Ford spent $199,950 or $55,000 above the sticker price to purchase a Tesla Model X so that it could examine the electric SUV. The vehicle was purchased from a coin dealer in California who bought the vehicle through a customer referral promotion offered by Tesla.
Spotted recently in the Detroit area equipped with Michigan manufacturers’ license plates, the white Founders Series version was the 64th Model X produced. David Woodhouse, the chief designer of the Lincoln luxury line was one of the Ford executives reportedly spotted driving the vehicle. Woodhouse was responsible for overseeing the development of the Navigator concept that debuted at the New York Auto Show in March.
Automakers frequently acquire vehicles from competitors for road testing and to conduct tear-downs in order to study components, materials and how they are assembled.
Tesla recently recalled 2,700 Model Xs manufactured prior to March 26 to repair a potential defect in the third row seats. At the time of the recall, Tesla advised drivers to not allow passengers to use those seats while the vehicle is in motion.