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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


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.


Consumer groups ask US to probe Tesla Autopilot

23 May 2018

Two US consumer advocacy groups urged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate what they called Tesla's "deceptive and misleading" use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving technology, a news agency reported.


Tesla still has $35,000 Model 3 on hold - report

23 May 2018

Tesla is adding two top specification versions of the Model 3, suggesting those waiting for a 'base' version may be kept waiting for some time.


Tesla's Musk admits Model 3 brake problem

22 May 2018

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has admitted there was a braking issue with the Model 3 sedan, pointed out by Consumer Reports, and said it could be fixed with a firmware update that the electric car maker will be rolling out in a few days.


Tesla establishes subsidiary in Shanghai

16 May 2018

Tesla has completed the establishment of a wholly-owned subsidiary in China, as the US electric vehicle manufacturer looks to expand its presence in the world’s largest electric vehicle market.


Former Tesla exec joins used car buying app

15 May 2018

Former Tesla executive Diarmuid O'Connell has joined Fair's executive team as chief strategy officer as the company prepares to roll out nationwide this year.


Tesla safety exec jumps ship to Waymo

14 May 2018

Alphabet (Google parent) self-driving unit Waymo said at the weekend Matthew Schwall had joined the company from Tesla where he was the main technical contact with US safety investigators.


Tesla reports record net loss

3 May 2018

Tesla boosted first quarter 2018 automotive revenue to US$2,735,317,000 from $2,702,195 in Q1 2017.


Passenger seat Tesla Autopilot 'driver' nabbed

30 April 2018

A British man who switched on his Tesla's Autopilot before moving to the passenger seat while travelling along a motorway has been banned from driving for 18 months.


Tesla aims for high output after shutdown

18 April 2018

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has told employees - who must take leave or do other work in and around the plants, if available - the reason for the Model 3 production shutdown in Fremont and Gigafactory 1 is to prepare to increase production, a media report said.


Tesla suspends Model 3 build again

17 April 2018

Tesla reportedly is temporarily suspending production of the Model 3 sedan for at least the second time in roughly two months, soon after founder and CEO Elon Musk admitted to mistakes that hindered his most important car.


Tesla promises profit this year

16 April 2018

Tesla's chief has promised profitability this year and said investors won't need to prop the EV maker up.


Tesla under fire after latest crash statement

12 April 2018

Tesla is in hot water again over Autopilot-related crashes.


NTSB and Tesla chiefs discuss latest crash

10 April 2018

The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk reportedly had a "constructive conversation" on the agency's investigation into a fatal crash involving a Tesla vehicle that was operating in semi-autonomous Autopilot mode.


German owned plants may be hit by US-China tariffs

5 April 2018

The escalating tariff tensions between the US and China may hit production of German SUVs made in the US South and shipped to China with exports by Tesla and Ford also vulnerable, a media report said.


just-auto Plus only Tesla sells 29,980 vehicles in Q1 2018

4 April 2018

Tesla’s Q1 production totalled 34,494 vehicles, a 40% increase from Q4 2017 and by far the most productive quarter in Tesla history. Of this, 24,728 vehicles were Model S and Model X, and 9,766 vehicles were Model 3. The Model 3 output increased...


Tesla nixes capital need as Model 3 output rises

3 April 2018

Tesla has quashed any speculation it might need to raise more capital this year on Tuesday, as its shares rose after it announced it built 2,020 of its cheaper Model 3 sedans in the last seven days of March.

Tesla Motors, Inc. news

Saudi sovereign fund involved in Tesla buyout deal

13 August 2018

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund (called the 'Public Investment Fund' - PIF) is r...


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...


Elon Musk mulls taking Tesla private

8 August 2018

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


Tesla starts recruitment for Chinese EV factory

7 August 2018

Tesla reportedly has started recruiting workers for its new Shanghai factory, according to job po...


Traverse, the great divide - a tough CASE to crack

6 August 2018

Quiet reflection for Marchionne There's considerable consternation in the auto industry presen...


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...



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