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Tesla Model 3: How Can Such a Good Car Be So Bad

Teardown of battery-electric vehicle reveals many surprises.

by on Apr.25, 2018

"You can see the gaps from the moon" on the body of a Tesla Model 3, according to Sandy Munro.

With apologies to Charles Dickens, think of it as two tales of a car, suggests Sandy Munro, head of the suburban Detroit competitive analysis firm, Munro and Associates. How can such a breakthrough vehicle also have so many problems, he asks, during a lengthy look at what’s under the skin of the Tesla Model 3.

Over the years, Munro’s firm has vivisected hundreds of automobiles, including a number of new battery-electric vehicles, such as the BMW i3 and Chevrolet Bolt EV. But few teardowns, he suggested, have been more eye-opening than Tesla’s first mainstream offering. In terms of its battery-based drivetrain technology, the Model 3 readily sets a benchmark, but it’s another matter entirely with many of the things an owner more readily sees, including a body with massive quality and fit-and-finish problems.

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“It’s the best of (cars) and the worst of (cars),” Munro said, during a special meeting of the Detroit Automotive Press Association held at his Auburn Hills facility. “Some stuff gets a six, on a scale of one to five, others a one.”

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Bosch Says It has Secret to Cleaning Diesel Emissions

Fix could save the diesel engine — in Europe anyway.

by on Apr.25, 2018

Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner says the company has resolved the issue of diesel emissions.

Nearly three years after the start of “dieselgate” and Volkswagen’s nearly complete switch from diesels to battery electrics, auto supplier Robert Bosch GmbH says it has developed a method for cutting emissions from diesels to levels well below U.S. and European requirements.

If true, the move could save the diesel — at least in Europe where a number of cities are enacting bans on vehicles with emissions above certain levels.

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“There’s a future for diesel,” Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner says in a statement announcing the breakthrough alongside the organization’s annual meeting in Stuttgart. “Today, we want to put a stop, once and for all, to the debate about the demise of diesel technology.” (more…)

GM Puts Third Shift Back in Place in Spring Hill Plant

New shift will add 700 jobs in September.

by on Apr.25, 2018

GM is adding 700 jobs at its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant to build more Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia crossovers.

The on-again, off-again third shift at General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, is on again, this time producing more crossovers as well as an Acadia vehicle for the company’s Australian brand, Holden.

The third shift is expected to begin production in September 2018 and add 700 new jobs. Industry wide, customers are increasingly purchasing crossovers, trucks and SUVs over sedans. Crossovers make up nearly half of the U.S. retail market (48.5%), according to GM.

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Crossovers are booming for GM too as the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 are posting strong results. Acadia retail sales were up more than 15% for the first quarter of 2018 on a year-over-year basis. Total Acadia sales were up 3%, marking the best first quarter ever for Acadia sales for both retail and total. (more…)

Court Orders Reinstatement of Fuel-Economy Fines

Automakers will need to keep to Obama administration numbers.

by on Apr.25, 2018

President Donald Trump's rollback of Obama administration CAFE standards was halted by an appellate court.

The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals this week blocked the Trump administration’s efforts delay indefinitely higher penalties for automakers that don’t meet certain fuel efficiency standards.

The rule calling for higher penalties on gas guzzlers was first imposed by the Obama administration and the court’s decision was hailed by environmental groups led by the Natural Resources Defense Council and officials from five states led by California and New York that challenged Trump administration in court.

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New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, one of five attorneys general, who brought the suit at the behest of the environmental groups also lauded the court’s decision, which makes it far less likely the Trump administration can block the added fines. (more…)

Lexus Betting Big on All-New ES

Gen-7 sedan expected to remain key model in luxury line-up.

by on Apr.25, 2018

The seventh-generation 2019 Lexus ES.

For those who haven’t been watching, the 2019 Lexus line-up won’t have much in common with the model mix of just five years ago. Where sedans once dominated the brand’s product portfolio, crossovers like the new UX and NX, as well as the long-popular RX, have overwhelmed traditional Lexus sedans such as the LS and GS.

So, it might come as a surprise to see the big deal Lexus is making over the launch of the all-new 2019 ES sedan, going so far as to stage simultaneous previews in both Los Angeles and the Beijing Motor Show.

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“We’re acutely aware there’s a robust SUV market in the U.S., and Lexus is playing a part in that,” said Cooper Ericksen, the brand’s U.S. marketing chief, said during the L.A. ES unveiling. “We understand the importance of SUVs, but we also understand the importance of great sedans.”

