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Tesla Model S

November 13, 2012 by  

Tesla Model S, MotorTrend unanimously named the Tesla Model S its “Car of the Year,” echoing our own sentiment that the all-electric sedan is more than a great EV. It’s a great car.

The S outshone 11 finalists ranging from competition stalwarts such as the BMW 3 Series and Porsche Boxster to hot newcomers like the Subaru BRZ. The magazine’s editor-at-large (and former editor-in-chief) Angus MacKenzie summed it up when he said, “At its core, the Tesla Model S is simply a damned good car you happen to plug in to refuel.”

It’s a massive win for Tesla and a massive departure for MotorTrend, which has handed out its Car of the Year for 64 years. As you’d expect, this is the first winner without a traditional combustion engine. More importantly, it is the first time the magazine’s judges unanimously agreed on a winner.

Company CEO Elon Musk was, as you’d expect, ecstatic.

“Our aspiration with the Model S was to show that an electric car truly can be better than any gasoline car, which is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of sustainable transport,” Musk said in a statement. “Nothing illustrates this more clearly than winning MotorTrend’s Car of the Year by unanimous decision against a field of exceptional competitors.”

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