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Tesla Model S Named to TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012 List

By all accounts, the Tesla Model S is a formidable offering in the electric vehicle world, a market that’s still considered to be in its infant stage.

Recently, the American automaker’s newest sedan landed on TIME Magazine‘s Best Invention of the Year 2012 list. The publication went so far as to say that the Tesla “has the lines of a Jaguar” but was mostly impressed by its range of 200-plus miles.

Of course, we loved the fact that the Model S delivers 362 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque and in our review commented that; “This might not just be the future of the electric car. The Tesla Model S could be the future of the American auto industry.”

By Jason Siu

Tesla CEO Musk Admits Fault for Creative Finance Calculator


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has admitted that the automaker’s online finance calculator was misleading and has confirmed it will be fixed to not include non-financial factors in the online monthly payment.

Musk admitted fault with the calculator during a conference call on Friday, stating that Tesla was in the wrong, and the media was right to criticize it. The online calculator displays the monthly cost of owning a Tesla under its lease-to-buy offer. Problem is, the calculator included factors such as time saved by not having to pump gas, helping lower the monthly payment presented to shoppers with non-cash savings.

SEE ALSO: Tesla Model S Resale Value to be Industry’s Best, Says CEO Musk

Tesla will be fixing the online calculator so that the cost savings estimates are more conservative.

“We were wrong, those people were right,” he said. “We need to fix it.”

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By Jason Siu

Tesla vs The New York Times: Round Three

In what has turned into quite the battle between New York Times writer John Broder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Broder has issued a response to Musks’ most recent claims.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk accused Broder of purposely sabotaging the test, to which Broder has adamantly stated that isn’t the case. In his new blog, Broder gives more clarity as to what occurred – essentially his side of the story as to how he reached the conclusions that he originally reported.

SEE ALSO: Tesla CEO Releases Official Rebuttal to NY Times Story

Those that have been following the story know that Tesla has accused Broder of driving in a “tiny 100-space parking lot” to purposely drain the battery. According to Broder, that was him driving around the Milford plaza on Interstate 95 in the dark, trying to find the “unlighted and poorly marked Tesla Supercharger.”

Broder’s larger defense, however, against all of Musk’s claims is that the actions he took were a direct result of advice provided to him by Tesla staff, including engineers and PR reps.

If you’d like to read Broder’s full account, which offers plenty of responses to Musk’s statements, follow the source link below. Tesla has already stated that its response would be the American automaker’s last one, so we don’t expect a rebuttal from Tesla… for now.

[Source: New York Times]

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By Jason Siu

Monster Tajima Test Drives Tesla Model S – Video

Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima knows a thing or two about cars having conquered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb multiple times. 

Recently, he has become a spokesperson for electric vehicles, campaigning a Monster Sport E-Runner EV at the famous event this year.

So it’s natural that a driver like Tajima would want to hop into an EV, but at the same time, boring can’t possibly be acceptable for a man with his resume. He was the first driver to break the ’10 minute barrier’ at Pikes Peak, and after achieving a record nine career wins at the event, Tajima hopped behind the wheels of a Tesla Model S to put it to the test.

Not surprisingly, Tajima was impressed with the Model S’ performance, going so far as to say “the car I test drove today was extremely well tuned and balanced.” He went on to comment that the quality of handling was incredible in the Model S, and believes that no other car model like it will be available any time soon.

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By Jason Siu

Elon Musk Publishes Final Note on Tesla vs. New York Times

As the saga between Tesla and The New York Times comes to an end (allegedly), Tesla CEO Elon Musk has released a final, final note on the controversy.

Recently, the publication released a statement in regards to the article, stating that Public Editor John Broder had “problems with precision and judgment,” “took casual and imprecise notes,” and made “few conclusions that are unassailable.” Over last week, several other publications did the same drive as Broder, as did several Tesla Model S owners in order to compare their data with The New York Times.

SEE ALSO: Tesla vs The New York Times: Round Three

Musk took the time to thank The New York Times for looking into the matter, as well as the other publications that did their own individual tests. And of course, he also thanked the rally of hundreds of Tesla customers that helped recreate the same route Broder had driven just to prove a point.

You can read more on Musk’s statement by following the source link below.

[Source: Tesla]

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By Jason Siu

Tesla Model S Production to Hit 400 Weekly by December

Tesla is proud to announce that it has successfully transitioned to a mass production car company, and aims to have 400 Model S vehicles in production per week by December.

