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You have to see Tesla's secret new 'Model X'

You have to see Tesla's secret new 'Model X'

It's a good bet you've heard the name Tesla recently. Named after famed inventor and advocate for AC electricity, Nikola Tesla, the Tesla electric-car company is the brainchild of billionaire inventor Elon Musk.

Tesla first made waves in 2008 with the Tesla Roadster, a high-performance two-seater electric car based on the Lotus Elise supercar. Then in 2012 it branched out into something a bit more practical with the Tesla Model S.

The Model S with its roomy, high-tech interior, five doors (one is a rear lift hatch) and long range has been a big hit for the company, with more than 50,000 sales worldwide to date. Tesla is continuing to improve the S's various models with better range prediction, more powerful motors, and an "autopilot" mode.

Of course, a lot of car buyers are in the market for something a little bigger. So Tesla is now tackling a market segment that is the last thing you think of when the words "fuel efficient" are mentioned: the SUV.

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