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2012-2016 Tesla Model S recalled

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...

Around the Tracks: Ford logos, Honda performance and off-road Suzukis

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world. Here’s a handful of the articles, videos and social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand-new, others have been online for a while...

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"

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

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

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

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

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...

GM expert: Elon Musk is ‘full of crap’ on Tesla’s autonomous driving capability

The director of autonomous integration at General Motors says claims by Tesla of its cars being able to conduct full level five SAE-certified autonomous driving are entirely false. Speaking to the Australian media in Detroit today, Scott Miller, GM's director of autonomous vehicle integration, said Elon Musk is "full of crap" when it comes to claims of the level five capability of current and upcoming Tesla vehicles...

Fatal Tesla Autopilot crash due to 'over-reliance on automation, lack of safeguards'

The United States' National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) has released its final findings on the fatal crash involving a Tesla Model S operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. The crash occurred in Florida in May 2016, when Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the underside of a tractor-trailer as the truck turned onto the non-controlled access highway...

2017 Tesla Model S, Model X: Entry variants score big acceleration boosts

Tesla has introduced a handful of updates across its Model S and Model X ranges this week, namely improving the acceleration of its non-performance variants. Headlining the changes is the significant improvement in terms of straight-line performance for the Model S 75 and 75D, which both can now accelerate from 0-100km/h a full second quicker than before - 4...