Consumer Reports to Retest Tesla Model 3 After Brake Fix

Tesla's Model 3 has run into several production difficulties

Calling the review "very strange", Musk also said that the variability in stopping distance was due to an ABS (Anti-Skid Braking System) calibration algorithm.

Amid rising expectations that Tesla will again miss its next production target for the Model 3, planning to reach 5,000 cars per week by the end of June 2018, the automaker has not only doubled down. It found 152 feet to be the average stopping distance, which was "far worse than any contemporary car" tested by the magazine and seven feet longer than that of a Ford F-150 pickup.

In a series of comments on Twitter, Musk said the magazine's brake tests were inconsistent with other reviewers. CR pointed out that auto and Driver reported similar problems in its testing, and Edmunds has reported a litany of problems with its Model 3. Newer versions offer "improved ride comfort, lower wind noise & many other small improvements", he said in a follow-up tweet. On her Twitter, Grimes wrote, "he has never prevented them from's quite literally fake news. trust me, i've investigated this heavily and even visited factories etc".

Musk played down the reports of "big flaws" as claimed by Consumer Reports, and mentioned that the issues with braking "will be fixed with a software update within days".

Tesla (TSLA) is already facing questions about whether it can build Model 3s fast enough to meet consumer demand, an issue that's worrying some investors.

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The Consumer Reports test is created to determine how a vehicle performs in an emergency situation.

It also criticised over-reliance on touch-screen controls for everything from adjusting the mirrors to changing the direction of airflow, saying this could cause "driver distraction".

However, he also backpedaled to tweet, "Even if a physical upgrade is needed to existing fleet, we will make sure all Model 3's having fantastic braking ability at no expense to customers".

Production of Tesla Model 3s began in July of previous year and the first regular customers only received their cars in December after some Tesla employees. However, it is important to note that Tesla is still considered a youngster in the automotive sector, says Neil Saunders, Managing Director of consumer research house GlobalData Retail. And if there were issues, the spokesperson said, Tesla was in a better place to "address more corner cases" through software updates that could improve the stopping distance.

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