After announcing that Tesla will hold an event for the first Model S Plaid deliveries last week, its CEO Elon Musk on Monday said the new electric car will not arrive at all.
The electric car-maker has been teasing its Model S Plaid since 2019, and Musk said late last month that delivery for the vehicle would be delayed to June 10 as its needs one more week of tuning.
Now, Musk said in a tweet: "Plaid+ is canceled. No need, as Plaid is just so good."
He said that the original Plaid could go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under two seconds.
"Model S goes to Plaid speed this week," Musk announced.
The Plaid Plus doesn't appear to be an option on Tesla's website.
Last week, Musk said that "Model S Plaid delivery is pushed to June 10 as it "needs one more week of tweak".
Back in January 2021, Tesla introduced a refreshed version of the Model S and Model X, which brings a new powertrain, new interior and updated exterior design to Tesla's two flagship electric vehicles.
When launching the new vehicles, Musk said that deliveries should start within a few weeks -- putting the first deliveries in February, reports Electrek.
Unfortunately, the automaker couldn't make that happen, the report said.
During the release of Tesla's Q1 2021 financial results, the automaker did note that "the first deliveries of the new Model S should start very shortly" and Musk said he believes it would happen the next month, which is now in May.
The CEO said that the delay had to do with making sure that the new battery pack in the updated Model S is going to be safe.
Automobile manufacturer Hyundai Motor India's cumulative sales during April stood at 59,203 units.
Accordingly, the company sold 49,002 units in the domestic market during the month under review.
It shipped out 10,201 units to foreign countries last month.
"While our efforts presently focus primarily on supporting the lives and livelihood of people, we have also received positive sales results in April 2021," said Tarun Garg, Director (Sales, Marketing & Service), Hyundai Motor India.
Before it starts India operations this year, Tesla has reported $10.3 billion in sales and net income of $438 million in the first quarter of 2021, a growth of 74 per cent from a the year-ago period, along with making $101 million on sales of Bitcoins which is its next big bet.
In its quarterly earnings presented late on Monday, Tesla reported it produced 180,338 vehicles in Q1 and delivered 184,777 vehicles.
"In Q1, we achieved our highest ever vehicle production and deliveries. This was in spite of multiple challenges, including seasonality, supply chain instability and the transition to the new Model S and Model X," the company said in a statement.
"Due to the launch of new products and new factories and the reduced mix of Model S and Model X, our average cost declined to sub-$38,000 per vehicle in Q1," the electric car-maker said.
Model 3 was the best-selling premium sedan in the world, outselling long-time industry leaders such as the 3 Series and EClass.
"This demonstrates that an electric vehicle can be a category leader and outsell its gas-powered counterparts. We believe Model Y can become not just a category leader, but also the best-selling vehicle of any kind globally," Tesla said.
Tesla made about $101 million on the sale of Bitcoin in the first quarter. The company announced in January this year that it had bought $1.5 billion worth of the cryptocurrency and started allowing customers to pay for cars using bitcoin.
"We are currently building Model Y capacity at Gigafactory Berlin and Gigafactory Texas and remain on track to start production and deliveries from each location in 2021. Gigafactory Shanghai will continue to expand further over time. Tesla Semi deliveries will also begin in 2021," the company informed.
Automobile major Hyundai Motor India (HMIL) on Friday said it has exported 104,342 units between April 2020 to March 2021.
Besides, the company said it has became the leading exporter of SUVs with over two lakh units of Creta and Venue being shipped out to overseas markets including Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nepal and Chile.
Further, the all-new i20 is being exported to all key markets across Africa and Latin America region.
"Despite numerous challenges emerging out of the global pandemic, uncertainty in various markets, restriction on imports and disruption in supply-chain, HMIL has continued to drive operational excellence to ensure customer satisfaction," said S.S. Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India.
Additionally, HMI has commenced car exports to Nepal through railway from Walajabad Railway Hub near Irungattukkottai, Chennai.
Last year, Hyundai surpassed the three million vehicle export milestone.
At present, it exports 10 models to 88 countries across 5 continents.
Hyundai Motor said on Friday it will temporarily suspend another domestic plant next week due to an electronic parts shortage.
Hyundai will halt the operation of the Asan plant, 100 kilometers south of Seoul, which produces the Grandeur and Sonata sedans, from Monday to Tuesday, a company spokesman said over the phone.
