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Tesla invites Model 3 reservation holders to design their cars

Tesla started summoning non-employee Model 3 reservation holders to configure their cars, a sign of progress for the sedan plagued by production problems.

Clear strikes and sporty notes: What people are saying about the Tesla Roadster

Tesla's second-generation Roadster, unveiled unexpectedly last week in prototype form, boasts impressive performance stats: 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, a top speed of over 250 mph and a 620-mile range. Here's a roundup of what scribes and others are saying about the Roadster's looks.


Tesla revives Roadster with a range of 620 miles

Refundable deposits of $50,000 are being taken now for the supercar, Tesla says, with output slated to begin in 2020. The full price of the base model: $200,000.

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Remembering the Porsche 911's savior

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Everything we know about the next-gen Wrangler

Jeep and FCA US have released only the skimpiest information about the new Wrangler. But spy photos and leaks paint a clear picture of what Jeep chief designer Mark Allen and his team have come up with.

Next-gen Ram 1500 interior sports more tech

The next-generation Ram 1500 will get a major tech upgrade when it debuts in January, including a huge touch-screen infotainment system and a power tailgate that can be activated using the key fob, new spy shots reveal.

Outside the box

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Japan's automakers look beyond scandals to future

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