Forbes Takes A Trip To Devon To Test Drive The Tesla

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After Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, wrote that Tesla was a doomed automaker, one Forbes writer went down to Devon for a test drive.
The Tesla dealership in Devon.
The Tesla dealership in Devon.

According to Bob Lutz, the man who was behind the Chevrolet Volt’s development, Tesla Motors is teetering on the edge. As a result, Forbes’s Brooke Crothers took a trip to Devon to test drive a Tesla to see if he would agree with this assessment.

“Tesla’s showing all the signs of a company in trouble: bleeding cash, securitized assets, and mounting inventory. It’s the trifecta of doom for any automaker,” wrote Bob Lutz, the former Vice Chairman at General Motors, in column for Road and Track. He also comments that Tesla stores are “money pits,” and that the Model X will not succeed creating a situation where the company will eventually run out of money.

Crothers strongly disagrees by commenting that, while nobody can predict the future of Tesla, in his opinion financial meltdown is not it. He found this after going to Devon to test drive two Tesla models provided by the company’s store and service center there. Driving both the Model S P90D and P85D through the streets of Devon and its surrounding areas, Crothers tried both the Autopilot (on the P90D) and the so called “Insane” mode (on the P85D).

At the end of the test drives, he could not hide his enthusiasm about both the car and the Devon store. The small footprint of the store/service center and the performance of both cars impressed Crothers enough to write that he walked away “knowing that I was seeing the future of the automobile believing that Tesla will lead the way, or at least be a leader to that future.”

However, being impressed is not enough, and it is the little things like a strong attention to detail and the pursuit for perfection that can push it over into greatness. He also noted that in making great car is not enough as it also needs to get great service as well, something that Crothers took the time to explore during his time at the Devon Tesla center.

More will be known about the fate of Tesla fate by 2018, when it expects the $35,000 Model 3 will be ready for delivery and already forecasts sales of around 500,000 vehicles a year.

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