Quick Takes 10/08/2021

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Tesla Moving Headquarters to Texas-Andrew Beckford

Elon Musk at south by southwest festival in austin texas. Musk recently announced that Tesla HQ is leaving California
Elon Musk (right) at South by Southwest festival | Sean Mathis/Getty Images for SXSW

Tesla’s founder Elon Musk has been at war with Alameda County in Northern California for a while. Now Musk has announced it is moving Tesla’s headquarters from Palo Alto, California; to Austin, Texas. Right now it is finishing up a new facility there to manufacture its Cybertruck and batteries. Andrew Beckford has the full story.

Big Volvo Recall-Amanda Cline

Recall Alert: Volvo recalls 460,769 cars including the Volvo S60 and Volvo S80
Recall Alert: Volvo recalls 460,769 cars including the Volvo S60 and Volvo S80 | National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images

Volvo just announced a massive recall of its S60 and S80 sedans. Over 460,000 cars are involved due to airbags releasing metal fragments at the driver and passengers. Amanda Cline says that the subject title by the NHTSA for the Volvo recall is “Driver’s Air Bag Inflator May Explode.” You can check it out for more details.

Jeep Cherokee Sales in a Nose Dive-Thom Taylor

A red 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee driving at the edge of the ocean.
2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Jeep

The Jeep Cherokee has seen sales falling foir a few years. Now, Stellantis is stopping production to align its inventories with sales. This isn’t the first time in recent years it has had to do this. The continuing microchip shortages are also to blame for turning out the lights until November according to Thom Taylor’s post.

Rivian Completes Electric Transcontinental Overland Expedition-Henry Cesari

Rivian R1T electric truck in silver, parked on hill crest with dirt on tires
Rivian R1T electric truck | Rivian

Besides being the first all-electric pickup truck to market, the Rivian R1T also became the first pickup to complete the electric transcontinental overland expedition. Though revealing a $1 billion loss in its IPO, Rivian is forging ahead with production and deliveries. Henry Cesari fill us in on this amazing first for Rivian.

Foxes Vandalize Town by Chewing Brake Lines-Mark Putzer

Close-up view of fox
Fox | Wolfgang Kumm/Picture alliance via Getty Images

No, this is not a headline from The Onion. It is the true-life story of foxes terrorizing a small town outside of London, eating through brake lines and other assorted vandalizing. You’re probably asking why would foxes eat brake lines? Read Mark Putzer’s post and find out how and why this is actually, really happening.

Tesla’s Electric Car Sales Thrive as Other Automaker’s Sales Dip-Taylor Martin

Red front of a Tesla using a wide angle lens.
Tesla | Getty Images

Tesla continues to be on a roll, and also tends to dominate automotive news these days, and why not? While the microchip shortage continues to wreak havoc for automakers throughout the world, Tesla is set to record its best year ever. How can this be happening with so many others seeing low sales? Taylor Martin lays out how and why.

Pablo ”Porsche” Escobar’s Porsche 911 RSR Race Car Is for Sale

You Can Buy a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Belonging to Pablo Escobar
You Can Buy a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Belonging to Pablo Escobar | Collecting Cars

You know you want this. Pablo ”Porsche” Escobar’s Porsche 911 race car Is for sale, and you should buy it. Besides its provanence and Escobar’s ownership, this RSR has been owned by some pretty famous enthusiasts and drivers like Emerson Fittipaldi and Roger Penske. There is more to it which you can read about in Chase Bierenkoven’s post.