time to buy.
By Joachim Dagenborg
OSLO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Tesla Motor Inc.'s all-electric Model S became the top-selling car in Norway last month, with drivers in the country of 5 million people paying a premium to buy the award-winning luxury car second-hand to avoid having to wait five months for a new one, dealers said on Tuesday.
The high performance Tesla S, which went on sale in Europe in August, had a market share in Norway of 5.1 percent last month, pushing the conventionally-powered Volkswagen Golf into second place with 4.6 percent, according to the latest official figures.
With a claimed top speed of 125 miles per hour and acceleration of 0-60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds and a range of around 300 miles that far outstrips other all-electric cars, the Model S is already a best seller in the United States, with an estimated 14,300 sales made there so far this year.
Some drivers in Norway are now willing to pay as much as $20,000 extra to get the new Model S from existing owners.