Consumer Reports changes its mind on Tesla Model 3

Consumer Reports changes its mind on Tesla Model 3

Consumer Reports said today it "now recommends the Tesla Model 3, after our testers found that a recent over-the-air (OTA) update improved the car's braking distance by nearly 20 feet". As you may have seen, Consumer Reports last week withheld its recommendation to buy Tesla's more compact luxury auto, the Model 3, after its testers "found flaws-big flaws-such as long stopping distances in our emergency braking test and difficult-to-use controls".

Tesla CEO Elon Musk promptly took to Twitter to respond to the criticism, saying that the fault was likely due to an issue with the car's ABS calibration and that a software update would fix it. "Tesla won't stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable vehicle", he said.

The magazine says the wireless update of antilock braking software cut 19 feet from the car's stopping distance from 60 miles per hour.

The Model 3, which starts at $35,000, is seen as crucial to Tesla's profitability at a time when it is battling reports of crashes involving its Autopilot software, questions over funding and production shortfalls.

Police said it received a call for an incident involving a Tesla and other cars in the early evening of May 29, but did not intervene as the owners chose to handle the case through their insurance companies, Kathleen Calie, a spokeswoman for Brussels South police, said by phone. Musk also suggested the car's 15-inch touchscreen display could receive an over-the-air update to make it easier to use.

"I've been at CR for 19 years and tested more than 1,000 cars, and I've never seen a vehicle that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update", he said. Musk suggested in the same conversation with CR that some of those problems could be addressed with OTA updates. Nevertheless, Musk has posted a few tips to improve the Model 3's wind noise and ride quality.

Tesla's profitability depends highly on the success of its Model 3 production.

'Road noise & ride comfort already addressed too.

Consumer Reports announced the update to the Model 3's ratings Wednesday. "Tesla has always been clear that Autopilot doesn't make the vehicle impervious to all accidents, and before a driver can use Autopilot, they must accept a dialogue box which states that 'Autopilot is designed for use on highways that have a center divider and clear lane markings", the company said.

Consumer Reports said in the review on Monday that it had sourced a second privately-owned Model 3 to confirm initial results that showed the sedan braked slower than a full-sized pickup truck. "Tesla will be there as soon as he believes we should", Musk said.

India's tax structure, which has kept Tesla away, is changing rapidly to facilitate shift to environment-friendly cars, Transport minister Nitin Gadkari said in January.

In June, Musk said that Tesla was in discussions with the government, requesting temporary waiver of import penalties and other restrictions until a local facility is built.

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