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Tesla Struggling With Major Quality Issues

Current, former employees claim poor quality parts adding to delays.

by on Mar.14, 2018

Tesla's Fremont plant is churning out poor quality parts and vehicles, according current and former employees.

California-based EV maker Tesla’s ongoing struggles with two major problems – executive retention and manufacturing quality – reared their ugly heads again this week.

The company saw two high-level executives, Susan Repo, Tesla’s corporate treasurer and vice president of finance, and Eric Branderiz, chief accounting officer, leave the company within about a week of one another.

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Repo left to become the chief financial officer of another company and Branderiz left for personal reasons, according to reports. (more…)

Jaguar I-Pace Pricing Undercuts Tesla Model X

British EV SUV will match base range but falls short on acceleration.

by on Mar.07, 2018

Jaguar now has three SUVs in its line-up, though only the I-Pace is electrified.

Jaguar’s first-ever battery-electric vehicle will start at $70,495 – including delivery charges — when it reaches U.S. showrooms later this year, about $9,000 less than the Tesla Model S.

The British maker is giving the public a first close look at its first-ever battery-electric vehicle at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The I-Pace will soon join Jaguar’s expanding list of sport-utility vehicles which also includes the conventionally powered F-Pace and E-Pace models.

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“We set out with a clean sheet approach to harness new battery electric technology with an architecture engineered from the outset to optimize EV performance, aerodynamics and interior space. The result is the I-PACE – a true Jaguar and a truly driver-focused EV,” Ian Hoban, Jaguar’s Vehicle Line Director, said during a media preview last week.


First Drive: 2018 Volvo XC40

Small, less formal-looking package still offers plenty of comfort, sophistication.

by on Feb.28, 2018

The new Volvo XC40 gives the brand an entry in the growing compact crossover segment.

Utility vehicles such as the XC90 and XC60 have led Volvo’s revival around the world.

Now Volvo is adding a new smallish – if you can call a vehicle that weighs two tons small – utility vehicle to its engaging product portfolio.

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The XC40 is what the carmakers have started calling an “an urban crossover” and it offers a comfortable, luxurious experience in a modest way, with ample if not overwhelming power, the latest safety and connected technology as well as well-modulated ride and handling in a nicely designed package. (more…)

Toyota Dominates Consumer Reports’ Top Ten Cars for 2018 – But Genesis is Number One Brand

Chevy Bolt named Best Green Car; "further proof" EVs are ready for the mainstream, says CR.

by on Feb.22, 2018

The Genesis G90 is one of the vehicles garnering attention in this year's Consumer Reports auto guide.

Toyota, a brand long known for its long-term reliability, overwhelmingly dominates the 10-best list from Consumer Reports magazine, nabbing four of the spots on the influential publication’s annual list of the best vehicles on the market.

But CR’s annual auto issue had a number of surprises, including the appearance of the Chevrolet Bolt battery-car among the industry’s best models. Equally unexpected was the debut of Genesis as the top-ranked luxury brand overall, the South Korean marque toppling Audi as the highest-ranked luxury brand.

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“Not many car brands have what it takes to deliver consistent quality across several models and through multiple new launches or redesigns,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of Automotive Testing. (more…)

First Look: 2019 Volvo V60

New wagon bears striking resemblance to bigger V90.

by on Feb.22, 2018

The new Volvo V60 bears a strong resemblance to the maker's V90 wagon.

Volvo Cars unveiled the new V60 five-door, a midsize wagon with a sporty flair that will fit comfortably into the Swedish car makers portfolio, which emphasizes styling and practicality.

“The family estate driver is an important customer for our business and has been for generations,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “The new V60 honors that tradition, but also takes it much further.”

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The V60 combines a luxurious interior, ample space, advanced connectivity and Volvo Cars’ latest driver assistance features and other safety technology.  While the V90 will continue to offer a premium, luxury experience, the V60 is sportier alternative to older models. The car is expected to appear in the U.S. in 2019. (more…)

Lexus and Buick Lead Industry in Long-Term Dependability

But latest J.D. Power study finds reliability is up overall.

by on Feb.14, 2018

The Lexus ES led in the Premium Compact Car segment, while Lexus was ranked the most dependable brand overall.

While many studies look at the quality of vehicles soon after they roll off the showroom floor, the real question is how they hold up after a few years on the road. And the answer, according to annual J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, is better than ever.

Almost across the board, reliability showed a large jump – the first improvement since 2013 – though some manufacturers did notably better than others. For the seventh consecutive year, the Japanese luxury brand Lexus led the VDS overall while Buick was tops among mass market brands. Chrysler lagged at the back of the pack, with nearly twice as many problems as those two rivals, but it also showed some improvement.


“For the most part, automotive manufacturers continue to meet consumers’ vehicle dependability expectations,” said Dave Sargent, the head of automotive practices as J.D. Power and Associates. “A 9% improvement is extremely impressive, and vehicle dependability is, without question, at its best level ever. For people looking for a new or used model, now is a good time to find that special vehicle.”