Previously, the country's biggest carmaker said it would suspend the No. 1 plant in Ulsan, 414 km southeast of Seoul, which produces the IONIQ 5 all-electric car and the Kona subcompact SUV, due to a lack of chip parts from April 7-14.
The suspension comes amid a lack of semiconductor parts used in the Kona's front vehicle camera system and a problem in Hyundai Mobis Co.'s production line, which rolls out the traction motor for the IONIQ 5.
With the production suspension, the company expects production losses of 6,000 units of the Kona and 6,500 units of the IONIQ 5, reports Yonhap news agency.
On top of the suspension plans, Hyundai reduced overtime work on the first weekend of this month at the No. 3 Ulsan plant, which produces the Avante compact, due to a lack of electric control units (ECUs).
The carmaker will also cancel overtime work at the No. 3 Ulsan plant this weekend due to parts problems, the spokesman said.
Hyundai has seven domestic plants -- five in Ulsan, one in Asan and one in Jeonju -- and 10 overseas plants -- four in China and one each in the United States, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Russia, India and Brazil. Their combined capacity reaches 5.5 million vehicles.
A US aircraft manufacturer coined the term KISS -- Keep It Simple Stupid -- as it churned out bombers by the dozens at the height of the Second World War. An Indian company in the 1940s adopted the mantra and "concentrated on one simple diet of doing what they started with" by assembling Willys jeeps to grow into one of the countrys largest makers of SUVs, says a new book on the company and which is perhaps the first definite work on Indias automobile industry.
"The most obvious fact is that M&M have concentrated on one simple diet of doing what they started with and improving that from time to time. This genetic link has been seen visually and functionally played out in the various models from 1945 to the present and it is this symbiotic aspect that no other manufacturer has in its arsenal," author Adil Jal Darukhanawala told IANS in an interview of his book "Timeless Mahindra" (DJ Media).
"Whether it was from luck or design or such this has stood the test of time and since the last three decades at least I have seen the M&M management realise this, grudgingly at first, and now steadfastly to realise that the neo-retro theme is one that even an Indian OEM with legacy can play in modern day times. How has it been so successful? The answer to that is in the sub-title of the book: 'Workhorse. Nation Builder. Heart-throb. Defender. Adventure Tool'. No other vehicle made by any Indian OEM can carry these attributes like the Mahindra vehicles have and continue to do so," Darukhanawala added.
To this end, the book is a celebration of the wide-reaching and multi-faceted impact of Mahindra utility vehicles for every known application - and some which not many can think of! The 75-year journey of the company has gone hand-in-hand with the evolution of the early Willys vehicles - through their many forms, applications and roles - all as ingenious and innovative as the unique Indian spirit of making things work.
Brimming with insightful stuff masterfully written with so many hitherto unheard of stories woven into these pages and illustrated with never-seen-before photographs to illuminate the path, this journey of Mahindra & Mahindra from the first civilian 4x4 to the 21st century second-generation Thar also mirrors the rise of a nation, and the aspirations of its people!
How did this book come about?
"It came about thanks to the book I had penned on the history of Ideal Jawa to coincide with the re-launch of Jawa motorcycles in India by Classic Legends after a gap of nearly 20-22 years. It was the first time any book had been written on the history of an Indian automotive manufacturer and (M&M MD) Pawan Goenka saw this and was impressed enough by it to ask me to do the same for Mahindra & Mahindra," Darukhanawala said.
In a way, the book has been a lifetime in the making.
"It was easy in a certain way for I had lived the period from my formative years as an automotive enthusiast in the 1970s to writing on cars and bikes from the 1980s onwards. My own accumulated one helped. But then there were the blind spots from the earlier period from 1945 onwards till the late 1980s when not much was known as to how Indian industry functioned and there wasn't much chronicled stuff available.
"The easy and only thing was to get to meet and interview a lot of people associated with M&M (if they yet remained) from that era and luckily there were a handful who shared a lot of knowledge and threw a great deal of light on the subject. Then there were enthusiasts of the marquee who had hands-on knowledge of these cars so these were another source of valuable technical information on the variou models made by M&M," Darukhanawala explained.
There were also "hidden unheralded gems" within M&M itself who came to the fore with their own stories and experiences.
"A lot of information was gleaned from the firm's annual reports but you had to know what you were looking for and also where and when that happened. The hard graft was all about meeting people, pursuing leads, joining the dots, sifting folklore from reality, and pouring over the subject over and over again," the author added.
How did he get bitten by the automobile bug?
