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Traverse, the great divide - a tough CASE to crack

6 August 2018

There’s a great deal of consternation in the auto industry presently, but that concern is divided in to two camps. On the one hand, there are those in the here and now anxious about whether total industry volume in the US this year will be 18m or 17.8m. On the other hand, there are those more concerned about the future and whether CASE (connected, autonomous, shared and electrified) or ACES (to put it another way) will fundamentally challenge the industry’s business model that’s been built up over the last 100 years or so. The differences in approach were there for all to see at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan last week.


Investors beware, EVs are a slow train coming

19 February 2018

Tesla is a fascinating company to watch. It's a start-up (not exactly new though), is still losing money, but is making cars that serve a segment of the market set for major growth - battery electric vehicles. There is much to admire about Elon Musk's vision and execution, but let's not get too carried away.


ANALYSIS - Tesla future models

12 February 2018

Tesla surprised analysts with its latest financials. Cash burn in the fourth quarter wasn't as bad as many had expected, even though the firm announced its worst quarterly figures yet, with a US$657m loss. Will the company eventually succeed in its mission to make substantial profits from electric cars?


Hands-On Tech - Tesla Model S

29 November 2017

Welcome to the second feature in our newest reporting series*. Our Hands-On Tech - HOT - Reports take you through the top-spec connectivity features offered by manufacturers in detail and look to benchmark the connectivity functionality based on various test criteria. This month we take a closer look at the groundbreaking system in the Tesla Model S. As the only manufacturer offering over-the-air (OTA) updates to each one of its vehicles, regardless of the date of purchase, Tesla’s unique approach in the world of connected vehicle technologies sets it apart from the rest.

Latest interviews


Q&A with Mentor Graphics

18 September 2014

Mentor Graphics is a major supplier of software tools that help engineers design electronic systems and components. Headquartered in Oregon, US, Mentor generates annual revenues of some US$1bn. Its tools are involved in the design of almost every electronic gadget you can think of. To find out about its automotive business, Matthew Beecham spoke to Martin O’Brien, General Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division Mentor Graphics.


INTERVIEW: Tesla UK country manager Georg Ell

31 July 2014

With a background in IT and start-ups, Georg Ell isn't your typical car company boss. But he seems a perfect fit in his role as UK and Ireland country manager for Tesla Motors.


Q&A with Delphi: Fuel injection systems and EVs

30 June 2014

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to James Zizelman, engineering director gasoline powertrain, Delphi about fuel injection systems and briefly with Andrew Lasley, director electronic controls advanced engineering, Delphi about electric vehicles.


Q&A with Takata: Occupant restraint systems

7 October 2013

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with global players in the occupant restraints market, Matthew Beecham talked with Claus Rudolf, Vice President of Global Engineering at Takata Corp. Headquartered Tokyo, Japan, Takata's products are primarily sold in Japan, the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Latest news


Tesla after bids as China Gigafactory build starts

7 December 2018

Tesla has opened a tender process to build its Shanghai Gigafactory and at least one contractor has started buying materials, according to sources and documents reviewed by the Reuters news agency which said this was the clearest indication that construction was imminent.


Trump talks with China give automakers hope

3 December 2018

The US and China reportedly called a truce in their trade war on Saturday after President Trump agreed to hold off on new tariffs and President Xi Jinping pledged to increase Chinese purchases of American products.


Trump threatens to axe GM tax credit it's losing

28 November 2018

US president Donald Trump last night (27 November) threatened to strip General Motors of a tax credit that makes its electric vehicles more affordable for car buyers, escalating a dispute with the automaker over its plan to halt production at several American plants.


Tesla slashes prices in China as sales tumble

26 November 2018

Tesla last week announced price cuts of up to 26% on its vehicles in China to help underpin its sales in the world's largest electric vehicle (EV) market, according to Chinese media.


Tesla appoints new chair of the Tesla Board

13 November 2018

Tesla’s Board of Directors has announced that Robyn Denholm has been appointed as chair of the Tesla Board, effective immediately.


Tesla targets China output of 3,000 3s a week

5 November 2018

Tesla said in a regulatory filing it had set a production target of 3,000 Model 3 sedans per week in the early stages of operation at its planned factory in China, according to local reports.


Tesla Q3 profit beats analysts' forecast

25 October 2018

Tesla has reported a surprise profit for the third quarter, fulfilling CEO Elon Musk's promise the company would start booking profits in the second half of 2018.


Tesla buys land for Shanghai factory

18 October 2018

Tesla has moved a step closer to manufacturing cars in China after agreeing to purchase a plot of land in the Shanghai area, according to local sources.


Cadillac's Super Cruise rated ahead of Tesla's

4 October 2018

A new report said General Motors had developed the best system automatic driving system that allow drivers to take their hands off the wheel for short periods of time.


