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Tesla Motor Displays Electric SUV, Model X, at Palo Alto Showroom



Tesla Model X arrives in showroom


Hundreds of people, nearly all with the newest iPhone in hand, descended on Tesla’s newest U.S. showroom located in Palo Alto, CA. The store, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s equivalent of the Apple Store, just opened a mile from Stanford University, and three miles from Google Inc (NSDAQ:GOOG)’s campus, whose founders attended Stanford.

While the Model X was shown at the annual show in Detroit, it’s different when viewed in person with a DJ in attendance, and valets attending to those who arrived in Model S sedans. The Model X will be Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s second offering, an all-electric SUV-like vehicle.

“It’s awesome. It looks easy to drive, and it looks so much better than a minivan. Minivans are for old people,” said Vilma Estacio-Melamed of San Jose, who admired a white Model X, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s new SUV, which is scheduled to begin production next year.

Tesla Motors showroom locations


The 27,000 square foot retail outlet, the vehicular equivalent of an Apple store, is the fifth Tesla location in the Bay Area, joining stores and service centers at Santana Row in San Jose, Fremont, Burlingame and San Rafael. Tesla now has 41 locations in North America.

“It’s in the heart of Silicon Valley,” said Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson. “The market is very strong for us in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. We’re opening stores in places where we expect to sell vehicles.”

When bystanders were asked to speak about their Model S’s and the reason they’re looking at the Model X, the answer is simple: they are great cars.

“It’s the first expensive car we’ve ever bought,” said Christine Sireci, of Saratoga, who bought a dark blue Model S in March with her husband, Don, and visited the store Saturday. “I was driving a 2000 Chevy Astro. But I drove the Tesla and I fell in love with it.”

Tesla sales


Through June 30, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) sold 13,000 Model S cars and expects to sell 21,000 this year, Georgeson said.

The Model X has also impressed investors. The company hit some bumps in the road when a YouTube video recently showed a Model S burning uncontrollably on a Washington state highway. Since then, the company’s stock has largely rebounded.

It’s easy to forget that if a similar sized car with a full tank of gas had erupted in flames, the result would have been considerably worse, as Elon Musk recently pointed out to investors.

The company has so far received 6,000 orders for its Model X SUV, with customers putting down $5,000 for the standard version and $40,000 for the signature version, even though Tesla has not announced the price of the vehicle or exactly when it will begin delivery. Most deliveries are expected in 2015, and the base price is expected to range from $70,000 to $90,000.

Check out the video, and let us know if you agree Model X is a truly revolutionary vehicle in every way.


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