I am not a juru. I became interested in Tesla long ago when they seemed to have a plan. When they went offcourse and decided to develop their own platform I became convinced that they will fail. In a sense they have failed several times because theyhave run out of money repeatedly.
(( Can we show a profit next quarter ))
Assuming they have a large back order of higher priced cars to fill then there is NO reason not to make money. The common thought is that Tesla blew it in Q4 and will post a loss. That is a travetsy and a complete failure. They claim they have been in production since June and still can't run at rate. A $60 million loss seems likely based on the rumors and tesla forum numbers. It's a guess.
As for Q1-2013 it is now (IMO) the most likely quarter for Tesla to show a profit. Supposedly they still have a backlog of orders that allows them build cars in batches. Plus there is a chance they will stop the insanity and start laying off people and reduce the overhead. I say this because the Toyota electric SUV is an obvious flop and Tesla should cancle the Model X.
Summary: If Telsa reports that the factory is producing 10 cars per hour and that they still have a decent backlog of orders then it might breakeven in Q1. Delaying the Model X (layoffs) would help them breakeven and might produce a profit in Q1.