It's all over folks.
How dare you laugh at the 'Dodge Brothers'. They have headlights that shoot lasers at anyone who dares laugh at them.
Translation: "We build things that burn vast amounts of oil and we're not about to change. You will like this because we command it of you. Most will be the sh*tty version with Dodge-quality plastic crap all over. The high end will be allocated in such a way that it implodes due to scarcity and dealer above-list overcharges. We're getting the electrics from Fiat to provide endless roadside entertainment. It will be unsafe at any speed but our buyers won't care."
And in summation,
"Tesla's life in the sun was nice while it was lasted. We all enjoy novelties, and new technology in particular. But now the Dodge brothers are back, and they put an end to this fruit-fly's life. Bye-bye, Tesla."
Is this from The Onion or something? Someone's off their meds.
You could substitute any luxury car for Tesla in the linked article and the author would arrive at the same result. Very strange article.
Funny thing is, when I was starting to research buying a new car, I was seriously considering the Challenger. I liked the '70s throwback style, and thought it might be fun to drive.
Then, I read about and saw the Model S.
Forgot all about the Dodge.
Where's the BEEF!
I wonder if they'll borrow from the 1st gen Viper so owners will burn the hell out of their legs when getting out?
Always good to hear from Jim Cramer, renews my faith in journalism.
It is a nice looking car, a bit immature for my tastes. Weird that they thought it is a Tesla competitor, it is a two door muscle car. But hey, I'm sure the 707 hp version is a blast to drive.
Anton has actually written other, more serious pieces, and if I recall, they have been fairly negative about Tesla. This one reads like an Onion piece.
How about the 'sticky dash material' folks. No more taking out the chewing gum to stick your smartphone.
Didn't he recommend sell, sell, sell since the IPO? He is still wrong 1100% later. So where's the beef? The wondering mind wants to know...
I posted a comment early this AM when I read the piece. I tried to be civil and indicated to the author that I thought it was a provocative headline and that you can't compare an EV to an ICE and he should stick to comparing ICE to ICE. Got an email reply indicating that people claim the S is the best car ever and it is OK to compare anything to it, especially something better :)
I could not bring myself to reply.....no use.
Click-bait article at its finest. The only driving it's really about is driving ad views, and something tells me it'll be a great success in that regard.
And I got suckered in to commenting too, but just couldn't resist.
Delusional..Fearful....Scared to shit article.
We also started our car buying process with the Dodge Challenger. Hemi engine was powerful, sounded sweet, it purred, and handling wasn't bad. But rear visibility was nil, and no tech to assist parking ruled the car out. After test driving Mercedes E250 BlueTec and BMW 328d, we concluded "too many moving parts".
Our policeman neighbor offered us his test drive appointment, and the rest is history.
Amazing that a car from a brand new automaker has become the new benchmark.
"At the time of publication, the author had no position in any of the stocks mentioned."
The other day Cramer said to be wary of people who have no position in a stock and talk down the company. It sounds like they are giving you their honest opinion, but they could very well be trying to drive the price down to the entry point that they missed.
The Street is not an investment house, but still some advice to consider.
The amazing thing for me, having watched and participated in Tesla for about 8 years now is that it is the standard to which other cars are compared. Even if this piece is a total joke and purely click-bait, the fact that Tesla is the bait is something one can't dismiss.
Surely the article wasn't serious, was it? Dodge vs. Tesla?
My '76 Volaré had a console that opened toward the driver so nothing new here.
More importantly, does the cup holder in the door hold a Big Gulp or Sonic Route 44 drink. If not, all bets are off.
Not sure what is so beautiful about this car! Didn't like it in its era either. Two of these for the price of one Tesla still makes it a bad deal. The safety rating is a decent 8 but not close to the S. The only plus is the driver assist options but who knows how well a Dodge version actually work. This is the ultimate stink emitter and purely click bait, and what better way to get clicks than to headline Tesla Vs. ..............
I'm NOT selling my TSLA stock.
This is squarely targeted at us Americans, Dodge will make a ton of sales and d mountain of money:
"It is basically optimized for someone who is 5-9, has a very wide behind and weighs perhaps 300 pounds."
I dont fit in that seat then. Sigh.
Normally, my posts are lengthy but this one will be short because I don't want to get stampeded down at the Dodge dealer. I have to admit I thought I was pretty smart in getting a Tesla, but I've seen the light. I have to march right down and put a Dodge in my garage.
