The headline said, “Tesla Model 3 Falls Short of a CR Recommendation.” Consumer Reports said it fell short on braking, controls, and ride quality during its tests, despite record range and agile handling.
A stopping distance of 152 feet from 60 mph was “far worse” than any contemporary car the magazine has tested and 19 feet longer than cited by the maker.
CEO Elon Musk said the braking issue could be fixed via a firmware update that will be rolled out in a few days.
Car and Driver recently cited inconsistent stopping distances in its tests of the Model 3.
CR said Tesla’s center dash mounted screen where virtually all controls are located required multiple steps to accomplish simple tasks thereby leading to driver distraction.
And it also cited a stiff ride.
Shelby American will produce 10 GT500 Super Snakes built from original 1967 donor Mustangs, with factory VIN’s and original titles. Each receives a Shelby serial number for the official registry.
Each of the ten will come with original signatures by Carroll Shelby and Don McCain who spearheaded the program back in ’67.
Shelby built an engineering study dubbed the “Super Snake” for high-speed tire testing by Goodyear in 1967.
The Super Snake was an expensive vehicle, which discouraged McCain and Shelby from continuing the program. Back then the asking price was $8K!
Fifty years later, the company will complete Carroll Shelby’s “unfinished business.”
Another 10 of the muscle cars will be offered to enthusiasts worldwide with a starting price of $250,000. Yet, an original prototype recent sold at auction for a cool $1.2 million!
A race-inspired 427 V8 powers the cars producing an impressive 550 plus horsepower with a four speed stick. The donors will be stripped to the frame and rebuilt with new sheet metal to be adorned with those legendary stripes!
Jeep is recalling 51,000 Cherokees from model year 2018 because of fuel supply tubes that could leak and cause a fire hazard. The recall does not pertain to the 2019 model tested last weekend on these pages.
Jeep said it was not aware of any accident or injuries related to the defect.
Following high-profile incidents involving autonomous vehicle technologies, a new report from AAA shows that consumer trust in these vehicles has quickly eroded.
Today, 73 percent of American drivers report they would be too afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle, up significantly from 63 percent in late 2017. And 63 percent said they would feel less safe sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle while walking or riding a bicycle.
Surprisingly, AAA’s latest survey found that Millennials – the group that has been the quickest to embrace automated vehicle technologies — were the most impacted by these incidents.
The percentage of Millennial drivers too afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle has jumped from 49 percent to 64 percent since late 2017, representing the largest increase of any generation surveyed.
The auto club said with autonomous vehicles being tested, there’s always a chance that they will encounter a situation that challenges even the most advanced system.
“To ease fears, there must be safeguards in place to protect vehicle occupants and the motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians with whom they share the road,” said Megan Foster, director of Federal Affairs for AAA.