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Tesla returns to the spotlight as Q3 earnings loom

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Tesla, struggling to turn the corner to profitability, will report its Q3 earnings after markets close Wednesday.

The big picture: Delivering more cars — and the electric carmaker already announced a record quarter on that front — isn't yet a recipe for financial health, especially as the lower margin Model 3, the best-selling EV in the U.S., is increasingly its dominant product.

Hybrid cars try to shed tree-hugger image

Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring is a plug-in hybrid
Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring is a plug-in hybrid. Photo: Lincoln

Carmakers are going to great lengths to reposition their gas-electric hybrid models as sporty, premium or even high-performance — anything but the responsible choice for tree-huggers.

The big picture: With stricter fuel economy standards looming, and zero-emission electric cars still too pricey for most consumers, automakers need to fill the compliance gap by selling a lot more hybrids.