The automaker published a company letter to its shareholders on its website, announcing that production has been ramped up from a mere five cars per week at the beginning of the quarter. Tesla ultimately wants to produce at least 20,000 vehicles a year, which it hopes to achieve with its target goal of 400 per week by December.

This is good news for Tesla, which reported a third-quarter loss of $110.8 million. The Tesla Model S was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s best inventions of 2012.

“The third quarter was a fundamental turning point for Tesla as we successfully transitioned to a mass production car company, growing from manufacturing five cars per week at the beginning of the quarter to 100 cars per week by the end,” the letter said. “That rate has doubled since last month and is now at over 200 cars per week or 10,000 cars per year, which is at the critical threshold needed for Tesla to generate positive operating cash flow.”

By Jason Siu

Tesla Supercharger to be Unveiled on September 24

Continuing to push the envelope on electric vehicle technology, Tesla will be unveiling its ‘supercharger’ on September 24th, which the American automaker claims will charge the Model S to full charge in one hour.

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a recent tweet, the Tesla Supercharger will “feel like alien spaceships landed at highway rest stops.” Quite the image to depict, but Musk has always been known for his vibrant statements. Though the misnomer might have you believe that the Model S was getting some form of forced induction, the Tesla Supercharger is in fact a quick-electric charger for the electric sedan.

The American automaker hopes to quell range anxiety for electric vehicle owners interested in taking long trips with its supercharger. Details on Tesla’s deployment plans will also come on the date of its unveiling, but it’s not expected for home use but rather on the road. According to some media reports, the stations could be solar powered and can charge up the Tesla Model S in as little as 45 minutes.

By Jason Siu

Tesla vs The New York Times, Round 5

Tesla CEO Elon Musk may have published his “final word” on The New York Times’ review of his company’s Model S electric car, but apparently the finality of his remarks only apply to the written word, as he elaborated on his feelings during a keynote address at the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) in Texas.

Delivering a speech that touched on everything Musk has his hands in in from space travel to electric vehicles, he referred to the review as a “low-grade ethics violation” and felt that it was not done in good faith. Musk adamantly believes that reporter John Broder purposely misled readers in his Model S review.

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk Publishes Final Note on Tesla vs. New York Times

Over the weekend, Musk said that he regretted providing the data and a rebuttal to Broder’s review to Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times’ public editor before publishing it himself. Sullivan has since published a column stating that Broder took “casual and imprecise” notes but stood behind his integrity – what Musk believes is the important point to the issue.

“I have no problem with negative feedback, nor do I have a problem with critical reviews,” Musk said Saturday. “I have a problem with false reviews.”

[Source: Automotive News]

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By Jason Siu

Top 10 Most Collectible Cars of 2013

10. Ford Focus ST

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Interested in nabbing yourself a future collectible? Hagerty Insurance specializes in classic cars and is predicting the top 10 most collectible cars of 2013 that are under $100,000.

Listed based on the vehicle’s MSRP, the Ford Focus ST kicks off the list in the number-10 spot with a starting price of $23,700. Powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, the American automaker’s hot hatch is an undeniable bargain at under $25,000. Hagerty believes its performance and price will make it an attractive collectible in years to come.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Focus ST Review – Video

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By Jason Siu

Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Luxury Cars

10. (TIE) 3-Series Hybrid, Mercedes E400 Hybrid, Infiniti M35h, Buick LaCrosse/Regal eAssist: 29 mpg

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Who is to say that luxury car buyers aren’t affected by high gas prices? If you want to drive in comfort, style, and have the latest high tech goodies in a car, you shouldn’t have to pay more at the pump for it. Here are our picks for the top 10 most fuel friendly luxury cars, ranked in order of their combined city/highway mpg numbers.

Quite a few luxury cars hit the 29 mpg mark combined. The most impressive of the bunch is the Buick LaCrosse, which manage to get solid fuel economy, despite its bigger size. The Infiniti, Mercedes and BMW vehicles make do with a high-power pairing of a six-cylinder engine and an electric motor, which gives the end result of over 300-hp.

The Buicks use a mild hybrid system called eAssist which pairs a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with a conventional automatic, and a compact lithium ion battery to get its impressive fuel economy numbers.

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By Sami Haj-Assaad