Ethan Baron writing for siliconbeat described what one analyst who was given the chance to examine a pair of Tesla’s Model 3s had to say.
Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi examined two Model 3s supplied by Tesla in Brooklyn, and went for a test drive. He did not give the car five stars.
“The analyst found a misalignment in the Model 3’s glass roof, body panel gaps, rubber trim issues around windows and misaligned seams in the interior ceiling of the car,” CNBC reported, based on a note Sacconaghi sent to clients Nov. 10.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Here’s how Sacconaghi described the car he was given for the test drive:
“Our inspection revealed widespread shortcomings in fit and finish,” he wrote. “Fit and finish on the two demo cars we saw – perhaps not surprisingly – was relatively poor.” — Ethan Baron, siliconbeat
As bad as the Model 3 might be, I find the fact that this Model S owner has a long story of poor quality to tell, even more disturbing. The Model S has been around for many years and Tesla still can’t get basic fit and finish right. American automakers not getting fit and finish right is the reason that German and Japanese companies were able to make so much headway in the United States in the 1970s.
Tesla’s problems with Model 3 production are only the tip of the iceberg. Their problems with SG&A are far more severe. If I was an investor in Tesla this is where my focus would be. Because it doesn’t matter whether or not they can manufacture more cars if the price of their vehicles doesn’t cover all their expenses.
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