Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Consumer Reports Recommends Tesla's Model 3 After Braking Fix

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Influential U.S. magazine Consumer Reports said on Wednesday that it now recommended Tesla Inc’s Model 3 sedan after its latest tests showed that a firmware update improved the car’s braking distance by nearly 20 feet.

The magazine last week flagged “big flaws” in the car, including braking slower than a full-sized pickup truck, while also highlighting many positives.

Tesla shares rose 2.5 percent to $290.80 on Wednesday after the report.

The Model 3 sedan is seen as crucial to Tesla’s profitability at a time when it is battling to reverse production shortfalls, confronting reports of crashes involving its vehicles and facing increased skepticism over its finances.

The update improved the Model 3’s overall score enough for a recommendation, said Consumer Reports, which had also raised other concerns such as the car’s wind noise, stiff ride and uncomfortable rear seat.

"Really appreciate the high quality critical feedback from @ConsumerReports.  Road noise & ride comfort already addressed too.  UI improvements coming via remote software update later this month," Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said in a tweet here in response to the report.
Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports, said he had never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update in his 19-year career at the magazine.

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