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A duo of camouflaged Tesla Model 3 electric cars was spotted testing in India as the automaker is rumored to soon be entering the market.

After years of talks about entering the Indian market, Tesla seems to be making some significant progress lately.

Earlier this year, Tesla officially incorporated an Indian company in Bengaluru, the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state.

This month, Indian government officials said that they are considering Tesla’s proposal to greatly reduce import duties for electric cars, which has been the main hurdle for the company to enter the market.

Tesla has expressed interest in building a factory in the country, but as it has done in every other market, the automaker prefers to first test the waters with imported vehicles.

While there’s no deal yet, Tesla seems to already be preparing to enter the market.

On top of creating an Indian business earlier this year, two camouflaged Tesla Model 3 vehicles were spotted being testing in the country (via wheelsofautomotive010 on Instagram):

Some commenters noted that the suspension looks higher than the regular Model 3.

It’s hard to tell without a regular Model 3 next to it, but it could make sense to take on Indian roads, which are known to be rough in some regions.

Interestingly, the vehicles feature a full prototype camouflage, which is something that Tesla has been avoiding, unlike the rest of the auto industry.

Recently, we even reported on Tesla laughing at the practice with its Model Y prototypes in Europe featuring a “prototype camouflage” consisting of a decal that reads “Not Model Y.”

Tesla fans have been laughing at the situation:

However, it’s not the first time that Tesla prototypes have been spotted with more traditional camouflage.

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Doug DeMuro Is Blown Away By Some Aspects Of The Tesla Model S Plaid | Carscoops

CarScoops 18 August, 2021 - 12:52pm

The tri-motor powertrain of the Model S Plaid is, of course, the real headline of the car but as is typical of DeMuro’s reviews, he focuses on more than the powertrain with much of the review focused on the interior.

According to first-hand reports, the interior of the Model S Plaid is much better than pre-facelift models thanks to improved materials and updated technologies. While we haven’t had the opportunity to check out the car itself, it is said to be have the best fit and finish of any Tesla. However, DeMuro doesn’t believe the quality of the materials are as good as those of other luxurious sedans.

He also notes some quality issues with the Model S Plaid he tested. For example, the driver’s side door handle would often get stuck and fail to retract into the bodywork like it should, not really acceptable for a car that costs $130,000.

Throughout the review, DeMuro also highlights some of the interesting pieces of tech found in the Model S Plaid. This includes the yoke steering wheel, the updated infotainment screen, and the second screen accessible to passengers sitting in the rear.

The ever-popular YouTuber then headed out onto the street to see what the Model S Plaid is like to drive. Obviously, he was stunned by its straight-line performance but not quite as impressed with the handling, suggesting that the smaller Tesla Model 3 Performance is better through corners.

Tesla Model S Plaid Vs Long Range: Worth The Extra $40,000?

InsideEVs 18 August, 2021 - 09:59am

While every Tesla fan and owner likely wants the $129,990 Model S Plaid – c'mon, it has 1,020 horsepower, a 1.99-second zero-to-60-mph time, a ~9-second quarter-mile time, a top speed of 200 mph, and 396 miles of EPA-estimated range – few can justify it, much less afford it. Even those who can afford it may realize that while it would be amazing to have the quickest car on the planet, the Model S Long Range is arguably Tesla's best value proposition, at least for now.

YouTube influencer Puca's Life enjoyed the opportunity to check out his friend's Tesla Model S Plaid and compare it to his own Model S Long Range. He writes:

Puca puts the Model S Plaid and Long Range side-by-side to easily show us exactly what's the same, what's different, and how these cars really stack up to one another. While we can break down every similarity and difference in text, it's much easier to just check out the cars next to each other to actually see how they compare.

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Would you drop the extra $40,000 for the Model S Plaid? Do you already have a reservation? Or, do you see the true value of the Model S Long Range? Let us know your thoughts and takeaways in the comment section below.

