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Tesla electric hatchback: Elon Musk says new car might be designed in Germany – Electrek

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the automaker might design and engineer a small electric hatchback in Germany. Earlier today, Electrek reported that Volvo bought a Tesla Model Y in the US and brought it to Sweden, presumably to reverse engineer it. Commenting o…

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that the automaker might design and engineer a small electric hatchback in Germany.
Earlier today, Electrek reported that Volvo bought a Tesla Model Y in the US and brought it to Sweden, presumably to reverse engineer it.
Commenting on the story, Musk said:
“Berlin Model Y is the one to watch. That is a revolution in automotive body engineering (finally).”
The CEO seems to imply that Volvo should instead take a look at the version of the Model Y that Tesla plans to build at Gigafactory Berlin since it will be greatly improved – though it’s not available yet so they can’t really do that.
Following the comment, Musk was asked if Tesla could build a “smaller European style hatchback” and the CEO responded:
Probably a good one to design & engineer in Germany
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2020
At the very least, it sounds like Musk is interested in the idea.
Lately, the CEO has been discussing not only building cars where they are building new factories, in Germany and China, but also designing and engineering cars in those markets.
In China, Tesla has been taking design submissions for a Chinese-made small electric car.
Musk already announced plans for Tesla to open a European design center in Germany.
Now it sounds like the design and engineering team that Tesla plans to hire at the location could end up designing a smaller electric hatchback.
Tesla fans have been asking for a small electric hatchback for years now and I think this is the first time that Elon has openly talked about the possibility.
It looks like we might be getting it from China based on the drawing that the automaker released for a Chinese-designed Tesla vehicle, but now it sounds like this new German-designed Tesla car could be a whole separate vehicle program.
Those vehicles are also exciting because they likely mean that Tesla is thinking about going downmarket from Model 3, which is something that Elon has pushed against in the past.
Could you imagine a Tesla 5-door hatchback with 250 miles of range starting at $30,000? That would be a killer.
Tesla could also offer a dual motor Performance version for $40,000+ to create a hot hatch that would just be an autocross machine.
I basically want Tesla to do their own version of the Zoe RS hot hatch that Renault has been teasing for years but never released.
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UK employment sees largest quarterly fall in a decade – CNBC

The decrease in employment in the U.K. between April and June was the largest quarterly fall since 2009, according to official data.

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Employment in the U.K. has seen its largest quarterly fall in over a decade, according to official data published Tuesday.
The Office for National Statistics said estimates show 32.92 million people were in employment between April and June, 113,000 more than a year before, but 220,000 fewer than the previous quarter.
This decrease in employment, which affected both men and women, was the largest quarterly fall since May to July 2009.
Data for July showed that the number of employees on payro…

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Hungry Jack’s closes Ballarat CBD, Wendouree stores after staff member tests positive to COVID-19 – ABC News

Fast food giant Hungry Jack’s closes two stores in the regional Victorian city after a staff member tests positive.

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Fast food giant Hungry Jack’s has closed two stores in the regional Victorian city Ballarat and workers have gone into quarantine after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19.
Key points:

  • Staff member at Hungry Jack’s in Ballarat tests positive to COVID-19
  • Two stores have closed as a result in Ballarat
  • Union says the fast food chain needs to provide more information

In a statement, the retailer said it had temporarily closed its Ballarat CBD and Wendoure…

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New A2 Milk CEO must buy before selling – The Australian Financial Review

A2 Milk’s last chief executive took some by surprise when she unexpectedly sold shares. Now they’ve named a replacement, the company is making sure that mistake won’t be repeated.

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He will receive a base salary of $1.75 million, including superannuation, and may receive a short-term incentive payment of 120 per cent of his fixed base salary in his first year, though performance objectives have yet to be determined.
On an annual basis, he will be able to take up performance rights under the long-term incentive plan equivalent to 160 per cent of his fixed remuneration. These will vest over three years, with conditions to be determined. Mr Bortolussi will receive an addition…

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