For those of us who remember the original Challenger, it was a thing of beauty with performance tweaks that kept pace with the Mustangs and Camaros of that era. Now, with 707 hp, it's still a thing of beauty for what it is. We're talking apples and oranges.
This is my favorite Dodge commercial EVER!!
Hey, I want my Charge Dodger!
And yes, this was a Challenger in the article. Whatever.
I did a previous posting regarding which brand would die next, suggesting Lincoln would be the first to go. I have to wonder if Dodge isn't that far behind.
One last point:
Where is that person who told us the wonders of the BMW i8 and how it was going to kill Tesla? Is he (is it a he?) going to extol the virtues of the Challenger now?
Will it be offered in the classic oxidized pea soup green metallic color too?
The article is so off, I don't care enough to even speculate on its motivation.
The car looks great to me. I love the old style and the new one even more. Based on its performance and looks, I wouldn't be ashamed to drive a Challenger around. I'd love to rent one if I was out of town, but someone would first have to pry the Model S out of my dead, cold hands before I'd buy a Challenger for daily or pleasure use. Model S is far better.
I,m sure it's based on the classic K-Car platform, so I'm sure pea soup is available at a small "up" charge.
The Dodge isn't a bad car, but it isn't a Tesla. With the 707 hp motor, it will pass everything but a gas station.
Moves like a comet, steers like a cow." -- Zaphod Beeblebrox, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
The dodge has gas.
As others have said in this thread, it is great that Tesla is considered the best of breed, but this guy's article is like someone who really likes pickup trucks talking about why a pickup is a better vehicle than a Model S. Total apples to oranges comparison. I'm sure the Challenger is a good car, but a more apt comparison would be the new Corvette. I don't see the customers for Challenger and Model S overlapping very much, so the comparison is kind of stupid.
My last Dodge went over a bump and the window fell out of the driver.s door. It was the original 1970's look and feel. Then the engine stalled, because the carburetor was installed incorrectly. I got that fixed to get the awesome horse power back, and the center console came lose. Re-tightened the screws when the front bumper became lose --- yes! the FRONT BUMBER.
I went to Never-land..... not Michael Jackson's, but Chrysler/Dodge and Plymouth (damn I'm old) never again Never Land.
Maybe if they put a 700-HP engine in a remake of the AMC Gremlin....???
Renwo: "...pea soup is available at a small "up" charge."
small up charge. That is hilarious!
From the article: "This 1971 "heritage edition" is simply in a class of its own in terms of appearance. It brings your mind back to a different era of American history and superiority. Seeing the 2015 Dodge Challenger makes me think of Dirty Harry and Bullitt -- a more classic America when many things were better than today."
Based on this logic I am going to sell my Model S and find a classic Ford Model T, to remind me of a simpler time and an America that was an up and coming powerhouse. /s
If 1971 is the author's idea of a time when things were better than today, I'd say the author is in his low to mid 50's. it's funny how everyone's idea of when times were better happen to be the years when they were kids.
Probably still slower to 60 than an S, traction.
Nah, the author is a mean looking waiter.http://www.thestreet.com/author/1166928/AntonWahlman/all.html
IMG what a total flocking dock.
Oops, a few typos in that sentence.
This guy Anton is Anti EV but posts slyly negative articles he writes, to the Chevy Volt owners Facebook page. Actually, clarification, he used to, but I'm not sure I've seen him around recently on that site.
Anyway I've called him out there several times.
But this article is total idiocy, if not plain out evil. If I'd have known it was Anton I wouldn't have clicked the link.
I do like that he is trying reall really hard.. Really hard..
If it is not electric, it is scrap!! :))
I just read another article of his that was primarily about the Kia Soul, but he made mention of Tesla. He essentially wrote up a review of the Soul, but started off talking about how much the Soul's sales have gone up "X"% yet Tesla's has gone down 26%. He then mentions Tesla one more time at the end of the article. I thinking, what the hell is relevance of Tesla to a Kia Soul?
You must stop to worship at the altar of the legendary Hemi.
Or maybe it's all marketing, covering the fact that they still have two valves per cylinder in their "modern" combustion engine.
The headline should be changed to "DON'T STOP BURNING. We NEED your business. - Mr. Big Oil"