3 Quick Takes on the new Hummer EV

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV truck debuted Tuesday with 1,000 horsepower and up to 350 miles of range. It marks the return of the Hummer name after a decade-long absence and is the most ambitious electric vehicle General Motors has attempted. Here are three quick takes.

This is how major vehicles will be revealed going forward
The unveiling during Game 1 of the World Series on Fox and during The Voice on NBC could only have been bigger if done during the Super Bowl. A two-network debut complete with LeBron James providing voiceover for the commercial. On Fox, World Series play-play man Joe Buck neatly set up the spot and told millions of viewers that the order bank was now open. Then the Hummer debuted in what looked like a cut from the next Transformers movie.

OK, this is not how every major car will be revealed, but the direct-to-consumer, as-many-eyeballs-as-possible, made-for-TV (or social media) event will be a key strategy going forward. In the last few months, the Detroit, Los Angeles and New York auto shows have all played leapfrog with dates, confusing many observers. The pandemic has obviously exacerbated the decline of auto shows, but if you’re an automaker, why share the spotlight in a convention hall? Most car reveals won’t be network TV spectacles, like the Hummer, but streaming services and other platforms will make a lot more sense than traditional means as companies compete for new buyers.

This is how the Tesla Cybertruck should have looked
Most would say the Hummer is pretty cool looking. The headlights, the grille, the blocky fenders and huge wheels — yeah, this looks straight out of central casting. It’s what you expected the reborn Hummer to look like, nominally now in the service of the GMC brand. Tesla made the Cybertruck a bit too crazy. Sure, it’s attention-getting. But look at the Tesla. No one can objectively say the Cybertruck is aesthetically pleasing, from the shape to the features. It’s out-of-step with the graceful Model S and Model 3 sedans. The Hummer is futuristic, has interesting elements — like underbody cameras for off-roading and a T-top — and a massive presence. It doesn’t need to do more. The addition of Super Cruise technology, however, is a nice touch.

GM is serious about EVs
The Hummer leads a blitz of EVs from GM, which is quietly yet ambitiously laying out an electric future. The company is retooling three factories to build electric vehicles as part of a $2 billion plan to upgrade its North American operations. Cadillac’s future, anchored by the Lyriq crossover, will lean heavily electric, and the company promises other EVs across its portfolio. Underscoring this, GM is developing its own new electric propulsion system, Ultium Drive, and its own battery cells. With Daimler, Volkswagen, Ford and many others investing heavily in EVs, GM is showing it’s not going to sit idly by.

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GMC Hummer EV revealed as a 1,000-hp, 350-mile, fast-charging beast

The 2022 GMC Hummer EV has finally been revealed, and it certainly looks the part. It has chunky, squared-off styling, big tires pushed to the edges, and a towering fascia. But it’s not a case of form over function. On the contrary, the Hummer EV is has some pretty wicked technology and gear under the skin.

The first version of the Hummer EV that will be available is the tricked-out Edition 1. It features three electric motors, which allows for torque vectoring. These motors make 1,000 horsepower, though GMC still hasn’t given real-world torque numbers. The motors are fed by a 24-module Ultium battery pack. The pack can provide an estimated 350 miles or more of range.

Not only that, but it supports 800-volt fast charging up to 350 kW. That’s comparable to Porsche’s charging system, and GMC says it can add an extra 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes. Later, a two-motor Hummer EV and a three-motor version without torque vectoring.

The Hummer EV rides on fully independent suspension with adaptive air shocks. They can provide continuous damping adjustments for comfort, and have a height adjustment range of 6 inches. When set in its max-height off-road mode, it has two additional inches of ground clearance, and the “Extract Mode” will lift it six inches higher than default. The Edition 1 model also comes with standard 35-inch mud terrain tires, and combined with the suspension, the Hummer EV has a fording depth of 2 feet and the capability to climb over an 18-inch vertical obstacle.

