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Takata Crisis Continues: 2016 Honda CR-V Recalled For Exploding Airbags, Nissan Re-Inspects Cars
Takata Crisis Continues: 2016 Honda CR-V Recalled For Exploding Airbags, Nissan Re-Inspects Cars

The complicated and confusing Takata airbag recall is no longer front-page news, but never fear: the nightmare for Takata, automakers, and consumers plays on. The latest chapter in the saga involves Takata's biggest client, Honda. On Friday, the automaker issued a recall for select 2016 Honda CR-V...Read More»

2016 Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S Slips In Annual Reliability Survey, Audi Gains

The Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S has dropped to below-average reliability levels and thus lost the organization's Recommended rating, according to the latest Consumer Reports Annual Reliability Survey results, released today. To some who’ve followed the headlines for the Model S, that may...Read More»

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Tesla Model S, Model X Go ‘No Hands’ With Autosteer Software Update

Cars that function autonomously—that truly drive themselves—remain some years away; yet today, Tesla Motors [NSDQ: TSLA] released several key technologies that are essential building-block technologies for getting there. With its latest software upgrade, called version 7.0, Tesla has...Read More»

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Tesla Model X SUV Revealed: 250-Mile Range, Starts Around $80,000

Yesterday, there were four major product reveals in America. Together, they offer an interesting comparison of solid, affordable tech design for the masses and outside-the-box, moonshot design that's reserved for top-tier earners. In the former category, there's Google. The tech giant took to the...Read More»

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Tesla Model 3 Priced Around $35,000, Debuts In March 2016, Arrives In 2018

The auto world is in Mild Freakout Mode over the soon-to-arrive Tesla Model X, but Tesla Motors isn't content to rest on its buzzing laurels. Yesterday, the company -- or rather, its CEO Elon Musk -- wanted to remind Planet Earth that there's another Tesla model in the works, and we'll get our...Read More»

Larte Enigma body kit for Tesla Model S
Tesla Hits Reverse In Virginia: Referrals Aren't As Legal As Everyone Thought

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about Tesla's new incentive plan, which promises current Tesla owners $1,000 in services or goodies if they convince their friends to buy a Tesla Model S before October 31 (at a $1,000 discount, no less). Turns out, the company is having to roll back that program...Read More»

2015 Tesla Model S
Get $1,000 If You Convince A Friend To Buy A Tesla Model S (Note: You Have To Own A Tesla, Too)

Across much of America, temperatures are soaring, but within a few weeks, the mercury will begin to fall. As it does, dealerships will begin making room for 2016 models and closely eyeing their yearly sales goals. That often results in good deals for shoppers, but according to Auto News, Tesla is...Read More»

Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' mode acceleration  [frame capture from DragTimes video]
For $10,000, Tesla Model S 'Ludicrous Speed' Offers 0-60 Time Of 2.8 Seconds

Last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised to unveil "the D". After the grammar-school chuckles died down, Musk lifted the sheet, and everyone was duly awed: the P85D sport package, also known as "the D", offered Model S customers a host of new goodies, including an insane 0-to-60 mph time of 3.2...Read More»

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Elon Musk: Tesla Model X Crossover Coming In 3-4 Months

If you love the idea of owning an electric vehicle from a start-up automaker but find the Tesla Model S too small for your rugged/schleppy/soccer-parent lifestyle, we have good news: according to Bloomberg, Tesla is on-track to deliver its new Model X crossover within the next three or four months...Read More»

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Texas Snubs Tesla As Clock Runs Out On Direct-Sales Bill: What About The Hyperloop & Gigafactory?

Yesterday, a gavel banged in Austin, Texas, bringing the state's 84th legislature to an end. As with most legislative sessions, officials made progress on some fronts, but many bills were tabled or died in committee. As Auto News reports, two of those failed bills would've allowed Tesla Motors to...Read More»

State map showing where Tesla Motors can (blue) and can't (red) sell cars [Mojo Motors, Apr 2015]
Can The FTC Persuade Michigan & Other States To Open Their Doors To Tesla?

Tesla Motors recently won major victories in Maryland and New Jersey, with both states passing laws that allow the automaker to skirt franchise laws and sell its battery-electric vehicles directly to consumers. Now, Tesla and its fans are turning their attention to the west -- specifically, the...Read More»

Tesla Powerwall Home Battery
The Tesla Powerwall: Does It Really Mean The End Of Fossil Fuels?

When Steve Jobs tapped Tim Cook to be his successor at Apple, the man knew what he was doing. Cook is just as detail-oriented as Jobs was, and he's kept the company moving forward -- usually in interesting directions. However, there's one thing that Cook can't do quite as well as his late boss...Read More»

The founders of Google and one of their autonomous Toyota Prius hybrids
In 2013, Google Almost Bought Tesla For $11 Billion

Tesla Motors accounts for a tiny fraction of the world's car sales, but after just a few years in the biz, the small company has already had a huge effect on laws, public opinion, and the auto industry. However, according to a new book by Ashlee Vance, things could've gone very different for Tesla...Read More»

Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display
Tesla Triumphs In Maryland As New Bill Allows Sales At Four Sites: Which State Is Next?

Another one bites the dust -- and more will surely follow. Auto News reports that the Maryland legislature has passed a bill that would allow Tesla to open up to four retail locations in the state. Governor Larry Hogan hasn't indicated whether he'll sign the bill, but at least one delegate with...Read More»

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Scion Lets You (Almost) Buy A Car At Home, Take Delivery At Dealership

The Scion niche small-car brand has long operated as a sort of laboratory for Toyota. And now it’s serving as a testbed for how the role of Toyota dealerships could change in the future—to be, perhaps, a little more like the controversial sales methods used by Tesla Motors. But prior to...Read More»

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Tesla Replaces Entry-Level Model S With $75,000 Model S 70D, Boasting 240-Mile Range

Last October, Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk unveiled "The D" -- a performance package for the company's Model S sedan. As of this morning, Green Car Reports says that a $75,000 D-enhanced version of the Model S has officially become Tesla's entry-level car. You might not think that "$75,000" and...Read More»

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Dealers Gear Up To Fund GOP Presidential Candidates, But Will Tesla Supporters Lose Out?

It's no surprise that U.S. auto dealers and dealer networks skew heavily Republican. The GOP has built a reputation as being pro-business and anti-regulation -- stances that appeal to many in the business community. According to Auto News, though, the 2016 election cycle could be a confusing one...Read More»

2015 Tesla Model S
Lovefest: Tesla Model S Owners More Likely To Recommend The Brand

While Tesla Motors continues to fight it out on a state level with dealership groups—most recently gaining ground in Georgia but getting shut out in West Virginia—one thing is for sure about the automaker's product: The Tesla Model S is, again and by far, the most-loved vehicle in the...Read More»

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Tesla Wins In Georgia, Loses In West Virginia

For Tesla fans below the Mason-Dixon line, we have good news and bad news, courtesy of Auto News. Since it's Friday, we'll start with the good news: Georgia has passed a bill that (a) increases the number of outlets that Tesla can operate in the state and (b) allows the automaker to sell an...Read More»

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