The Simpsons, one of the longest-running TV shows of all time, have had some epic cars in Springfield; now Tesla is on that elite list. The Cybertruck and Model X appeared in this past weekend's Simpson's Halloween special. The Teslas now join the Canyonero, which smells like a steak and seats 35, the Canyonero Hybrid, which gets 11 miles to the gallon, and The Homer, a car designed by Homer Simpson, as classic Simpson rides.
Treehouse of Horror XXXIII has the animated family in a version of Westworld where the amusement park staff use a Cybertruck to take the malfunctioning robots to a repair facility. Monorail Homer gets stuck in a catchphrase loop, and the humanoid robot is shut down by flicking a switch in his nose. He is then tossed into the back of a Cybertruck.
Tesla's Cybertruck is featured in The Simpsons
Interesting placement of the killswitch; Elon Musk did say that Optimus, Tesla's humanoid robot, would have a switch to shut down the unit. So it could be up Optimus' nose.
Tesla's time in Springfield continues in the next episode, Not It. The show has a hilarious take on Stephen King's IT, and appearing on screen for just a few seconds is a white Model X. The vehicle belongs to Comic Book Guy, who is married to Marge. It may be the second time the Model X has appeared in the Simpsons. In episode 716, released in December of 2021, Fit-Fat Tony becomes Maggie's Godfather and leases the Simpsons a "Luxus" SUV. Bart is later seen playing with the Falcon Doors.
The Model X opens its falcon doors and hits Bart Simpson
The Tesla Roadster has also appeared in the Simpsons. In the fifth episode of season 32, a red Roadster is parked in front of Leonardo DiCaprio's mansion. Although there was a glaring error, the car was plugged in on the right side. The Model S has been in the show as well. Mr. Burns has a Model S that he charges at Richard Branson's house to avoid paying for electricity. Krusty the Clown also has a Model S. He uses Autopilot to hang out the window and attack Homer.
Mr. Burns charging his Model S
Who can forget the episode The Musk Who Fell to Earth? Tesla's CEO voiced himself during the episode in season 26 where he lands in Homer's backyard, and the two become fast friends. Bart and Lisa go for a joyride in Elon's car, using the password MUSKRULEZ to disable FSD. However, the show takes a turn when Mr. Burns plans to kill Musk.
The Simpsons is notorious for predicting the future, so now that Cybertruck has been spotted on the streets in Springfield, it has to be coming to the real world soon.
Psychiatrist decked out in Tesla merchandise
Kent Brockman, the news reporter on The Simpsons uses Tesla's Summon feature to call his Tesla.
The Tesla Roadster 2.0 could be Tesla's next vehicle to hit production
Tesla's Chief Designer, Franz von Holzhausen, has designed the company's entire fleet of vehicles, but the Model S, 3, X, Y, Cybertruck and Semi are not his favorites. "My favorite one is the one that is coming.
I can't talk about (it)," von Holzhausen told CNBC. He then quickly pivoted the conversation away from that topic. Nevertheless, several rumored vehicles will be the next to carry the "T" logo. So, which one is the creative mind of Tesla referring to in his evasive answer?
Franz von Holzhausen Interview
Let's start with the suspects. A cheaper, smaller and less expensive electric vehicle has been predicted for years. More recently, there have been ideas about a van. And then there is the second generation of the highly anticipated Roadster. While von Holzhausen didn't talk about the next one, he did give some clues later in the interview. "My all-time favorite car is a '62 250 GTO (Ferrari). I mean, it is quintessential. It's an insane car. I'm also a big fan of this kind of wedge era. The early (Lamborghini) Countachs, the whole kind of flat, low sports car. Those were always the posters on my wall."
The Designer Loves Sports Cars
When a 54-year-old man reminisces about the cars featured in posters plastered on his wall when he was a kid, he is not excited about a van or a compact vehicle — no, he is excited about a sports car. The second-generation Roadster was unveiled in 2017 simultaneously with the Semi. But there hasn't been much mention of the sports car since. The company is just now delivering Semis, and Cybertrucks are expected in 2023, but the Roadster doesn't have an ETA. Or does it? The chief designer says, "… the one that is coming." So, we can only assume that the Roadster is next to hit the production line.
Tesla Roadster 2.0
A Designer Who has Changed the Industry
One of the first employees of Tesla back in 2008, von Holzhausen, recalls the early days and how things have changed. "There is a moment that I thought when I first joined Tesla that it would be great to see multiple Teslas in one drive experience around town. And now, it's hard to go anywhere without seeing a bunch of Teslas. So, it's great to see the impact that Tesla has had in people's lives but also how it's changed the industry. It really pushed this idea that an EV can be better than an internal combustion vehicle."
He also gave some insight into designing vehicles that have and continue to change the auto industry, "Tesla isn't beholden to what has been done in the past. We are always trying to push the boundaries and deliver on a promise of something fun, something enjoyable and something you would love to own and tell your friends about."
It looks like The Roadster could be the next fun, enjoyable vehicle to tell everyone about.
Tesla’s gearing up for a small "revamp" of its popular Model 3 vehicle, which is set to go into production in the middle of 2023.
According to Reuters, the revamp is called “Project Highland” and aimed at lowering the production costs and increasing the Model 3’s attractiveness and not because it needs a redesign. The Model 3 was launched back in 2017, and Tesla has already sold well over 1 million of them.
According to our sources, don’t expect a design overhaul of the Model 3, though. Instead, Project Highland will focus on reducing the number of components and complexity of the Model 3’s interior.
The main goal of this Model 3 revamp is to increase manufacturing efficiencies and reduce costs. Tesla would like to get the Long Range and possibly the Performance variants of the Model 3 to qualify for the US tax incentive for 2023. Under this tax credit, manufacturers’ suggested retail price for brand-new sedans must be less than $55,000. For SUVs, trucks and vans, the maximum price is capped at $80,000.
Our previous evaluation of the vehicles that would qualify include the Model 3 RWD, Model Y Long Range (AWD), and Model Y Performance. However, this will likely change once the revamp goes into production.
Do not expect new vehicle features to be added to the Model 3, such as a rear display, air suspension, or ventilated seats. These features would raise the price of the Model 3 and create a significant overlap between the Model 3 and the refreshed Model S.
Yoke Steering Wheel
One new feature that is possible in this Model 3 revamp is the introduction of a yoke steering wheel or more likely, a wheel similar to the Tesla Semi, which has capacitive controls and no stalks. The stalks are replaced with capacitive controls on the steering wheel and touch controls on the vehicle's display. We previously reported on this rumor in August.
A few rumors are floating around online including a redesigned front bumper and removal of door handles in exchange for touchless doors like the Cybertruck and Roadster 2.0, although our source tells us that this is cool, but not accurate.
2023 Model 3 Update
Based on recent rumors -Bumper facelift (in line with Y/S/X) -No door handles, wing mirrors or ultra sonics (as Cybertruck) pic.twitter.com/GQ5k64bV4O
Over the past few years, Tesla has made significant efficiencies in the way it builds and manufactures vehicles. Recently, the Model Y switched to a single-mold front casting. This requires 169 fewer pieces and 1,600 fewer welds. To achieve this, Tesla is using its Giga Presses at its Berlin Gigafactory.
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