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  • pat535353 pat535353 Dec 20, 2013 3:58 PM Flag

    Does it seem weird Tesla has needed to expand worldwide to sell 20-40000 cars?

    To me expanding worldwide to sell this many cars is full of risks

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    • "We are supply-constrainted"....
      Quick, buy $500M in equipment to build twice the # of cars.

      Well, which one is it?

      They could build 50% more cars by simply running A THIRD SHIFT and Saturday builds now.

    • That how Ferrari, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes do it.

      • 3 Replies to vegacolony1
      • you are correct

      • Really, you want to compare Tesla with one factory to Mercedes?



        Besides its native Germany, Mercedes-Benz vehicles are also manufactured or assembled in:

        Argentina - manufactures buses, trucks and the Sprinter van. This is the first Mercedes-Benz factory outside of Germany. Built in 1951.[12]
        Austria (G-Class)[13]
        Bosnia and Herzegovina
        Brazil[14] - manufactures trucks and buses. Established in 1956. The A-Class (W168) was produced from 1999 to 2005 and the C-Class was produced until 2010 as well.
        Egypt via Egyptian German Automotive Company
        Finland, new A-series (W176) is manufactured in Uusikaupunki since late 2013, being the first M-B passenger car ever built in that country
        India, Bangalore (R&D)
        India (Pune)[16]
        India, Chennai (Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt. Ltd.) - Trucks & Engine Manufacturing unit
        Iran (not since 2010[18])
        Malaysia - assembly of C, E and S class vehicles by the DRB-Hicom
        Mexico - (Mercedes-Benz Mexico fully manufactures some Mercedes and Daimler vehicles completely from locally built parts (C-Class, E-Class, M-Class, International trucks, Axor, Atego, and Mercedes Buses), manufactures other models in complete knock down kits (CL-Class, CLK-Class, SL-Class, SLK-Class) and manufactures a select number of models in semi knockdown kits which use both imported components and locally sourced Mexican components (S-Class, CLS-Class, R-Class, GL-Class, Sprinter).
        Nigeria[19] - assembly of buses, trucks, utility motors and the Sprinter van
        Russia - joint venture Mercedes-Benz Car Trucks Vostok in Naberezhnye Chelny (jointly Kamaz) .Available in trucks Actros, Axor, multi-purpose auto four wheel drive medium trucks Unimog.
        Spain - factory at Vitoria-Gasteiz, Mercedes-Benz Vito, Viano and V-Class have been built there.
        South Africa[20]
        South Korea - Mercedes-Benz Musso and MB100 models manufactured by SsangYong Motor Company.
        Thailand - assembly of C, E and S class ve

      • Mercedes sells a lot of cars in Germany, and EU. Not really the same as Tesla and Ferrari, niche cars with limited market.

    • Thats a great observation. Seems they need to keep the buzz alive, and thats the way to do it?

      Limited market for a great but pricey EV. Heck, keep it an elitist purchase and sell worldwide.

      Elon is genius. Its a house of cards, but its a $17 billion house thats operating at a loss.

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