Cybertrucks Are Very Eye-Catching, Tesla Is Using it as Marketing Tools

By John Lopez

Mar 15, 2024 09:33 AM EDT

Tesla has harnessed the attention-grabbing power of its Cybertruck to bolster sales of its Model Y and other high-volume vehicles. The Cybertruck, with its futuristic design and controversial features, has become more than just an electric pickup-it is now a moving billboard for Tesla.

Tesla leverages Cybertruck's attention-grabbing design to boost Model Y and other sales.
(Photo : Image via Tesla X)

Cybertruck Ads to Bring in Sales

The unveiling of the Cybertruck alone saw a surge in interest, driving curious onlookers into Tesla stores where they were exposed to the full range of Tesla's electric offerings.

But beyond mere spectacle, Tesla's marketing efforts with the Cybertruck extend to innovative advertising tactics. Recently, the company unveiled a new mobile billboard featuring a Cybertruck carrying a Model Y, demonstrating its commitment to direct advertising channels.

This move follows Tesla's expansion into digital advertising spaces like Google and YouTube and occasional physical ad placements in airports.

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Issues Surrounding the Cybertruck

However, the Cybertruck's journey has not been without its bumps. Critics and users have pointed out shortcomings in its towing capacity, payload, and wheels compared to traditional trucks, casting doubts on its utility for heavy-duty tasks. Reports of traction control issues and struggles in extreme weather conditions have further dampened enthusiasm among potential buyers.

Despite these setbacks, Tesla remains optimistic about the potential of Cybertruck. In its Q4 2023 shareholder letter, Tesla revealed a production capacity of over 125,000 units per year for the Cybertruck. Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, envisions annual sales reaching 250,000 units by 2025, though skepticism lingers regarding the accuracy of the reservation list and fulfillment timelines.

Attracting SUV Buyers

Yet, beyond the numbers, the Cybertruck's allure lies in its unique design and versatility. Zachary Shahan of CleanTechnica points out that with a blend of pickup truck utility and SUV-like aesthetics, the Cybertruck appeals to a broad spectrum of consumers.

Although its unconventional appearance may have initially polarized opinions, in person, it exudes a sense of familiarity that could attract pickup truck enthusiasts and SUV buyers alike.

The potential market for the Cybertruck is vast. Ford's F-Series trucks alone sold over 750,000 units in the US last year, indicating a substantial demand for utility vehicles. If the Cybertruck can capture a fraction of this market while appealing to SUV buyers, it could surpass Musk's ambitious sales targets.

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