Big Auto is pretty safe from scrappy invaders like you-know-whom. The walls are high and the moat wide. So says Count Carlos.
Meanwhile, Nissan is reduced to tapping the shoulders of people waiting in line for a Tesla Model III and offering them a handheld vacuum instead.
Granted, this episode is confined to a tiny corner of the auto world, but few believe it’s going to stay in the corner. Looks like you can count the Count as one of those few.
This echoes the breezy sentiment of Lexus and Mercedes, before Tesla systematically removed some of their internal organs.
The clip below illustrates the Tesla invasion perfectly. About a decade ago — when Elon had a panoramic forehead and Bob Lutz hadn’t yet joined the dark side — the Tesla invasion seemed so petty, so hopeless and so distant, and suffered so many blatant setbacks, that the castle guards were lulled into complacent inertia. Until . . .