Ford Pays More Than $200,000 For a Tesla Model X
Vehicle an Early Production Example of Luxury SUV
While the established domestic automakers may be publicly projecting confidence and faith in their vehicle development and sales strategies, there is little doubt they’re looking at developments surrounding upstart electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla very closely. As evidence of how keen they are at gleaning insights into the high-tech premium car brand, Bloomberg and Automotive News report that Ford Motor Company recently paid more than $200,000 to get its hands on an early production example of a Model X. The vehicle is reportedly one of the first 100 production units of the luxury SUV. It was purchased from Corporate Auto of Auburn Hills, Michigan.
The original owner was reportedly Wayne Skiles, owner of Carousel Coin and Jewelry Exchange in San Bernardino, California. Skiles is a big Tesla fan, owning a Model S sedan and reportedly successfully referring 11 others to purchase Teslas as well. As a thank you, Tesla offered him a first-run Model X at a steep discount. Skiles reportedly immediately flipped the vehicle for a profit in Chicago.
In a statement, Ford said it is not uncommon to purchase competitive vehicles as soon as they’re available. Coincidentally, the concept version of the new Lincoln Navigator has gullwing doors, a feature many think was influenced by the Model X. The production version of the Navigator is expected to have conventional front-hinged doors.