Tesla Model S: Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year
Congratulations, Tesla. For 64 years, Motor Trend has been awarding Car of the Year, one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry. The Tesla Model S is the first electric car to win. Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder and CEO, once said that he set out not to build the world’s best electric car, but to build the world’s best car that just happened to be electric. Well done.
For those of us who believe in the inherent performance benefits of electric vehicles — instant torque and a low center-of-gravity — perhaps this award is not that surprising. Then again, consider the dismal review given by Consumer Reports to the Fisker Karma, or that the last new, successful U.S. auto manufacturer was started many, many decades ago. The car manufacturing business is indeed notoriously challenging, so hats off to Tesla.