The head of Volkswagen called Tesla Model Y a benchmarkSeptember 9, 2020
Herbert Diess met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk in Germany earlier this week, giving Musk the opportunity to test the ID.3 as well as inspect the upcoming ID.4 crossover.
After the meeting, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess took to LinkedIn to talk about how things are going, thanking Tesla boss for the visit and playfully mentioning that if he wants to try something sportier than ID 3, VW Group is also offering the Porsche Taycan.
In a later post, Diess added the fact that he himself got behind the wheel of a Tesla Model Y with one of his colleagues and was very impressed.
“Of course, I also tested the Tesla Model Y – with my colleague Frank Welch,” Diess said. “This car is a benchmark for us in many ways (not all!): User experience, upgradeability, driving habits, high-end performance, charging network, range. The big advantage: The Model Y was conceived as an electric car – just like the ID.3. Many of our competitors are still using their ICE platforms. The result: they are not getting better electric vehicles. ”
That sounds pretty fair and accurate considering where Tesla is now, not just with its Model Y, but with their entire lineup, compared to VW.
However, the German carmaker believes it will be able to catch up with its American rival in the next few years, both in terms of production and in terms of available technology.
Regarding any type of collaboration between Tesla and VW, Diess denied rumors yesterday, stating that he and Musk simply drove the ID.3 and chatted, adding that “there is no deal / development collaboration.”
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