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Well this ought to help things a bit.

The Coda Sedan all-electric vehicle was put on Motor Trend's short list for its 2013 Car of the Year award, marking a much-needed victory for the fledgling Los Angeles-based automaker.

Motor Trend praised the sedan's "subtle but undeniable intelligence" and added that the car "overdelivered in performance." While the publication acknowledged the car's less-than-stunning styling, it reasoned that Coda's decision to put more resources into the battery technology was a good one.

Coda's been trying to spur sales in the US and last month said it'd give a $552 rebate, or about a year's worth of recharges, to new buyers. The company sold its first cars in March.

The Sedan receiving an 88-mile single-charge rating from the EPA, which is about 15 miles more than that of the Nissan Leaf. Coda has said it's looking to broaden its dealer network to about 30 outlets for 2013.


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      JP
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't believe they would even put this car in the running. From what I've hear the build quality on this thing is poor to say the least, not to mention the obvious styling fail. I don't even think Coda is going to survive 2013.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      It does kind of make sense. It's a pure EV, one of very few, mixed in with hundreds of ICE choices. That makes it very innovative. I doubt it will win but why not at least consider it. The Tesla Model S should win easily if it gets considered.
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      "the fledgling Los Angeles-based automaker." WTF? Coda is token US branch of three Chinese companies. This is a Chinese backed, Chinese engineered and Chinese built car, from a clearly Chinese company.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        @ PeterScott Well said ! Very well said ! (Earlier on a another thread I said you were silent about Coda, that's clearly not the case ! mea culpa ) Coda has dubious US connections and very sinister PRC connections, I not surprised that Coda was refused DOE funding. I am surprised that Motor Trend would consider such a vehicle worthy of inclusion. A bad car, from bad people !
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      @ Electron, and Dave Mart, Why I am I an 'apologist for Big Oil' ? Because I dislike this vehicle and the organizations behind it ? If so, then I am in very good company ! Nor do I dislike all Chinese, simply because I detest, the worst aspects of the PRC, regime ! ( I was equally critical of those US capitalists involved with Coda). Let's see who are these people and organizations, you're so eager to defend ? Let's start with Coda's principle US backers, Corporate raider, and several times EV start-up failure, Miles Rubin. Former BP Oil company boss and self confessed perjurer, John Browne. Steven “Mac” Heller, ,. During the GFC, Heller was head of Goldman Sachs(Worldwide Investment Banking Division) "Mac" seemed to survive the GFC better than millions of his fellow investors! Mr Heller retired with a huge payout, because the US government provided loans totaling "$782 billion", to Goldman Sachs. Coda applied for, and was about to receive a huge DOE 'loan', ( Coda has already received state funding), but although it may be just a coincidence, (after a very damning LA tribune article) , the DOE decided that Coda was a suitable candidate for government after all, and the loans were refused. But, let's not forget Coda's PRC connection . Who really owns Coda, is not that easy to discover. May be because Coda is controlled by the Peoples Republic of China Weaponry Equipment Corporation. This Corporation is in turn owned by the a section of the Communist Party. The same section that operates 'special Secret State Security assets'. Including an Industrial Espionage School, located at a PLA base. (sort of cross between the Harvard School of Business, and a CIA Operative Training Centre!). They also operate " industrial labour re-education camps''. Oh, speaking of oil companies, Coda's drive train is a JVC, Tianjin Lishen. Lishen has a complex shareholding, but is basically controlled by China National Offshore Oil Corporation.(CNOOC). CNOOC is an enterprise, whose ethical history make Exxon, and the CIA, look like boy scouts! CNOOC, has been involved in stuff like, heroin cultivation and trafficking, illegal arms dealings, corruption, espionage, and human rights abuses on a global scale ! (Don't take my word for it, check out thirty years of UN, Amnesty, etc, reports) Now, given these sort of corporate connections, I think there's reason to be concerned ! Electron and David Mart, if you want to promote the business interests of these organizations, that's a matter for your own conscience. However, calling me an apologist for oil companies, while criticizing me for exposing the transactions of the most rapacious of all oil companies, is a little weird. Dave, sometimes the politics just can't be overlooked.
        Chris M
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        Those loans were for manufacture of "advanced technology vehicles" here in the US. The DOE turned down Coda when they determined that importing cars from China and fitting them with battteries in the US didn't count as "US manufacturing". That's why they didn't get the loan, and why Ford, Tesla, and Nissan did. BTW, among Mitt Romney's many investments was an investment in CNOOC. He apparently divested in 2009, when he decided to run again for the Presidency.
          Marcopolo
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Chris M
          @ Chris M, Coda was refused for a number of reasons. Certainly, not being an American manufacturer, was the most obvious. I have no idea whether or not Mitt Romney invested in CNOOC, or the circumstances of the investment. If I were an American citizen, I'd be voting for President Obama. However, I don't think that Mitt Romney's history as an investment banker should be considered as a fault, nor his religion. I am not that impressed with Mitt Romney's policies ! However his time as Governor showed he has an ability to work with opposition politicians to pass legislation. If he's elected those qualities maybe useful. IMHO, Obama, has been merely a good President, when the US needs a great President. Romney certainly lacks the ability to be a great President, so better the guy you know..... That just my opinion.
