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Living with the Tesla Roadster Sport: One week in an electric light orchestra

After finally getting myself situated in the back of the Boeing, I notice the lady to my left wearing a Tesla fleece. As fate, the alignment of the stars and unbridled dumb luck would have it, I was seated next to Rachel Konrad, Tesla's Senior Manager of Communications... for the next 10 hours. After exchanging pleasantries, discussing each other's plans for the Frankfurt Motor Show and getting acquainted, the topic of conversation naturally turned to cars, and the Tesla Roadster, in particular. "It's not just about performance," an overly animated Konrad told me. "What journalists... Read More

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    Tesla will reportedly call new Roadster the 'Model R'
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    Whether you spell the word "rumor" in the US or "rumour" in the UK, this one's a good one. Tesla Motors is looking to make its upcoming version of its Roadster all-electric convertible faster than the original when it debuts to the public in 2017, UK's Auto Express "reports," citing unsorted rumors, or, er, rumors. The California-based automaker will ...

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    Lawsuits filed against Tesla stores in NY, MA
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    Questions about the legality of Tesla selling its electric vehicles in its own retail stores have been floating around since the days of the Roadster. Last week, the recent wranglings between auto dealer associations and Tesla stores in New York and Massachusetts were moved along in courts of law, proving once again that EVs won't arrive without ...

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    Tesla will take Roadster trade-ins for Model S
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    One would never mistake a shiny new tech-filled Tesla Motors dealership for a used-car lot, but with several years worth of Teslas already on the road, that notion is about to get very real. Those retreads will be pretty rarified, though. The California-based electric-vehicle maker is starting a buyback program in which owners of the company's first car, ...

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    Report: Dealers claim factory-owned Tesla stores are illegal
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    Unlike typical dealers, Tesla has a network of "stores" and "retail stores." While reservations can be made for a new Model S or Roadster at the retail store, Tesla says other versions of the store merely direct potential customers to make their reservation online. Most of these boutique-style stores are in shopping malls, and Tesla asserts that they are ...

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    Paris: 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata still brings a smile to our faces
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    Believe it or not, despite the fact that Mazda first unveiled its refreshed 2013 MX-5 Miata in July of this year, the 2012 Paris Motor Show in late September is the first time we've run across the iconic sports car in the metal. And so we wasted no time in filling our DSLRs with a full spate of images. As you can see, while we eagerly await the ...

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    Even after crash, Tesla Roadster makes it around the world in 80 days!
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    From "noooooooooo!!!!!!" to "yes!" That's the recent history of Rafael de Mestre and his attempt to be the first person to take a standard, production electric vehicle around the world. After playing catch-up with the Electric Odyssey duo and their Citroen C-Zero EV, de Mestre suffered a crash in Germany just 600 miles from the finish line. Undeterred, ...

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    Nissan Leaf races Tesla Roadster at Sportsland
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    Give Nissan some credit, here: the company is proudly publicizing coming in second. The Japanese automaker entered a souped-up Nissan Leaf in an all-electric-vehicle race at Japan's Sportsland Sugo earlier this month, with hopes of knocking off proverbial favorite Tesla in the 50-kilometer race. The Nissan Leaf Nismo RC was customized with a groovy, ...

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    Tesla looking at smaller CUV, Roadster successor for 2016
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    Five models doesn't quite equal GM, but it's pretty impressive for a startup. And five models is exactly what Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk is shooting for. Musk says the battery-electric luxury vehicle maker will have five models by 2016, when Tesla will add a small crossover and a sports car to the mix at around the same time, according to Wired. Of ...

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    Exclusive: In deep with Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Financials, Falcon doors and finding faults in the Model S
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    Tesla Motors Elon Musk spends about half his working life – i.e., almost all of his waking hours – in his office at SpaceX in Los Angeles. The automotive CEO is, after all, also in charge of the rocket company, which means that he's thinking about a lot more than just ramping up production of the Model S. But he is thinking about that a lot, ...