Owners will be able to easily add more clearance since GMC made the wheel arches large enough to accommodate aftermarket 37-inch tires. Additional off-road goodies include skid plates along the chassis, rock sliders, the previously covered four-wheel steering with Crab Mode diagonal driving, and 18 camera views including angles under the truck for getting over rocks. Those cameras feature sprayers, too to keep them clean. Detailed information on torque output, torque vectoring, tire pressure, vehicle angles and more are also displayed on the infotainment screen.

Speaking of that infotainment screen, it’s a massive 13.4 inches and is paired with a 12.3-inch instrument display. They feature proudly in a squared-off, rugged-looking interior. The Hummer EV will get the latest version of Super Cruise, complete with automatic lane-changing. The Edition 1 gets the removable roof panels as standard, and those roof panels are clear, so you can still get some sun with them in place. Those panels are all stowable in the front cargo area.

As with the GMC Sierra Denali, the Hummer EV gets the MultiPro tailgate that has a flip down step and multiple closed positions for different purposes.

GMC is taking orders for the Hummer EV Edition 1 right now, but there will be a wait for it. Production begins late next year. It starts at $112,595.

In fall 2022, following the Edition 1 rollout, will be the regular top trim starting at $99,995.

In spring 2023, we’ll get a mid-level trim that has three motors, air suspension and four-wheel steering, but no torque vectoring. That one will start at $89,995. 

Eventually, there will be the base two-motor Hummer EV that will do without the torque vectoring, air suspension and four-wheel steering. It will start at $79,995. It doesn’t come out until spring 2024, though.

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Tesla acknowledges issue where Model 3 bumpers fall off in rain

One of the Tesla Model 3’s more prominent design flaws is a rear bumper cover that is prone to being stripped from the car when water is allowed to accumulate inside it, either from standing water or intense downpours. Owners of brand-new Model 3s have reportedly paid thousands of dollars to replace their bumpers (and repair the damage to other parts done by their separation) as a result of what Tesla now tacitly acknowledges is an engineering defect. 

InsideEVs reports that Tesla has issued a service bulletin noting that Model 3s built before May 21, 2019, may sustain damage as a result of “driving through standing water on a road or highway with poor drainage or pooling water.”

“In these rare instances, the rear fascia might detach from the vehicle and harnesses and/or body fasteners/mounts might also be damaged,” it continues. “This document clarifies that damage caused during these instances is covered under warranty.”

So, what happened on May 21, 2019? Per the source above, reddit sleuths managed to pin down that date as the transition to a new design for the lower liner of the rear bumper cover. The new part includes a pre-cut section designed to be removed for the installation of a tow hitch.

This cut-out appears to improve the bumper liner’s drainage capacity, but at least one owner has reported a bumper cover separation on a vehicle manufactured in 2020 and provided photographic evidence that the installed bumper liner was indeed of the revised design; that owner paid $3,800 to have the resulting damage repaired. 

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VW gauges interest in Ducati from potential buyers

LONDON/FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group is hosting preliminary talks with potential bidders for its Ducati brand to gauge potential interest in the motorcycle maker ahead of a November planning round, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

During the five-year planning round, VW will review the future of its Ducati brand as well as of its super sports car brands Lamborghini and Bugatti, they said.

Volkswagen is analyzing the future of Lamborghini, Bugatti and Ducati as part of broader quest for more economies of scale as it shifts to mass producing electric cars and as the company tries to more than double its value to 200 billion euros.

The review could result in technology partnerships for the high-performance sports car and superbike brands, restructuring, or other options up to and including a listing or sale, the people said.

Whether Volkswagen agrees to kick off a formal sales process at that meeting is still uncertain, but for a sale to be possible early next year, investors and bankers need to gauge price expectations and potential strategic fit, a second person familiar with the discussions said.

“There is some movement here,” one of these sources said, commenting on the potential kickoff of a Ducati auction. No decision has been taken yet, the source added.

Two other people close to the matter said that Volkswagen is expected to launch the sales process in early 2021 and may mandate a sales adviser before Christmas.

Volkswagen declined to comment.

Volkswagen attempted to sell Ducati in 2017, when peer Bajaj Auto in a tie-up with KTM, as well as Polaris and private equity groups Bain, PAI and Investindustrial expressed interest in buying the Italian motorbike brand.