        Levine Levine
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        How can any one disagree with the mighty Sojourn of Asia? What he says is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He is omnipotent. He knows all the facts and secrets behind the Great Wall for he is privileged. If you disagree with him, he will call you a moron and an idiot, then he will shout you down with his famous phrase, "STFU!" Let us all bow and kow-tow to the Great Sojourn of Asia!
        EVnerdGene
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        I consciously try not to buy Chinese goods. Last three shirts I've bought were labled from Pakistan. Better than buying from China ? Gene Shrugged.
          EVnerdGene
          • 5 Months Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          How's their pension plan ?
          Marcopolo
          • 5 Months Ago
          @EVnerdGene
          @ EVnerdGene Gene, I spoke to Ezee and he agreed that we should introduce you to our shirt maker, who employs small starved urchins, and penurious, (but frequently harassed widows) to weave the finest linen from rare endangered species of fauna and flora ! A visit to his sweatshop is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon while waiting for your shirt to be tailored for your nights activities. You can relax and enjoy caviar, and campaign, while entertaining yourself watching the urchins enduring the overseers whip, while fighting over your discarded pheasant bones.......
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        Marco...we are at war with east asia....hadn't you heard? Off to room 101 for you, and your thoughtcrime....
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          @ Carney, Tienanmen Square and one-child policy, must be viewed in the context of the PRC. Once the televised incident of the student slapping the Colonel of the Beijing Regiment in the face was broadcast, the government was forced to act. Most of the population of the PRC supported the governments actions. The student were seen as spoiled brats, disgracing the nation. There was now genuine support from any other sector of the population. It took considerable influence by Deng to limit the repression to Tienanmen Square. I agree, Tibet should be free, but inner Mongolia and Manchuria have no significant desire to belong to anyone but the PRC. There is a sizable movement for independence Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and Internal Security Troops are deployed in the area in considerable force, along with the rest of the State Security apparatus. It's no secret that I am a firm supporter of self-destiny (or Independence) for the ROC. However, my dislike of totalitarian governments, doesn't blind me to the problems of governing the mainlands 1.5 billion people, or the considerable achievements of Deng's transformation of the PRC into a more progressive society. He certainly wasn't perfect, but he did his best in incredibly difficult circumstances.
          carney373
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          marcopolo, Deng ordered the Tiananmen Square massacre. He continued the one-child policy. Why should anyone care about the PRC remaining "united", which you praise him for accomplishing? Tibet and Turkestan should be independent. "Inner Mongolia" should be united with Mongolia. Taiwan should be free to choose its own course without fear of invasion or missile bombardment. Manchuria as well.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @EZEE
          @ EZEE We are indeed ! Well actually, we (the West), have been in a trade and resource war with the PRC, for the last 10 years. So far, they've been winning ! Mostly, the PRC has restricted it's activities to simply taking advantage of our lazy naivety. This is not a bad thing ! The West, in particular the US (and allies), need a determined competitor. Most PRC enterprises are hard working organizations, trying to achieve the best for their own people. The PRC was extremely lucky to have had a leader like Deng Xiaoping, who rescued his nation from the madness of Mao (and his murderous henchmen). Deng Xiaoping united and reformed the PRC, without creating a huge disruption or civil war. The USSR was incapable of producing such a man, as a result the entire edifice collapsed with terrible disruption and great suffering. . Deng Xiaoping was able to be implement reform, with the enthusiastic support of the majority of the people. But, the PRC still has some very evil institutions remaining. Carefully disguised, especially in the PRC, and greatly diminished in ordinary peoples lives, but still in existence and very powerful. These institutions are better managed, far more subtle and restrained, than the old brutal comrades of yesteryear, but not lacking in patience or power. For the next President of the US, (who ever wins) he must start to learn how to train the Dragon to play by the rules, before the Dragon gets too large !
        electronx16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Marcopolo
        @ "Marcopolo": There is little doubt that the consequences of oil dependency causes more death and misery on a daily basis than any of Coda's allegedly nefarious backers have caused during their entire existence but even all that is probably a walk in the park compared to the misery that will be caused by numerous developements that has been set in motion by our oil addiction. So what's really weird is why you would choose to dedicate your life to representing the interests of oil companies (unless they are Chinese apparently...) and undermine every initiative that could help us kick the habit on this forum while hypocritically pretending to be a great supporter of plug-in vehicles.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @electronx16
