6th August 2013
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The 10 Best Sports-Oriented Family Cars – Rumor Central

Just because you’ve grown up, settled down, and had a kid or two doesn’t mean you can’t have fun anymore. While you may have to take a pass on that late-night partying you once did, you can stay in touch with your younger self with a car that’s fun to drive and can double as a family vehicle. However, finding a vehicle that appeals to you both as an enthusiast and a head of household ...
30th July 2013
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Nissan adds Free Towing, Recharge to LEAF Warranty

One of the biggest challenges electric vehicle advocates have in convincing the skeptical public “range anxiety”, or your electric vehicle doesn’t haven’t enough charge to get to one’s destination or even a charging station. Nissan, whose LEAF Ev goes on sale later this year, has launched a new program to calm consumer fears. As part of the Zero Emissions Support Program, which the ...
14th July 2013
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Discussing the Tesla Model S Controversy, Diesels in the U.S. on New WOT Video

On this episode of Wide Open Throttle, Angus MacKenzie and other Motor Trend hosts discuss the Tesla Model S controversy stemming from a review in The New York Times after discussing the unexpected popularity of the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Additionally, Ed Loh, Carlos Lago, Arthur St. Antoine and Mike Floyd ponder the possibility of diesel-powered sports cars in the U.S. The hosts begin by discussing the relevance of the F-150 SVT Raptor with its high ...
6th July 2013
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Tesla Model S 60-kW-h Version Rated at 94/97 MPGe, Goes 208 Miles

The EPA has released official ratings for the mid-range Tesla Model S with the 60-kw-h battery, which scores a rating of 94/97 mpge city/highway, and 95 mpge combined. In addition, the government agency has rated the mid-level battery pack’s range at 208 miles. Although the 60-kW-h battery provides less range than the 85-kW-h unit, found in our 2013 Car of the Year, the mid-range model uses less energy to travel 100 miles. Where it takes 38 ...
5th July 2013
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It’s Coming: Tesla’s Model S Beginning Deliveries in Second Quarter of 2012

Tesla is only in the first of two development stages for the electric Model S four-door hatchback, but it might not be long before we see a four-door Tesla rolling through Beverly Hills. Production of the Model S, Tesla announced at the Detroit Auto Show, will start in the second quarter of 2012. The all-electric Model S is claimed to have a range of 300 miles and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Tesla hopes ...
3rd July 2013
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Toyota Overhauling Lineup to Stay Relevant and Retain Market Supremacy

In a blitz of new offerings coming, Toyota is aiming to retain its top sales spot after facing the worst two-year stint in its recent history, littered with recalls, runaways, earthquakes, and financial disasters. By the end of next year, Toyota will have 10 new products rolling into showrooms, from a new Yaris subcompact to the all-new 2012 Toyota Avalon full-size sedan ...
24th June 2013
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Tesla Reports 2012 Losses, Expects Positive Q1 2013

Starting a new car company is hard. Tesla has been finding that out, and it has reported larger losses in 2012 than it did in 2013. It’s not all bad, though – the company is now building 400 Model S cars per day and is on track to produce 20,000 of them this year. Indeed, the automaker says much of its red ink stems directly from ramping up production of the Model S, the company’s sole ...
24th June 2013
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Tesla Offers Additional 2.7 Million Shares, Plans to Repay DOE Loan Early

Tesla has announced it will offer 2,703,027 shares of common stock along with $450 million worth of convertible senior notes that mature by 2018. The money raised from this public offering will primarily be used to pay off Tesla’s Department of Energy loan with interest. Tesla CEO and co-founder Elon Musk will purchase $100 million worth of the shares himself, with $45 million purchased from the common stock offering and $55 million bought directly from Tesla ...
20th June 2013
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Tesla Releases New Photos of Model S Sedan as Production Nears

Although initially slated to go on sale this year, the Tesla Model S seems to be inching closer to production. The electric car maker has just released new pictures of its Model S Alpha pre-production test vehicle, and, at least on styling alone, it looks ready to take on the competition in the midsize luxury market. Looking similar to the silver Alpha test car Tesla showed us a while back, this sinewy black model sharpens its ...
19th June 2013
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Report: Tesla Under Fire Over Factory-Owned Stores – Rumor Central

Haven’t we heard this one before? An auto manufacturer opens a dealership owned by them (and not a franchise) and gets called out by various dealer organizations and state governments for violating franchise laws. Tesla is now coming under fire for that very reason. Automotive News is reporting that the manufacturer-owned stores that Tesla has been opening up across the country are in a direct violation of various states’ franchise laws. Some states completely prohibit dealerships ...