Tesla Model S Motor Trend Car of the Year Nov 12 2012

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Tesla Model S — Trend Car of the Year


Motor Trend magazine has the Tesla Model S its Car of the Year. The staff selected the all-electric luxury car out of a field of 11 finalists included models such as the Fusion, Porsche 911 and Hyundai

It is the first time the magazine’s Car of the award has ever gone to an car.

Just being wasn’t enough to earn the S the prize, though.

Ed Loh, Motor Trend’s on Monday said that, eleven finalists, it was a strong this year. But in the end there was no about who the winner was. The that placed second and didn’t get more than votes. But it was a unanimous decision for the Model S.

Motor Trend the Model S as smoothly effortless as a to drive fast while the cargo and passenger capacity of an

Motor Trend’s Car of the Year tests

The Model S was one of the most cars the magazine has ever averaging 74.5 miles per equivalent — a measure of how far the car on an amount of electricity equivalent to the in a gallon of gasoline — ordinary street driving. the big car can bolt from a standstill to 60 an hour in just four according to Motor Trend’s

At the New York City announcement Tesla CEO Elon Musk This is a point at which the of history moved, adding,

I that other automakers copy us and follow through and do cars with more

To be eligible for Motor Trend’s Car of the award a vehicle must be, of all, a car rather than an SUV or The magazine gives separate and SUV awards. It also must be completely new or substantially redesigned for the new year.

In all there were 25 models for the award this year.

testing all the models at the Hyundai/Kia grounds in the southwest California the magazine’s staffers narrowed the to just 11 finalists. Those were then tested on and highways around the town of Calif. After further the writers and editors selected the through a secret ballot.

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impossible to say if the Model S would won had it been a standard gasoline-powered car, said McKenzie. because it would have a different car in nearly every Its strong, quiet performance is to its electric motors while its interior is thanks to the design they provide.

Motor Trend’s Car of the Year tests

The Model S can hold up to people when equipped an optional pair of rear-facing seats. Since there is no both the back and front of the car can be for cargo, giving it functionality similar to an SUV.

The Model S from $50,000 for a car that can go 160 on a charge to almost $100,000 for a equipped model that can go 300 It went into production summer, and by the beginning of October said it had sold about 250 S sedans. It expects to sell 3,200 by end of this year.

One thing Motor Trend promise is that Tesla S will be a dependable car over the haul. Only more with the car will show

Also, Tesla Motors ( ) is a start-up in an industry that’s hard on newcomers. But that’s not Motor Trend is looking at, McKenzie.

It’s not auto plan of the year, he said.

First Published: November 12, 6:31 PM ET

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