Car and Driver Writer Opinion Piece in NYT: Ford vs. Tesla: Guess Which One Is More Old-Fashioned

Still waiting on the SEC to crack down on Musk like they did with Trevor Milton of Nikola for his fake gravity drive or Elizabeth Holmes and her magic black box at Theranos.

From the article, the following sentence will raise hackles on Twitter for sure: {If you want to work for a flexible, modern company, you don’t apply to Tesla. You apply to [120-year-old Ford]"

(https://archive.ph/o/OAuBB/https://corporate.ford.com/articles/history/henry-ford-biography.html%23:~:text=On%20June%2016,%201903,%20Henry,and%20controlling%20owner%20in%201906.).

Matt Levine could have written this highlighted sentence:

If you want to pay $15,000 for a feature that’s currently subject to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall whose filing is titled “Full Self-Driving Software May Cause Crash,” don’t let me stop you, but a Tesla engineer also recently testified that a company video purporting to show the system in flawless action [was faked](https://archive.ph/o/OAuBB/https://www.reuters.com/technology/tesla-video-promoting-self-driving-was-staged-engineer-testifies-2023-01-17/). This makes sense, given all the other very real videos of Full Self-Driving doing things like steering into oncoming traffic or braking to a complete stop on a busy street for no reason. Tesla’s own website warns, “The currently enabled features require a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment.” So, full self-driving, except for that.

Tesla’s long-promised new vehicles, like the Cybertruck and a new version of its Roadster, also keep getting delayed. The Cybertruck was unveiled in 2019, and on Tesla’s most recent earnings call Mr. Musk admitted that it won’t be in production this year, which is becoming an annual refrain. Sure, Ford sold only 15,617 electric F-150 Lightning pickups in 2022, but that beats the Cybertruck’s sales by, let’s see, 15,617. Besides stealing Tesla’s market share on trucks, Ford’s stealing its corporate impishness, too — when the electric Mustang Mach-E was unveiled, Ford demonstrated its tailgating possibilities by filling its drainable front trunk (or “frunk”) with shrimp. “Frunk shrimp” became a meme, which surely tormented the emperor of try-hard social media posting, Elon Musk.

“Speaking of which: Twitter. I will hazard the opinion that Mr. Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter has not exactly burnished Tesla’s reputation. Besides showcasing the questionable decision-making inherent in paying that much for Twitter, Mr. Musk’s heightened profile on the platform hasn’t really done him any favors. For instance, when the bulk of your car company’s sales are in blue states, is it helpful to tweet, “My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci”? Moreover, you’d think that the self-appointed class clown of corporate America would at least strive for a joke that eschews the hacky “my pronouns are/I identify as” construction. Maybe just go with “Fauci makes me grouchy?” Elon, let’s workshop this next time.”

p.s. The Fauci comments are not the straw breaking Liberals’ backs. It was more his November surprise to vote Republican, his allowing of Toxic Masculinity types and Insurrectionists to come back with a vengeance to Twitter and turn it into an overflowing port-o-potty that is chasing off its best influencers. And then, Musk’s latest turn: supporting Ron de Santis as his choice for President.

This is really bad messaging for a CEO of an EV company that Liberals supported when it was in its infancy.

Disclosure: I am a Tesla shareholder through a few of my monthly ETF payers. Call me a reluctant Tesla shareholder. As soon as we shitecan Musk at Tesla, the sooner we can sift through all the frauds he has directed his minions to perform, and maybe bring in some real car people who can turn this behemoth around.

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