Does Autosteer Actually Deserve Credit For a 40% Reduction In Tesla Crashes?

Tesla's high-flying image, which had been moving from strength to strength since early 2013, hit its biggest speed bump last year when its Autopilot semi-autonomous/Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) came under scrutiny in the wake of Joshua … [Continue reading]

Some strange Kandi: ‘Source Close To Geely’ Calls Tesla/Geely/Kandi Story ‘Mental’

A long article appeared yesterday on the stock-picker site Seeking Alpha, suggesting a Chinese ménage a trois of some sort between California carmaker Tesla, Chinese carmaker Geely, and Kandi, Chinese maker of the Kandi EV small electric city car. … [Continue reading]

Friday morning car news roundup, March 10, 2017

Top News: Carmakers eye more UK suppliers to handle hard Brexit - Reuters: * McLaren ready to source more UK components if there are tariffs Skoda will lead VW, Tata cooperation in India - Automotive News: By teaming up with Tata Motors, … [Continue reading]

The Future Tesla Model 3 Buyer Drives A Toyota, And That’s A Huge Problem

California carmaker Tesla is sitting on, at last count, 373,000 pre-orders for its more affordably priced Model 3 sedan. A confidential study conducted for a major automaker shows that Tesla’s Model 3 has changed the market long before its … [Continue reading]

Thursday morning car news roundup, March 9, 2017

Top News: BMW earnings hit by 5 Series ramp-up costs, leasing - Reuters: Startup costs for BMW's new 5 Series model contributed to lower-than-expected 2016 operating earnings at the German luxury carmaker, which knocked its shares on Thursday. … [Continue reading]

Model 3 Reservation Holder Survey Underlines Tesla’s Mass Market Challenge

  Much of the critical coverage of Tesla Motors, both here at Daily Kanban and elsewhere, has focused on issues that Tesla is able to get away with as a small-volume manufacturer serving an affluent, early-adopter market segment. From … [Continue reading]

Wednesday morning car news roundup, March 08, 2017

Top News:   Budget 2017: Government to launch diesel scrappage scheme - Autocar: British motorists could be encouraged to swap older diesel vehicles for greener ones with cash back or money off Electric Cars For The Masses Go Missing … [Continue reading]

Lawyers Seek To Derail Volkswagen’s Billion Dollar Dieselgate Deal

On Friday, and in Federal Court in Michigan, Volkswagen is expected to plea guilty to three felony criminal counts, pay $2.8 billion in criminal fines, and promise to sin no more. All in an effort to put 10 years of dieselgate cheating behind itself. … [Continue reading]