Submitted by rabelmann on August 1, 2012
I love the idea of all electric and 250-300 miles. I also think that the sedan design is very up-market. To really compete with other $100K cars, the interior needs to be competitive. Seats/consoles/arm rests/head rests/lighting/etc. need to be competitive with the best of Lexus LS/ BMW/MB etc at the $80-100K level. For the $50K model interior compromises can be made and I believe that the current interior fits well with the $50K market tier.
At $100K, customers don't want to compromise...anything. If I were Tesla management I would address these issues as a high priority imperative. If they don't, I believe that after the 'first blush' in the market wears off... sales will falter.
I am not canceling my reservation yet...but if the interior issues are not address in a quality manner in the next 6-10 months...the new Lexus and BMW will start to look like very viable alternatives.