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Why Barcelona had to let go of Messi

Kelley Blue Book 18 August, 2021 - 09:56am

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Lionel Messi’s departure from FC Barcelona and his subsequent joining PSG offer important lessons in cash-flow management. All news report on this event mentioned that Barcelona’s debts were too high and it could not afford Messi any longer. The published financial statements of the club for the year ended June 30, 2020, will not give confidence to anyone with even a basic understanding of financial statements.

On the assets side, intangible assets (€620,799 thousand) dominate the balance-sheet while the liabilities side is dominated by borrowings (€708,509 thousand). Total equity is a miniscule €35,187 thousand — lesser than even deferred tax assets which have been reported at €52,713 thousand.

The low equity points to two things — club members have never brought in equity and even in the past, the club did not earn substantial profits which boosted its reserves. FC Barcelona clocked in revenue of €708,257 thousand and a loss of around €100,000.

Salaries, amortisation of player transfer fees and impairment of assets were major contributors to the losses. If we had to summarise the plight of Barcelona in one sentence, one could say that the club had robust intangible assets but extremely poor financial management.

Against this background, Messi’s astronomical salaries only added to the woes of the club. As per Spanish La Liga rules, caps are put on player salaries. Considering the fact that Messi is Messi, his salaries were at the top of the charts and were increasing every year. The only issue was that whenever Messi asked for an increase, others too joined in asking for an increase which the club could not afford.

With reluctance, Messi agreed for halving his salary but even that could not come within the threshold set by La Liga. Under the rules that govern Spanish member-owned clubs such as Barça, directors had to repay losses out of their own pockets. The club turned to the now-regular practice of swaps to report profits (at least on the books if not in cash).

A swap transfer was devised with another football club Juventus whose financial statements too had a lot of pain points. Juventus sold a midfielder to Barça for a basic fee of €60 million, while Barça in turn sold a midfielder to Juventus for a basic €72 million. These sums would never actually be paid. They were invented for accounting purposes.

Under bookkeeping rules, each club could book its selling price as immediate income. The notional payments would be spread out over the years of the players’ contracts. Only €12 million in actual money would end up changing hands, the difference between the two players’ fictional prices, paid by Juventus to Barça. It was a win-win swap for both the clubs as they were able to clean up their books. Thanks to accounting principles, the directors were able to avoid taking the obligation to pay up for the club’s losses.

PSG is smiling all the way to the bank. The circumstances under which Messi arrived ensured that it paid €25 million to get him on a two-year contract with an option for a third. Even before Messi appeared in his first match, PSG got T-shirts with his name and Number 30 on it. Within days, almost a million T-shirts were sold.

The Messi episode gives some important lessons for corporates and clubs. When your cash flows are weak, you can’t afford high-cost resources for too long. When you want a player to join your club, think about what value you would get instead of the price you would want to pay. Finally, accounting standards can help in “booking” profits. With the Messi episode done and dusted, the only point of interest now would be how many goals he would score for PSG against Barcelona.

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The Cheapest (And Most Expensive) Countries To Buy Tesla Model S

InsideEVs 18 August, 2021 - 07:53am

While the Tesla Model S starts at $79,990 in the US (the price is $89,990 now), its average global price based on the 30 markets comes in at $108,196, which still makes its price in Israel notably high. The next most expensive place to buy a Model S is Denmark, where it starts at over $132,000. That's still more expensive than buying the range-topping Model S Plaid on our shores.

According to the research, the list of the 10 most expensive countries to buy a Model S is as follows. It's a bit surprising that the UK lands near the top of the list along with Sweden in the middle.

It comes as no surprise the Model S is the cheapest in the US since Tesla is a US automaker, and it produces the Model S in the States. The newly refreshed long-range high-performance electric car actually costs almost $20,000 less in the US than the global average. Moreover, you can get a Model S in the US for about $60,000 less than it will cost you in Israel.

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Carinsurance.ae also notes that the US is the cheapest country in the world to buy the Audi e-tron Quattro, which starts at $65,900. That's nearly $20,000 less than the global average of $87,800.

