An appeals court in Missouri has ruled against the state’s auto dealers and in favor of Tesla. It is a rare victory for Tesla in its battle for the right to sell cars directly to customers.
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Tesla has sued the state of Michigan in federal court, claiming its franchise dealer law is unconstitutional. Michigan is home to the Big 2.5 automakers.
Tesla is continuing its fight to be allowed to sell its cars direct to customers in several states. This year, it will concentrate on Utah and Alabama, while continuing to advocate for direct sales in Michigan and Texas, among other states.
Ganesh Srivats, Tesla’s vice president for sales in North America, hints that the company is ready to introduce a complete rethink of its sales model. As tantalizing as that may be, Srivats declined to offer any details or timeline.
Tesla has formed a partnership with Nordstrom to feature one of its cars inside the store at The Grove, the most popular shopping mall in the Los Angeles area.
Tesla has lost its fight to win approval for direct sales to residents of Connecticut and North Carolina again this year. Determined opposition from General Motors was the primary reason.