There’s been a lot of chatter in the press recently about the Tesla and the Tesla Model S with crazy crashes and lead footed people driving into signs. Now Elon Musk wants to get competitive. The problem has been its price tag! The Tesla Model S is not exactly accessible to all walks of life, making its penetration into the mainstream automotive industry somewhat minimal. Cue the $35,000 Tesla Model III.
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The car was previously rumoured to be named the Model E instead, but in a very frank response, Musk revealed exactly why it now called the Model III:
“We had the model S for sedan and X for crossover SUV, then a friend asked what we were going to call the third car… So I said we had the model S and X, we might as well have the E.”
“We were going to call it model E for a while and then Ford sued us saying it wanted to use the Model E – I thought this is crazy, Ford’s trying to kill sex! So we’ll have to think of another name.”
“The new model is going to be called Model III, we’ll have three bars to represent it and it’ll be S III X!”
In the end, you can’t argue with sex. While the car won’t be officially unveiled till 2016, and won’t be sold till 2017, there’s still a lot to be excited about. Twenty percent smaller than the Model S, the Model III is expected to be sold for $35,000, a much more affordable prospect for the automotive market.
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