A sale met opposition from labor leaders and was shelved.

As part of its next strategy review, Volkswagen is also drawing up plans to carve out Lamborghini and has sounded out bankers and potential investors about listing the Italian sports car maker on the stock market, sources told Reuters.

A listing could be attempted in 2021, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Italian supercar rival Ferrari saw its valuation more than triple since Fiat Chrysler listed it in 2016 though shares in rival Aston Martin have slumped since its IPO in 2018.

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Meet the man who owns the fastest car in the world

Dr. Larry Caplin is shown here with the SSC team. He’s wearing the sport coat, at far left. Standing next to him is Jerod Shelby.

Now that the SSC Tuatara has snagged the top speed record at 316 mph, it’s time for other festivities. The owner of the Tuatara, Dr. Larry Caplin, is now on a mission to use the car’s time in the spotlight to raise $316,000 through his charity: CF Charities Foundation. The charity benefits community programs and services for children, helps out underserved schools, and funds college scholarships for first-generation students and aid military families.

We chatted with Dr. Caplin (who also owns the last SSC Ultimate Aero ever made) about his car, the record run and his charity. 

“They asked me if I wanted the first car,” Caplin told us as he explained how he ended up with the one and only production Tuatara in existence. “We both agreed that we would use my car to set the world record.”

In return for SSC being able to use his car for the record run, Caplin got to work directly with SSC’s designers and engineers on the car’s interior design. Caplin was inside the project with SSC a couple of years ago, shaping the styling and design to his own preferences.

He also gets to be the guy with the fastest car in the world, which is pretty damn cool on its own. Caplin jumped at the opportunity for his Tuatara to be the one used by Oliver Webb to set the record, too. He’s not one of those supercar collectors who keep their cars locked up.

“I drive my cars,” Caplin says. “I have a Lamborghini with 111,000 miles on it. I have a Ford GT with 56,000 miles on it …  I have a 185-pound South African Mastiff that rides shotgun.”

He hasn’t had his Tuatara up anywhere near where Webb took it to outside Pahrump, Nevada, but he has plans to push the envelope with it soon.

Caplin, as he’s doing now, likes to use his cars for charitable events, bringing them out to events, shows and other related things.

“I think it’s important for people who have collections like this to find a purpose other than it being a collection for themselves,” Caplin says. “I think it’s a responsibility to share it but also find value in it that far exceeds the cars, and I would hope that more people would do that.”

If you want to donate to the charity inspired by the Tuatara’s record run, you can do so on CF Charities’ website.

Here’s a Philadelphia TV station interview with Caplin from earlier this year when he unveiled the Tuatara at his hometown Philadelphia Auto Show:

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Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award winner Hoggard has F1 test

Johnathan Hoggard has completed his first Formula 1 test as part of his prize for winning the 2019 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.Hoggard won the Award, which also includes a prize of £200,000, after impressing in MSV Formula 2, Ligier LMP3 and Aston Martin GT3 machinery last year.INSIGHT: Why Hoggard won Aston Martin Young Driver of the Year AwardHe completed a day of testing at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in one of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s RB8s, which won the F1 constructors’ title and drivers’ crown with Sebastian Vettel in 2012.After the 19-year-old completed an installation run on wet tyres, Red Bull waited for the weather to improve so that Hoggard could have three runs in the dry, each on new slick rubber, with the 750-800bhp V8 machine.He improved on each run and ended up with an unofficial best lap within 1.5 seconds of the fastest lap from the 2012 British Grand Prix, albeit on different Pirelli rubber and without the RB8’s KERS.”It’s a dream come true to drive an F1 car, especially around Silverstone GP,” said Hoggard.”The main thing was how much power it had, especially on full throttle, and the downforce with the blown diffuser – you can get on the power and it really does stick.”I was trying not to leave anything on the table – it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I’d have regretted it if I’d have stayed in my comfort zone.”It was a case of being confident and sensible, building up nicely. I want to go again.”Red Bull’s Simon Rennie, who ran the test, was happy with Hoggard’s progression.”He did a good job,” said Rennie.”From seeing how well he performed at the Award tests last year and adapted to the three cars I expected him to do a good job and he carried that on.”He got straight on with it, there were no scary moments and he progressed in each run.”With the blown diffuser it’s a bit of a foreign thing for drivers – to believe that more throttle will mean the car is more stable – but any advice we gave he was acting on in the next run.”Hoggard, who contested this year’s Daytona 24 Hours and impressed in a recent FIA F3 test at Barcelona, has not yet confirmed his 2021 plans, but is considering single-seater options.
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More 2021 Porsche Panamera variants are updated, including top dog Turbo S E-Hybrid

