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Tesla cancels UK right-hand drive production for Model S and X

Tesla UK customers are seeking alternative vehicles after the brand cancelled right-hand drive (RHD) production for its Model S and X models.

Customers that had already placed orders will no longer have them fulfilled and can instead choose to get a right-hand drive Model 3 or Model Y and a £2,000 credit, or they can cancel their order.

For those customers that are not happy with a Model 3 or Model Y alternative, they may be in the market for ordering another EV that fits the bill.

Tesla had closed orders for its Model S and Model X in December 2021, but then reopened orders again in summer 2022.

However, the brand has said it is now focussing resources on its Model 3 and Model Y, as well as other models in development. It said removing RHD production for Model S and Model X will help to simplify its production process and allow it to improve quality.

model X - Aligra.co.ukTesla Model XTesla will be holding a series of test drives before the end of the month for all customers that have ordered and would like to drive a left-hand drive model before making their decision.

Tesla has been cutting prices on its vehicles this year as it gears up to halve its production costs and deliver more affordable vehicles to further build scale across the world.

The brand is rumoured to be making a smaller entry-level hatchback that will directly compete with the MG 4 and Volkswagen ID.2.

AM previously reported that Tesla’s price cuts had not only sparked “ill-feeling” among thousands of owners that had recently purchased a new Tesla. The brand had registered a third of its entire 2022 volume in December.

It also triggered a fall in residual values that, in turn, increased monthly finance repayment rise by over 50% in some cases.

Tom Seymour

Freelance writer for AM, Tom Seymour has been a specialist B2B journalist covering the automotive sector for over 14 years. He started his freelance career in 2015 and currently writes for a variety of automotive, business and technology publications.

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