It isn’t unusual for a car manufacturer to buy a sample of a competitor’s product, just to get some insight on its design and assembly.
However, paying $55,000 over the sticker price is just a bit unusual, especially when the vehicle in question–a new Tesla Model X–doesn’t really compete with anything that Ford currently makes. Could this provide a hint regarding Ford’s plans for the future?
Incidentally, I saw (briefly) a Model X last week as it headed in the opposite direction on the county road near me. I have to say that it looks nothing at all like any other SUV on the road, but I am also wondering who–in my neck of the woods–managed to get his/her hands on one of these vehicles when there are most likely only 100 or so of them on the road, in total. I think that it might have been driven by a Tesla employee, but that is just a guess.