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  Model S.
The first six Founders Series models were delivered at
a market launch event in the Fremont factory and the first Signature edition was delivered in 2015. Pricing for the limited edition Signature version of the Model X varies between $132,000 and $144,000 US, while the standard production version of the Model X will be priced at $5,000 more than a comparably equipped AWD Model S that is priced at $75,000 for the base Model 70D.
After the first quarter of 2016 all Tesla Model X deliveries had gone to US customers. In 2016 a Tesla car other than the Model S was registered in Germany and a Tesla Model X was sighted driving there with a license plate from Ingolstadt. Since the Audi headquarters are located in Ingolstadt, this led to speculation that Audi has acquired a Tesla Model X as part of its effort to develop its own battery-electric SUV.
representing a seven percent market share of the state’s luxury mid-size SUV segment, ranking as the fifth best-selling car in this class, which was led by the Lexus RX with 20,070 units. Retail deliveries in China began, and a total of 4,065 Model X vehicles were sold.
Global sales totaled about 11,550 units during the first quarter of 2017. A severe production shortfall of 100 kWh battery packs limited the second quarter global deliveries to just about 10,000 Model X vehicles, with a slight increase to 11,865 vehicles during the third quarter. An additional 13,120 units were delivered in the fourth quarter, for total annual deliveries of 46,535 units globally. Cumulative sales since inception totaled about 72,059 units.Global sales during the first nine months of 2018 totaled 34,630 units, allowing the Model X to pass the 100,000 milestone in 2018, with 106,689 total units delivered.
Consumer Reports wrote that the all-wheel-drive Model X 90D largely disappoints, as rear doors are prone to pausing and stopping, the second-row seats that cannot be folded, and the cargo capacity is too limited. Even its panoramic, helicopter-like windshield was disapproved of as it is not tinted enough to offset the brightness of a sunny day.
Overall, the Model X was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars, stating “There are no other electric SUVs at the moment. And even against fossil-fuel-fed SUVs, the Tesla’s effortless performance and efficiency can’t be matched.”
A motoring journalist made his first review of a Tesla vehicle after 10 years and gave a
positive review of the car that was called “fabulous” that is unlike anything on the road. Lawyers were present during the review presumably because previous scathing review of the original Roadster caused a lawsuit.
Awards: The Model X was chosen as Reader’s Choice Green Car of the Year and Luxury Utility Vehicle of the Year awards, in 2016. The model was noted for its falcon-wing doors, long range,
Tesla produced 507 Model X in the fourth quarter of 2015, of which 206 were delivered to customers. Model X sales totaled 2,400 units during the first quarter of 2016. According to Tesla Motors, deliveries were lower than expected because production was impacted by severe Model X supplier parts shortages in the first two months of 2016, and because Tesla had been too ambitious in wanting advanced features. Sales during the second quarter of 2016 totaled 4,638 units. Although production was up twenty percent from the previous quarter, the number of vehicles in transit at mid 2016 was much higher than expected at 5,150 including Model S cars, representing thirty-six percent
of the number of cars delivered in the
quarter at 14,402 vehicles including
the Model S. Global sales passed the
10,000 unit mark in 2016. A total of
8,774 units were delivered in the third
quarter, totaling 15,812 Model X cars
sold during the first nine months.
The Model X ranked as the top-
selling Plug-In Electric car in Norway
in 2016. However, when Volkswagen
Golf nameplate registrations are
broken down by each variant’s powertrain, the All-Electric eGolf registered 392 units, the Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid 358, and the internal combustion-powered Golf only 242 units. Therefore, the Model X also ranked as the top-selling new car model in 2016. Norway was the world’s first country to have All-Electric cars topping the new car sales monthly ranking. Previously, the Model S had been the top-selling new car four times, and the Nissan Leaf twice.
According to Tesla, with 5,428 units sold in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2016, the Model X captured a six percent market share of the luxury SUV market segment, outselling Porsche and Land Rover, but behind seven SUV models manufactured by Mercedes, BMW, Cadillac, Volvo, Audi, and Lexus. With an estimated 9,500 units delivered worldwide during the fourth quarter of 2016, global sales totaled 25,312 Model X cars, allowing the Model X to rank seventh among the world’s top ten best-selling Plug-In cars just in its first full year in the market.
Cumulative sales totaled 25,524 units since its inception. The United States is its main country market with 18,240 units delivered through the end of 2016, of which, an estimated 18,028 Model X vehicles were delivered, making the electric SUV the third best-selling Plug-In Electric in the American market that year after the Tesla Model S and the Chevrolet Volt. Registrations in California totaled 6,289 units,
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Tesla Model X was chosen as Reader’s Choice
Green Car of the Year and Luxury Utility Vehicle
of the Year
efficiency, and acceleration.
The Model X was awarded the Golden Steering Wheel,
one of the most prestigious automotive awards in the world, in the “Large SUV” category. Candidates for this award are nominated by hundreds of thousands across Europe for excellence across six categories. The Golden Steering Wheel jury, composed of professional race car drivers, accomplished technicians, editors, designers, and digital and connectivity experts, then spent three days judging Model X.
The American Automobile Association named the Model X 75D its Top Green Vehicle overall, as well as best in the SUV/ Minivan category, with a score of 100/130. The vehicle scored 10 out of 10 for its EPA Emissions Score, crashworthiness, Fuel Economy and Luggage Capacity. Though ambivalent toward Autopilot and the Model X’s glass roof, AAA favoured its falcon-wing doors, and approved of the vehicle’s performance, stating that its “acceleration is smooth and strong, as is the braking.”
The Model X was awarded the Australian Good Design Award in the Automotive and Transport category. The design of the vehicle was described as “Set With An Athletic Build”, while remaining proportional. Delivering the functional form of a cross between SUV and people mover, the design remains true to a sports SUV.
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