As expected, Telsa has begun scouting Chinese automakers for potential partnerships. The partnership payoff for Tesla? Tariff avoidance and government incentive inclusion. In other words, a much cheaper price tag for Chinese customers — just for partnering with the likes of, say, Lifan Motors, which is bragging about a visit from Tesla.
BMW’s partnership with Brilliance resulted in the, um, brilliant Zinoro (top). Daimler’s partnership with BYD resulted in the Denza. You may recall BYD’s chairman called the Model S a “rich man’s toy.” Well, one look the Denza tells us it’s not for the rich, and it’s not much of a toy. Congrats!
In keeping with typical Chinese nomenclature, Tesla’s locally-assembled Model S variant surely will bear a name like Tesla Happy Motors Lucky Ducky.