More updated 2021 Porsche Panamera variants are here to add to the already long list of available models. We highlighted the initial lineup of 2021 models in our original reveal post here. We’ve been behind the wheel of the new Turbo S trim already, too.

Today, Porsche is announcing the updated Turbo S E-Hybrid, 4 E-Hybrid and 4S.

The Turbo S E-Hybrid is considered to be the flagship of the Panamera lineup, according to Porsche. Though, it’s actually 0.1 second slower to 60 mph than the lighter, new Turbo S that doesn’t have the hybrid assist. 

Porsche managed to find even more power in the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. This model is now pushing a combined (between engine and electric motor) 689 horsepower and 642 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels, up from 677 horsepower and 626 pound-feet. Both the sedan and Sport Turismo will go from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds, and the Executive will do it in 3.1 seconds. That’s 0.2 second quicker than the previous Turbo S E-Hybrid for all body styles. All the power comes from updates made to the gasoline engine, while the electric motor integrated into the eight-speed PDK is unchanged. Top speed is up by 4 mph to 196 mph.

Just like the rest of the E-Hybrid lineup, the Turbo S E-Hybrid takes advantage of the 27% more energy-dense battery pack. We suspect this will lead to an increased range of purely electric driving. The 4 E-Hybrid also uses the new battery pack, slotting in below the 4S E-Hybrid. The model is equipped with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, and combined with the electric motor, produces 455 horsepower. This is good for 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph (0.2 second and 2 mph better than before). Strangely, this new model is down two horsepower when compared to the outgoing 4 E-Hybrid, but it is still quicker.

Lastly, Porsche is giving us the 4S, which is also equipped with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. There’s no electric boost with this one, but it still manages 443 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of just 3.9 seconds (0.1 second quicker than before). Porsche gave it a whole 3 extra horsepower over the 2020 model.

We’ll note that all three of these new trims are available in sedan, Sport Turismo and Executive body styles.

You’ll be able to order the new models announced today starting early next year. The first orders are expected to arrive at dealers in Spring 2021. Pricing isn’t yet available, but Porsche says it’s coming soon.

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McLaren’s new ‘high performance hybrid’ caught in fresh spy photos

Our spies caught McLaren testing its upcoming hybrid sports car on the street, catching it from just about every angle. Unofficially dubbed the HPH (for High Performance Hybrid), the Unfortunately, it didn’t tell us anything we hadn’t heard before. Earlier this month, McLaren released a couple of photos of a lightly camouflaged test car that gave us our best look to date at the new hybrid undergoing development, but the photos provided Monday are far more numerous and detailed. 

Despite using a new carbon fiber passenger cell and a hybrid V6 engine, the new sports car looks a whole lot like the outgoing McLaren Sports Series models (570S, 620R, et al). The headlights are a very similar shape, particularly with the similar headlights, radiator intake locations and roofline. The roof almost looks unchanged, down to its flying buttress sections.

There are differences, though. It looks like a lot of the lower grille area at the front has been blocked off. The headlights look more sunken in, a bit like on the Super Series 720S. The radiator intakes are more open. And at the back, the exhaust now juts out high up in the grille between the taillights. Those taillights have much less of an arc to them, and a different illumination pattern.

