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Tesla Roadster 2.5  (Source: Tesla Motors)
Extended production sales leads to the electric sports car's makeover

The Tesla Roadster is receiving its fourth major production update with the new Roadster 2.5, a revised version of the electric sports car with a new grille and rear bumper.

The 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 received an updated grille that resembles the design of the Model S as well as a new rear bumper with a diffuser element. Other cosmetic changes include more comfortable seats, improved surface finishes and an optional seven inch touchscreen display that includes a backup camera. So far, there are no powertrain changes to the vehicle.

Earlier this year, Tesla planned to stop production of the Roadster and announced in a Form S-1 filing of its preliminary prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the company would replace the Roadster with a new model that would be introduced in 2013 at the very soonest. 

But in March of this year, the auto company said they negotiated further with key suppliers and felt they could increase the Roadster's production by 40 percent, extending sales into 2012. Undoubtedly, Tesla's recent success with their initial public offering, which helped the automaker earn over US $226 million from share purchases, has put the company in a better financial place and is helping them stay on track with the 2012 goal. 

Originally, the shares were expected to sell for $14-$16 a piece, but ended up selling for $17. In addition, there was an increase in the number of shares sold. Tesla planned to release 11.1 million shares, but released 13.3 million shares instead, and at a higher cost, which makes this a triumphant success for the auto company. Though, only 17 percent of shares have been sold to the public.

Tesla stocks are now over $21.50 a share, and Tesla is valued at US $1.33 billion. With the IPO's help in bringing Tesla out of a financial crisis, the company's production plan consists of releasing the Roadster 2.5 in 2011 and the Model S in 2012. In addition, the automaker has opened two new Tesla stores in Newport Beach, California and Copenhagen, Denmark. 

No prices on the Roadster 2.5 have been released yet, but the vehicle is available for order and will appear in Tesla stores everywhere "soon."

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RE: Government subsidies
By Dewey115 on 7/6/2010 3:16:10 PM , Rating: 0
Easy example. You stated the "cost" of someones health care is "1000%" higher than whatever other country you brought up. But that's impossible to factually say, because the cost of health care in typical Socialist European nations is directly tied into sales tax, a "VAT" tax, and other taxes. But it's impossible to determine that percentage you gave, because you don't know how much every person buys and contributes to the tax health care pot, do you?

Those prices are for you to go. You aren't paying taxes to every country only the US. How is 5k of your money not 5k of your money? If something costs you 5k there but costs you 55k here how is that not 1000% more? Math is universal, it doesn't change based on how much you pay in taxes.
Also those systems have the Government DIRECTLY engaging in cost controls, while our system is still free market. Of course costs look lower when the government is directly setting them, but the only way to effectively control costs is to engage in service reduction. You honestly rather have a bureaucrat somewhere deciding what they will and won't pay for? At least with an Insurance company, you can go somewhere else. What recourse do you have when the government, who runs the system, says they won't cover you? Or that you have to wait 6 months for something? None.

Wow really? Do you know anything about what you are talking about? So your actually saying that everything in every country would cost the same unless the quality was different? Have you actually been to another country? Why do so many people buy perscription drugs that were made in Germany from Canada for half the cost of the US? Same product, very similar shipping costs, yet vastly different retail costs. Where is your source that states that all of the countries that offer lower health care costs are government controlled? I seem to see quite the opposite (not for all, but most).
Where is your facts and links that show we pay "1000%" more in health care costs? You're being a hypocrite, you posted no referred facts yourself. And please, I said facts, not the Wikipedia. And we all know how flawed and biased the World Heath Organization's study is, so don't bother with that either.

I posted the sites to all of my facts, you just didn't bother to look. I only posted wiki because I was trying to make it easier, and most wiki claims can be checked by going to the bottom of the page and checking the references. I did not take stats from the WHO so again dont put words into my mouth.
Plus the premise for your argument isn't grounded in reality. We DON'T CARE what the rest of the world is doing. The rest of the world is SHIT, it's a good thing that we do things different. As bad as our economy is, the European Union is crumbling at the moment.

No see YOU dont care what the rest of the world is doing, dont speak for everyone else in this country. I dont see how just because you want to live in your own little world you assume the rest of us are just as close minded as you. Where is your sources saying the "rest of the world is SHIT"? You are a lost cause, there is no use arguing with a close minded, uninformed moron who doesn't even know the difference between fact and opinion. Your like the mule arguing that Kevin Bacon wasn't in Footloose on Family Guy...
And by the way, idiot, I guess this is ALL a moot point. Because we stupidly PASSED a European style nationalized Health Care system as of this year. I can't wait, because then every moron like you, when they realize how shitty it is, can finally admit they were WRONG. And that, despite the costs and problems, we already had the greatest system on the planet.

I never said that the way we carry out nationalized health care was going to work, most of the places in my referenced sites were Asian, not European but regardless of that the FACT still remains we did not in any way have the greatest system on the planet. How is the most expensive ever the greatest unless if offers much better care and service? We dont offer the best care or the best service. Now Im not saying (nor ever said) we were 3rd world country level, but this blind opinion of the US being the greatest and therefore worth the extreme price premium is just asinine.

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