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Elon Musk teases new Tesla model

Cryptic tweet suggests new car, the Tesla D, to be unveiled on Oct. 9

Elon Musk teases new Tesla model
It is unclear from the picture whether the car will be a sedan-shaped vehicle or a coupe/convertible

Prolific technology investor Elon Musk has teased a photo of the latest model to be released by his electric car company, Tesla Motors.

In a cryptic tweet posted earlier on today, he wrote that it was "time to unveil the D and something else," though he failed to mention what the something else would be.

The only expansion he gave on the cryptic message was in response to jokes about the name ‘D'.

"I love the Internet. Comments had me literally ROFL. No, it wasn't intentional," he wrote.

According to the picture that Musk tweeted with his original message, the Tesla Model D should be unveiled on October 9. It is unclear from the picture whether the car will be a sedan-shaped vehicle or a coupe/convertible.

Tesla came to prominence in 2006, when the company introduced its first production car, the Tesla Roadster. It garnered headlines for being the first fully electric sports car, and was based on another sports car, the Lotus Elise. It was the first production vehicle to use lithium-ion battery cells, and could travel a claimed 320 kilometres on a single charge.

Following a tough period of losses amid reports of the cars being unreliable, Tesla turned a profit for the first time in 2013, following the roll-out of its second vehicle, the fully electric Model S sedan.

The upcoming Model D would come as the latest in a long line of teasers which have not yet made it into production, such as the Model X and the Model 3.

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