First shipment of made-in-China Model 3’s arrive in Frankfurt, Germany ahead of schedule

Less than a week after the first exported Tesla Model 3’s from China arrived in Belgium, some of them have now arrived in Germany in preparation for the first deliveries.

Spotted early this morning by Drive Tesla reader @tesla_adri at the Service Center in Frankfurt, two car carriers were seen unloading the imported Model 3’s after making the 515km journey from Zeebrugge. As we have previously reported, the new refresh features are not included in the made-in-China Model 3 Standard Range Plus (SR+) vehicles that were exported to Europe.

You can see in the photos below they still have the chrome trim, previous generation aero wheels. They also do not have the laminated (double pane) glass, or the new headlights that are for European vehicles.

They weren’t alone though, as there were also a couple of Fremont-made Model 3’s featuring the new factory black trim, new wheels, and other updates.MIC Model 3 Frankfurt

According to Tesla employees in Frankfurt, the Model 3’s arrived from Belgium ahead of schedule as they weren’t expected until next week.  A customer who had a scheduled delivery date for December 17th now reports he will be getting his new car this Friday, December 4 instead.

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Even with a two month shutdown of the Fremont factory earlier this year, the automaker is still aiming for 500,000 vehicle deliveries for the year. After a strong Q3 2020, Tesla needs to deliver 182,000 vehicles in Q4 to reach that target.  With less than a month to go, these early arrivals will definitely help in getting more vehicles into the hands of customers.

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