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Tesla Model 3 Long Range (2021) review: the Model 3 is better than ever

TechRadar 18 August, 2021 - 05:00am

The Model 3 remains the yardstick for EVs

The Tesla Model 3 has been the best-selling EV since its debut in 2017 - alongside its newer CUV sibling, the Model Y. But unlike other car manufacturers, Tesla doesn't update its vehicles yearly. Instead, it updates the hardware as needed, and the software monthly over-the-air (OTA) -- often adding new features for free.

As such, a 2017 Model 3 might appear similar to one purchased today, but there are important differences under the skin. We've already clocked significant seat time in a 2018 Model 3 Long Range (RWD) with Enhanced Autopilot, and we've just spent three weeks with a brand new mid-2021 Model 3 Long Range (AWD) with Acceleration Boost.

The Model 3 Long Range embodies everything that makes Tesla cars such class leading EVs: extensive range (353 miles), access to Tesla's vast Supercharger network, amazing performance (0-60mph in 4.2s), and Autopilot driver assistance - all packaged in a small, minimalist, nimble, and comfortable vehicle that costs $49,990 / £48,490 before incentives.

Design-wise, the exterior is stylish, with an emphasis on aerodynamics. While it lacks the elegance of the larger Model S sedan, we like the Model 3's proportions. And, despite being smaller, there's still ample storage (including a frunk). 

Black vegan leather is the default seating material, with white vegan leather costing $1,000 / £1,100 more. The front seats are supremely comfortable, and the Model 3's interior is an extremely pleasant place to be. Materials are decent, and build quality is noticeably better than the 2018 Model 3 we've previously driven.

With almost no buttons or switches beyond window and seat controls - and no instrument cluster in front of the driver - the Model 3 relies almost completely on its large and bright 15-inch center touchscreen for most functions. 

And four years in, this display is still the most intuitive and responsive in the business. It’s basically a giant iPad.

That large and responsive screen is also home to Model 3's state-of-the-art LTE-connected infotainment system, which includes navigation, real-time traffic, route planning, and charging network integration, plus apps like Spotify, Netflix (to watch shows while charging), a web browser, a bunch of games, and more. Again, think iPad. 

Autopilot/FSD (full self driving) is arguably the most developed Level 2 ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) on the market today. Autopilot is standard, but FSD is a $10,000 / £6,800 one-time upgrade or $200 per month subscription, which you can purchase anytime via the Tesla app. That includes FSD (beta), Navigate on Autopilot, Autopark, and Summon.

This mid-2021 Model 3 lacks FSD, but Autopilot (adaptive cruise control with auto steering) is really impressive. 

It's especially helpful in stop-and-go traffic and for long freeway drives, as it reduces the driver's workload, minimizing fatigue.

Despite all the tech, the Model 3 is a proper driver's car. Performance is outstanding, with a 0-60mph time ranging from 5.3 to 3.1 seconds. 

This mid-2021 Model 3 Long Range includes Acceleration Boost, a $2,000 / £1,500 upgrade (basically a software update) which you can purchase via the Tesla app. It improves the 0-60mph time from 4.2 to 3.7 seconds.

The Model 3's ride is firm but compliant, and handling is excellent thanks to the low center of gravity (battery pack under the floor), 48/52 weight distribution, and quick steering. If anything, the all-season tires are the limiting factor here, with this mid-2021 Model 3 Long Range riding on the optional $1,500 / £1,500 19-inch sport wheels and tires (vs the default 18-inch setup).

On paper, this Model 3 Long Range boasts an EPA range of 353 miles. Realistically, limiting the state-of-charge to 90% and dipping into the car's performance usually reduces the range to about 275 miles. When it's time for a refill, it takes less than 40 minutes to charge from 10 to 90% at 250kW using one of Tesla's 26,000+ Superchargers.

Four years after its debut, the Model 3 is better than ever. It remains the yardstick by which other entry-level luxury EVs are measured, a vehicle that no other car manufacturer has quite managed to beat - thanks to a unique combination of superior range, broad charging infrastructure, outstanding performance, and advanced technology.

Still, there's room for improvement, especially in terms of fit and finish. The sparse interior isn't for everyone, and some features which are expected at this price are strangely absent. 

