South Korea awaits delivery of Tesla Model Ys, which are now on a cargo vessel heading to Japan. South Korea will be the first country outside of North America to receive Tesla Model Y so far.
Last week a batch of Tesla Model 3s and Model Ys were spotted at Pier 80, San Francisco. Thanks to several Tesla ship trackers, it was possible to find out that these cars were loaded onto the cargo vessel Glovis Countess. After receiving information on marine traffic, it turned out that the ship is heading to Japan and will arrive there in the next few days.
Although the vessel is heading to Japan, some of the vehicles, including the Model Ys, are destined for the South Korean market. This became clear after @mortenlund89/Twitter noticed a special sticker on the rear side window. Such emission decals are applied to vehicles registered in South Korea. This gives every reason to believe that these Model Ys will go exactly there.
On February 12, 2021, Tesla opened the Model Y order configurator in South Korea. The estimated delivery time of the Standard Range—which, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has already been discontinued—was previously indicated as the second half of 2021. Delivery times for Long Range and Performance have not been specified. At the moment, Long Range and Performance are available for order on the manufacturer's website in South Korea, and the estimated delivery times are not indicated.
In 2020, South Koreans have shown high interest in Tesla vehicles. The manufacturer's sales in the country have grown almost five times over the previous year, which could indicate widespread brand acceptance. The launch of Model Y in this market is likely to be a very good strategic move.
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