"There is way too much to say on this but then how can a Parsi bawaji not love bikes and cars? I was always surrounded by bikes and cars from as far as I can recollect (from about 6-7 months from my birth indicated by images of me with my father's Norton motorcycle and other cars in the family) and this love affair has raged and raged and doesn't see it ending at all.
"Learnt my craft with motorcycle racing in my early years in Pune (we used to build our own bikes and cars for racing), started writing on motorsport in 1977 and was the first in the country to have my own weekly column in a mainstream Indian newspaper on automobiles from 1980 onwards," Darukhanawala said.
He conceptualised and started India's first automotive enthusiast (not trade) magazine Car & Bike International in June 1987. He helmed it till June 1998 when he stepped out to conceptualise and head Overdrive magazine from September 1998 till April 2005. He conceptualised the country's first 360-degree subject focussed media vehicle for automobiles for the Times of India Group with ZigWheels which he headed from November 2007 till March 2014. Thereafter, he was with the Zee Group till May 2016 and then on his own penning books and doing events.
He has penned 15 books to date and find the time to yet drive, ride and comment on the latest crop of motorcycles and cars.
What's his next project?
"There is a book on the centenary of an automobile association in the country which is in its final stages. Another book is on the history of motorsport in India and yet another one being discussed is on the history of another Indian automobile manufacturer. As you can see I have my hands full plus yes, my YouTube channel is one other detail that I am exploring," Darukhanawala concluded.
Jaguar Land Rover India on Tuesday announced the launch of the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE in India with a starting price of Rs 105.9 lakh (ex-showroom India).
The Jaguar I-PACE is powered by a 90 kWh battery that delivers 294 kW power and 696 Nm torque, allowing the I-PACE to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds.
Rohit Suri, President & Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd. (JLRIL) said: "Jaguar I-PACE is the first all-electric SUV that we've launched in India and it marks the beginning of our electrification journey. With our electrified products we look forward to playing a significant role in India's electrification drive into the future."
Jaguar has ensured that every step of the customer journey in owning an electric car is made as easy as possible. With this in mind, 22 retail outlets across 19 cities are now EV ready with over 35 EV chargers installed and more underway.
These chargers are a combination of 7.4 kW AC chargers and 25 kW DC (fast) chargers. Retailer staff have been extensively trained with in-depth and dedicated courses on EVs, thus enabling them to cater to all requirements and queries of customers, the company said in a statement.
Further, to charge the Jaguar I-PACE, customers may either use a Home Charging Cable that is provided as standard with the vehicle or use a 7.4 kW AC wall mounted charger that is also provided as standard.
The installation of this charger at the customer's house will be done by Tata Power Ltd, and will be coordinated via Jaguar Retailers. Customers can also access Tata Power's fast expanding EZ Charge network of around 200 I-PACE compatible charging points on a use and pay basis.
The new SUV will come with complimentary 5 years service package, 5 years roadside assistance package, 8 years or 1,60,000 km battery warranty and a 7.4 kW AC wall mounted charger.
China is reportedly barring military and government personnel from using Tesla vehicles, citing a potential data security risk posed by the Elon Musk-run electric carmaker.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal citing sources, people who work for the "military, state-owned enterprises in sensitive industries, and other government agencies" will be asked not to drive a Tesla vehicle.
"The Chinese government has informed some of its agencies to ask their employees to stop driving Tesla cars to work," the report mentioned.
Tesla cars have also been reportedly banned from driving into housing compounds for families of personnel working in sensitive industries and state agencies.
"They were told by their agencies that among the government's concerns is that Tesla vehicles can be constantly in record mode, using cameras and other sensors to log various details, including short videos".
The Chinese government is concerned that those images can be sent back to the US.
The Chinese regulators are also taking a closer look at Tesla operations in the country after recent videos on social media showed a Model 3 battery fire and malfunctioning vehicles.
Tesla said in a statement that its "privacy protection policy complies with Chinese laws and regulations".
"Tesla attaches great importance to the protection of users' privacy," the electric carmaker added.
The restriction on Tesla comes as Chinese President Xi Jinping "increasingly moves China away from foreign technology as Beijing's technological battle with the US intensifies".
The move comes at a time when the US has labeled smartphone maker Huawei a national security threat, restricting its business activities with the US companies.
Tesla which has its Gigafactory in Shangai is set to enter India this year to tap into the million-dollar opportunity as the country warms up to EVs.
China is the largest market for electric vehicles in the world, and Tesla is the top seller of such vehicles.
