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The Affordable Tesla Model 3 is Finally Here – This Week in Automotive News

Darrek Olson
Affordable Tesla Model 3

The Affordable Tesla Model 3 is Finally Here

Too often, big reveal events are anti-climactic, but the affordable Tesla Model 3 did not disappoint. The Tesla Model 3 is Tesla’s latest weapon, aiming to bring all-electric cars to the masses. While most expected this to look like a cheap Tesla Model S, it looks just as cool, if not cooler than the high-priced Model S or Model X.

model 3

Elon Musk immediately makes Tesla’s goal clear in his presentation: to “accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport.” This car looks like it will do just that, without falling into the cookie-cutter, slow and ugly EV stigma. More than 115,000 people pre-ordered the Model 3 before even seeing the car. Tesla is doing something right.

Red Tesla Model 3

For all the details, check out the electric reveal video below. The affordable Tesla Model 3 is an electric vehicle unlike any other.

What We Know:

  • Price: $35,000 (before incentives)
  • Reservation Price: $1,000
  • Range: 215+ miles
  • Production: 500,000 vehicles per year by late 2017
  • Safety Ratings: 5 stars in all categories (according to Tesla estimate)
  • 0-60 mph: <6 seconds

30 of 31 Cars Fall Short in New IIHS Headlight Tests

It’s no question that good headlights are vital in driving safely at night. The IIHS is now testing headlight illumination levels during high and low beam modes. Of the first 31 cars tested, only the Toyota Prius V achieved a “good” rating. The IIHS explains the testing in detail in the video below.

Mid-Size Car Rankings Thus Far

IIHS headlight test results


Lincoln Navigator Concept Unveiled

Lincoln is transitioning to a new design theme. This awesome Lincoln Navigator Concept looks like a mix between a Land Rover and the new 2017 Lincoln Continental. This concept comes with awesome, unique features like gullwing doors, deployable thigh supports, steps, huge entertainment screens on the back of every seat, and much more.

Lincoln Navigator Concept

Check out the press release to see the Lincoln Navigator Concept for yourself.

Lincoln Navigator Concept

Darrek Olson
Darrek Olson

Darrek is an enthusiast driver who values the journey more than the destination. A self-proclaimed Miata fanboy, his obscure knowledge of cars sometimes prevents him from remembering what he had for breakfast.

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