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Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chevy Make Big Impression On U.S. Drivers, But Tesla, Subaru Are Closing In
Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chevy Make Big Impression On U.S. Drivers, But Tesla, Subaru Are Closing In

If you're a fan of European auto brands, we have some bad news: by and large, your car companies are being left in the dust by their American and Asian competitors. At least that's what Consumer Reports claims in its latest Car-Brand Perception Survey. To create the survey, the magazine polled...Read More»

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Tesla Model S Shows How Tough It'll Be For China To Meet Green Car Goals

Tesla's acclaimed, all-electric Model S sedan will soon go on sale in China, and this week, the company announced how much it'll cost the country's green car fans: 734,000 yuan, or just over $121,000. In America, the same vehicle would run closer to $81,000. And that 50 percent premium helps...Read More»

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2013 Tesla Model S Recalled, But You Don't Have To Take It In For Repairs

Tesla Motors has issued a recall for the all-electric 2013 Model S sedan. That's the bad news. The good news is that owners won't have to take their cars to mechanics for repairs. Welcome to the 21st century. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Tesla...Read More»

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Tesla Keeps High Safety Rating Despite NHTSA Investigation Of Battery Fires

Back in August, Tesla [NASDAQ: TSLA] boasted that the Model S was so safe, it broke the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's testing equipment. In fact, Tesla was so exuberant about the Model S' performance in those tests, it used some very creative math to generate a fictitious safety...Read More»

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Google: Tesla, Ford, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Volt Are Most-Searched Autos Of 2013

No doubt about it: 2013 was Tesla's year. Thanks to strong sales, ongoing court battles, and a few headline-grabbing pyrotechnics, Tesla has been on the tip of everyone's tongue. But don't just take our word for it: take Google's. According to the 800-pound search-engine gorilla, Tesla was the...Read More»

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Former Apple Exec: Tesla Leading A Dealership Transformation

Will Tesla Motors [NSDQ: TSLA] change the way we all buy cars? There might be plenty of naysayers about the company and their sales methods, but it’s especially noteworthy when you have a global strategic planning expert, at the panel of another automaker that’s entrenched in the...Read More»

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Tesla Gets Creative With Model S Safety Rating & Ruins It For Everyone

Over the summer, Tesla tried to create a new safety ratings system for its Model S sedan. In case you missed it, the automaker issued a press release that said: NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score...Read More»

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NHTSA Launches Formal Investigation Of Tesla Model S Fires

The last few weeks haven't been good for Tesla. There was that disappointing earnings call that caused the company's stock price to fall (further). Workers were injured in an accident at the company's manufacturing facility in Freemont, California. There were even rumors afoot that George Clooney...Read More»

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Tesla Recruits Another Apple Superstar: Here's What To Expect In 2014

Yesterday, Tesla took another bite out of Apple. Until then, the automaker's highest profile recruit from Cupertino had undoubtedly been George Blankenship, the man who turned Apple's wheelbarrows full of money into truckloads by creating ludicrously high-grossing stores in malls across America. On...Read More»

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You Can Buy A Tesla Model S Here...But Not Here

Tesla Motors is in a curious position. On the one hand, it's a start-up, creating high-tech automobiles that are hugely popular with eco-enthusiasts and early adopters. (Also: Norwegians.) If it produced almost anything else, it would be fighting shoppers off with sticks and bear mace. On the other...Read More»

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GM Follows Tesla's Lead, Plans To Sell Directly To Online Shoppers

Tesla has made plenty of headlines the past couple of years -- not just because its Model S sedan is selling better than critics expected (despite the occasional fire), but also because of its unusual sales strategy. According to the Wall Street Journal, General Motors plans to follow Tesla's lead...Read More»

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Tesla Model S Catches Fire: Is This Tesla's 'Toyota' Moment?

As Green Car Reports and other media outlets have noted, a Tesla Model S was involved in an accident in Washington state on Tuesday, and the sedan's battery pack subsequently caught fire. The cause of the accident is pretty clear. A statement from Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] indicates that the vehicle...Read More»

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California Dealers Accuse Tesla Of 'Misleading' Customers With Financing Promises

Honestly, Tesla can't catch a break. First, it had to make a fully electric car that didn't look like a doorstop or a computer mouse from 1997. No small task, that. Then, it had to find a few backers, which caused consternation in some corners. And then it had to jump perhaps the biggest hurdle of...Read More»

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Elon Musk Drives Cross-Country In Tesla Model S: Will It Be Good For Business?

Since June, we've known that Elon Musk was planning a cross-country road trip in his Tesla Model S. Yesterday, in a series of tweets, he announced that details of the trip had been finalized: Just finalized the LA to NY family road trip route in Model S. 6 day, 3200 mile journey with only 9 hrs...Read More»

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Tesla Electric Car Outselling Entire Buick, Lincoln, Porsche Lineups In CA

Yes, it's shocking. California automaker Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] is outselling a number of very well established vehicle brands in its home state—with only one model: the all-electric Model S. In June, Tesla outsold (on the basis of registrations) Buick, Lincoln, Porsche, Volvo, and...Read More»

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Tesla Model S: So Safe, It Broke NHTSA's Testing Equipment

If you're in the market for a new car and safety is your biggest concern, stop reading here and head down to the nearest Tesla (NSDQ:TSLA) showroom gallery for a look at the Model S. According to our colleagues at Green Car Reports, the Model S earned the highest safety score in the history of the...Read More»

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Will Elon Musk's Hyperloop Revolutionize Transportation?

Yesterday, Elon Musk -- the man behind PayPal, Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA], and SpaceX -- took the wraps off another potentially groundbreaking project, "Hyperloop". Will it revolutionize transportation on Planet Earth? Maybe. WHAT IS HYPERLOOP? As ideas go, Hyperloop isn't completely original. Remember...Read More»

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At GM, Workers Study Tesla To Stay Ahead Of The Pack

Fifteen years ago, the recording industry dismissed online music sales as a ridiculous fad. "Those MP3 files are huge -- two and three megabytes each! Who wants to wait around for those to download? Let's just copy-protect our CDs, and everything will be fine." Around the same time, some bookstores...Read More»

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Tesla Fan Petitions White House To 'Allow Tesla Motors To Sell Directly To Consumers'

Since President Obama launched Petitions.WhiteHouse.gov in 2011, scores of Americans have filed petitions with the federal government. Some have been fairly straightforward, like the one hoping to raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour, and another asking the U.S. to formally condemn the Turkish...Read More»