But ultimately, it's impossible not to recommend the Model 3. It represents an EV future that's attainable today, without having to make any major compromises.

At the time of writing, Tesla Model 3 Long Range prices start at $49,990 / £48,490 / AU$73,400 before incentives. Standard features include Autopilot, 18-inch Aero wheels, black interior, and white paint.

Options include Full Self Driving ($10,000/ £6,800), Acceleration Boost ($2,000/ £1,500), 19-inch sport wheels ($1,500/ £1,500), black and white interior ($1,000 / £1,100), black / silver / blue paint ($1,000/ £1,100), and red paint ($2,000/ £2,100). 

The mid-2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range we tested cost $54,490 and came with the Acceleration Boost, 19-inch sport wheels, standard black interior, and blue paint.

From the outside, the Model 3 is stylish but also somewhat generic. It combines proportions of a relatively small, premium RWD sedan with design elements often found on more pedestrian Japanese and Korean cars. This isn't too surprising when you consider that Tesla's chief designer -- Franz von Holzhausen -- previously worked at Mazda.

We think this design works, especially the frameless windows, flush door handles, and straight cut rear door edges. Still, the Model 3 lacks the elegance and presence of Tesla's larger Model S sedan. 

The most controversial part is definitely the nose, which is missing a traditional grille, and only features openings below the bumper -- much like on a Porsche. 

Inside, the Model 3's design is pleasantly minimalist and very Scandinavian. Open-pore wood spans the width of the dashboard, along with a single narrow vent. 

The low cowl helps with forward visibility, but there's no instrument cluster on the dash -- or even controls for that matter. Almost everything happens on the large and bright 15-inch center touchscreen.

Even the headlights, windshield wipers, and vents are controlled using the display. You'll find window switches in the door panels - which now feature the same open-pore wood motif as the dash - seat controls on the side of the seats, and a hazard button plus map lights above the rearview mirror. There isn't even a button for the glovebox.

The lack of instrument cluster and dedicated buttons and switches is honestly much less of a deal than most people make of it. While we'd have liked a few more traditional controls, we quickly became accustomed to using that big, responsive center touchscreen - not to mention the convenient scroll wheels on the steering wheel, which control the basics.

By default, those scroll wheels handle media controls (left) plus Autopilot settings and voice input (right). The left one also adjusts the side mirror and steering wheel position when enabled from the display. 

As for the stalks, the left one controls the indicators, high beams, and windshield spray, while the right one handles gear selection and Autopilot activation.

After driving any Tesla, standard car interiors just feel downright cluttered and old fashioned. There's also no traditional key fob (it's optional) or start button. 

Your phone is your key, and the Model 3 comes with a couple NFC key cards as a backup. As for starting the car, just sit down, press the brake pedal, and shift into drive. It makes perfect sense.

Vegan leather is Tesla's fabric of choice. It covers the seats and steering wheel - which are all heated, including all three rear seats. 

Rear passengers have to ask the driver or front passenger to activate the seat heaters since there are no switches for them in the back. The front seats are incredibly comfortable, especially on long drives. Seating position is superb, too.

Unfortunately, as of mid-2021, the Model 3 (and Model Y) no longer offers adjustable lumbar support for the front passenger seat, something that used to be standard on both vehicles. 

This appears to be the result of supply-chain issues since other manufacturers (like BMW) have also dropped this feature - at least for the time being. Still, it's a bummer.

Despite its midsize (EPA) / compact executive (D segment) classification, the Model 3's interior is spacious. This is further amplified by the low cowl and large (fixed) glass roof. 

Since it's an EV, the cabin isn't constrained by mechanical components. Head and legroom are plentiful in front, but even the rear passengers benefit from ample space.

The recently updated center console features two Qi-compatible wireless charging pads covered in Alcantara, one deep storage cubby (with two USB Type-C ports) under a sliding door, two cup holders, another deep storage cubby (with a standard 12V outlet) under the center armrest, plus vents and another pair of USB Type-C ports facing the rear.

