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Tesla Now Says New Orders for Model 3 Won't Be Ready Until Mid-2018

A Tesla Model 3 sedan, its first car aimed at the mass market, is displayed during its launch in Hawthorne, California
A Tesla Model 3 sedan, its first car aimed at the mass market, is displayed during its launch in Hawthorne, California, March 31, 2016. REUTERS/Joe White/File Photo REUTERS

Tesla is telling prospective buyers that new orders for its Model 3 will begin shipping in "mid-2018 or later."

As of Sunday, Tesla's website said deliveries for the new car "begin late 2017," but since then the company changed the wording to indicate that production on the car will begin late 2017 and that the delivery estimate for "new reservations is mid-2018 or later."

CNBC has reached out to the company seeking further comment.