How did anyone not notice this glaring mistake?
The production issues surrounding the Tesla Model 3 are slowly improving, as the automaker recently reached its production goal of 5,000 per week. Analysts also believe Tesla is on track to produce 8,000 Model 3s a week. But while Tesla is ramping up production, it still needs to maintain quality control.
The automaker doesn’t have the best reputation in this department, and this latest blunder won’t help. A Tesla Model 3 painted in Pearl White Multi-Coat was recently delivered to a customer. They paid a whopping $78,000 for the electric sedan, so you would at least expect the door panels to match.
Take a closer look at the photo posted on Twitter, however, and you’ll notice the driver’s side door panel is white, while the passenger door panel has been finished in a contrasting dark brown color. This unique color scheme obviously wasn’t in the order guide.
It’s bad enough that no-one at Tesla’s factory noticed this glaring mistake. But what’s even more staggering is that no one noticed the mismatched door panels when the car was being prepared to be transported for delivery. According to The Drive, Tesla has contacted the customer to resolve the issue, but it’s still an extremely embarrassing mistake.
“We’re setting an extremely high bar for Model 3, and what happened in this situation is not how our vehicles are normally delivered," a Tesla spokesperson said. "A mistake was made, and we are in touch with our customer to resolve this and ensure they are satisfied.” However, Tesla didn’t say what caused the problem or if any steps will be taken to prevent it from happening again.
This isn’t the first time the Tesla Model 3 has received bad press for its build quality as early adopters have complained about visible panel gaps, but the automaker claims it has improved this issue by 40 percent in later models.