You'll also find a storage pocket in each door, including a small bottle holder in each front door, plus a pair of cupholders in the rear seat's folding center armrest. 

The glove box is small, but features a USB Type-A port for a USB thumb drive (128GB, provided) that's used by the infotainment system to store Dashcam and Sentry Mode recordings.

The trunk is quite large and includes additional space under half the floor (enough for a small roller bag) plus a deep storage cubby behind the left wheel well. 

As a bonus, the rear seats fold down 40/60, and the Model 3 now features a power trunk lid (new for 2020). The frunk is also big enough for a small roller bag. In all, there's 15 cubic feet (425 liters) of storage.

Materials are fine overall, and build quality is significantly better than it was after the Model 3's debut in 2017. 

While everything is solid, there's room for improvement. Fit and finish, in particular, still doesn't quite match entry-level luxury standards. The interior just lacks the kind of refinement you'd experience in an Audi, for example.

If you like driving, you'll love the Model 3. This car delivers serious performance, with 0-60mph times ranging from 5.3 to 3.1 seconds (0-100km/h in 5.6 to 3.3s), and top speeds ranging from 140 to 162mph (225 to 261km/h). 

According to Tesla, the Model 3 Long Range reaches 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, with a top speed of 145mph - that's pretty fast.

The mid-2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range we tested came with Acceleration Boost, a $2,000 upgrade that can be purchased in the Tesla app. 

It's basically a software update that lowers the 0-60mph time to 3.7 seconds. That's only 0.6s slower to 60mph than the Model 3 Performance, which costs $7,000 more. Acceleration is even adjustable (chill and sport).

But the Model 3 isn't just about 0-60mph times. It's a joy to drive. Handling is sharp thanks to the battery pack located under the floor (low center of gravity), 48/52 weight distribution, and quick steering. 

The ride is firm but compliant - Tesla's clearly done a great job tuning the suspension to maximize performance without sacrificing comfort.

The mid-2021 Model 3 Long Range we reviewed was equipped with the optional $1,500 19-inch sport wheels and tires. 

While better than the default 18-inch setup, both all-season tires options prioritize comfort over performance, leaving room for improvement. This won't matter to most people, but keep this in mind if you're an enthusiast.

Steering is precise and responsive, with decent feedback (at least for a modern car), and the steering weight is adjustable (comfort, standard, and sport). 

The brakes are strong and easy to modulate, but brake feel is nothing special. Fortunately, Tesla isn't blending regen with hydraulic braking here. Regen only happens when lifting off the throttle.

This brings up another interesting Model 3 feature. While there are no drive modes, the stopping mode - how the car behaves when the pedals are released - is adjustable (creep, roll, and hold). 

'Creep' behaves like an automatic transmission, 'roll' mimics a manual transmission with the clutch disengaged, and 'hold' just keeps the vehicle stationary.

Regen strength isn't adjustable on the current Model 3 and is pretty strong (presumably to maximize range). 

Lifting off the throttle is similar to engine braking in second gear with a manual transmission vehicle. This, combined with the 'roll' setting, makes for a very natural driving experience for stick-shift enthusiasts. We're big fans.

Setting the stopping mode to 'hold' basically enables one-pedal driving. But regardless of which stopping mode you prefer, pressing the brake pedal briefly when stopped temporarily holds the Model 3 stationary until either pedal is pressed again, so you don't have to keep your foot on the brake when stopped if you don't want to (like on a hill, for example).

The Model 3 Long Range is equipped with an 82kWh battery pack, for an EPA range of 353 miles / 568 kilometers (360mi / 580km WLTP). 

Since the entire capacity of the battery pack is available to the driver, it's probably wise to maximize battery pack health and limit the state-of-charge to 90% for a range of 318mi / 512km.

We drove the Model 3 Long Range for about 600 miles in and around San Francisco on a variety of roads (city and suburban streets, country roads, highways and freeways) over a three week period, and Supercharged three times (from about 25% to about 90%). There are a lot of hills in the Bay Area, and the weather is sunny but mild.

