Consumer Reports follows up on its Tesla Model 3 rating on this edition of Talking Cars.
CR explains that this is not the usual episode since not only is the Model 3's rating news, but also Tesla's reaction has caused quite a stir. The organization speaks to the potential of getting a second car (which they've done in the past). However, getting a single Model 3 is difficult enough, so the prospects were slim. Nonetheless, in order to assure consistency before releasing its report, CR happened upon a unique opportunity to get a second car and was able to test that as well.
Video Description via Consumer Reports on YouTube:
Consumer Reports has revealed that it would not be recommending the Tesla Model 3, in part due to poor braking performance. In response, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk agreed to meet with Jake Fisher, CR Auto Test Director, to talk about our findings and discuss immediate updates Tesla might make. Hear all about that exclusive conversation this week on Talking Cars.
Musk Tweeted a string of responses to CR's report, including this:
Looks like this can be fixed with a firmware update. Will be rolling that out in a few days. With further refinement, we can improve braking distance beyond initial specs. Tesla won’t stop until Model 3 has better braking than any remotely comparable car.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2018
CR also added a brief video to its channel that attempts to remind people about its credibility and nonprofit status amidst all the recent "fake news" banter on social media, much of which has been asserted and fueled by Tesla CEO Elon Musk himself. While the following Tweet was surely not directed towards Consumer Reports, it shows the nature of Musk's current stance on the media:
The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them https://t.co/Ay2DwCOMkr
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 23, 2018
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