First, sorry for the delay; one problem with having a Tesla is that it gets driven a lot, leaving little time for writing about it.
Way back in August, Tesla announced that the Model X was on its way to Japan. The first event to introduce this new high-tech car was in the Aoyama store in Tokyo. On the evening of August 27th, two brand-spanking new Model X were brought to that store. I happened to be in the store that morning, but missed their arrival. On the second of September, they were revealed to the Japanese public for the first time. The right-hand-drive (RHD) versions were not finished yet, so both cars are LHD. The next week, both cars were went to the Osaka store in Shinsai Bashi for the Kansai reveal. I did go to this event on September 9th.
Introductions were made by Tesla Japan and North Asia Vice President Nicolas Villeger who talked about how sophisticated the technology is in the new model and how difficult it was to bring to market. We learned that it has been worth the wait.
Other important news, at least for me, was the announcement of two new Superchargers. Both were announced for November, and the one near Gifu/Nagoya opened on time last month. The other one, near Fukuoka, has yet to be opened. The opening announcement for the Gifu Supercharger noted that the one near Fukuoka would be opened by the end of the year (12 days to go at this writing to make the deadline). Personally, I could have used a Supercharger three times in the past week if it were located somewhere near where I think it should be. Oh well, I've waited 2 years; what's another couple of weeks?
On to the cars. They are huge.
When I went in to the Aoyama store close to three years ago, I was set on ordering a Model X. My wife like the height of SUVs, and I really don't mind one way or another. When I learned that the Model X would not be available until 2015 (that's a whole 'nother story since it's working out to be 2017), I decided on the Model S.
Tesla Japan was kind enough to serve us some munchies at the event. Most photo-worthy were the Tesla-themed desserts.
I don't really do much on news on this blog, so I may not write much about the Model X. That's not because I don't like the car; it's because I tend to write about what I see and know. That ends up being my car and things I experience with it.
I'll close with this. The two cars above I saw at the Osaka event were not the first Model X I've seen. The first one I saw was about three weeks before at one of the Chengdu, China stores. I was in China with a former colleague and his son, touring Szechuan and Beijing. The staff spoke amazing English and were happy to know I was an owner. Check it out.