Tesla Model S Wins “Automobile of the Year”

"It's the performance that won us over," admits Automobile Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Jean Jennings.

November 1, 2012


America’s Lead­ing Auto­mo­tive Lifestyle Mag­a­zine Picks Model S as the Best New Car for 2013Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) announced today that Model S, the world’s first pre­mium elec­tric sedan, was cho­sen as win­ner of AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s most pres­ti­gious award, “Auto­mo­bile of the Year.” Model S impressed a highly dis­crim­i­nat­ing team of edi­tors and writ­ers to best some of the world’s most crit­i­cally acclaimed and his­tor­i­cally dom­i­nant brands. In their words, Model S “blew them all away.”“Winning AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s ‘Auto­mo­bile of the Year’ award is an impor­tant mile­stone for Tesla because it under­scores our goal to build a great car, not just a great elec­tric car,” saidE­lon Musk,Tesla Motorsco-​​founder and CEO. “Win­ning this award is great recog­ni­tion of what we’ve accom­plished as a com­pany, and we’re thrilled to receive this endorse­ment from one of the industry’s most respected authorities.“Competition for “Auto­mo­bile of the Year” has always included name­plates of the high­est cal­iber. This year it required beat­ing an incred­i­bly impres­sive field of com­peti­tors, includ­ing the Porsche 911, Sub­aru BRZ, Cadil­lac ATS, and BMW M5. Four days of track test­ing, road test­ing and close exam­i­na­tion proved that Model S excels on all fronts — design, per­for­mance, tech­nol­ogy and range.All final­ists for the 2013 “Auto­mo­bile of the Year” award were estab­lished by senior edi­to­r­ial staff mem­bers and con­tribut­ing writ­ers ofAU­TO­MO­BILE Mag­a­zine. While the edi­tors and writ­ers con­sider what each final­ist sig­ni­fies for their respec­tive man­u­fac­turer and for the auto­mo­tive indus­try at large, pure desir­abil­ity, prac­ti­cal­ity, afford­abil­ity, pack­ag­ing and fuel econ­omy are also sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors in deter­min­ing the win­ner.About Model S
Model Sis 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. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla pow­er­train, deliv­er­ing both unprece­dented range and a thrilling drive expe­ri­ence. 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.Setting the bar for elec­tric dri­ving range, Model S offers 40 kWh, 60 kWh and 85 kWh bat­tery options. All deliver unprece­dented range, with the 85 kWh vari­ant achiev­ing anEPA-​​certified range of 265 miles. All three bat­ter­ies use automotive-​​grade lithium-​​ion cells arranged for opti­mum energy den­sity, ther­mal man­age­ment, and safety.Without an inter­nal com­bus­tion engine or trans­mis­sion tun­nel, the inte­rior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan in its class and includes a sec­ond trunk under the hood. The inte­rior fea­tures a 17″ in-​​dash touch­screen with Inter­net capa­bil­i­ties, allow­ing for stream­ing radio, web brows­ing and navigation.

About Tesla
Tesla’s goal is to accel­er­ate the world’s tran­si­tion to elec­tric mobil­ity with a full range of increas­ingly afford­able elec­tric cars.California-based Tesla designs and man­u­fac­tures EVs, as well as EV pow­er­train com­po­nents for part­ners such as Toy­ota and Daim­ler. Tesla has deliv­ered more than 2,400 Road­sters to cus­tomers world­wide. Model S, the first pre­mium sedan to be engi­neered from the ground up as an elec­tric vehi­cle, began deliv­er­ies to U.S. cus­tomers in June of this year. Tesla has already received more than 13,000 reser­va­tions world­wide for Model S.

About AUTOMOBILE Mag­a­zine
AUTOMOBILE Mag­a­zine, a pub­li­ca­tion of Source Inter­link Media, LLC, is America’s lead­ing auto­mo­tive lifestyle pub­li­ca­tion and reaches 4.6 mil­lion read­ers monthly; through its print, online and dig­i­tal com­po­nents, the brand counts an audi­ence of over 6 million.Automobile Mag­a­zine, which presents annual All-​​Star and Auto­mo­bile of the Year awards, is writ­ten for the sophis­ti­cated enthu­si­ast and pro­files high-​​end vehi­cles with com­pelling edi­to­r­ial and pho­to­graphic con­tent. For more than 25 years,AUTOMOBILE Mag­a­zine has set the stan­dard for auto­mo­tive jour­nal­ism, main­tain­ing its devo­tion to auto adven­ture and an edi­to­r­ial approach that empha­sizes “No bor­ing cars!”

Source:Tesla Motors, Inc.