Tesla Model 3 recommended by Consumer Reports after brake software fix

Indian CFO Will Decide When Tesla Will Enter Country Says Elon Musk

Indian CFO Will Decide When Tesla Will Enter Country Says Elon Musk

The influential magazine had declined to recommend the electric-car maker's more mainstream model last week after testing showed it took longer to stop than a Ford F-150 pickup.

A man cleans a Tesla Model 3 vehicle during a media preview at the Auto China 2018 motor show in Beijing, China April 25, 2018. Another software update will address the controls, he wrote, without elaborating.

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. But after a software update from Tesla, that distance was cut by 19 feet to 133.

Consumer Reports 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.

During the retest, Consumer Reports found that Model 3 stopped at 133 feet from 60 miles per hour, matching Tesla's earlier claims on the car's braking distance. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk vowed that Tesla would fix the issue in a matter of days. The reviewers were blown away: "Until now, that type of remote improvement to a car's basic functionality had been unheard of".

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of electric auto manufacturer Tesla, on Wednesday said that tough government regulations on foreign investment in India have delayed local production of the company's cars. CR's results seem to indicate that the update worked, though the publication noted that it doesn't quite live up to Musk's promise because, "the braking performance is not class-leading".

Tesla has since pushed that update out and, in turn, Consumer Reports has now given the Model 3 its stamp of approval.

That kind of observation clearly pleases Musk, who launched a tirade against the media last week but today is praising Consumer Reports for its "high quality critical feedback". There are now 212,821 Model S vehicles, 71,927 Model X vehicles, and 1,770 Model 3 vehicles. After the update, the Model 3's stopping distance was reduced by 20 feet. Additionally, the company has been changing some of the vehicle's controls so that users don't have to always go through the touchscreen while driving.

"Now, when drivers adjust their seat position using the power controls along the edge of the driver's seat, prompts to adjust the car's mirrors and steering-wheel position appear on the center touch screen".

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