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~450,000 US Luxury Car Buyers A Year Are Lost

September 23rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

I wrote the other day about how crazy it is that there are still tens of thousands of Americans buying Toyota Camrys and Honda Accords month after month. Amidst the hundreds of thousands of views on that story, some people griped that the purchase price of a Model 3 is considerably higher than the purchase price of an Accord or Camry. A point I alluded to repeatedly is that the Model 3, despite a higher purchase price, may well have a lower 5 year cost of ownership than an Accord or Camry for many people. Yes, I'm sure there are some Accord and Camry buyers who couldn't get financing for the ~$39,000 base price of a Model 3, but there are certainly many other Accord and Camry buyers who could quality for financing for a Tesla Model 3 — and then would reap financial savings over time while enjoying a much better car. But that's all moot for the focus of this article — luxury cars


Total Cost Of Ownership: Tesla Model 3 vs. Toyota Camry & Audi A5

August 17th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

To regular readers of this column, it will be no surprise that Tesla’s Model 3 is cheaper on a total cost of ownership basis than competing luxury sedans from BMW and Mercedes, but a Toyota Camry? Model 3 is a state-of-the-art electric vehicle with a 5-star safety rating and a driving experience that’s gotten rave reviews from every auto mag under the sun. Is it possible that it’s even in the same price class as the entry-level, reliable-but-dull Camry


Tesla Model 3 vs. 21 Competitors (Specs & Prices) — Which Car Is The Best Value For The Money?

March 3rd, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Some things cannot be explained by numbers. The Tesla Model 3 driving experience is phenomenally better than the driving experience of nearly every other car on the market. That is not hyperbole. Race car drivers have said it, top auto journalists have said it, and hundreds of thousands of other people have said it. You just have to experience the Model 3 to understand it


Yikes, BMW Board Member Doesn’t Inspire Confidence In BMW

October 9th, 2018 | by Matt Pressman

Over half a century ago, the auto industry fought against seat belts. Then, in the 1970s, they fought against smog regulations because of expensive catalytic converters. They also opposed other safety standards, like airbags. Today, legacy automakers cling to diesel and fight against reducing emissions. The latest target of their displeasure and dismay? Well, it's obvious — they complain about a transition to electric vehicles


7 Charts — Tesla Model 3 vs The Competition (US Sales)

August 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

As Tesla Model 3 production and sales have grown, I've felt more and more inspired to compare the car's scorecard against that of other models. I intended to update my "Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales" charts and report this weekend, but then got a bit carried away. As a result, below are 7 sales charts regarding the Tesla Model 3 and some of its wide ranging "competition," which includes not only small and midsize luxury cars but also some of the most popular, mass-market cars in the United States


Huge Gap — Tesla Model 3 Sales vs. Other Electric Car Sales (US Electric Car Sales Report)

May 7th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

As I discussed yesterday in a couple of pieces, Tesla Model 3 sales are beginning to look very good compared to gas cars in its class, and they should even give the top selling passenger cars in the United States a run for their money by summertime. I'm probably going to start doing monthly reports on those sales, but that doesn't mean I'll stop doing the super fun US electric car sales reports


Tesla Model 3 vs Small & Midsize Premium Car Competition (New Sales Figures & Charts)

May 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

In the middle of last month, I published an article about expected Tesla Model 3 sales versus gas car sales in its class. To be clear, the estimates were for all models (not just the Tesla Model 3), with gas car estimates based on April 2017 sales and recent trends. It turned out that estimates for a few of the models were quite off — sometimes high, sometimes low. The good news is that makes this update all the more interesting


Tesla Model 3 — Already #1 In Small & Midsize Luxury Car Sales? (USA)

April 16th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

At the beginning of the month, Tesla noted that it had gotten Model 3 production up to 2,000 cars a week at the end of March. More recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told CBS that Tesla had produced 2,070 Model 3s in the week leading up to April 10. If you assume Tesla stalls at approximately 2,000 cars a week for the whole month, that's still over 8,000 Model 3 electric super-sedans produced in April


504,000 Tesla Model 3 Gasmobile Competitor Sales In USA In 2016, & Why To Buy Them In 2018

August 27th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I compared Tesla Model 3 specs to the specs of its top gasoline-powered competitors a few weeks ago, but I didn't provide comprehensive sales data at that time and several people requested such information. I was curious as well, so I dug it up and turned it into a couple of charts (below). Rather than just set you free with the data here, I thought I'd have a little fun here. Below is my take on why someone would buy each of these gasoline-chugging models in 2017 or


Tesla Model 3 vs 22 Competitors (The Straight Specs)

August 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Now that we have several official specs for the Tesla Model 3, I wanted to do a thorough update of how the Model 3 competes against comparably priced offerings from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, Toyota, Acura, and Jaguar. Last week, I commented at length about subjective features of the Model 3 that I think will make it a much more attractive offer for drivers and passengers — openness, torque, serenity, and 21st century controls. I honestly think these are the core factors (along with the convenience of home charging) that will lead to the Model 3 dominating its market segment. However, I know many people just want to see the numbers and I am sometimes in search of specific numbers for various comparisons, so this article is primarily aimed at providing several key specs across a few variations of the Model 3, the Tesla Model S, and 22 gas-powered competitors


20 Gasmobiles Tesla Model 3 Will Body Slam

June 13th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The Model 3 is placed at the bottom of the premium sedan market. Of course, being a unique vehicle in a heavily undersupplied niche market, it competes with models well beyond the small premium sedan market, so definitely don't consider this to be anything close to a comprehensive global competition summary — the Model 3 will be attracting people who would have otherwise bought a Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Ford Mustang, Nissan LEAF, and BMW Z3 (me 20 years ago). But I think this is a decent list of gasmobiles (gasoline-powered cars) whose sales will be remarkably body slammed by the Model


Tesla Model 3 vs Audi A3, Audi A4, Audi A5, Audi S3

June 1st, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Even that title looks like a looming disaster for Audi. It's like when Lionel Messi takes on several opponents at once as if that would make it fair ... but then humiliates them all. Also, apologies to Audi for starting with you. Perhaps it was due to the alphabetical primacy. Perhaps it was that Audi is such a popular brand in the segment the Tesla Model 3 is clearly targeting. Or perhaps it was simply because I like the design of Audis, I bought an Audi as my first car as a teenager (at a time when buying an Audi was not normal or advised), and I used to be in love with the Audi A4. Anyhow, apologies to Audi for starting with you — we'll be running comparisons with other Model 3 competitors shortly



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