Auto News for Oct. 16
Starting tomorrow I will be taking some vacation time in New England. Look for more “Auto News” on Thursday morning.
After completing its annual reviews, Tesla has fired hundreds of workers but the electric car maker did not disclose a number.
The cuts affected those not only on the assembly line but in admin and sales positions as well and the cuts come as Tesla is trying to deal with a waiting list of more than 450,000 orders for its Model 3.
“As with any company, especially one of over 33,000 employees, performance reviews also occasionally result in employee departures,” the company said. “Tesla is continuing to grow and hire new employees around the world.”
The San Jose Mercury News said workers estimated between 400 and 700 employees were let go.
Car and Driver’s November cover will catch your eye. It is basically black and white, there is not a single car or truck pictured and in large print it says, “Driverless cars are supposedly imminent. Is driving dead?” Inside is a 31-page special section that deals with every aspect of autonomous driving edited by Malcom Gladwell.
Ford will offer a complimentary service that reduces the potential for exhaust to enter the 2011-17 Explorer consumer models. Ford maintains consumer models are safe but acted after concerns were expressed by owners and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after. Ford said carbon monoxide concerns in Police Interceptor Utilities are related to unsealed holes from the installation of police equipment by third parties after the vehicle was purchased.
To ease customer concerns, dealers will reprogram the air conditioner, replace the liftgate drain valves and inspect sealing of the rear of the vehicle at no cost.
Details are at your local dealer.
This year’s Bonhams London to Brighton antique car run has attracted more than 450 pioneers from the era of the horseless carriage, the most in five years. Most entries are from the U.K. while others are traveling from the U.S. and 22 other countries. Scores of different makes are represented from the familiar – such as Ford, Renault and Vauxhall – to the forgotten, such as Brush, Gladiator, Achilles and Bolide. Pictured is an 1896 Salvesen steam car. The race begins November fifth.