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Tesla Motors will postpone the production, and thus deliveries, of the Telsa Model X SUV until later in 2014.

The Los Angeles Times reports the delay in production of the Tesla Model X until late 2014 comes on the back of news that the EV manufacturer had received approval from the US federal government to complete its repayment of $465 million ($452 million) worth of US Energy Department loans five years ahead of schedule.

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While production on the Model X – an electric SUV that Tesla says is designed to blend the best attributes of an SUV with the benefits of a minivan – was due to start late in 2013, with deliveries to follow early in 2014, Tesla spokesperson Shanna Hendriks told the LA Times the company was focusing more on its battery-powered Model S sedan, a car expected to see a record 20,000 deliveries in 2013.

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Hendriks said the loan, received by the California-based company to develop and build electric cars and originally scheduled for repayment completion by mid-December 2022, was now to be completed by the end of 2017.

The Telsa Model X is intended to be a family vehicle with genuine performance, able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in under five seconds when teamed to an optional Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive system.

  • Daniel

    It looks really bad from the back. 

    • Neil

      It’s supposed to resemble a Jag. The dash resembles an E class mercedes. The fenders, doors and quarter panels resemble a Mondeo.

    • Zaccy16

      yeah very badly proportioned

  • Andriy

    Tesla (not Telsa) is misspelled in the article header.

    • Monk

      That’s ok – Tesla couldn’t spell “Nicholas”

  • F1orce

    Will Australia even get the Model-S?

    • Jgh

       They been taking Australian orders for over a year now.

  • $29896495

    Did you mention some where that this is because they sold the company?

    • Mark

      Tesla is a public company, IPO was in 2010  

      • $29896495

        They can be sold in respect of persons or companies being given controlling interest. Auto guide US just ran a series of stories on Tesla.

    • F1orce

      I guess the big oil companies had to take affirmative action..

      • $29896495

        Tesla were going bust and needed an investor.

  • None

    Model X6 more like it.

  • Jober As A Sudge

    So is it “Tesla” or “Telsa”? 😉

    • Monk

      Maybe a Telstar

      • $29896495

        Or Telstra. Can’t believe they haven’t fixed it yet.

  • Doctor

    It looks like the automotive equivalent of a mixed metaphor to me.

  • Karl Sass

    CA any news of when (if?) Tesla is setting up shop locally?

    • Jhg

       You can go on their website and “reserve” your Model S  for Australia with a $6000 deposit! They don’t have any physical dealers anywhere in the world. You can only buy them online. USA has a few “stores” which apparently are in shopping malls but they don’t actually sell the cars, just display them. They did have a temporary stand doing the rounds at a few major Australian shopping centres a while back.

      • Karl Sass

        That’s an interesting way of doing things, thanks for the info. I’m a big fan of the model S.