CT car dealers push back on ‘Tesla bill’

Figures in the state’s car dealership industry are once again taking aim at a bill that would permit electric vehicle manufacturers to sell their cars directly to consumers, arguing the proposal will result in fewer protections for buyers and undercut local businesses.

The bill, known as SB 127, is the latest in a series of attempts to at least partially roll back some aspects of the state’s dealer franchise law, which requires car companies to sell through franchised dealers. Lawmakers put forward a direct sales proposal every year between 2015 and 2019, but each time it stalled in the General Assembly.

Within Connecticut’s car dealership sector, the reappearing legislation has come to be known as the “Tesla bill,” after California-based electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. Tesla has backed similar legislation in states throughout the country in an effort to expand its direct sales model and, as the world’s largest electric

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As new cars get more technologically advanced and more expensive, new car leasing has gotten more popular. However, if you’ve never done it before, leasing a car can seem confusing.

It doesn’t have to be. A new car lease is simply another way of borrowing money to pay for a car. There are two main differences between a car lease and a car loan: how much of the car’s value you borrow and what happens at the end of the lease or loan term.

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Apple and Tesla expert says Apple is getting into the car business

Is Apple going to build a car, partner on a car, or offer software and services for cars? You’ve heard all of those theories — and heard them retracted. Now what?

“I think it’s important to make a distinction between when Apple works on something compared to when it sees the light of day,” says Gene Munster,  co-founder and managing partner of Loup Ventures and a keen watcher of Apple and its automotive doppelganger, Tesla. “It’s very clear Apple has ambitions to build a car. It was not clear six months ago.”

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Designer Aristomenis Tsirbas won a contest to imagine the Apple Car back in 2015, but the company has yet to produce one. 

Aristomenis Tsirbas

Our conversation was booked as rumors flew that Hyundai or Kia were about to announce a deal to build cars with Apple. By the time the interview took place a few

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SSC Tuatara land speed record, Tesla Model S Plaid+, 2022 Lincoln Navigator: This Week’s Top Photos

The team at SSC has done it. The company’s Tuatara hypercar has set a new land speed record for a production car, having registered a top speed of 282.9 mph. Yes, Bugatti’s Chiron 300+ ran up to 304.773 mph last fall, but for the record a car needs to make two runs in opposite directions, which the Bugatti did not.

2022 BMW M5 CS

2022 BMW M5 CS

BMW revealed a new range-topping version of its M5 super sedan called the M5 CS. The car develops 627 hp from a twin-turbocharged V-8 and will rocket to 60 mph in less than three seconds. This makes it the quickest production BMW to date.

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid+

2021 Tesla Model S Plaid+

If you want the quickest production car to date, the position is currently filled by the new Tesla Model S Plaid+, which was revealed this week. The family sedan packs over 1,100 hp and will hit

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