China customs lifts suspension on Tesla Model 3 imports

Lloyd Doyle
March 15, 2019

UPDATE TWO The event is seemingly running a little bit behind as the live stream link is telling fans who registered for it to "hold tight" but it should begin within the next few minutes. Delivery of this baby SUV to buyers is expected to take a while, though. Tesla will announce the Model Y's features plus pricing, as well as offering test drives for those in attendance. Like the Model X, there also appears to be a small spoiler.

Just like the bigger Model X, the new crossover will have a steeply raked rear, meaning it shares more in common with a BMW X4 than a Toyota Kluger.

The Model Y is about 10 percent larger than the Model 3. It is a product that Tesla founder Elon Musk first flagged back in 2015. The heavier Model Y, however, will have less range because of its increased weight and size.

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The Tesla Model Y will be unveiled at 8pm PDT (11pm EST) tonight at Tesla's Los Angeles Design Studio. As is typical of Tesla models, the Model Y will be sold in a number of guises with different electric motor configurations and various sizes of battery packs. Compact SUVs are the largest auto segment and is 50 percent larger than the next-largest segment. Production of the Model Y is set to begin in 2020.

China's General Administration of Customs stopped clearing Tesla Model 3 imports last week, saying they did not have the required Chinese language warning signs and had missing or incorrect nameplate labels. It will share 75 percent of its components with the Model 3.

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