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Tesla just launched the Model Y — here's why it's the company's most important car (TSLA)

Elon Musk Model Y

  • The Tesla Model Y is the sixth original “clean sheet” design the upstart all-electric automaker has unveiled.
  • The Tesla Model Y is a crossover SUV, and that’s the hottest segment in the car business these days.
  • The Model Y could be Tesla’s most important vehicle for the future.

Tesla unveiled its Model Y crossover SUV at the company’s design studio near Los Angeles about a week ago. The vehicle has been much anticipated — not so much for any “Wow!” factor (crossovers are kind of a boring segment), but because the segment is red-hot at the moment for sales, and Tesla can use all the money it can get.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the Model Y could eventually outsell every other Tesla combined, and he’s probably justified in thinking that. Crossovers have dethroned sedans in the US, the world’s most dynamic and competitive auto market. And the Model Y’s pricing will span the upper end of the mass market and stretch into the lower reaches of the luxury space: $40-$60,000.

But the Model Y also needs to deliver in foreign markets, especially China, where Tesla is constructing a new factory. The new vehicle’s versatility will be a critical factor for new customers globally.

So you get the idea: the Model Y is IMPORTANT. Here are some more details on why.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the Model Y at the carmaker’s design studio near Los Angeles.

I was on hand to check out Tesla’s newest set of wheels. And here’s why that set of wheels is Tesla’s most important.

1. Tesla is now a real car company. Musk rolled out the entire Tesla family, including the Semi and New Roadster. Ten years ago, the company was selling one vehicle. It now has a lineup of three vehicles, and if you add the forthcoming models, six.

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