          @ electronx16 Curiously, you seems to have reverted to your alternate name for this tirade, no doubt we shall soon hear from 'electron 1 to 15, soon' ! However, you may not like the the activities of major oil companies, they don't usually deal in illicit drugs, arms shipments etc. Nor are they state owned. You use the word 'allegedly" as if there was some doubt as to the activities of Coda's backers ! If there is anything doubtful about any of the facts given, say so, or STFU. Incidentally, I left out naming a notorious wall street equity fund ex-backer of Coda, because his illicit activities involving oil derivatives speculation, is currently under investigation ( along with several oil industry executives). I did so because these activities occurred after his investment in Coda, but do involve corrupt dealing with PRC officials. As to the rest of your absurd accusations, both on ABG and other media, I have expressed my doubts as to the morality and wisdom of supporting the overthrow of Qaddafi by France, promoted and financed by Total Oil, simply because he threatened to sell oil to the PRC instead of France. In addition, i actively campaign against the sale and use of Oil's most deadly product, bunker oil. I spend a good deal of time and money, helping to abolish this toxic product. I'm not sure how abolishing an oil product equates to "dedicate your life to representing the interests of oil companies" ! Now, in comparison what exactly do you do, apart from writing useless rants under an assortment of names ?
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. Just wow. Granted, the Coda won't win the award, but the fact that it made the list just may be the motivating factor for the Chinese brands to make a big push into the US market. BYD, step up your game. Great Wall, Foton and MG, you're next.
      Nick Kordich
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seeing as the 2013 Nissan Leaf is said to have similar range, lower price, faster charging and 70% more cargo space, I don't see what would make this 2013's Car of the Year over the Leaf. Given Coda hasn't been able to grow past 1000 reservations (when it cost only $99 to reserve, compared to the Tesla Model S, at $5000 for the general production and the whopping $40,000 show of good faith for the Signature edition), I don't see it being considered a hugely desirable car by anyone, even in MTs own lackluster description of the car in nominating it. The only truly extraordinary praise I've seen for it is that Motor Trend put it in the running for Car of the Year, which isn't supposed to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Kordich
        I can't be bothered to look up the stats for both cars, but the '70% more cargo space' is likely because the Leaf is a hatch, and the Coda is a sedan. I note you don't compare cabin space.
          Nick Kordich
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          @DaveMart - absolutely correct on the different formats. Interior room is better on the Leaf - I hadn't bothered to look that up until now, but I found five and four inches greater headroom for the front and rear seats of the Leaf. Leaf leg and shoulder room is about an inch better. Both cars allow the rear seats to fold flat for cargo, so props to them for that. One thing I just found is that Coda only rated two stars on the driver front impact crash testing, though it seemed comparable to the Leaf in other tests: http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shoppers/5-Star+Safety+Ratings/2011-Newer+Vehicles/Search-Results?searchtype=model&make=CODA&model=CODA&year= http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shoppers/5-Star+Safety+Ratings/2011-Newer+Vehicles/Search-Results?searchtype=model&make=NISSAN&model=LEAF&year= I have to correct something I wrote above - I said the Leaf was faster charging, thinking of the Leaf SL trim's CHAdeMO DC rapid charging. In fact, a Coda's on board charger can be significantly faster than a Leaf's when charging off an AC source, which should be the more common case. All in all, lacking such basic features as cruise control and power child locks (you have go get out of the car, open the door, slide a switch on the edge of the door, and then do so on the other side) makes the Coda seem obsolete. While the battery might merit mention (and LiFePo4 conversion kits are available for other cars), I still don't see a way in which this would be a viable candidate for Car of the Year.
      Maddoxx
      • 2 Years Ago
      Motor trend is a joke of a publication
        EVnerdGene
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maddoxx
        always has been the popular mechanics of automotive publications.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well it is not going to win. But nice for it to get a little recognition.
      pete.angel
      • 2 Years Ago
      IT HAS A 2 STAR CRASH TEST RATING. That is all you need to know.
      apache4541
      • 2 Years Ago
      yikeeee Coda make in China yikeeee!
      michaelm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shame on you Motortrend; How much is China paying you for this ?
      Smith Jim
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone know why the Tesla Model S is not on the list?
        PeterScott
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smith Jim
        List is incomplete. Now that I look at last year, it appears the "Contenders" are every new car that exists during the year. So this isn't really a Victory for Coda as it is made out to be here.
        Grendal
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smith Jim
        The list is incomplete AND it's possible that the Model S was tested too late to be considered for 2013. If it doesn't end up on the list that was the reason why.
        Nick Kordich
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Smith Jim
        The list is incomplete - they're adding one car per day to the list, with the latest being the Nissan Sentra. I expect the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ to show up as a nominee, too. They will announce Car of the Year on November 12th.
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