• Nov 1st 2012 at 4:30PM
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The all-electric Tesla Model S was dubbed 'Automobile of the Year' by Automobile Magazine earlier today. Green enthusiast may recall that the plug-in Chevy Volt received the same honor just two years ago.

So what propelled Tesla's Model S above the rest in 2013? It couldn't hurt that Model S is the only zero-emissions luxury sports sedan on the market.

"But having an electric powertrain isn't enough to be Automobile of the year," according to Automobile Magazine Road Test Editor Chris Nelson, who can be seen driving the sleek EV through the streets of downtown Chicago in the video below. Nelson sites interior design (including a massive 17" touchscreen), performance and an EPA-estimated 265 miles of range as determining factors in favor of the Model S.

"We recognize Tesla for creating an alt-powertrain luxury sedan and revel in the fact that it's good. Really good," said Nelson.

Not bad for a company that's only on its second car. Update: Tesla Model S was also named Motor Trend's "Car of the Year."

[Source: Automobile]

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Actually the car of the year was the Audi R8, but no one can afford them except the 1%.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Give me a break. How much did obama pay them for this?
      • 2 Years Ago
      did they pick another car after they all sobered up ?
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a Political statement pure and simple. Who can afford a $100,000.00 car? Not Many..... What is the Car of the Year for us common folk?
      • 2 Years Ago
      How stupid to pick a car that does not have a proven track record.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not car of the year because it is car of the year, but given the award to satisfy the magazine's political agenda. And as all greenies go, this is one that only rich libs can actually own. Its a contrived, pointless award by a nothing magazine.
      • 2 Years Ago
      A friend an one of his buddies have purchased this car and they should be extremely pleased with this report.
      • 2 Years Ago
      What WasThe Criteria Used That Allowed Telsa Model S To Be Car Of The Year...This Is Still Only A Comuter Car.....This Is A Milk And Bread Run Auto At This Point,Long day Trips Are Out Of The Question.....
      • 2 Years Ago
      so,, none of the electricity used to power the car,, cause any emmisions when it was made,,,,,
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a bunch of pathetic crap !! I'll make sure and never buy that worthless magazine ..let alone a TESLA ..providing they actually start selling them.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't pick an affordable proven car...wtf ?....This one has a few more years of development yet !
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 N piece of crap
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