The new hybrid McLaren will be revealed in the first half of 2021. It will have a V6 engine, reportedly twin-turbocharged, and McLaren’s CEO says it will have “an all-electric range capable of covering most urban journeys.” Reports suggest a range of 21 miles. This of course suggests it will be a plug-in hybrid. It’s expected to make more than 570 horsepower combined, too. As for the Sports Series the hybrid is replacing, the last examples will be the 620R special edition cars.

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Do you hate Amazon but don’t want FOMO on missed deals?

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Are you anti-Prime Day? We get it. At this point, it’s pretty undeniable that Jeff Bezos is just one or two steps removed from going full supervillain. He was just recently filmed controlling 100% real Doctor Octopus arms while maniacally laughing, for pete’s sake, so if you don’t see the writing on the wall at this point, that’s your issue. Unfortunately, though, regardless of your feelings toward Amazon, Prime Day still offers some undeniably great deals. It can be tempting to break with your ideals to pick up a TV for that seemingly unbeatable price, but if you’re here, that probably means that you stayed strong. If you’re feeling some FOMO because of the Prime Day sales, though, here are some items you can pick up at similarly great discounts, and not a single one is from Amazon.

$70 off any set of Goodyear or Dunlop tires – offer valid at Just Tires only

If you’re in the market for a fresh set of tires, this deal can help you save some cash. The offer is only valid at Just Tires and ends on October 31. If you need a hand deciding which kinds of tires to pick up, check out our post on how to know what tires to buy. There’s not much else to say about this one. Easy 70 bucks saved, if you ask us!

Save 15% of any Goodyear Tire purchase – use code TIRES15 at Goodyear.com

Here’s another no-brainer deal if you’re looking to pick up some tires. If 15% off your order will save you more than $70, then go with this deal instead of the last. This one expires on Halloween as well. Don’t let the spooky end date scare you away from saving some cash! There’s no sense in paying full price for a set of tires when discounts like this are out there.

Shark ION Robot Vacuum R76 with Wi-Fi – $199.99 (33% off) at Target.com

If you’ve ever seen a Roomba vacuum, then you probably have a good idea of what you’re looking at here. This is Shark’s version of an automated, cordless vacuum-bot, and now that it’s $100 off, it’ll probably run you a lot less than a Roomba. We had the XL version of this vac in our Prime Day post, and this one is a little different, but it still comes with features like 3 individual brush types, ledge- and stair-sensing technologies to help avoid running into walls or furniture, and a mobile app to help you control your new cleaning robot from the comfort of your couch.

VIZIO 65″ Class V-Series LED 4K UHD SmartCast TV – $469.99 at Best Buy

If you happened to be keeping an eye on Prime Day deals, you probably noticed that TVs are a popular item. Yes, there were some amazing savings if you were in the market for a television, but even with all of the lower prices, we’re still not sure if we found a large-screen TV more enticing than this one. This monster features a 65″ 4K UHD screen, DolbyVision HDR (anecdotally, the best kind), a dynamic motion rate of 120Hz, and the V-Gaming Engine, meant to help you enjoy gaming at the lowest input lag for the screen. With features like that, you’d think this TV would be a lot more expensive than it is. Thankfully, it’s a bargain even at full price. You can snag this one here at just $469.99. 

Apple AirPods with Charging Case (Latest Model) – $129.99 ($30 off) at BestBuy.com

Love them or hate them, Apple’s Air Pods are still seen as the premier wireless earbuds on the market, and they’re still priced like it, too. Many of us here at Autoblog have our own pairs of Air Pods, and on the whole, they do deliver on their promises. They sound good, a charge lasts a more-than-reasonable amount of time, and probably best of all, they’re super easy to use. Prime Day offered a deal for the buds, but if you missed it, have no fear! Best Buy is still selling them for $30 off right here.

23andMe Personal Ancestry + Traits Kit with Lab Fee Included – $108.50 ($90.50 off) at Walmart.com

Did you miss the 23andMe deal last week? If so, we found this 23andMe Health + Ancestry kit available for nearly the same great price advertised on Prime Day, $108.50. If you’ve ever been curious about your ancestry or learning about your genetic health predispositions, this could be a fun and informative self-gift or gift to a family member. 

SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab A 8.0″ 32 GB WiFi Android 9.0 Tablet Black – $109.00 ($40.99 off) at Walmart.com

Bummed you didn’t pick up an Amazon Fire tablet last week? Don’t be. Walmart has this Galaxy Tab featuring an 8″ screen, a battery promising up to 13 hours of use on a full charge, and 32GB of memory available for just $109 right now. Be warned, while this is a solid deal for a tablet, 32GB isn’t a lot of storage. If you need more, though, you can always just snag a MicroSD card and throw it in the tablet to expand the storage all the way up to 512 GB.

LEGO City Sets – 15% off at Target.com

LEGO is always a great gift idea, and right now Target has a sale on all City sets. Most of the LEGO City sets can be had for under $20 right now, and there are several cool vehicles to choose from, including this 168-piece safari off-roader. Check them out and pick your favorite! LEGO City sets are good for builders ages 5 and up, and trust us, they’re great fun for adults too.

HP 11.6″ Chromebook / Intel Celeron / 4GB Memory / 32GB eMMC Flash Memory – $159.00 ($60 off) at BestBuy.com *Deal ending soon*

If you’re in need of a new laptop, this HP for under $160 (before tax) is worth looking at. It features an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC Flash memory. It also currently has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from over 700 customer reviews. Is this the best laptop in the world? No, definitely not. But if you’re just looking to surf the web and not trying to push its capabilities to the limit, this is a solid price for a device like this. If it looks appealing, don’t wait too long! This deal ends at the end of the day. 

Insignia 5 Qt Digital Air Fryer – $59.99 ($60 off) at BestBuy.com

Here at Autoblog, we love fried foods. We don’t love the calories that come with them, though. Thankfully, we live in a magical time of amazing technology where things like air fryers exist! Get all the fried crispiness you can handle with none of the oil, and far less calories. Don’t worry if you missed the Prime Day air fryer deals, you can still grab this 5 Qt fryer for $60 off at Best Buy. 

BISSELL AutoMate Cordless Rechargeable Hand Vacuum – $58.47 ($20.53 off) at Walmart.com

If you don’t already have a good car vacuum, this one is well worth a look. We featured a few car vacs during Prime Day, and this one could stand up against any of them. This Bissell vacuum is specifically made for your car and features a motorized brush tool to help capture dirt and pet hair as well as a 14V lithium ion battery that provides up to 20 minutes of cordless run time. It also has about 200 ratings on Walmart.com and is still currently sitting at a cumulative 4.5 out of 5 stars. Check it out here to learn more.

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Tesla just slashed its warranty for used vehicles

The prospect of buying a used vehicle from Tesla just became a less appealing option. The electric car manufacturer quietly updated its website with new warranty terms for used Model S sedans and Model X crossovers, and the updates do not fall in the customer’s favor.

Just two days ago (thanks, Wayback Machine!), Tesla’s used vehicle warranty page said that used Models S and X that were under four years old and showed less than 50,000 miles on the odometer would get “a Used Vehicle Limited Warranty for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first, starting from your delivery date.” If the Model S or X was between four and six years old or had between 50,000 and 100,000 miles, “a Used Vehicle Extended Limited Warranty provides coverage for up to 2 years post-delivery or up to 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.” In either case, ‘the balance of original Battery and Drive Unit Limited warranty still [applied] for used vehicles.’

Today, the same page shows something completely different: 

Tesla used vehicles are covered by the remainder of 4 years or 50,000 miles left on the Basic Vehicle Limited Warranty. After expiration, the Used Vehicle Limited Warranty provides additional coverage of 1 year or 10,000 miles. If the Basic Vehicle Limited Warranty has already expired, the Used Vehicle Limited Warranty will provide coverage of 1 year or 10,000 miles, starting from your delivery date.

The change was first reported by Electrek, which points out that used S and X models from 2016 or earlier are now much less attractive to would-be buyers. That’s particularly true since Tesla’s vehicles aren’t exactly the pinnacle of reliability.

This news comes right after Tesla killed its seven-day return policy on new vehicles, and just days after the starting price of new Model S sedans was cut to $69,420.

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