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Tesla Motors has long made its case for its factory direct sales model, auto dealers have said Tesla cannot scale up to meet the volume, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now said dealers may be correct. In a face-to-face interview Saturday with Musk, Autoline Daily’s John McElroy asked how Tesla could grow to the […]

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Unlike misbegotten comparos between barely similar plug-in cars pitted together mainly because they run on grid power, a Porsche vs. Tesla shootout is almost valid. The rear-wheel-driven standard 85-kwh Tesla Model S and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid both target similar demographics with comparable curb weight, dimensions, 0-60 time, and glamor. Given one’s an EV, however, […]

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Beyond consumers, other stakeholders in Tesla’s challenge to state franchise laws are the car sellers – car dealers, automakers, and Tesla. This is the second of a set of articles in this series examining what these stakeholders stand to gain or lose. See also the Introduction, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, and […]

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Beyond consumers, other stakeholders in Tesla’s challenge to state franchise laws are the car sellers – car dealers, automakers, and Tesla. This is the first of a second set of articles in this series examining what various interests stand to gain or lose. See also the Introduction, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part […]

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As a consumer, you are a stakeholder. See also the Introduction to this series, Part One, and Part Two, and Part Three. It has been suggested by both sides of Tesla’s challenge against the automotive franchising system that you, as a consumer, are being manipulated. But who, some have also asked, is the one doing […]

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As a consumer, you are a stakeholder. See also the Introduction, Part One, and Part Two. A More Worthy Candidate? Late last September at a Baltimore conference with regulators and stakeholders from various states, a face-off between two high-level speakers for Tesla’s interests, and two representing auto dealer concerns talked turkey, but no one recorded […]

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As a consumer, you are a stakeholder. See also the Introduction and Part One. This is Part Two on what consumers stand to gain or lose. A Better Way? Tesla’s no-haggle, fixed price sales model has been seen as liberating, saving buyers the stress of negotiating lowest prices. Presented as a peoples’ choice by those […]

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Part one in a series. See also the Introduction. What do consumers potentially stand to gain or lose by Tesla Motors’ insistence on its factory direct sales and service model? The answer depends on a complex set of state-by-state variables yet in play, and while this is a question about the future which no one […]

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Economists have long said everybody listens to WII FM (what’s in it for me?) This article sets the tone for a big-picture series that will wade into this question for all “stakeholders” regarding the Tesla vs. the established auto dealer franchising system. When the billionaire CEO accuses a state governor of protecting its consumers like […]

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