Tesla Motors Claims Victory in Dismissed Lawsuit Against Top Gear


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    Tesla Motors went down to defeat in a U.K. appeals court in a libel suit it filed against Top Gear — or did it? | March 06, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Tesla Motors is claiming victory even though a United Kingdom appeals court dismissed a libel lawsuit from the automaker against the BBC show Top Gear.
  • "Although the outcome is not one that we were hoping to receive, by filing the case we actually won...by fighting we forced them to a defense and to admit that they were untruthful," wrote Shanna Hendriks, a Tesla Motors spokesperson in response to a query from Edmunds.
  • Tesla Motors said Top Gear faked a scene that appeared to show a Tesla Roadster running out of power.

PALO ALTO, California — Tesla Motors is claiming victory even though a United Kingdom appeals court dismissed a libel lawsuit from the automaker against the BBC show Top Gear.

"Although the outcome is not one that we were hoping to receive, by filing the case we actually won...by fighting we forced them to a defense and to admit that they were untruthful," wrote Shanna Hendriks, a Tesla Motors spokesperson in response to a query from Edmunds.

Tesla Motors said Top Gear faked a scene that appeared to show a Tesla Roadster running out of power.

"I am pleased that the Appeal Court has upheld the previous ruling and the case has been struck out," said Andy Wilman, executive producer of Top Gear, according to media reports from the United Kingdom. "I'd also like to apologize to the judges for making them have to watch so much Top Gear."

Top Gear tested the Tesla Roadster in 2008, claiming the car ran out of power after 55 miles and disputing the company's estimated range on the car. Tesla Motors said it missed out on $171,000 in lost sales as a result of the negative review.

The ruling comes on the heels of a dispute last month between Tesla Motors and The New York Times. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the Times review of the Model S was a "fake." The review said the Model S fell short of its estimated range. The newspaper backpedaled on its earlier defense of the review.

The newspaper's public editor said the review had problems with "precision and judgment but not integrity."

Edmunds says: Tesla Motors puts an interesting spin on defeat.

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