Friday, January 17, 2020

Is Tesla working on a small compact car?

Tesla announced the opening of a brand new design studio in China.
The Chinese based studio will be in charge of designing cars for the world market.
 Which also means they don't intend to have models specific to China.
(Not sure what will happen to their existing US design studios...)

The illustration above was sent to me by a reader and shows what a small Tesla hatchback could look like.
And I think it would be perfect for Tesla's new factory in Germany.
While the Model 3 is quite popular in Europe, it is still a large car for that market. A Golf sized model would be perfect.

I am still amazed by the Model 3 popularity in the US. It is still an expensive car (Basically staring at $38 000. With most paint and decent looking wheels being very expensive options)
And yet, it was more popular than the Honda Accord last year. A much cheaper car from a very well established brand with impeccable reputation.
On top of it, the Model 3 is a sedan. A body style that is becoming less popular every year.

I do think a smaller hatchback would do exactly the same in Europe: compete with the established players. Like the Golf, Astra, Megan, 308 and others.

It would be the perfect car for their new European factory.

5 comments:

62Lincoln said...

This illustration appears to be based on this claimed "official design sketch" from Tesla: https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/108868/new-baby-tesla-previewed-in-official-design-sketch

Harry_Wild said...

The Tesla Model 3 is already a compact size sedan. A compact coupe maybe?

Jean-Pierre said...

No, Tesla's Model 3 was not more popular than the Honda Accord.
2019 sales in US:
Honda Accord: 276,567
Tesla Model 3: 158,925

source: carsalesbase.com

Vince Burlapp said...

Sorry, you are 100% correct Jean Pierre.

Tesla has sold over 300 000 units of the Model 3 since it came out. Not just in 2019.
Sorry for the mistake.

Anonymous said...

Drive an Accord then drive a Model 3. You will understand. There is no comparison.