In all, using only 90% of the battery pack's capacity, we found the effective range with one passenger, air conditioning, and the occasional bout of spirited driving to be about 275 miles / 443 kilometers. 

That's pretty impressive, and handily beats most of the competition - especially when you consider how much performance there's on tap.

The Model 3 is available in three versions - Standard Range Plus (RWD, 0-60mph in 5.3s, $39,990) with 263mi / 448km of range, Long Range (AWD, 0-60mph in 4.2sec, $49,990) with 353mi / 580km of range, and Performance (AWD, 0-60mph in 3.1s, larger 20-inch wheels, bigger brakes, lowered suspension, $56,990), with 315mi / 567km range.

When it comes to charging, the Model 3 Long Range uses a proprietary connector in the US and a CCS Combo 2 connector in most other markets. 

It supports up to 250kW DC fast charging and up to 11.5kW AC charging (Level 1 and 2). A J1772 adapter is provided with the Model 3 in the US to allow AC charging at non-Tesla stations.

As you'd expect, the Model 3 also comes with Tesla's Mobile Connector. It consists of a small waterproof box attached to a 20ft (6m) charging cable and enables AC charging on most household outlets. 

A range of optional adapters is available from Tesla to use the Mobile Connector with other, more powerful outlets (up to 7.6kW).

DC fast charging from 10 to 90% takes about 40 minutes using a 250kW Supercharger (peaking at 1000mph) and about 55 minutes using a 150kW Supercharger. 

However, charging from 10 to 50% only takes about 15 minutes at 250kW. AC charging from 10 to 90% takes about 12 hours at 7.6kW (Level 2) and about 56 hours at 1.9kW (Level 1).

What really differentiates the Model 3 Long Range from the competition - beyond the excellent range and amazing performance - is Tesla's worldwide network of 26,000+ Superchargers, which is currently exclusive to Tesla vehicles. 

In the US, Superchargers are spaced about 150 miles apart on most freeways and major highways, enabling long-distance travel.

Tesla operates a referral program which lets existing Tesla owners give 1000 miles (1600km) of free Supercharging to new Tesla owners and enjoy 1000 miles of free Supercharging themselves in return.

Four years in, and the Tesla Model 3 is still packed with some of the most advanced technology available in any vehicle today. 

Instead of traditional model-year updates and mid-cycle refreshes, Tesla improves its hardware when necessary (multiple times a year), and its software - with free new features - at regular intervals (almost monthly) via OTA (over-the-air) updates.

Over the years, some of these hardware changes have included upgrading the Autopilot/FSD (full self driving) computer, replacing the resistive heater with a more efficient heat pump, mildly refreshing the interior and exterior, increasing the battery capacity, and - most recently - removing the radar sensor and switching a vision-centric system called Tesla Vision.

While a 2017 Model 3 might look similar to a brand new one, these are different cars under the skin. The software changes have been numerous as well, making that older Model 3 a significantly better vehicle than it was four years ago. 

For example, Tesla uses machine learning to improve Autopilot/FSD, with each car feeding more data into the system.

Obviously, connectivity is key for all this to work, and the Model 3 includes always-on basic LTE connectivity for free. 

Premium LTE connectivity (which is free for the first year of ownership) costs $10 per month, and gives the infotainment system unlimited Internet access on the go. The Model 3 also supports Wi-Fi connectivity when parked at home.

With no instrument cluster - and almost no buttons or switches beyond window and seat controls - everything (instruments, controls, climate, navigation, entertainment) revolves around the Model 3's single 15-inch center touchscreen. 

As such, it's best to think of this display as a giant iPad - complete with apps. In fact, it's just as intuitive and responsive to use. 

That high-quality screen really sets the Model 3's infotainment system apart from the competition. In addition to the usual functionality - like navigation, real-time traffic, route planning, and charging network integration - it includes apps for Spotify, TuneIn radio, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Twitch, and Disney+ (currently rolling out).

Beyond these media-centric apps, there's also a web browser, calendar, karaoke app, and music creation app (Trax), plus a bunch of fun video games like Polytopia, Solitaire, Asteroids, and more. 

