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Musk: Great salesman. Tesla: Least capable automaker?

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The auto industry admires Tesla, envies Tesla, and ultimately wants Tesla to succeed. But the Model 3 proves that something the wider industry always suspected is true: Elon Musk is the greatest car salesman who has ever lived — but Tesla is currently one of the least capable automakers on Earth.

Tesla is spending as much as General Motors every quarter — about $1 billion — to produce and sell a fraction of the vehicles that GM does. GM is also turning that invested capital into steady profits, while Tesla in the third-quarter of 2017 posted the biggest loss in its history. GM has a $25-billion war chest. Tesla only has enough cash to operate through 2018.
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Is there any other EV car maker out there that has a "waiting list" of potential buyers that have actually put down deposits? Tesla is not your grandfather's car company. Tesla's plan is truly "out of the box" and can not be judged by the standards of the past. Time will tell just how successful they will be, but they are making progress and I would not count them out. Amazing what they have actually accomplished in such a relatively short period of time....Elon Musk does not rest on the past......he just keeps looking forward.
I'm curious as to your source showing that the "market for these cars" is limited to the initial reservations.
I know quite a few people who haven't reserved but are quite interested in the car.
I know alot of people that have interest in the Model 3 and all things Tesla, but not many of them (including myself) are looking forward to cars that drive themselves. That doesn't mean that there isn't growing demand for the Model 3 and other potential future models such as the Y and the truck.
And I should have added.....I think alot of folks are eager to see how these factories that "drive themselves" are going to work out :).....
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