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CarAdvice Podcast episode 10: Tesla tragedy, Panamera unveiled, Alaskan revealed, Dieselgate discussed, and much more

Welcome to episode 10 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric and Mandy Turner hold the fort on their own, exploring the latest news and reviews from CarAdvice across the automotive landscape and Australia's new-car market...

Tesla Model S driver killed while using Autopilot, reportedly watching movie - UPDATED

An American man has been killed while his Tesla Model S was driving itself in the semi-autonomous Autopilot mode. According to Reuters, the incident took place on May 7 near Williston, Florida, and is currently being investigated by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)...

CarAdvice Podcast episode 7: F-Type SVR and Audi S4, Toyota tops brand charts, and more

Welcome to episode 6 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric and Mandy Turner are joined again by Mike Costello to explore the news and reviews of the past week. As usual, there's also a fair bit of foolin' around...

Mercedes-Benz to outperform Tesla battery improvements by 280 per cent

Mercedes-Benz says that it expects to achieve a 14 per-cent increase in electric vehicle battery capacity each year, almost three times that of Tesla estimations. Speaking to CarAdvice at the Mercedes-Benz technology day in Stuttgart last week, the head of the company’s electric-drive system integration, Jurgen Schenk, confirmed his company’s plans for battery improvement technology, which should see a nearly doubling of both battery energy density and consequent electric vehicle (EV) range every five years...

Tesla: reports of restrictive repair agreements "preposterous", US govt not investigating

Reports this week that the US' National Highway Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) is leaning towards an investigation into restrictive non-disclosure agreements forced onto Tesla Model S owners have been quashed by the car maker today. Earlier this week, automotive news website Daily Kanban detailed stories from a number of Tesla owners who experienced suspension problems with their Model S sedans...

2016 Tesla Model S 60: new entry-level variant announced

Tesla Motors has announced a new model for its electric Model S lineup, with the Model S 60 carving a sharp $100,800 (plus on-road costs) entry level price in the range. Powered by the same electric motor fitted to the Model S 70, the Model S 60 has a software-limited 75kWh battery pack that offers a new reduced range of 400km...

Tesla Model 3 orders cancelled, $2b in new shares offered, China plant considered

Tesla Motors says it has now taken 373,000 deposits on the unreleased Model 3, though about 8000 customers have already cancelled their refundable orders, while a further 4200 were axed because they appeared to be speculator-driven duplicates. The latest order count was announced at the same time that the company announced the intended sale of $1...

Will the Tesla Model 3 ever actually launch?

Lining up for a product you don't know anything about or have never seen seems a bit strange, right? It's stranger still, when you consider it's a product that, locally, will be priced well in excess of $50,000. And when you can't be certain that the company you've left a deposit with can even get the manufacturing program in full swing..

Tesla Model S 75D confirmed, Australian orders open this week

A new Tesla Model S 75D variant has been accidentally revealed by the California Air Resource Board (CARB) in the US, and it has now also been confirmed for Australia. Under California state law, select alternative fuel vehicles are allowed to use the carpool lane...

2016 Tesla Model S facelift revealed

A subtle facelift for the Tesla Model S was quietly unveiled overnight, via the electric car maker's website. The most noticeable changes to the revised Tesla Model S have been introduced to the car's front end. Gone is the fake black grille, replaced by a slim piano black and chrome garnish that resembles the piece fitted to the front of the Model X crossover...

Mercedes-Benz boss says Elon Musk is a 'Mastermind'

"Elon Musk, and Tesla, in fact, is a mastermind, as far as publicity is concerned," says Mercedes-Benz global boss, Dr. Dieter Zetsche in a frank discussion with journalists from Australia at the launch of the new SLC range in Southern France. "Tesla has promised a lot, but has also delivered most of it. It remains to be seen how that will continue...