Urban, young and active? BMW X2 wants you

Updated 11 November 2017
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Urban, young and active? BMW X2 wants you

BMW has unveiled its X2 compact SUV model hoping that it will appeal to a young generation of buyers seeking dynamic drives when it is launched in the markets in March. The company describes the X2 as a lifestyle crossover and says it appeals primarily to urban groups of active young and young-at-heart individuals.
The X2 will compete in a booming segment of compact SUVs. In a departure from the usual design of the brand’s identity, the X2 has BMW’s signature kidney grille turned upside down for the first time. The carmaker says that it gives the vehicle a wider, more distinctive and sportier appearance.
Inside, customers can opt for a larger 8.8-inch freestanding navigational control that also has a touchscreen instead of the 6.5-inch screen, as well as a full-color head-up display. BMW will also offer its “Connected Plus” online services, which allows drivers to share their current location and time of arrival with friends, family or their offices.
Among the other highlight features enabling connectivity anytime, anywhere, is the optional WiFi hotspot preparation, which equips the X2 to host a built-in WiFi hotspot with high speeds, and the optional telephony with wireless charging for compatible smartphones. Apple CarPlay, meanwhile, enables easy, wireless in-car use of selected iPhone functions.
The X2 will have its public debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2018.


Tesla production leader Doug Field exits company

Tesla produced 5,000 of its Model 3 cars, along with a combined total of 2,000 Model S and Model X vehicles. (AP)
Updated 03 July 2018
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Tesla production leader Doug Field exits company

SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla on Monday confirmed that the head of Model 3 production, who went on leave after chief executive Elon Musk took over his duties, will not be returning.
The departure of engineering senior vice president Doug Field came as California-based Tesla appeared to have finally hit a self-imposed goal of cranking out 5,000 Model 3 electric cars in a week.
Tesla co-founder Musk fired off a Twitter post over the weekend saying “7,000 cars, 7 days.”
In a note to investors on Monday, Analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities said that in the preceding week, Tesla produced 5,000 of its Model 3 cars, along with a combined total of 2,000 Model S and Model X vehicles.
Tesla has been under pressure to increase production to show it can operate profitably and at the kind of scale needed to be considered a major auto company.
Musk has been managing the Tesla production line, which has been rejiggered to pump out cars faster.
Field will not be returning to the company, according to Tesla.
“After almost five years at Tesla, Doug Field is moving on,” a company spokesman told AFP.
“We’d like to thank Doug for his hard work over the years and for everything he has done for Tesla.”
Tesla announced in June that it was cutting nine percent of its workforce to enhance profitability, but said the move would not affect an ambitious production ramp-up of its Model 3 sedan.
The job cuts are part of a company-wide restructuring to address excess staff in some areas due to the company’s speedy growth, Musk said in an email to employees.
The cuts concern salaried staff but not production workers and will not affect Model 3 output targets, said Musk, who characterized the downsizing as an acknowledgement of the need to focus more on costs.
“Given that Tesla has never made an annual profit in the almost 15 years since we have existed, profit is obviously not what motivates us,” Musk said in the message.
“What drives us is our mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable, clean energy, but we will never achieve that mission unless we eventually demonstrate that we can be sustainably profitable.”
Shares of Tesla closed the formal trading day down 2.3 percent to $335.07 but regained some of that ground in after-market trades.