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    In deep with Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Financials, Falcon doors and finding faults in the Model S
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    Tesla Motors Elon Musk spends about half his working life – i.e., almost all of his waking hours – in his office at SpaceX in Los Angeles. The automotive CEO is, after all, also in charge of the rocket company, which means that he's thinking about a lot more than just ramping up production of the Model S. But he is thinking about that a lot, ...

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    Around-the-world Tesla tour crashes just 600 miles from finish line [w/video] *UPDATE
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    noooooooooo!!!!!! game over! +++ I'm fine!!!! That's how Rafael de Mestre let his fans know that his attempt to be the first to drive around the world in a standard all-electric car, a Tesla Roadster, had come to an end. De Mestre posted the above picture to Facebook along with a short video of "the black day of the race" showing the crash and some of ...

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    Rumormill: Next Mazda MX-5 Miata to get Mini-like levels of customization
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    Much is expected of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, primarily significant weight savings and a bit more power. The new roadster will be co-developed with Alfa Romeo as part of a joint-venture agreed upon last May. A report in What Car? suggests that that Mazda's benefits won't be limited to the hard bits, claiming that personalization possibilities ...

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    Comparo: 2012 Mini Cooper S Roadster vs. 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata Special Edition
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    Veteran And Rookie Roadsters Face Off In Droptop Doubleheader Like an aging ballplayer, the Mazda is starting to look a little gray around the temples – a bit vulnerable. We've been eying this fight for a long time. Since the reborn Mini first burst on the scene in 2002, really. Oh, the Mini Cooper Convertible has been around since 2005, but we ...

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    Elon Musk called on to support Nikola Tesla museum
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    To some, Nikola Tesla was the most unappreciated inventor ever. That's why a group of activists are pushing for a U.S. museum to honor this creator of revolutionary technologies. How about this important work: the alternating current (AC) electricity that powers your home today. There were several Tesla inventions that other people took credit for, such ...

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    Monterey: BMW Zagato Roadster lurks on the Concept Lawn of Pebble Beach
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    Never underestimate what at an automaker can accomplish with a little determination. We spotted the BMW Zagato Roadster sulking on the lawn at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance among the various other concept cars on display in front of the lodge. Built in just six weeks, BMW executed the roadster as an encore to the delectable Zagato Coupe, and ...

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    George Clooney auctioning off his Tesla Roadster for charity
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    Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction set for next month just got a little more interesting, with George Clooney's very own Tesla Roadster added to the docket. Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic paint, Clooney's Tesla is number eight of the original "Signature 100" built in 2008 and comes with the premium two-tone leather interior. Clooney isn't ...

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    Auctions: George Clooney auctioning off his Tesla Roadster for charity
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    Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction set for next month just got a little more interesting, with George Clooney's very own Tesla Roadster added to the docket. Finished in Obsidian Black Metallic paint, Clooney's Tesla is number eight of the original "Signature 100" built in 2008 and comes with the premium two-tone leather interior. Clooney isn't ...

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    Refuel 2012 is undoubtedly the best Refuel ever [w/video]
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    Three years ago, when the very first Refuel event was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it was a relatively small affair with a smattering of vehicles in attendance. With the fourth edition of this electric vehicle-centric happening now complete, it's amazing to see how much has changed. And, how some things haven't. First, what has changed. Back in ...

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    Official: Mazda releases first info on upgraded 2013 Roadster, a.k.a. MX-5 Miata
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    Mazda has released a spate of information on its 2013 Roadster, known domestically as the MX-5 Miata. As you may recall, images of the newest refresh made their way to the internet via a few snapped brochure photos. As it turns out, those shots were spot on. The 2013 Japanese domestic model (and presumably the North American one, too) will wear a heavily ...

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    Tesla Roadster racing around the world in 80 days [w/video]
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    Ah, those Jules Verne fanatics, you'll find them everywhere. One Tesla Roadster owner last month set upon his own tribute to the author by starting his attempt to drive around the world in – yes – 80 days. Even better, it's now a race to be the first world round trip driver with a standard EV (that "standard" is important, since the Solar Taxi ...

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