Tesla is in talks with music labels about starting its own music streaming service.
The company’s talks with music labels center around licensing a proprietary music service that would come bundled with its vehicles. It’s a curious move, considering how many active users subscribe to services such as Spotify and Pandora, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk is never one to stray away from believing he can do things better than the competition.
Recode reports that although music labels aren’t clear about the full scope of Tesla’s ambitions, it is believed Tesla is looking into offering multiple tiers of service, starting with a Pandora-like web radio offering.
A Tesla spokesperson replied to Recode‘s inquiry with the following statement: “We believe it’s important to have an exceptional in-car experience so our customers can listen to the music they want from whatever source they choose. Our goal is to simply achieve maximum happiness for our customers.”
This article originally appeared at AutoGuide.com.
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Five former Volkswagen employees are reportedly being sought by Interpol after the U.S. issued arrest warrants.
The German daily, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports that the five former managers are accused of conspiracy to commit fraud and violation of U.S. environmental laws.
The ex-employees, including two former executives, are unlikely to be apprehended for the time being, reports the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, because the German constitution only allows extradition to Europe or an international court.
If they travel outside of Germany, though, they may face extradition.
Oliver Schmidt, another former executive indicted by the US government, was arrested back in January while visiting Florida. He is now in prison awaiting trial.
A version of this article appeared in VWVortex.com.
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The design boss of Land Rover says that the new-generation Defender won't just appeal to enthusiasts of the previous model, but will also attract an entirely new generation of buyers.
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Single seaters. The number of places inside a grand prix racer is so essential that that's what they're known by. But every once in a while, someone comes along and makes one with extra room on board. And that's just what we have here.
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Developing a hypercar as immensely powerful and eminently capable as the Bugatti Chiron is undoubtedly no simple matter. But the process is now complete, with the first examples of Molsheim's latest already in the hands of their wealthy customers. So what's this prototype doing testing at the Nürburgring?
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The Morgan Motor Company was founded in 1910, and have survived where many failed by weaponizing their British heritage. The company is now best known for their classically-styled roadsters and their quirky Three-Wheelers, and recently they’ve released some more modern machinery in the shape of the Aero8 Roadster.
This suitcase is one of Morgan’s other creations, it’s designed to fit perfectly on the rear luggage rack of your Morgan, but it’ll also fit in your trunk or rear seat if your Morgan hasn’t quite arrived yet.
The suitcase is made of hard brown leather and has two straps with buckles, a waterproof cover for those unexpected downpours, and it measures in at 80 x 30.5 x 55.2 cm.
Carroll Shelby might not have been the first person to drop an American V8 into a British vehicle, but he’s by far the most famous.
Over the years there have been countless examples of Brits and Americans getting their heads together and turning out some genuinely remarkable automobiles – and this Land Rover by East Coast Defender is an excellent modern take on the partnership.
The team at ECD have managed to squeeze a 430 hp Corvette V8 into the Defender engine bay, then coupled it to a new 6-speed Chevrolet T56 manual transmission and an upgraded LSD transfer case to handle the additional power.
There aren’t many Land Rover Defenders that can do the 0-62 mph dash in under 6 seconds, and this is one of them.
A Brief History of the Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender was the successor to the Series III, it was originally called the Ninety or the One Ten (a reference to the wheelbase length in inches). As the Land Rover model range grew it was decided to rename the line to Defender 90 and Defender 110 to avoid any confusion.
To say the Defender had large shoes to fill would be a remarkable understatement. The Series I, Series II, Series IIA, and Series III Land Rovers took the world by storm and were very often the first motorised vehicle ever seen by people in developing nations.
The new Defender maintained the same basic structure as the Series vehicles, with a body-on-chassis design utilising a steel frame, a steel bulkhead, and aluminium body panels. Under the skin the Defender had been significantly updated with wider track axles, coil springs as opposed to leaf springs, a full-time 4×4 system borrowed from the Range Rover, and a lockable centre diff.
The interior had seen significant (and some would say overdue) upgrades over the Series Land Rovers, much improving the seats, sound-proofing, dashboard and instruments, and even offering amenities like air-conditioning and stereos.
Over the 3 decades of its production the Defender would get progressively more comfortable without sacrificing any of its raw off-road ability, and examples from the final few years of production are now highly sought after. Land Rover ended stopped making the Defender in early 2016 – largely due to increasingly stringent crash safety laws that the model couldn’t meet with its older-style body-on-frame structure.
Land Rover have announced more recently an intention to introduce a new Defender, likely with a unibody design and significantly updated styling. It’s widely hoped that Land Rover will stay true to the DNA of the model when they officially unveil the new Defender in 2019 – but only time will tell.
The East Coast Defender Corvette-Engined Defender
East Coast Defender is one of the pre-eminent Land Rover customisers in the USA, the company has 29 full-time employees and is made up of a mixture of Brits and Americans. They’re based in Kissimmee Florida, and they’ve built a significant number of bespoke Defenders – all of which are far quicker and more luxurious than any examples that left the Land Rover factory.
The Corvette-Engined Defender shown here is their most recent build, with 430 hp on tap it’s quick enough to embarrass many sports cars on the road, and off road it can sling mud half the length of a city block.
In order to improve breathing the LS3 V8 has a Borla exhaust fitted, there’s also a Ron Davis radiator to keep things cool. All brake and fuel lines have been replaced with stainless steel examples, and inside there are Classic Instruments Moal Bomber gauges. It has a full roll cage installed, as well as ivory leather Corbeau seats with black accent stitching, a Quark steering wheel by MOMO, and Porsche Dunkelolive metallic paint.
It’s riding on 18” Sawtooth wheels with BF Goodrich All Terrain KO2 tires, and it’s fitted with a Kenwood infotainment center with a backup camera, wifi, JBL speakers and a subwoofer.
If you’d like to read more about East Coast Defenders or order your own, you can click here to visit their website.