Published: Fri, April 05, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Tesla Q1 2019 Vehicle Production & Deliveries Nasdaq:TSLA

Tesla Q1 2019 Vehicle Production & Deliveries Nasdaq:TSLA

"Elon Musk was very well composed in the court today, which means he's taking it seriously", Craig Irwin, a Roth Capital Partners analyst who attended the hearing, said in an interview.

Tesla says that it delivered 50,900 Model 3s through March, a 520 percent increase when compared to this time past year; however, that's a 20 percent slump compared to last quarter.

Musk has already warned investors that the company will lose money during this year's first quarter amid cost-cutting needed to lower the price of its Model 3, its first electric auto designed for the mass market.

'This caused a large number of vehicle deliveries to shift to the second quarter.

Tesla shares dropped below the $270 mark this week, Wall Street is now focusing closely on the $250 figure which Tesla shares have not closed below since March 2017.

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'We reaffirm our prior guidance of 360,000 to 400,000 vehicle deliveries in 2019, ' it said.

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The company had warned shareholders that first-quarter deliveries of the pricier Model S sedan and Model X sport utility vehicle probably would be lower than a year ago because customers rushed to buy in time for the full US$7,500 incentive.

The vast majority of the cars Tesla built from January through March were Model 3, making up 62,950 of the 77,100 vehicles produced, Tesla said. Is this some kind of early April Fools' Day prank or simply Musk's odd attempt to bring Harambe memes back three years later?

Tesla cited challenges it encountered with deliveries overseas.

But in an apparent violation of the settlement Musk tweeted on 19 February that "Tesla made 0 cars in 2011, but will make around 500k in 2019", meaning 500,000 vehicles.

The CEO added, "Even so, we ended the quarter with sufficient cash on hand".

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