5th September 2013

Tesla Working on 3 Series Challenger, Considering EV Pickup

We’ve already seen Tesla’s Model S and Model X, but we now hear that the electric automaker is working on a midsize sedan to take on the BMW 3 Series, and may also have its sights set on the pickup truck market. So far, Tesla has only produced the Lotus-Elise-based Roadster and Model S large hatchback, but with the latter car’s bespoke platform done, the sky’s the limit. The Model X all-electric sport utility vehicle is ...
4th September 2013

Wheelies: The Electro-Caddy Edition

Wheelies: The Electro-Caddy Edition

Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors Simona De Silvestro, a Team Chevy IndyCar driver, with the first 2014 Cadillac ELR pre-production vehicle to come off the assembly line. In which we bring you motoring news from around the Web: • Simona De Silvestro, one of Team Chevy’s IndyCar drivers, got some seat time in the all-new plug-in hybrid-electric Cadillac ELR this week in Michigan. General Motors said the ELR that Ms. De Silvestro introduced was the first to ...
25th August 2013

Tesla outsells the S-Class, the 7 Series, and the A8 – but not the Cadillac XTS?

Hard to believe we’d ever be reporting this story, let alone in 2013, but apparently Tesla has sold more units of its Model S than Mercedes, BMW, or Audi did of its respective flagship sedans in the first quarter of the year. Tesla “delivered 4,750 cars in the first quarter, more than the BMW 7-series (2,338), the Mercedes-Benz S Class (3,077), the Audi A8 (1,462) or the Lexus LS (2,860),” according to an Austin Business Journal ...
23rd August 2013

Tesla Model S has secret menu that shows possible upcoming features

The Telsa Model S may have won just about every automotive award it could last year, but that doesn't mean it's a perfect vehicle. Far from it. Drivers have been asking when the already high-tech vehicle will get somewhat normal features, like adaptive cruise control or blind spot detection. Well, a new video of menus hidden within the giant touch screen in the Model S shows that those two features might be coming soon, along ...
20th August 2013

Could Oil-Lovin’ Texas Be Home to a Tesla Plant? CEO Says It’s On The List

Tesla Motors is a company on the move these days. After testifying in front of Texas’ Assembly this week to lift the state’s laws on company-owned franchises, CEO Elon Musk said there’s a distinct possibility that the electric car maker could open its next plant in the Lonestar State. “When we do establish a manufacturing plant outside of California, Texas would be a ...
19th August 2013

Tesla readying fleet of 80 Model S EVs to use as service loaners

Fear not, Tesla drivers. When you take your Model S into the shop and need a loaner car, you'll get... another Model S. Tesla chief Elon Musk tells USA Today that the all-electric vehicle maker will set aside about 80 Model S vehicles specifically for customers who need to take their cars in for some work. And wait, there's more. Not only will Tesla make sure the loaners are the top-of-the-line, 265-mile single-charge range variety, but ...
12th August 2013

2nd annual National Plug In Day will feature EVs, free iPads

...and then there were 60. That's how many cities will be celebrating the Second Annual National Plug In Day later this month. The celebration of all things EV, which is being put on by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, will take place Sunday, September 23, in cities ranging from the usual suspects – Boston, San Francisco and Austin – to the less-than-usual (for EV enthusiasm) locales like Dallas, Baltimore and Salt Lake ...
7th August 2013

Reviewing the Tesla Model S

Tesla Motors 2012 Tesla Model S. In Sunday’s Automobiles section, Bradley Berman reviews the 2012 Tesla Model S in a more thorough manner than any other journalist has yet. In addition to driving the electric sport sedan in the vicinity of his home in Northern California, he takes his test car, fitted with a 362-horsepower drivetrain and 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack, from the north shore of Lake Tahoe to Tesla’s design studios in Southern California, driving 531 ...
15th July 2013

Motor Trend’s Top 10 Most Popular Web Articles of 2012

Yes, ladies and gentleman, it’s already that time of year – the time for mistletoe and eleventh-hour overnight shipping; for social gatherings you’d rather not attend, and for family dishes you’ve waited a year to devour. For us, the end of December means reviewing all the work that we’ve produced since the beginning of 2012. To celebrate what’s been a big year at Motor Trend, we’ve gathered our most popular online articles for 2012. The Top ...