Third-quarter sales of the Tesla Motors Model S electric sedan surged 59 percent from last year to 9,156 units, the company confirmed to Autoblog today. The sales are about five percent more than our previous third-quarter estimate, since that was a guess based on Tesla’s disclosure of its global quarterly sales. Bloomberg News, which first reported the US sales figures, said the Model S was the country’s best-selling luxury sedan in the third quarter, and by a wide margin. Tesla also sold 5,428 Model X vehicles during the quarter, Tesla confirmed.
The Model S sales were almost double the sales figures for the No. 2 US luxury sedan, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and more than double the sales of the BMW 7-Series. No other model moved more than 2,000 units during the quarter. In all, the Model S accounted for almost a third of the country’s third-quarter large luxury sedan market, which also includes models from Audi, Lexus, Porsche, Jaguar, and Maserati.
Our prior estimates, which assumed that 55 percent of Tesla’s global Model S sales are in North America, had Tesla selling 8,691 Model S vehicles during the third quarter. Either way, the Model S continues to be a category-defining vehicle.
The better-than-previously-reported news marks a bit of positive direction for a company dogged by investor concerns that it’s burning through too much cash, especially as it prepares to complete its acquisition of solar-energy service provider SolarCity. CNBC recently cited an analyst note from Oppenheimer’s Colin Rusch that estimated that Tesla may need to raise as much as $12.5 billion by the end of 2018 in order to stay financially solvent. Tesla chief Elon Musk refuted any notion that the company would need to raise additional cash by the end of the year in a Tweet last week.
In the wild, you sometimes have to deal with crap — a vivid finalist for the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
The middle of October during a presidential election year is a really good time to remember not to take the world so seriously.
Case in point: The organizers of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards announced the finalists for the funniest animal photograph of 2016. The competition, in only its second year, is the antithesis of your traditional, staid wildlife photography contests. It’s a light-hearted competition that showcases the inner comedians in the animal kingdom, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
And if these critters make you laugh, that’s great! But let’s try to keep them around. A primary reason Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tim Sullam, both based in the United Kingdom, started this competition in 2015 was to promote conservation. Hopefully, by bringing a smile to your face you’ll give the animals that brightened your day a second thought.
“Well … you are now obviously going to go to your office, home, pub, club or wherever and talk about the dire need for us all to be conservationists in our own little way,” they write, tongue-in-cheek, on the competition website.
So, without further ado, here are a few of the finalists for most comedic wildlife photograph of 2016. You can see more by visiting the competition website.
A happy frog
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Famed animation studio Studio Ghibli launched its first TV series, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, in 2014, and fans’ wait for an official Western version is now coming to an end, thanks to Amazon.
After the series’ 26-episode run wrapped, the studio began shopping an English-language version to various international channels and distributors. That shopping apparently concluded this week, as Amazon confirmed via a Friday press release that Ronja’s dub will debut exclusively on Amazon Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan. The news didn’t include a release date, but it did confirm one familiar voice joining the Ronja cast: Gillian Anderson, whose voice previously appeared in famed Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.
As the studio’s first release to employ 3D-rendered characters, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter represents a huge shift for Ghibli’s production process. This style will look familiar to anybody who has seen the mix of 2D and 3D animation and heaping dollops of cel-shading from the animation studio’s cut scenes in the Ni No Kuni JRPG series of video games. (That game’s sequel has yet to launch in either Japan or the West.)
The company’s first TV series plays it safe by adapting an existing children’s story as opposed to creating its own—in this case, from the works of Swedish author Astrid "Pippi Longstocking" Lindgren. Reviews of its Japanese version point to an approach tailored specifically for little kids, but we imagine Ghibli-loving parents will want to tune in to see the directorial work by Goro Miyazaki, son of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki.
When Picard and Data Get Autotuned, You Get this Awesome Song! [Video]
A remix of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Details below!
Temba, his arms wide! In Tamarian this signifies the giving of a gift, first heard in the excellent episode Darmok. Data & Picard is my tribute to one of the greatest TV series of all time. It is an original track featuring the voices of Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and Commander Data (Brent Spiner), accompanied by a music video I shot entirely in my living room with a green screen and lights.
The track opens with the Klingon Victory Song, followed by a remix of Data singing Che Gelida Manina in the episode ‘In Theory’. This episode was the first ever to be directed by Patrick Stewart and I didn’t realize this until after the track was finished.
The guy makes a very good Data! Most impressive! I also love the inclusion of the password from “Brothers” (Star Trek: TNG Season 4, Episode 3)