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Tesla Model 3 Delivery in China Starts Earlier Than Expected

Tesla Model 3 Delivery in China Starts Earlier Than Expected

Problems with the in-car electric systems, paint and trim, as well as body hardware were most commonly reported, says CR.

Just a few weeks after Consumer Reports published a report claiming that Tesla's Model 3 is the "most satisfying" auto to own, Tesla's mass market EV somewhat abruptly lost its "buy" recommendation from the publication, according to a report published earlier today.

The American magazine published the results of its annual reliability survey and collected data on almost 470,000 vehicles, including the Model 3. Following a Consumer Reports survey, more issues were uncovered.

After CR had collected more survey results the Model 3 was bumped into the recommended list, which also reflects road-test and owner satisfaction scores, however the reliability score has since dropped and disqualified the EV from the latest rankings.

This isn't the first time Tesla has suffered an embarrassing, public downgrade.

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Jake Fisher, senior director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports said that consumers expect their cars to last. The sedan's fall from grace contributed to Tesla dropping to No. 19 in Consumer Reports' brand rankings, down 11 spots from past year and its lowest ever. "Not only are our cars the safest and best-performing vehicles available today, but we take feedback from our customers very seriously", the company said in an emailed statement. Musk even went so far as Musk threatening to take Tesla private over Twitter.

Consumer Reports dropped its recommendation for the Model S in October 2018 due to issues with the air suspension.

Indeed, besides being the largest vehicle market in the world, China is also the largest EV market, with local players vying for market share with foreign brands, including Tesla, which for now is the undisputed leader in the luxury segment but with a host of other high-end EVs coming to the market its position could soon be challenged. "We've seen this with other vehicles such as the Jeep Wrangler and Chevrolet Corvette".

The website also reports another new feature for Tesla - Sentry Mode.

Update, Feb. 21, 2:20 p.m.: Consumer Reports shared with Jalopnik its exchange with Tesla, and it's not clear what specific information Tesla claims it requested but never received. Tesla's stock dipped after Consumer Reports pulled its recommendation for the Tesla Model 3.