More on Maxim's commentary on Tesla Motors (TSLA -1%) (previous): The unexpected price increase...

More on Maxim's commentary on Tesla Motors (TSLA -1%) (previous): The unexpected price increase for the Model S that is now widely anticipated could be a way to "light a fire" under reservation holders who haven't plopped down their $5K deposit just yet. The firm sees bears jumping all over the development as a sign of weakness, giving opportunistic buyers a cozy entry point. So far it's working, shares of Tesla are down close to 5% since Wednesday's high.

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  • PatPatterson
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    You couldn't GET a reservation without putting down $5,000, so this is a bogus analysis. As a reservation holder, I can verify this as fact.
    26 Nov 2012, 07:16 PM Reply Like
  • George McDermand
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    One thing that has surprised me. The Toyota Rav4 EV is a light SUV with essentialy a model S powertrain by Tesla. It's 10,000.00 less than the base model S. I have driven the vehicle and it is quite the performer. The Rav4 EV is the very cheapest way to procure Tesla tech. Why is it not sold out?
    26 Nov 2012, 10:08 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    RAV 4 - It's not the exact drive train nor the same range, 100 mi range only


    $5,000 deposit - my understanding was that the alleged price increase is to spur customers to close the deal or take their $5K deposit and go home! The theory is to clean up the cue from those who are serious or not.


    The other theory being deposited is that the alleged price increase is for 2013 orders or those delivered in 2014 assuming the 6-9 month wait continues.
    26 Nov 2012, 10:32 PM Reply Like
  • Achilz
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    The Toyota has only 100 miles of range. Not nearly as safe as buying the 250+ mile range Tesla
    27 Nov 2012, 01:04 AM Reply Like
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