5th September 2013
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Wheelies: The Charged Argument Edition

Noah Berger/Reuters Elon Musk, at the Tesla Motors factory in Fremont, Calif., in June. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Under scrutiny for bypassing a traditional, dealership-oriented retail model in favor of manufacturer-owned stores, Elon Musk, chairman of Tesla Motors, defended his company’s strategy in a blog post on Monday. Mr. Musk said Tesla products would be undermined in the setting of a traditional dealership, where a salesperson would be unable ...
30th August 2013
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2013 Tesla Model S 60-Kilowatt-Hour Model EPA-Rated at 208 Miles of Range

It took Tesla long enough. The start-up automaker has filled its first reservation orders with its 85-kilowatt-hour Model S for two reasons: 1) Its performance is far more impressive than its smaller-battery stablemates and 2) with the money coming from the more expensive models, Tesla has a bigger buffer before trying to meet its 20,000 cars per year sales target. But Tesla Motors ...
28th August 2013
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Tesla Model S demand exceeds expectations, 40-kWh model nixed

Elon Musk has promised he will make an 'exciting' announcement tomorrow, but Tesla Motors issued two bits of news late last night to add to whatever we'll learn about on Tuesday. First off, sales of the Model S have 'exceeded the target provided in the mid February shareholder letter' by 250 units. Second, sales of the low-end 40-kWh Model S were so low that the model has been scrapped. In February, Tesla said in a shareholder ...
19th August 2013
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Behold the depressingly unreal Tesla Model ST wagon

We’ll break it to you quickly: these renderings aren’t of a soon-to-be new Tesla Model S variant. No, instead they’re simply the imaginative drawings of what the geniuses at Theophilus Chin visualize a Tesla wagon might look like. If you’re anything like us – and since you’re reading this, we’ll assume you are – you, too, feel this is too beautiful a vehicle not to be rushed into production. Looking a bit like combination of a Saab ...
17th August 2013
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Henrik Fisker Resigns From Fisker Automotive

John Gress/Reuters Henrik Fisker, co-founder of Fisker Automotive. Fisker Automotive announced Wednesday that Henrik Fisker, its co-founder and executive chairman, had left the company because of disagreements with management. In a statement, the company said his departure was “not expected to impact the company’s pursuit of strategic partnerships and financing to support Fisker Automotive’s continued progress.” The company declined requests for interviews. In an e-mail to Automotive News, the company attributed Mr. Fisker’s resignation to “several major ...
12th August 2013
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Gran Turismo 6 is Coming to PlayStation 3, Demo Announced – Rumor Central

Gran Turismo 6 is coming. In celebration of the franchise’s 15th anniversary, Sony today announced its signature racing game Gran Turismo 6 is in development, and will arrive on shelves this holiday season. A playable demo is scheduled to arrive in July. Sony touts Gran Turismo 6 as bringing new levels of realism and authenticity to the sim racing genre. GT6 boasts an entirely new game and physics engine, the latter of which includes a new ...
8th August 2013
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Videos: Tesla Model S Hits Indicated 133 MPH, Fits Kindergarten Class

We’re not the only ones interested in putting the Tesla Model S through its paces, as these videos from amateur testers show. In one video, a driver attempts to determine the real-world top speed of a Model S, while a kindergarten class tests the EV’s pint-sized passenger capacity in another. We’ve demonstrated in our tests that the Tesla Model S can out-accelerate a number of powerful sports sedans, and this new video gives us an idea ...
7th August 2013
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Buy this $1.15 million house, get a free Tesla Model S

Once again, the rich can get richer. A house that's on sale in the Northwest Chicago suburb of Barrington, IL has a current list price of $1,149,000. That number used to be $350,000 higher when the abode went on sale back in 2011. The kicker – and the reason we care even a little bit why a 6,800 square-foot McMansion is on the market – is that the owner is including his soon-to-arrive Tesla Model S ...
30th July 2013
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Feature Flick: News Round Up, Including C7, Mercedes AMGs, Tesla Model X – Rumor Central

The Motor Trend Channel’s Wide Open Throttle news show kicks off its fourth episode, starting out with more than a dozen models coming from AMG in the next few years, electric-powered BMWs, and spy shots of the upcoming seventh-generation Corvette just around the corner, and Tesla’s sporty new Model X electric crossover. We’re all fans of high-performance models, so whenever we hear more are coming, we get excited. Among the most intriguing is the rumored Porsche ...
28th July 2013
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Electric-Car Maker Tesla Posts Its First Quarterly Profit

By Cassandra Sweet Getty Images Tesla Model S Tesla Motors Inc. said it earned $11.2 million in the first quarter of 2013 as deliveries of Model S electric vehicles lifted the maker of luxury electric cars to its first quarterly profit. The company—which had reported a loss in every quarter since it went public in 2010—said Wednesday it recognized revenue from 4,900 Model S vehicles in the first period, up from the company’s previous outlook for 4,500 cars in ...