Tesla’s mighty Model S sedan has been awarded the prestigious title of Car of the Year by Motor Trend – the first time in the64-year history of the award that a non-combustion engine vehicle has taken home the gong. The Tesla Model S beat out some stiff competition to earn the acclaim, having been up against 25 other cars and a total of 45 models/trims.
Each vehicle was subject to a rigorous regime of testing and appraisal, which pretty much looked at every aspect of the car and its performance from end to end. A panel of 11 judges was given the responsibility of choosing an outright winner – a unanimous verdict saw the Tesla Model S shine through.
Among the enormous range of tests carried out on the Model S and its rivals were zero to 60mph acceleration times, handling in figure-of-eight driving, high sped performance and braking distances. After each phase of testing, the numbers decreased with only the top performers remaining.
Edward Loh, Editor of Motor Trend said following the presentation of the award that “We had an extremely competitive field for Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. However, the Tesla Model S floored our panel of judges. The goal of the award is to name the car that best meets our six criteria, and the Tesla Model S accomplished that best. To be the first car in the 64-year history of the award to be powered by something other than gasoline must mean it is very special. It is, and thus we’re excited to name the Tesla Model S our 2013 Car of the Year.”
To have won the award in any context is of course hugely impressive, but when considering the rivals the Tesla Model S had to fend off in the process, the award really is a spectacular achievement. Among the 25 other contenders for the Car of the Year title were the Porsche 911, the 2013 Ford Fusion, the BMW 3 Series and the Toyota Avalon.