Couldn't resist reposting this here. What an obviously Short and obtuse pitch against Tesla.
I couldn't resist also posting a point by point assessment of the author's deliberate ignorance and misdirection....
"Agreed with many folks. The author here is Short on Tesla. No question. Let's go paragraph by paragraph looking for the intentionally inflammatory or ignorant comments:
"Tesla doesn't reveal the actual "specs" of the car [...]" Do any new manufacturers release the full specs of their new cars before the production model is ready? Once the vehicle is ready, buyers will be able to see the specs. Same as with Mazda, Ford, et al. Implying that the phone representative was hiding something when he/she didn't give you more information about unreleased details is inflammatory and ignorant. Was the author assuming he was a special snowflake and would get unreleased information because he picked up the phone? Perhaps he thinks that is what investigative journalism is...if ONLY someone picked up the phone they would certainly learn about the information being withheld on the website!
"So, where do we put luggage for a family of 4-6, canoes, surfboards, 3-4 bikes [...]" You can already fit luggage for a family of 4-6 in a Model S. I'm sure the X will be no different. You answered your own question about the bikes. It certainly remains a possibility that the X will not be able to roof mount a pair of canoes or a stack of surfboards. The implication though that this is a critical failure is loose. The real question is two-fold. One part is whether everyone buying a crossover needs to mount canoes and surfboards on the roof. There are images of S's with bikes tossed into the back with the seats laid down. Sure that won't work for a family of 5 who are all traveling at once, but no vehicle is everything for every family. Using the expansive back may be just fine for a family of 2-3. Second is that the author is of course assuming that he knows all possible storage options. Maybe there's a slide in compartment that you can put skis into that sits under the seats but over the battery. Maybe there's a function for the falcon doors to open only to parallel to the ground with a roof rack in place (in which case entry/exit clearance would be about the same as a regular). It's all speculation.
"Are SUV /crossover buyers going to tolerate being forced to dramatically increase the length of the car [...] I suppose yes if you are planning on mounting your 6 bikes to the rear trailer hitch and then plan to go downtown to parallel park, you'd just have to deal with the increased length like everyone else who uses hitch mounted racks. It clearly hasn't devastated the hitch-mounted rack market. Oh no! Trailer hitches make it harder to parallel park and to change lanes! So do horse trailers! But sometimes they just serve a purpose. I get the impression that if there was a roof rack system on the X that the author would be fretting that "soccer moms" would be at constant risk of running into low clearance overpasses and garage entrances with their roof mounted canoes.
"Most auto analysts I spoke to [...]" Yes, I guess Tesla probably is spending a lot of time and energy making the doors work well. They've said so. Musk has said that part of the reason is to increase head clearance for entering and exiting both the rear and the 3rd row. That seems to have no value to the author. The "only real place" to store extra luggage...is the EXTRA TRUNK? This sentence is written like it's a bad thing. Oh, scoff, where the engine NORMALLY is. Not this madness where there's no engine. NO ENGINE?!? How does it drive?!? You've answered your own first point. You fit luggage for 4-6 people because you have an entire EXTRA TRUNK where a gasoline car has to have an engine. Let's not even address the last paragraph where he implies that folks will buy the car and then "suddenly realize" that it doesn't do the thing it needs them to do. I trust that most folks dropping $75-100k on a car have a good sense of its abilities and flaws.
James, you're obtuse at best and misleading or malicious otherwise. If you want to analyze Tesla's finances go ahead. Analyze them honestly from a asset, income and growth perspective. Is Tesla a good stock from a value investing standpoint? Of course not. Growth is factored far too much into its price right now and that's inappropriate given that they do not have a sufficiently protected market to be considered a franchise and have even released their patents to the public domain. But that's a different argument than implying that the car has flaws because it can't do specific things. It can't haul two yards of gravel either. But if that's what you need...buy a pickup truck."