31st July 2013
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Move over Audi, now Chrysler has a beef with Tesla’s claims

In the same week that Audi said 'not so fast' to some claims from Tesla, Chrysler has responded to a new press release from the California-based EV-maker by saying 'not exactly, Tesla.' The statement, released through the company's blog, comes in response to Tesla claiming it was 'the only American car company to have fully repaid the government.' Chrysler notes that it, too, recently paid back Uncle Sam from its 2008 bailout. Similar to Audi's ...
31st July 2013
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Consumer Reports weighs in with its first Tesla Model S review

Everyone has been chiming in with their thoughts on the Tesla Model S lately, and with the car taking home awards like the prestigious Motor Trend Car of the Year, this probably won't change anytime soon. Not wanting to be left in the dark, Consumer Reports has managed to get its hands on a Model S to give its own impressions of the luxurious electric hatchback. Like many other outlets (including our own first drive), CR ...
31st July 2013
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Tesla has begun deliveries of 60kWh Model S units

Being a small startup automotive company means that you’re free to conduct business in ways other than the established norms, but Tesla will sometimes act as though this is a challenge being issued to break as many norms as possible. Their latest defiance of norms was to begin deliveries of a new type of car without telling anyone in the press, whereas most automakers prefer to brag about these things. Tesla isn’t exactly famous for ...
31st July 2013
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Cocktail Chatter: February 22, 2013 – Rumor Central

What cocktails go best with all this car chatter? Automobilemag.com is here to help with weekly recipes. Remember, this is for talking about cars, not driving — always designate a driver. This week’s cocktail comes by way of Automobile Magazine contributor Bob Merlis, who served The Christie at his Palm Springs pool party this past week. The Christie is made my mixing vodka and fresh grapefruit juice (Merlis recommends plucking a grapefruit from a tree ...
31st July 2013
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Nine Road Trip-Ready Vehicles – Rumor Central

Memorial Day weekend means many things to many people, but it universally signals the start of one summer tradition: road trips. Regardless of if you’re heading to see family, escape into the great outdoors, or simply crisscross the country, we’ve rounded up some ideal road trip vehicles for those seeking to hit the road this summer. I want to…go there and back on a single tank. Volkswagen Passat TDI Base Price: $26,225 EPA mileage: 30 mpg city/ 40 highway There ...
31st July 2013
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Fisker widens European distribution, launches U.S. ad campaign

This Tesla-Fisker tit-for-tat thing could get fun. Last week, Fisker launched its first national advertising campaign for its extended-range plug-in luxury sedans in the form of a multi-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on the same day Tesla unveiled its all-electric Model S, Hybrid Cars reports. Fisker, which has generated more than $100 million in revenue through sales of its Karma sedan, included a statement in the ad from company founder Henrik Fisker that noted that ...
30th July 2013
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Tesla investor says Detroit 3 has lost electric car war, should go build flying cars instead

Tim Draper, co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a multi-billion venture capital firm that supports Tesla, came to Detroit on Thursday slinging either inspiration or insults, depending on what side of the fence you sit on. 'Don't live in your reality distortion field here in Detroit,' Draper told the Detroit Free Press in an interview during Teleconomy conference at Wayne State University. 'You've got to look at it and say, 'Yeah we could do something here. We ...
30th July 2013
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Ford Fusion Named Green Car of the Year

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters 2013 Ford Fusion. LOS ANGELES — The 2013 Ford Fusion, in all its various iterations, was named Green Car Journal’s 2013 Green Car of the Year on Thursday, in a ceremony at the Los Angeles auto show. The Fusion comes in five flavors, with three different gasoline engine choices including two with EcoBoost turbocharging technology, a hybrid version and a range-extended plug-in hybrid. The Fusion beat finalists that included the 2013 Dodge Dart Aero, Mazda CX-5 ...
30th July 2013
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Thread of the Day: What New Car, Truck, or SUV Are You Thankful For?

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means it’s time for turkey, family, road trips, football — and yes, even being thankful. In the automotive sphere that means being thankful for the latest and greatest new cars, trucks, and SUVs currently in production or entering production soon. We’re thankful for quite a few new vehicles here at Motor Trend – like the uber-luxurious and uber-capable 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, the lightning-quick and all-electric 2013 Tesla Model S, and the pint-sized, ...
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