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CarAdvice podcast 131: Around Australia in a Tesla Model X

This week you're joined by Mandy Turner, Paul Maric and Scott Collie. In car news, the 2019 Porsche 911 and Mazda 3 have been revealed, Hyundai Ioniq pricing and specs have been announced, and GM has announced it'll be closing factories and culling models. Trent Nikolic reviews the 2019 Kia Rio GT-Line. On The Shortlist, we help Mark look for a ute for under $40,000...

CarAdvice on YourMoney, 28 November 2018: What's on this week's show?

On this week's episode of CarAdvice, Trent Nikolic and Paul Maric look at the impact of autonomous tech on driver attentiveness, Mazda's tough times, and news that will see recall-resistant drivers kept off the road. First up: A new study has shown that Tesla's Autopilot driving system can reduce a driver's reaction time in the event of an incident...

Elon Musk: Tesla was weeks from death

Elon Musk, outspoken CEO of Tesla, has confirmed the company was close to running out of cash as it dealt with numerous production issues surrounding its Model 3 sedan. In an interview with the Axios news program, which airs on HBO, Musk said, "The company was bleeding money like crazy [earlier this year], and if we didn’t solve these problems in a very short period of time, we would die"...

Tesla Model X v Lamborghini Aventador S drag - video

We know the Tesla Model X P100D is very, very quick off the line. It recently won a drag race against its super-SUV rivals, but there's always something faster and more powerful ready to race. With 450kW on tap from its four electric motors, and something called Ludicrous Mode, the Model X is a proper straight-line weapon, but it's up against some serious metal this time around...

Tesla Australia to add CCS chargers to support Model 3

Tesla Australia has announced it will upgrade its Supercharger network with Combined Charging System (CCS) plugs, in order to support the upcoming Model 3 sedan. Unlike the Model S and Model X, the Model 3 will come with a CCS port, which combines AC and DC connectors – the S and X are currently produced with only a Type 2 port that doesn't allow them to utilise most public DC fast-chargers without an adapter...

Model X, Urus, G63, SVR drag race - video

The 'super-SUV' segment is a relatively young one, but it's already getting crowded. Along with the Tesla Model X P100D, there's the new Lamborghini Urus, the recently-revealed Mercedes-AMG G63 and the Range Rover Sport SVR competing for (lots of) your dollars. To work out which is the quickest in a straight line, Mat Watson from Carwow pulled the aforementioned vehicles together for a drag race...

Tesla names Telstra executive as new chairwoman

Tesla has appointed Robyn Denholm, currently chief financial officer and head of strategy at Telstra, as the automaker's new chairwoman, effective immediately. She will replace Elon Musk as Tesla's chair, who will remain as the company's CEO. Musk was compelled to relinquish his role as chairman in a deal with the US Securities and Exchange Commission over his false assertion on Twitter that he had secured funding to take the company private...

Autopilot makes driver reactions up to three times slower - study

There have been a number of high-profile crashes involving Tesla Autopilot in 2018, caused by drivers overestimating the semi-autonomous assistance system's capabilities. We know leaning heavily on Level Two automation is risky, but exactly how risky is tough to quantify. A team of Australian researchers is trying to do just that, however, as part of a study into driver attention and semi-autonomous vehicles...

Tesla Model 3 coming to Australia in 'mid-2019'

The Tesla Model 3 should start arriving in Australia during the middle of 2019, according to new tweets from company CEO, Elon Musk. Asked by a customer about when the 'affordable' electric sedan would be arriving locally, Musk responded with "around mid-2019" – actually sooner than the initial timeframe promised...

FBI investigating Tesla's Model 3 production targets

The US government is reportedly looking into whether aggressive production targets for the Tesla Model 3 were misleading for investors. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) is investigating whether the electric car maker misled investors with its ambitious production targets for the Model 3...

Tesla Model 3 drives first profitable quarter since 2016

Concerns around unorthodox production methods, factory working conditions, build quality and delays have done little to dent interest in the Tesla Model 3, with the new more affordable car driving the brand to its first profit in years...