactory. While they company has yet to show a prototype of the design, tooling for the new production line will begin this year. The company predicts Model Y sales will be higher than the Model 3 which they believe will allow "the profitability of our business [to] become sustainable positive."

In other news from the investor report, the Model 3 was the best selling luxury vehicle in the US in 2018. They plan to bring the Shanghai Gigafactory online by the end of 2019 to address global markets. The company also posted its first back-to-back profitable quarters in history.

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psycros

TS Evangelist
Give a US car company a bailout and watch them stop making affordable models. That's the real takeaway. Wish I'd bought a ton of Kia stock back when it was relatively cheap.
 
I see Model 3 everywhere.

If they can build a SUV version of that without the stupid gimmick doors, it'll sell like Mercedes GLA.
 

DaveBG

TS Maniac
I see Model 3 everywhere.

If they can build a SUV version of that without the stupid gimmick doors, it'll sell like Mercedes GLA.
Actually most people (including me) bought it just because it has those revolutionary doors which are much better than anything else.
 
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iamcts

Give a US car company a bailout and watch them stop making affordable models. That's the real takeaway. Wish I'd bought a ton of Kia stock back when it was relatively cheap.
Where does it say in the article that the Model Y won't be affordable?
 

netman

TS Evangelist
"Where does it say in the article that the Model Y won't be affordable?"

It doesn't....But history has shown that Musk always hypocritically says the new model will be affordable and when it comes to market, it is 15 grand over his estimate!
 
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iamcts

"Where does it say in the article that the Model Y won't be affordable?"

It doesn't....But history has shown that Musk always hypocritically says the new model will be affordable and when it comes to market, it is 15 grand over his estimate!
Model 3s aren't even that expensive. People buy Tesla for social status reasons. If people wanted to spend less, they would go with a Chevy Bolt or a Nissan Leaf.

If you're in the market for one of Tesla's more expensive vehicles, like the S, X, or the Roadster, 15k isn't that much more to spend.
 

mbrowne5061

TS Evangelist
"Best selling luxury car; Model 3"

Except, that wasn't what it was marketed as when they announced it and started taking pre-orders. It was supposed to a car the 'average' buyer could afford, not something someone would compare to a C-class.