Model 3 ramp-up boosts Tesla Q3 output

3 October 2018

Tesla has said it produced a record number of vehicles in the third quarter as Model 3 output was ramped up.


Musk and US financial regulator agree a settlement

1 October 2018

Tesla and its CEO Elon Musk have reached a settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that will see Musk step down as the company's chairman but retain his CEO position.


US regulator sues Musk for fraud

28 September 2018

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk of fraud.


Musk mulls Tesla colour choice reduction

11 September 2018

Tesla may reduce paint colour choices for its cars to streamline production, chief executive officer Elon Musk reportedly tweeted as the automaker tries to boost production.


German Tesla challenge starts in Stockholm

3 September 2018

Mercedes' launch of the EQC electric SUV tomorrow (4 September) marks the start of European return fire against Tesla in the luxury electric segment.


Musk does U-turn on taking Tesla private

28 August 2018

After publicly trailing plans to de-list Tesla and take it private, Tesla founder Elon Musk has met with the board and decided that the company should stay public.


China EV sales dominate in second quarter

24 August 2018

Unsurprisingly, given its 'new energy vehicles' policy, China dominated for sales of electric vehicles in the second quarter of 2018.


Saudi sovereign fund involved in Tesla buyout deal

13 August 2018

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund (called the 'Public Investment Fund' - PIF) is reportedly working to be part of any investor pool that emerges to take Tesla private.


Tesla board to meet on Musk's 'go private' plan

10 August 2018

Tesla's board of directors is taking Elon Musk's offer to take the company private seriously and plans to meet with financial advisors next week to explore his proposal, reports say.


Elon Musk mulls taking Tesla private

8 August 2018

Elon Musk appears to be seriously considering turning publicly listed Tesla into a private company.


Tesla starts recruitment for Chinese EV factory

7 August 2018

Tesla reportedly has started recruiting workers for its new Shanghai factory, according to job postings on its website, just a month after it signed agreements with local authorities for the US$2bn project.


Tesla to fund Chinese plant through local loans

3 August 2018

Tesla plans to fund a new wholly-owned production plant in Shanghai by borrowing from local banks in China, the company said in its quarterly statement.


just-auto Plus only Tesla appoints new chief accounting officer

31 July 2018

Tesla announced that Dave Morton will join as chief accounting officer. Dave was most recently at Seagate Technology, a global provider of data storage technology and solutions, where he held multiple leadership roles since joining the company in 1995. Dave...


Tesla makes 200,000 US sales, incentives to fall

12 July 2018

Tesla has delivered 200,000 electric cars in the US, triggering lower tax credits for future buyers.


Tesla to build 500k plant in Shanghai

11 July 2018

US electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla Inc plans to build a 500,000 unit/year car plant in Shanghai, according to a memorandum of cooperation signed with Shanghai's  government.


Tesla in mobile service van dispute with Norway

9 July 2018

Tesla is in dispute with the normally electric car-friendly Norwegian government over setting up a mobile service van operation.


Tesla hikes China prices

9 July 2018

Tesla raised prices on its Model X and S cars by over US$20,000 in China, according to media reports.


Tesla cuts several thousand jobs

13 June 2018

Tesla reportedly is cutting several thousand jobs to reduce costs and become profitable without endangering the production start up for its critical 'low cost' Model 3 sedan.


Panasonic ups battery biz with Tesla, cuts cobalt

1 June 2018

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic Corporation expects its automotive battery sales to have more than doubled in the three years ending in March 2019, reflecting strong demand from US electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla.


just-auto Plus only Tesla announces senior management appointments

1 June 2018

Tesla announced senior leadership appointments in US, Europe and China. Sanjay Shah is joining as senior vice president of energy operations, responsible for worldwide deployment and operations of Tesla’s energy products, including Solar, Powerwall and...


Tesla lowers China prices after tariff cuts

23 May 2018

Tesla was reported to have slashed up to US$14,000 off its Model X in China after Beijing announced major tariff cuts for imported cars.

Tesla Motors, Inc. news

Tesla after bids as China Gigafactory build starts

7 December 2018

Tesla has opened a tender process to build its Shanghai Gigafactory and at least one contractor h...


Trump talks with China give automakers hope

3 December 2018

The US and China reportedly called a truce in their trade war on Saturday after President Trump a...


Trump threatens to axe GM tax credit it's losing

28 November 2018

US president Donald Trump last night (27 November) threatened to strip General Motors of a tax cr...


Tesla slashes prices in China as sales tumble

26 November 2018

Tesla last week announced price cuts of up to 26% on its vehicles in China to help underpin its s...


Tesla appoints new chair of the Tesla Board

13 November 2018

Tesla's Board of Directors has announced that Robyn Denholm has been appointed as chair of the Te...


Tesla targets China output of 3,000 3s a week

5 November 2018

Tesla said in a regulatory filing it had set a production target of 3,000 Model 3 sedans per week...



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