March 27, 2013

Tesla S: 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year

2013 Tesla S, Image courtesy of Tesla Motors
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A drive through California's Silicon Valley instantly reveals a hot new auto trend: the Tesla S. The Tesla S sedan has rapidly developed a noticeable presence on the freeways and in company parking lots in California's high-tech hub and beyond. The Tesla S may represent a new lease on life for American auto manufacturing, for green tech, and for electric cars. As the first winner of the COTY award not powered by a combustion engine, the Tesla S makes a statement. Here is why Motor Trend has named it the 2013 Car of the Year:
The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year is one of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it's also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it'll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk. By any measure, the Tesla Model S is a truly remarkable automobile, perhaps the most accomplished all-new luxury car since the original Lexus LS 400. That's why it's our 2013 Car of the Year. Wait. No mention of the astonishing inflection point the Model S represents -- that this is the first COTY winner in the 64-year history of the award not powered by an internal combustion engine? Sure, the Tesla's electric powertrain delivers the driving characteristics and packaging solutions that make the Model S stand out against many of its internal combustion engine peers. But it's only a part of the story. At its core, the Tesla Model S is simply a great car that you happen to plug in to refuel.