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Tesla Misses Out Biggest Promise For 2016

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Tesla is known for being too ambitious at times, and that would inevitably result in some unfulfilled expectations, though at this point folks should know better than to take the innovative automaker at its word.

Last year, a goal of shipping 80,000 vehicles to customers all around the globe was set by Tesla and unsurprisingly, it fell short of this figure.

But the Palo Alto company didn’t fare too badly, considering that it managed to ship out over 76,000 vehicles in 2016. Losing out by about 5 percent isn’t really a disappointment.

However, it has to be taken into consideration all the issues that Tesla ran afoul of last year. From problems producing sufficient units of the Tesla Model X, to build reliability headaches that were accompanied by a legal battle with its falcon wing door supplier, the EV maker had quite a strenuous year.

Nevertheless, Tesla is on a good streak at the moment, as the last quarter of 2016 saw it increase its deliveries by 27 percent against the same period in 2015.

The first challenge for the automaker this year would be to convince consumers that its self-driving technology is now safe and reliable. And ultimately, as the year wears on, we would get to see how well Tesla handles the release of the high-demand, high-volume Tesla Model 3.