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Analysts Predict Tesla Adding All-Wheel-Drive to Model S

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Tesla Motors Inc. will probably unveil an all-wheel-drive variant of the Model S luxury sedan on Oct. 9, said analysts including Brian Johnson at Barclays Plc and Ivan Drury at Edmunds.com.

The move would better position the electric-car maker in cold-weather markets such as New York and Boston where many consumers demand all-wheel drive for use on snowy, wet roads. It would also better align Tesla against top luxury brands including Bayerische Motoren Werke AG’s BMW, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz and Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus.