Europe not excited about Tesla - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum
Off Topic Anything but SLK talk. Please Note that religious and political discussions are not allowed....

 4Likes
  • 1 Post By Berliner Heckflosse
  • 1 Post By Durkatlon
  • 2 Post By BCoolidge
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
#1 Old 09-17-2015
Premium Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Phoenix
Vehicle: 1999 slk 230
Other Toys: 1966 Mercedes Heckflosse
Posts: 14,574
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 530 Post(s)
Thanks: 1,120
Thanked 1,420 Times in 958 Posts
Garage
(Thread Starter)
Europe not excited about Tesla



While in the U.S. A., Tesla Motors Inc. is well received for its high-powered electric sports cars, in Europe things don’t seem to be working so well in the auto market.

According to data from motor vehicle office KBA, in Germany only 958 of Tesla’s Model S have been sold through August, compared to 5149 of the more expensive Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. Moreover, BMW i3 electric car outsold the electric carmaker’s Model S with over 30%.

At the Frankfurt Auto Show where the upcoming Model X sport utility vehicle from Tesla was not present, Porsche announced an electric sports car to be produced within five years. BMW AG also said it will produce more green models, while Audi presented the zero-emission E-tron Quattro concept SUV. Tesla must therefore compete with these German brands in order to consolidate its position in the European market after individual successes solely in the Netherlands and Norway.

Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, said “It’s not enough to be successful in Norway; you have to be successful in the big markets. If you make it in Germany, you can make it everywhere.”

Ricardo Reyes, Tesla’s spokesman said that “For us to achieve our long-term goal, which is to get people driving electric vehicles, we need the cooperation of traditional carmakers. When you hear companies like Porsche or BMW make very public commitments to this, it’s a vindication of what we’re trying to do.”

At the auto show we’ve covered live for the past two days, Tesla had fewer visitors for the three Model S cars in red, white and blue than the three previously mentioned automakers from Germany.
BCoolidge likes this.
Berliner Heckflosse is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 Old 09-18-2015
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Hull
Vehicle: SL400 2018 (06 SLK350 gone to new home)
Other Toys: XV1100, Octavia Scout, FPace 3.0i
Posts: 265
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
Thanks: 29
Thanked 25 Times in 23 Posts
Its a bit too expensive and the charging network particularly in the north of the UK is virtually non existent.
Its definitely on my list to consider though for when I need to replace the Octavia.
Mark
Mark999 is offline  
#3 Old 09-18-2015
Premium Member
 
Durkatlon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Vehicle: 2009 SLK55
Posts: 4,905
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 48 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 275 Post(s)
Thanks: 390
Thanked 1,328 Times in 793 Posts
Garage
Weird for the article to compare Model S sales to the BMW i3. How did the Model S compare to the BMW i8 in the same period would probably be a fairer comparison.
Durkatlon is offline  
#4 Old 09-21-2015
Registered Users
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Côte d'Azur, France
Vehicle: '01 200K
Other Toys: BMW 3 series F31 - FIAT 500 convertible
Posts: 626
Country:
Chats: 0
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Thanks: 38
Thanked 110 Times in 47 Posts
Garage
Europe is known to be picky and the most difficult car market.
Moreover the car is far too expensive and too big for Southern Europe.
BCoolidge is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Lower Navigation
Go Back   Mercedes Benz SLK Forum > General Discussion about Mercedes Benz SLKs > Off Topic

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Upload your files to MEGAUPLOAD
Upload your images to ImageShack

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes Benz SLK Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How Audi, BMW, Mercedes boost Europe share while protecting premium-ness Berliner Heckflosse Off Topic 0 09-07-2015 11:47 PM
Tesla Model X Design Studio Opens, Model X Signature Series Has 240-Mile Range, Costs $132K Berliner Heckflosse Off Topic 1 09-02-2015 05:24 AM
Did The Germans Waste Too Much Time Focusing On Lexus When They Should Have Been Targeting Tesla All Along? Berliner Heckflosse Off Topic 0 08-31-2015 01:25 AM
Hackers turn off Tesla Model S at low speed Berliner Heckflosse Off Topic 0 08-06-2015 02:33 PM
Tesla blocked from Michigan with law backed by dealers, General Motors jbanks15 Off Topic 1 10-22-2014 11:44 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome
 

Clubs, Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.