Tesla Model S awards round-up
Twenty-twelve may go down as Tesla's most important year ever. They revealed their third design, the Model X, slated for release next year, but more importantly they began large-scale (relatively speaking) production of their from-the-ground-up electric sedan, the Model S. This would be impressive enough for a startup automobile company, but the Model S has received significant critical acclaim, so much so that it has received a plethora of awards. Here's a short round-up of the more important awards.
"The auto industry is tough enough for a giant like General Motors. What we can say with this award is that Tesla deserves to succeed. It has managed to blend the innovation of a Silicon Valley start-up, the execution of a world-class automaker, and, yes, the chutzpah of its visionary leader. The result is the Model S. It's not vaporware. It's our Automobile 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."
"The Tesla Model S sets the standard by which all future electric vehicles will be measured. It’s faster than any other street-legal EV: The Performance edition, propelled by motors that generate a peak 416 horsepower, darts from 0 to 60 mph in a Porsche-rivaling 4.4 seconds and hits a top speed of 130 mph."
"This electric four-door sedan has the lines of a Jaguar, the ability to zip for 265 miles (426 km) on one charge—that’s the equivalent of 89 m.p.g. (2.6 L/100 km)—and touchscreen controls for everything from GPS navigation to adjusting the suspension. Tesla is building a network of supercharger stations—six are open so far—so owners aren’t tethered to their home port."
"The 2013 model year brought consumers a fleet of new machines, and the editors and writers of Yahoo! Autos tested over 100 new models this year, from the brutish Ford Shelby GT500 to the gas-sipping Toyota Prius C. But all those appear to be automotive afterthoughts when compared to that futureshock of an electric sedan and Yahoo! Autos' Car of the Year: the Tesla Model S."
"Letting car shoppers have their say, AutoGuide.com polled its reader base, including the over 30 million monthly visitors on its network of 360+ car enthusiast forums, who responded by picking the electric luxury car as their Car of the Year. AutoGuide editors found the Model S to be similarly impressive, and in reviewing the car earlier this year commented that, “This might not just be the future of the electric car. The Tesla Model S could be the future of the American auto industry.”