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Tesla Australia has recalled more than 800 Model S sedans, over concerns about faulty bolts in the steering rack. According to the company, vehicles with Bosch steering racks exposed to long-term, high-corrosion environments could have corroded aluminium bolts attaching the power steering gear assist motor...

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Telsa Model 3 production halted
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Telsa Model 3 production halted

Tesla has paused Model 3 production for up to five days, as it seeks to improve automation processes in its Fremont, California, factory. According to a report in BuzzFeed, the break in production came as a surprise to employees, who have allegedly been forced to use annual leave or stay home without pay...


Tesla Model Y to commence production in 2019 – report
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Tesla Model Y to commence production in 2019 – report

Tesla is aiming to commence production of the new Model Y SUV from November 2019, according to a new report out of the US. Reuters claims two anonymous sources "with knowledge of the supply chain" have confirmed the Silicon Valley-based EV specialist will kick off manufacturing of its second crossover model late next year, along with the commencement of Chinese production two years later...


Tesla Model 3: Dual-motor "probably" coming in July
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Tesla Model 3: Dual-motor "probably" coming in July

The more powerful, dual-motor Tesla Model 3 could enter production as soon as July this year, as the brand continues its production ramp-up. Asked by a Twitter user when the dual-motor model would arrive, CEO Elon Musk said Tesla needs to be building 5000 cars per week before adding another variant to the line...


Tesla being investigated over fatal Autopilot accident
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Tesla being investigated over fatal Autopilot accident

Tesla and the US National Transport Safety Board are investigating a fatal crash involving Autopilot. Wei Huang, an Apple software engineer, was killed when his Model X struck a barrier on US Highway 101 in Mountain View, California on March 23. According to Tesla, the driver received multiple visual and one audible 'hands-on warning', and was running with his hands off the wheel for six seconds prior to the accident...


Tesla Model 3: Q1 production figures revealed
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Tesla Model 3: Q1 production figures revealed

Tesla has once again missed its production target for the Model 3, but things are improving in the brand's push for mass-market success. The company described Q1, 2018 as "by far the most productive quarter" in its history, with a total 34,494 cars produced. Just 9766 of that figure were the Model 3 – the rest were Model S and Model X...


Tesla announces eight-year warranty for Model S and Model X
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Tesla announces eight-year warranty for Model S and Model X

American electric car maker Tesla has announced an eight-year new car warranty for Australian customers this week, along with eight years of roadside assistance. The company's announcement stipulates all new vehicles are covered for eight years (96 months) or 160,000km, whichever comes first, from the time of purchase...


Jaguar I-Pace v Tesla Model X drag race – VIDEO
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Jaguar I-Pace v Tesla Model X drag race – VIDEO

The Jaguar I-Pace hasn't been around long, but it's already being compared with the Tesla Model X.  Although the Big Cat is a bit smaller than Elon Musk's showy crossover, there are plenty of similarities. Both the Model X and I-Pace come with dual-motor all-wheel drive, and the 90kWh battery in the Jaguar is a rough match for the 75kWh or 100kWh options in the Tesla...


Ford Takata airbag recall announced
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Ford Takata airbag recall announced

Ford Australia has today announced details of its recall for vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbag inflators. As required under the compulsory recall program announced earlier this week, Ford will first contact owners of the oldest affected vehicles before working its way up to newer vehicles with a lesser risk...


Tesla Model 3 crash prompts rapid software update
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Tesla Model 3 crash prompts rapid software update

Tesla's mass-market Model 3 hasn't been on the road for long, but people are already starting to crash them. An owner, running under the Reddit username Model 3 Crash Test Dummy, smashed their car into a parked vehicle at 97km/h...


Tesla stands by revised production targets, posts worst-ever quarter
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Tesla stands by revised production targets, posts worst-ever quarter

Tesla has stood by plans to build 2500 Model 3s per week by the end of March, despite having posted its worst-ever quarterly loss in Q4 of 2017. The company lost US$675.4 million ($864.2 million) across October, November and December 2017, compared to a $121 million loss in the same period of 2016. The information was disclosed in its financial results and shareholder letter...