The infotainment system even supports game controllers (via USB) - with some games using the Model 3's steering wheel and pedals as a controller.

One app (called Boombox) lets you change the sound of the horn, and the sound the Model 3 makes when driving at low speeds (using preset sounds or even your own sounds). 

All this might seem frivolous, but the idea is to make charging more fun. We found ourselves binge watching Star Trek: Voyager on Netflix while filling up at Superchargers.

Additional connectivity includes Bluetooth and USB (mass-storage) audio support, plus contact, call log, text message, and calendar sync via Bluetooth. 

The Model 3's audio system sounds fantastic, but fans of radio will be disappointed. While it features an FM radio (and DAB in some markets), it lacks AM or Sirius-XM (satellite) support.

The Model 3 also supports voice commands like "navigate to San Francisco", "display Superchargers", "turn on windshield wipers", "set the temperature to 68 degrees", "search Google for the weather", "call John Smith", "play Bohemian Rhapsody", etc… It works pretty well, and even lets you respond to text messages.

In terms of driver assistance, the Model 3 checks all the boxes. It offers ultrasonic parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, plus automatic lights, high-beams, and wipers. 

Safety features are comprehensive, and include blind spot warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

You'll also find a total of eight cameras around the car - three behind the windshield in front, one in the rear (backup camera), one on each fender, and one on each B-pillar. 

Tesla Vision uses these cameras (along with the ultrasonic parking sensors) to provide these driver assistance and safety features, plus Autopilot/FSD functionality.

When it comes to ADAS, Autopilot/FSD is arguably the most advanced Level 2 system currently available. 

Autopilot is standard on the Model 3, but FSD is a $10,000 one-time upgrade or $200 per month subscription. This includes FSD (beta), Navigate on Autopilot, Autopark, and Summon, and can be purchased anytime in the Tesla app.

Autopilot basically combines automatic steering (which goes far beyond lane keeping assist) and adaptive cruise control, providing Level 2 ADAS on highways and freeways. 

FSD (beta) is basically Autopilot for city streets, and is capable of handling other vehicles, pedestrians, intersections, roundabouts, traffic lights, stop signs, etc. While usable in the States, FSD isn't fully enabled in most markets due to local legislation - but when/if that changes, the Model 3 has the technology to offer it right away.

Navigate on Autopilot adds automatic lane change (initiated using the left stalk) plus automatic highway interchange and on/off ramp navigation to standard Autopilot. 

Autopark enables self parking, and Summon lets you control your Model 3 from the Tesla app without being inside the vehicle, which helps when parking in tight spaces, for example.

The cameras are also used for two other features. Dashcam (as its name implies) captures video from the main front camera, the two fender-mounted cameras, and the rear camera as long as the Model 3 is unlocked. 

Sentry Mode records video from the same four cameras when the vehicle is locked, and motion or shock is detected -- for additional security.

Dashcam and Sentry Mode videos are stored on a USB thumb drive (128GB, provided) that's plugged into a USB Type-A port inside the glovebox. 

There are also two USB Type-C ports (power and data) inside the center console - which are hard to reach - plus two more USB Type-C ports (power only) in the back of the center console for the rear passengers.

Finally, the Tesla app (for iOS and Android) is extremely useful. It turns your phone into a key for the Model 3, complementing the two NFC key cards that come with the car. 

You can also share an address or location from any app on your phone (maps, contacts) with the Tesla app, which then sends it to the Model 3's navigation system - it's super handy.

Obviously, the Tesla app also lets you open the trunk or frunk, open or close the windows, adjust the climate, access various controls (like Sentry Mode), monitor charging, find nearby Superchargers, locate your car, purchase upgrades like FSD or Acceleration Boost, manage service appointments, and contact roadside assistance.

We'd have loved to see a HUD (heads-up display) on the driver side, or a 360-degree view when parking - especially considering the Model 3's many cameras. 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also missing here, which is surprising, but isn't really much of an issue considering how capable the infotainment system is.

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