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Tesla forced to admit real prices | motoring

Generated by pixel @ 2019-03-11T03:38:31.456995Germany legislators have succeeded where the US has failed: reining in a misleading Tesla marketing campaign that massively underinflates the price of the Model 3.

While America controversially shied away from chastising Tesla’s recent price listing, which sliced the estimated cost of fuel savings off the sticker figure, Germany has pushed back.

An investigation by Wettbewerbszentrale, the Munich-based consumer watchdog, found that the pricing was misleading and breached fair-competition laws, forcing Tesla to revise its list prices up by €5000 ($A8000).

It had been promoting its all-wheel drive Model 3 in Germany for 51,380, which had an asterix explaining in fine print that it included a deduction of €5000 of fuel savings over five years.

Tesla agreed with the Wettbewerbszentrale to drop the “after estimated savings” tactic from March 20, which puts a dampener on its hopes of converting Germans to its electric cars.

Wettbewerbszentrale is not a Government body, but is a 1200-member, self-regulatory body companies that police and maintain voluntary competition rules.

The organisation found Tesla had intentionally written the pricing campaign in a way that was: “arbitrary, lacking transparency and infringing rules on actual and clear pricing”.

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Tesla forced to admit real prices – motoring.com.au.

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