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Five models doesn't quite equal GM, but it's pretty impressive for a startup.

IED Tesla EYE concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

IED Tesla EYE concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Tesla Model S - Click above for high-res image gallery

The other day I posted a story based on an article from TheCarConnection that speculated that the next Tesla model could be a crossover vehicle. One of the commenters wondered whether such a vehicle might be based on the Lotus APX concept that was shown last year. I took this intriguing idea to the source and asked Tesla. According to Darryl Siry, the new VP of Marketing at Tesla, they currently have no plans to build a crossover, and the next vehicle they're working on is a 4-door, 5-passenger

Tesla Motors has already made clear their intentions to expand their product line beyond the Lotus Elise based roadster that's due this summer. They've previously announced plans for at least the sedans, one in the $50,000-70,000 range and another down at the $30,000 range. Now comes word via TheCarConnection that Tesla has opened up a tech center in Auburn Hills, MI, north of Detroit and has hired a dozen engineers there. The Michigan tech center will initially be working on the $50,000 vehicle