Polestar won’t be goaded into cutting its prices to stay in line with Tesla in Australia.

    The brand rejected the idea of a “price war” in search of Tesla-rivalling volumes “for nothing”.

    “We’re not trying to catch up to Tesla,” Polestar Australia boss Samantha Johnson told media.

    “We’re on a different path to other brands, we’re very much moving into the more luxury space … we believe in our products being premium, we’re a premium brand. We’re moving up toward luxury with the Polestar 3 coming into the market.

    “We have no intention of following other brands with lowering prices, or a price war.”

    Ms Johnson also ruled out offering sporadic price cuts to drive big monthly results, categorically telling media the brand doesn’t do discounts.

    The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are comfortably the best-selling electric cars in Australia to date this year, with a combined 29,511 sales to date.

    Polestar has delivered 1453 cars to date in 2023, although shorter wait times and the arrival of the updated 2 will help boost those figures through the back end of this year.

    Along with its strong supply, sharp pricing is a key part of Tesla’s appeal.

    It has this year cut the price of its Model 3 and Model Y multiple times in Australia, with the range now kicking off at $57,400 before on-roads for the cheapest Model 3 sedan.

    The cheapest Polestar 2 – which is a similar size to the Model 3, and offers similar range – is the Standard Range Single Motor, which kicks off at $67,400 (+$3500) for 2024.

    You’ll also need to pay more for adaptive cruise control as part of the Pilot Pack, bumping the price to just shy of $70,000 before on-road costs and incentives.

    UPDATE, 26/08/2023 6:00pm We’ve update the above paragraph to say $70,000 instead of $80,000

    The 2 will soon be usurped on the pricing charts by the Polestar 3 SUV, which will start at $132,900 before on-road costs and extend to $141,900 before on-roads.

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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