Tesla Model 3 Spotted In Germany Again: Video

SEP 14 2018 BY MARK KANE 25

The Tesla Model 3 remains a rare sight in Germany.

Thanks to one of the leading car spy channels, walkoARTvideos, we can see another Tesla Model 3 in Germany. Taking into consideration the plate number, it’s a different car than the one from July.

Tesla probably uses a small fleet of Model 3 for test purposes, final tunning and compatibility with charging infrastructure.

Since market launch, Tesla produced some 90,000 Model 3 and became one of the top selling cars in the U.S. The question now is whether the Model 3 will enable Tesla to conquer the European market too? A big splash would be a serious threat to German automotive industry.

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Model 3 will be a big splash in Europe. You can bet your ass on!
And I hope, all these betraying, lying and killing companies like VW and subsidies, Mercedes, BMW will receive their wellowned terrible kick in their greedy, rotten butt.
Greetings from Germany.

Nobody in Europe gonna buy a Tesla when they can have a Mercedes EV for the same price, and no you’re not from Germany


How will you know, that I‘m not from Germany, know-it-all-jack.?

The Mecedes for the same prize is not on par with Tesla in range and charging network for example. So, no problem for Tesla.

Absolutely wrong, i can have a mercedes or bmw, but i have a model S and a tesla 3 in order like many other people. They have nothing good in electric in german automaker

In August, Tesla outsold Mercedes in BEVs a wee bit in Europe.
In Germany, the wee bit was a ratio of ~88:1.
However, the Mercedes in question was way cheaper than the Teslas, so perhaps this will change when Mercedes offers more expensive BEVs. Oh wait, by that time the Model 3 will be here and likely selling more than Mercedes can even make in BEVs.

LOL. There is no long range EV from Mercedes at the same price as the Model 3. Are you drunk?

LOLZ, that fish without a mouth? People gonna laugh at that thing

What people will be laughing at are cars with grills.

The S and 3 has as much of a “mouth” as a Porsche Carrera and Cayman.

No one seems to be laughing at those cars.

the red signs in germany are for transferring cars from one garage to another or for short test drive.

Yep. Taking into consideration that Mercedes and Porsche are located in Stuttgart (red Signs Show an S for Stuttgart) it is possibly a shipped car from the US in Order To be Reverse engeenered by one of the companies.

Indeed, and since we have learned that MB fears mistakes with their EVs (or do not understand the physics laws) leading to warranty issues, and from VW that producing EV comes with high costs, you bet they want to figure out what Tesla is doing!

They did some standard test with a Model X and that thing fell apart

Similar to what happened to you.
The incident you are referring too had them rent a car from an unsuspecting couple, which they then tore apart and put back together incorrectly, along with trashing the car. They had it for 7 weeks.Yes, there are your standard tests.
They lied, tried to cover it up, and got sued. A typical day for them.

Revisionist history will not fly here, but maybe you should, fly away that is..

The irony here is that Tesla contracted with a Swiss company to build a hydraulic system for the Falcon wing doors…that Swiss system sucked and they ditched it.

First Model 3 was spotted in Netherlands where Tesla assembly plant is.
Why would they take Stuttgart plates for it? It is most likely reverse engineering car or gray import.

You need to look for things like different charging plug or rear turn signal color to identify European spec car. I think rear turn signal is red on US spec Model 3. It must be amber in Europe. But grey import with permanent EU registration plates would need to change turn signal color as well.

Absolutely. Either Mercedes or Porsche (but likely Mercedes) bought another one to analyze in detail, likely a performance version, as the first one they had a look at was an early RWD.
As Tesla has decided to release the different trims not all at once, the legacy ICE companies have to buy several if they want all the secrets and don’t want to wait. For sure, once the base model is available, they will buy one of those, too.

When they start laying off German auto workers in droves, it won’t be pretty. This is problem with state sponsored industry which is what the German auto industry is. They become complacent, workers just put in the time, and innovation takes a back seat to doing things the way we’ve always done them. The German auto industry could cheat, cover it up, and continue to lie, with little or no consequences as the governments would be there as a backstop. But the hue and cry has been to great, and the horse that the German auto industry relied on, has come a cropper, and must be put down, as it can’t be put out to pasture, as diesel is dead. Then into the midst of all this comes Tesla, with a car that just destroys the vaunted “driving machines” of Germany. Ok, they still make great interiors. But they are no match for Tesla, are still reeling from diesel-gate, and popular sentiment is turning against them as law-suits, related to scandal, proliferate. Not a good time for the “German Juggernaut” as John McElroy, refers to them. Falling sales, and weak response to new offerings is indicative of all of this,… Read more »

But worldwide their sales are still up and growing……..

But sure……..go Tesla !

Worldwide sales of typewriters peaked around the mid 1990s. When did you last see one (movies don’t count)?
Worldwide sales of analogue cameras grew rapidly over decades until peak sale was reached in 1997 and the growth stopped in 1998. The next six years saw plummeting sales, to more or less zero, while digital cameras soared. Ironically, the digital camera itself is facing rapidly plummeting sales for the last few years, on account of smartphones.
And the Titanic was the most unsinkable ship there ever was, right until it hit the iceberg. Just Sayin…

Anyone have an idea when European sales start? I suspect that the Model 3 will be a HUGE success there. The smaller Model 3 is a better fit for the narrow European roads than the Model S. Of course the lower price is loved by all. And Europe is not as Truck & SUV crazy as the USA.

Going to the slaughter “hause”?

There are 3 TM3 registered in Germany in 2018 according to KBA (German’s version land transport office), and 1 in Austria. The shiny red unit is from Nextmove EV rental and can be booked for test-driving during their EV shows (Nextmovedays).

The black unit here with temp red plate from Stuttgart (HQ from Mercedes) must be from some Big Auto corp imported for disassembly.
The new car registration of Tesla’s in GER from Jan-Aug 2018 was deteriorating to 1349 units thou, similar drop of sales in Austria and Switzerland.

Germany has been shocked by firings and a few going to prison over so-called “clean diesel” cheating. Some German car fans online recently told me they lost respect for their own automakers in that scandal. They were disgusted by the lying and while they liked their own cars, no longer felt a duty to buy them. (They are like my late dad, who said buying American was his patriotic duty, until a Ford dealer lied and knowingly sold him a lemon. He returned it under a “lemon law”, and bought a foreign car for the first time in his life). The Germans I knew, similarly said they will consider “foreign” cars now, like the Leaf and Tesla, for the first time ever. “Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice…”