Tesla Model S racing series gets green light
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Tesla Model S racing series gets green light

The Electric Production Car Series (EPCS) has been approved by international motorsport governing body FIA this week. Headlining the series will be a grid of race-spec Tesla Model S P100Ds, putting out a massive 585kW of power (778hp). The Tesla Model S race car recently passed its official FIA crash test, which no doubt played a part in the series getting approved...


Bob Lutz: "I suggest buying a Model S while they're still available"
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Bob Lutz: "I suggest buying a Model S while they're still available"

Outspoken auto-industry veteran, Bob Lutz, has called on vehicle collectors to buy a Tesla Model S "while they're still available", insinuating the Silicon Valley startup isn't far from its demise. An article in the Los Angeles Times quotes a speech from the former General Motors vice chairman in Scottsdale, Arizona last week, saying in 25 years time people will be looking back thinking "too bad [Tesla] went broke"...


Tesla Model S-based Shooting Brake revealed
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Tesla Model S-based Shooting Brake revealed

A UK-based company has produced its first Shooting Brake, based on the Tesla Model S. We know what you're thinking - "wasn't it meant to be revealed next year?" - but this is actually a different company and a different car. Qwest is a recently-formed aftermarket conversion company based in Norfolk, UK, that has been working for over a year on the wagon-backed Model S, touting the vehicle as the "world's first and quickest EV Shooting Brake"...


World-first satellite tech being tested in Melbourne
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World-first satellite tech being tested in Melbourne

VicRoads is teaming up with BOSCH, the TAC, Geoscience Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information to test a world-first satellite positioning system in Albert Park. The test is part of a wider Australasian trial of a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), backed by $12 million in funding from the Australian Government and $2 million from the New Zealand Government...


RemetzCar teases Model S Shooting Brake
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RemetzCar teases Model S Shooting Brake

Dutch coachbuilder, RemetzCar, has released a teaser of its new shooting brake based on the Tesla Model S. Just 20 examples of the swoopy electric wagon will be produced by the firm, which already produces a Model S-based Hearse along with stretched 'Executive' versions of the already long-wheelbase Audi A8L and Range Rover SVAutobiography...


Tesla Roadster launch is an illusion, nothing more
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Tesla Roadster launch is an illusion, nothing more

Who saw that coming? Tesla, having announced its semi-trailer to the world, whipped the covers off a successor to its first vehicle last week, the Roadster. Its claimed numbers are seriously impressive: the 'base' car dispatches the 0-96km/h sprint in 1.9 seconds, and will have a top speed around 400km/h. Oh, and range is expected to be around 1000km...


Tesla Pickup teased
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Tesla Pickup teased

The surprise reveals from Tesla continue, with  the company previewing an pickup based on the Semi revealed last week. Shown during the launch of the Tesla Semi and manic Tesla Roadster, the design sketch above shows a fairly large ute with another ute sitting in the tray - CEO Elon Musk describes it as a "pickup that can carry a pickup truck"...


Tesla Roadster returns, Musk calls it world's fastest car
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Tesla Roadster returns, Musk calls it world's fastest car

Tesla has pulled an old school 'surprise reveal' today, wheeling out a second iteration of the Roadster that originally made the company's name. We thought we were just going to be watching the web reveal of its new electric truck..


Tesla Semi truck revealed, production to begin in 2019
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Tesla Semi truck revealed, production to begin in 2019

Elon Musk has revealed his sleek all-electric truck today, and suddenly it seems clear I wasn't the only child poring over Usborne's Book of the Future (1979), all those years ago. Unveiled less than 18 months after first revealing 'part two' of his 'master plan', Musk's Tesla Semi is not the first all-electric truck - there are some operating here in Australia - but, as seems ever the case with Tesla, it is likely to build plenty of hype...