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2019 Lexus ES Sedan Breaks Cover in Beijing

Point-counterpoint, as Lexus adds F Sport, as well as hybrid versions.

by on Apr.24, 2018

Lexus aimed to put more "passion" into the design and performance of the 2019 ES.

After a series of fan dance teases, Lexus has finally pulled the wraps off its seventh-generation in a dual presentation at the Beijing Motor Show and near its old U.S. corporate headquarters in Los Angeles.

One of the first models ever introduced by the Japanese automaker, the ES has long been known for its comfort, reliability and value, though it has also helped Lexus earn a reputation for plain vanilla design and performance. The luxury arm of Toyota Motor Corp. is determined not to let that happen again.

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“The ES has always been an elegant luxury sedan,” said Yasuo Kojino, the 2019 model’s chief designer. “For this generation, we have added daring design elements that challenge the traditional expectations of buyers.”

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Audi Recalling 1.2 Million Vehicles Due to Fire Risk

German automaker making second attempt to solve problem.

by on Apr.24, 2018

The Audi Q5 from 2013-17 is part of a recall of 1.2 million vehicle globally due to a potential fire hazard.

Audi is recalling about 1.2 million vehicles around the world due to a potential fire hazard, and about 343,000 of those cars and SUVs are in the United States.

The German automaker is recalling the 2013–16 A4, the 2013–17 A5, the 2012–15 A6, and the Q5 SUV from 2013–17, all with 2.0-liter turbocharged engines.

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According to federal safety filings, the electric coolant pumps can overheat and possibly cause a fire. The pumps can become blocked with cooling system debris, or moisture in the pump can cause an electrical short. No reports of fires are listed. (more…)

Elio Motors Secures $2.5M in New Funding from Overstock

Once in production, plans call for Elio to be sold through Overstock.

by on Apr.24, 2018

Elio Motors just took in $2.5 million in new cash from a new investor.

Rarely has a three-wheeled anything, much less a car, engendered as much goodwill — and second (and third, fourth …) chances financially – as the Elio.

The quirky three-wheeled car initially introduced nearly five years ago has secured $2.5 million in new funds through a private stock placement with Overstock.com. The shares are worth $2.75 each, but as a private stock, it cannot be traded or sold.

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Elio Motors officials say the company intends to use the proceeds of the new investment to fund capital expenditures and repay certain outstanding debt and accounts payable. Since it’s a private placement, Elio will enter into a registration rights agreement with Overstock. (more…)

BMW Slashing Presence at Euro Car Shows, Could Pull Out of Some

Bavarian automaker shifting resources to alternate events, like CES.

by on Apr.24, 2018

The BMW i Vision Dynamics made its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Already planning to skip the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January, BMW is reportedly planning to sharply scale back its presence at European events like the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, according to a German news report, and it could abandon some of those entirely, as well.

The news comes as automakers large and small start to rethink their commitment to traditional auto shows which, the latest thinking goes, don’t generate the bang-for-the-buck they once did. At the same time, manufacturers are being offered a range of new alternatives, whether tech-focused events like CES or even one-brand shows that avoid the need for a carmaker to share the stage with competitors.

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BMW is planning to slash as much as 75% of its 2019 auto show budget, reports the German business publication Handelsblatt. At the Frankfurt Motor Show, where BMW had previously gone so far as constructing an indoor driving track, it will have just a 10,000 square foot display at the next event down from 36,000 in 2017.

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Amazon Will Now Deliver Packages to Your Car, as Well as Your Home

New program available to millions of GM and Volvo owners.

by on Apr.24, 2018

An Amazon driver uses a smartphone app to open the trunk on a Chevrolet Bolt EV.

More than 100 million people, half of them in the U.S., now subscribe to online retail giant Amazon Prime. The $99-a-year service not only offers free delivery on most packages to a customer’s home but is now adding a new twist: customers can have packages delivered to the trunk of their vehicles.

The In-Car Delivery program will be available, starting today, to millions of owners of General Motors and Volvo vehicles in 37 U.S. cities. To use the service, a customer will simply choose “in-car delivery” among the various options Amazon offers.

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“At Amazon, we are always working to make our customers’ lives easier and starting today….Prime members now have another way to ensure their packages are safe and secure—all for no additional cost,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President of Delivery Technology, Amazon.

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