Elon Musk criticized the news media for what he described as irresponsible coverage and suggested he launch a website to assess the legitimacy of reporters.
Consumer Reports the influential product rating magazine, reverted on Wednesday and endorsed Tesla's new mass-market electric sedan after which had previously declined To recommend it the company had quickly improved the brakes of the car.
The turnaround came after a dispute with Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who described the first Review of the Model 3 as "very strange" and said examiners had tested "an early production car". 19659008] Because the magazine buys its own cars for testing, it is known to be notoriously independent in its ratings, which carry a lot of weight with buyers and automakers. In addition, the Model 3 is a critical new product for Tesla, its first mass-market car to be mass-produced.
Musk's criticism came when he broke the news media in general over the past few days about what he believes was unfair reporting
Consumer Reports said that Tesla has an over-the-air software Update to improve the Model 3 brakes. The reviewers had originally reported a braking distance that was "much worse than any modern car we tested" and even longer than a normal pickup.
That led to "big mistakes", including difficult vehicle controls and excessous wind noise
Jake Fisher, head of the car test at Consumer Reports told TODAY he had spoken with Musk last week, according to the first review had been published
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But Fisher said Musks Pub The criticism last week had no impact on the postponement of the publication, and "there was no pressure at all."
"There are other mistakes with the vehicle," Fisher said in an interview. "These were not necessarily addressed, it's not the top in its category, but it's certainly a vehicle high enough to recommend."
The ability to upgrade vehicles with wireless updates is largely limited to Tesla. Fisher said he was impressed with the company's ability to adapt quickly.
After the upgrade, "the stopping distances were much shorter and they were consistent"
Musk said on Twitter that the update would apply to all Model 3:
"I'm pleased about the high quality of the critical feedback from @ ConsumerReports, "he said.
He also said that the company is addressing road traffic noise and ride comfort issues as well as infotainment usability.
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