'Top Gear' responds to Tesla suit

The BBC show 'Top Gear' responds to Tesla's lawsuit

Tesla Roadster

The executive producer of Top Gear responded Sunday in a blog post to Tesla Motors' recently filed lawsuit which accuses the show of defamation and malicious falsehood for the 2008 review the show did of the all-electric Tesla Roadster.

At the Business Times, we wondered if this is the new normal for responding to lawsuits? To make a case via blog post before one’s day in court?

But Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman cleared that up for us: “normally we would follow the pre-legal etiquette of keeping schtum until we get our day in court, but since the other side are being quite noisy with their views on how we conduct ourselves, I just would like to point out one or two things to Top Gear viewers.”

And it’s true. Tesla has been promoting the lawsuit to reporters and Top Gear claims Tesla’s been shopping, via a public relations firm, interviews with Tesla spokespeople about the lawsuit to a television show.

Tesla has taken issue with the depiction of the Roadster on the BBC show, during which three hosts review and drive sports cars. Tesla took issue with the show’s claim that the Roadster gets only 55 miles per charge – not the 211 miles per charge Tesla markets.

Read more in the San Francisco Business Times.

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