6th September 2013

WOT Episode 4: C7 Breaks Cover, Mercedes AMGs, Tesla Model X – Motor Trend YouTube Channel

In the fourth episode of Wide Open Throttle, Jessi Lang tops off the hottest stories of the week, starting out with more than a dozen models coming from AMG in the next few years, electric-powered BMWs, and spy shots leaking out of the upcoming seventh-generation Corvette just around the corner, and Tesla’s sporty new Model X electric crossover. Finally, editor-at-large Angus MacKenzie talks with Jessi about Acura’s upcoming NSX. We’re all fans of high-performance models, so ...
1st September 2013

Elon Musk’s attack on “fake” New York Times article prompts lots of Tesla talk

Despite an official promise that Tesla Motors would respond to the online kerfuffle kicked up yesterday between The New York Times reporter John Broder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the official Tesla website remained silent today. The wait doesn't mean the internet has been mute on this subject, though. That's just not how it works. First up, Broder's detailed response to Musk tweeting that his article about running out of electricity was a 'fake' is clear ...
25th August 2013

Zero-Emissions: A Tour of the Tesla Factory and Spin in the Model S in Latest WOT Video – Rumor Central

In the latest episode of Wide Open Throttle, Frank Markus drives the all-new Tesla Model S while host Jessi Lang takes us to electric automaker’s Northern California factory for a tour and a look at how the Model S is built. Lang starts with 2012 Tesla Model S specs. The Model S will be available with 40-, 60- and 85-kWh battery capacities, with an estimated range of up to 265 miles. The Model S is powered ...
24th August 2013

Head2Head Odd Couple: Citroen DS vs. Tesla Model S?

I don’t get the appeal of the Citroen DS. There, I said it. I’ve just committed an act of automotive journalist heresy. And look, here come the Hipster Hoon Police. They’re going to lock me up and bar me from ever again writing words about cars. Seriously. If you listen to the auto dweebs ramble on about the Citroen DS, you’d think it ...
21st August 2013

Electrifying Celebration for Musk and Co. at Tesla’s Newport Beach Dealership

It’s been a busy few days for the folks at Tesla Motors, perhaps the busiest in company history. Last night, the company capped off an epic week that included a $226.1 million dollar IPO and the debut of its updated Roadster 2.5 with the grand opening celebration of its Newport Beach, California, dealership. It’s Tesla’s 8th sales and service operation in the U.S. and 12th worldwide (the company’s 13th store was opened simultaneously in Cophenhagen, ...
19th August 2013

MT Poll: Which 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year Contender Will Win COTY?

It’s Car of the Year time again! Over the past two weeks we’ve been teasing new 2013 Car of the Year contenders every day. With the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year announcement coming Monday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. EST, we thought it’d be fun to ask which contender you think will take home the golden calipers. But since we get this question at each Of The Year event, we’d like to provide a ...
17th August 2013

Tesla Confirms Plans to Increase Model S Prices

The price of a Tesla Model S will be increasing soon — but the company hasn’t yet disclosed by how much prices will rise. However, Tesla did confirm that some features that were previously standard on the Model S will become paid options. The Tesla Model S is an all-electric sedan built in California by billionaire visionary Elon Musk. The car is Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year. Prices currently range from $57,400 for an ...
13th August 2013

Tesla stock sale nets Abu Dhabi $113 million

Talk about hedging your bets. Abu Dhabi National Energy (TAQA), which is majority owned by the emirate, netted $113 million from selling its seven percent stake in Tesla Motors recently, Arab News reports. Abu Dhabi, which gets most of its wealth from oil, doubled its investment in the Bay Area-based electric-vehicle maker. TAQA gained the shares in late 2010 when they were transferred from the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority. TAQA said it planned to reinvest ...
9th August 2013

Tesla Lowers Outlook Due To Lagging Model S Production

Getty Images Tesla Model S By Shawn Langlois and Melodie Warner Tesla Motors Inc. cut its revenue target for 2012, warning that it has fallen behind on its production goals for its Model S sedan. The luxury electric-car maker now expects revenue for 2012 of between $400 and $440 million, “primarily reflecting a decrease in the number of Model S vehicles we plan to deliver in 2012,” Tesla said in a regulatory filing. The company’s previous revenue forecast for ...