Tesla is axing two key models in its New Zealand lineup after the manufacturer decided it will no longer produce the Model S and Model X in right-hand drive form.
The move comes as the American carmaker begins to cut costs and streamline its production process. However, it will continue to offer both the Model 3 and Model Y in right-hand drive.
Tesla’s website states that the Model S sedan and Model X SUV are “not currently available to order in New Zealand.”
Customers who ordered either of the outgoing models have reportedly already had their deposits refunded.
In Australia, buyers have been given a $AU3000 ($NZ3219) credit towards another model in the electric marque’s lineup. It isn’t clear whether the same has been done in New Zealand. The same has been said for customers in other right-hand drive countries like the United Kingdom, but a left-hand drive will continue to be offered there.
The Model S has been on sale locally since the brand launched here in 2017, alongside the Model X which features distinct double-hinged falcon-wing rear doors.
However, the two models never really took off in terms of sales quite like the Model 3 and Model Y did, which no doubt contributed to their axing.