Tesla Model S was named Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year, one of the automotive industry’s most coveted awards. The Model S is the first non-gasoline powered automobile to win “Car of the Year,” which has been awarded almost every year since Motor Trend’s inception in 1949.
To take top honors, Model S garnered a unanimous vote from the panel of Motor Trend judges and guest judges, making it the first unanimous winner in the award’s history.
“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,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. “Nothing illustrates this more clearly than winning Motor Trend’s Car of the Year by unanimous decision against a field of exceptional competitors.”
Tesla Model S is the first non-gasoline powered automobile to win the prestigious Motor Trend Car of the Year award. It is also the first unanimous winner of the award which has been given out nearly every year since Motor Trend’s inception in 1949. Credit: Telsa Motors.
The 2013 field of competition included entries from some of the most historically dominant nameplates. The field was initially narrowed to 11 finalists including the Porsche Boxster, BMW 3-series, Lexus GS, and Subaru BRZ. After extensive track and road testing pushed vehicles to their limits in one of the industry’s toughest tests of performance, efficiency, safety and more, the Tesla Model S was awarded top honors.
Model S is the world’s first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle and has been engineered to elevate the public’s expectations of what a premium sedan can be. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world’s best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan.
The Model S offers 40 kilowatt hours (kWh), 60 kWh and 85 kWh battery options. The 85 kWh variant has an EPA-certified range of 265 miles. All three batteries use automotive-grade lithium-ion cells arranged for optimal energy density, thermal management, and safety.