Talking Cars: Tesla Model 3 Production Woes and Ford Focus Reliability

Our panel also discusses the new BMW X2 and answers viewer questions

Main theme: Our three panelists discuss Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s recent comments about problems with building the Model 3, and how too much automation may be playing a problem. They then pivot to talk about Ford’s plans to redesign the Focus compact car.

Driven this week: The 2018 BMW X2. We recently added this brand-new luxury subcompact SUV to our fleet, and Jen Stockburger, Ryan Pszczolkowski, and Jon Linkov discuss their initial driving impressions.

Viewer questions: Does the Ford Focus have different reliability scores for the manual and automatic transmission versions? Why do manufacturers put paddle shifters in mainstream, nonsporty cars, and does the staff actually use them?

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Panelists: Jon Linkov, Jen Stockburger, and Ryan Pszczolkowski.

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As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify and video on YouTube.

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.