Daily News Briefs: July 12, 2012

By Kelsey Mays  on July 12, 2012


Tesla just opened its 12th dealership, but it's closer to foot traffic than, well, car traffic. The Detroit News reports the electric-car maker's latest store opened at the Third Street Promenade, an outdoor mall in Santa Monica, Calif. The automaker, which just began production of the $57,400 Model S, is "deliberately trying to engage with people when they are not thinking about buying a car," officials said. Tesla will build just 5,000 of the Model S through the end of the year, and all have been spoken for. Next year, the automaker says it will build 20,000. Factory-owned retail stores, as opposed to independently franchised dealerships, allow for better control of the customer experience, one analyst told the Detroit News.

In other news:

  • Bill Gates-backed EcoMotors International is developing a diesel engine without traditional valves and cylinder heads that could be 15% to 50% more fuel efficient than today's diesels, Automotive News reports.
  • Improving auto sales and shorter summer shutdowns — one week instead of the usual two at Ford, no shutdown at all for Chrysler — have contributed to fewer jobless claims, the Detroit Free Press reports.
  • Hammacher Schlemmer's new $130 Roadtrip Video Recorder can record up to three hours of road-trip footage via a suction-cup windshield camera, according to the Detroit News.

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Senior Consumer Affairs Editor Kelsey Mays likes quality, reliability, safety and practicality. But he also likes a fair price.  Email Kelsey