Thursday Morning Auto News, Feb 08, 2024: Ford plans small, cheap EVs, pulls plug on auto-park. Tesla layoffs could be imminent. More.

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Giga-not: Tesla down in Deutschland

Not a good start for Tesla in Germany, where it has an alleged gigafactory allegedly in Berlin: January Tesla registrations came in 25.7% below the same month in the prior year, data released by Germany’s regulator Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) show. Registrations by all BEVs rose 23.9% in the same month. Hybrids were up 32% in the same month, plug-in-hybrids were up a stout 62.6%.

Of course, Elon Musk’s defenders will say that the first month of a quarter always looks anemic after every possible sale was squeezed into the last month of the prior quarter. Not this time: Tesla’s December 2023, down 77.1% YoY, was nothing like the final spurt we were accustomed to in prior years .

Germany’s  BEV market continues to be dominated by Volkswagen Group, a company with a failed BEV strategy if Elon Musk’s defenders are to be believed. Tesla can be proud that its Model Y is Germany’s best-selling BEV, a dubious achievement as Volkswagen Group spreads its BEV sales across 15 models and 5 brands.

Wednesday Morning Auto News, Feb 07, 2024: Toyota shares hit record high. UAW signs majority of workers at VW Tennessee. Musk’s SpaceX accused of sexual harassment. More.

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Tuesday Morning Auto News, Feb 06, 2024: Toyota operating profit jumps, production may slow. Tesla owner wearing Apple Vision Pro arrested. Tesla BOD does drugs with Musk. Mini fini. More

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Monday Morning Auto News, Feb 05, 2024: Hertz pauses plans to buy EVs. Musk took drugs with board. Toyota hybrids crushing it. More.

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Friday Morning Auto News, Feb 02, 2024: Tesla, VW at risk of ties to Uyghur forced labor in China. Floating sauna rescues Tesla driver. Musk gets squeezed in Delaware. More.

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Thursday Morning Auto News, Feb 01, 2024: Musk called overpaid, overrated. Tesla sued for hazardous waste handling. Volvo dumps EVs, shares jump. More.

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Wednesday Morning Auto News, Jan 31, 2024: Judge voids Musk’s $55bln pay package. Musk slams Delaware. Tesla market share drops in CA. More.

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