Tesla Motors Inc.’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) much-awaited, sports utility vehicle (SUV) Model X was launched in September and US reservation holders started getting their deliveries by the end of 2015. While the vehicle was expected to hit European roads later this year, the first Model X has been sighted in the region.
Clean Technica reported on Wednesday, that two of Tesla’s falcon-wing-door vehicles have been seen on the European roads. Initially, the SUV was reportedly spotted in the continent at the end of last month, close to Ingolstadt, Germany. Since the vehicle’s number plate shows it was registered in Ingolstadt, and the electric vehicle (EV) company does not own any facility in the German city, which is home of Audi AG, the vehicle was believed to be attained by the German automaker to monitor its American rival.
Audi has been working on a Model X killer, an electric SUV dubbed as e-tron Quattro. Thus, it is not astonishing that it is showing interest in the similar cars of other manufactures, particularly the world’s safest and fastest production SUV, the Model X. The move implies that the global traditional carmakers are actually looking up to the still young, revolutionary Tesla.
The second Model X was noticed last week in a different European region. A YouTube video clip shows that the crossover was spotted driving on A27 highway, nearby Gorinchem in western Netherlands. Since the location is just 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Tesla Tilburg factory, where all European Tesla cars arrive for assembling, it would the safe to assume that the vehicle was owned by the company or delivered to an owner.
The report comes as Audi becomes the number 1 luxury car brand, according to Consumer Reports, securing 80 overall score despite the emissions cheating scandal. Since Tesla did not have at least two models with test and reliability data it was not included in the ranking. Model S P85D, which is no longer offered by Tesla, was downgraded by the rating agency due to reliability concerns after the vehicle broke its rating scale in the initial tests.