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Tesla to lay off nine per cent of workforce

Tesla will cut thousands of jobs in search of reduced costs and strong profit margins, as part of a restructure promised by Elon Musk last month. In an internal email to staff, the company's CEO said the cuts were "almost entirely made from [its] salaried population and no production associates were included" which, if the email is to be believed, shouldn't impact Model 3 production numbers...

Tesla Autopilot: Elon Musk promises 'full self-driving features' by August

Elon Musk has taken to Twitter promising some 'full self-driving features' will be rolled out as part of an August update for Tesla's Autopilot driver assist system. At the moment, Autopilot is limited to Level 2 automation. Although stories about Tesla 'drivers' sleeping and sitting in the passenger seat – and, unfortunately, crashing while reliant on the system – abound, Autopilot is only meant to operate under constant driver supervision...

Tesla Model X: Autopilot could be at fault in fatal accident

A preliminary report from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says Autopilot may have steered toward the dividing barrier on US Highway 101 before a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model X earlier this year. It's worth mentioning up front, the investigation isn't complete, and the NTSB hasn't nailed down a probably cause for the crash...

Tesla Model 3: Deposit refund data revealed, teardown shows production cost

Tesla's profit margins – or rather, its constant losses – have been the subject of countless column inches, but no-one has done the maths on what a Model 3 actually costs to build. That is, no one had until WirtschaftsWoche broke down four Model 3s in what Elon Musk described as the "best analysis of Model 3 to date"...

Tesla Model 3: Consumer Reports backflips on 'don't buy' verdict

It's amazing what difference a week can make in motoring. Just last week, Consumer Reports said it wouldn't recommend the Tesla Model 3, after testing revealed some strange behaviour under brakes. Elon Musk responded quickly, telling the world he – or rather, Tesla – could fix the problem with an over-the-air update...

ACCC adds 1.1 million vehicles to compulsory Takata recall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has added around 1.1 million vehicles to the Takata airbag recall, publishing a new list of vehicles previously not known to have been affected. While these models aren't under active recall just yet, the ACCC has identified them as subject to future recalls by their respective manufacturers as part of the compulsory campaign that requires affected makes to replace all defective airbags before the end of 2020...

US consumer groups label Tesla Autopilot system 'deceptive'

Two groups, The Center for Auto Safety and Consumer Watchdog, have called on the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the Tesla Autopilot system. The two organisations claim Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, have deliberately misled and deceived "consumers into believing that Autopilot is safer and more capable than it is known to be", and have "made it reasonable for Tesla owners to believe, and act on that belief, that a Tesla with Autopilot is an autonomous vehicle capable of 'self-driving'"...

CarAdvice podcast 104: Formula E 'awful and so freaking slow'

In the studio this week with Mandy Turner are Mike Costello and Kez Casey. In car news, pricing and specs for the 2019 Ford Ranger and 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio TI have been announced, along with leaked details about the Renault Megane RS. Plus, Audi Australia is focusing on sustainability instead of volume, specs for the Tesla Model 3 Performance have been revealed, and the Chrysler 300 SRT Core and BMW 530D have joined the NSW Highway Patrol fleet...

Tesla would 'die' if it made entry-level Model 3 now

Elon Musk, outspoken Tesla CEO, has confirmed the company's precarious financial situation is the reason it can't build the entry-level Tesla Model 3 at the moment. Responding to a question posed on Twitter by Ivaylo Ivanov, Musk replied, "Shipping min cost Model 3 right away wd cause Tesla to lose money & die"...

Tesla Model 3 'not good enough to recommend' - Consumer Reports

Elon Musk is promising to fix the problems with the Model 3's braking performance, after Consumer Reports – a similar publication to Choice – returned poor results in its braking tests, and dubbed the car 'not good enough to recommend'. During testing, Consumer Reports discovered "flaws – big flaws" with the 'affordable' Model 3's brakes...

Tesla Model 3 Performance specs revealed

Tesla has finally announced what we can expect from the Model 3 Performance, which should be making its way to US customers soon. So, what's the story? Tesla knows a thing or two about acceleration, so we'll start there. The 0-60mph (0-97km/h) sprint takes 3.5 seconds in dual-motor Performance models, before topping out at 250km/h...