Bentley Continental GT makes Middle East debut

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Updated 12 November 2017
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Bentley Continental GT makes Middle East debut

The eagerly anticipated all-new Bentley Continental GT has debuted in the Middle East following its global unveiling at the IAA Frankfurt in September. The third generation of the legendary, luxury Grand Tourer will tour the region over the next two months, visiting Bentley’s key Middle East and South Africa markets in a series of exclusive VIP events. This month, the all-new Continental GT has visited Abu Dhabi, the Dubai flagship showroom, and Kuwait, where it was displayed at Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center, before heading to Saudi Arabia where it was seen at events in Riyadh and Jeddah. In November and December, the tour will re-visit the UAE, and then move on to Oman.

The Nissan IMx, an all-electric crossover concept vehicle offering fully autonomous operation and a driving range of more than 600 kilometers, was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. The innovative concept vehicle provides a glimpse into the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan’s approach to changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated with society. It’s designed to strengthen the link between car and driver as a close, reliable partner that delivers a safer, more convenient and more enjoyable drive. By offering the ability to control the vehicle’s drive mode, the Nissan IMx aims to transform the everyday life of drivers.

 Reigning Formula E Champion Lucas di Grassi and the Audi e-tron FE04 have performed a demo drive together with other teams in Rome to promote the electric racing series that will be held in Italy’s capital on April 14, 2018. The track layout for the premiere in Rome promises to deliver a race set in spectacular surroundings.  Following events in Asia, Africa, South and North America, the electric racing series will be holding its first European round of the new season in Rome before traveling on to Paris, Berlin and Zürich, and then back to North America.
Nissan will become the first Japanese automotive brand to compete in the all-electric FIA Formula E racing championship starting in 2018. The move to participate in the growing Formula E series gives Nissan a highly visible global platform. “As the ultimate expression of the thrill of instant acceleration and agile handling that’s at the heart of Nissan zero-emission driving, Nissan is going to electrify the Formula E championship,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of global marketing and sales.


 


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.