The company also plans to build a supercharger manufacturing factory in Shanghai, which is expected to be operational soon.
On January 7, the US electric carmaker launched a project to manufacture Model Y vehicles in the Shanghai Gigafactory, its first overseas plant outside the US.
Tesla has opened its largest supercharger station worldwide, with 72 charging piles set up in the Jing'an District of Shanghai.
As of the end of 2020, the automaker has built more than 600 supercharger stations in China.
Leading German luxury car-maker BMW Group has unveiled its first all-electric sedan called i4 that will enter the global market this year.
BMW has plans to showcase 25 electrified cars by 2025 and on Wednesday, it shared the first exterior shots of the new 4-door model.
The BMW i4 model line will be available in different versions covering ranges of up to 482 kms, according to its own preliminary tests based on the EPA's test procedures.
With a power output of up to 390kW/530HP, the BMW i4 can accelerate from zero to 100km/hour in around four seconds.
"With its sporty looks, best-in-class driving dynamics and zero local emissions, the BMW i4 is a true BMW. It makes the heart of the BMW brand now beat fully electric," said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for customer, brands, sales.
Its refined balance of BMW typical sportiness, comfort and sustainable performance are unique in its segment, the company said in a statement.
Full details on the BMW i4 will be released over the next weeks, it added.
The 482 kms range, however, is less than what Elon Musk-owned Tesla and some other competitors are offering.
BMW has also announced version 8 of its iDrive operating system that will feature a new dashboard layout and visual design.
Kia Corporation, South Korea's second-biggest carmaker, on Monday revealed the design of the EV6, its first dedicated all-electric model built on Hyundai Motor Group's EV platform, ahead of its global unveiling later this month.
The EV6 is based on the group's own Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) and developed under Kia's new design philosophy "Opposites United" that embodies its shifting focus toward electrification, Kia said in a statement.
The carmaker said it plans to apply the new design philosophy to all future models.
Kia plans to launch seven all-electric models by 2026, and the EV6 is the first model of the planned EV-only lineup.
"With EV6, we aimed to create a distinctive, impactful design by using a combination of sophisticated, high-tech features on pure and rich volumes, while providing a unique space as a futuristic EV," said Senior Vice President Karim Habib in charge of Kia's global design centre.
Of exterior designs, characteristic daytime running lights display a sleek, modern appearance along with the model's Digital Tiger Face, a design progression evoking the spirit of Kia's Tiger Nose Grille for the electrified era, it said.
On the interior design side, the EV6 equipped with the E-GMP platform offers increased space compared with previous Kia EV models based on the existing platform, reports Yonhap news agency.
The seamless high-tech curved high-definition audio visual and navigation (AVN) screen is another appealing element of the new interior.
Last month, Kia's bigger affiliate Hyundai Motor unveiled the IONIQ 5, its first model embedded with the E-GMP platform, as the group strives to morph into a future mobility solutions provider.
Hyundai and Kia together form the world's fifth-biggest carmaker by sales.
Automobile manufacturer Ford India on Wednesday introduced a new variant to the EcoSport lineup.
Accordingly, the new variant - Ford EcoSport SE - is priced at Rs 10.49 lakh for petrol and Rs 10.99 lakh diesel variants.
The company said that the new variant features design cues borrowed from its American and European peers, where the compact SUV is sold without a rear-mounted spare wheel.
"Introduced in Titanium trim, the EcoSport SE carries forward the legacy of superior technology and connectivity with Ford's renowned 'SYNC 3' infotainment system with 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' as well as 'Ford PassTM' integration," the company said in a statement.
"Ford EcoSport is the only compact SUV to offer globally renowned mobility and connectivity solution 'FordPassTM' across its entire lineup."
"FordPassTM is a one-stop smartphone app meeting diverse ownership needs, at no additional cost. With a factory-fitted cloud-connected device, EcoSport owners can perform several vehicle operations -- like starting, stopping, locking or unlocking remotely, via the FordPassTM app."
According to the company, the new EcoSport SE is being offered with Ford's 1.5L three-cylinder TiVCT petrol engine that delivers segment-best 122 PS of power and 149 Nm of torque.
"Those who prefer diesel can choose the EcoSport SE paired to Ford's performance-leading 1.5L TDCi disel engine, delivering a peak power of 100 PS and peak torque of 215 Nm," it said.
"Both the engines will be paired to Ford's responsive and agile five-speed manual gearbox."