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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:19 AM

Tesla Model S named Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year

Source: AFP

Tesla's Model S has become the first electric vehicle to win the Motor Trend Car of the Year award and the first car to win via a unanimous decision.

The Tesla Model S has this week been voted Car of the Year in US automotive publication Motor Trend's 2013 version of the annual award, beating out competition from Porsche, BMW, Lexus and Subaru and becoming the first electric car to win the award in the process.

Aimed squarely at the premium sedan market where quality, comfort, space and performance are all prerequisites to entry, the Model S offers the immediate acceleration of an electric engine with the 50:50 weight distribution of a sports car for perfect balance. What's more, because the motor and battery pack are built into the floor of the vehicle, the center of gravity is much lower, further improving performance and handling.

Read more: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/tesla-model-named-motor-trend-2013-car-123201982.html



This is the car I hope to replace my 2012 45th Anniversary Camaro with in a couple of years.

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Reply Tesla Model S named Motor Trend 2013 Car of the Year (Original post)
onehandle Nov 2012 OP
Stargazer09 Nov 2012 #1
dmallind Nov 2012 #7
Stargazer09 Nov 2012 #11
Ash_F Nov 2012 #15
liberal N proud Nov 2012 #12
sinkingfeeling Nov 2012 #2
onehandle Nov 2012 #3
NYC_SKP Nov 2012 #5
onehandle Nov 2012 #6
NYC_SKP Nov 2012 #18
JustABozoOnThisBus Nov 2012 #4
AAO Nov 2012 #8
nichomachus Nov 2012 #9
onehandle Nov 2012 #10
BanzaiBonnie Nov 2012 #13
Canuckistanian Nov 2012 #14
onehandle Nov 2012 #16
truthisfreedom Nov 2012 #17
KamaAina Nov 2012 #19
joshcryer Nov 2012 #21
cui bono Nov 2012 #22
joshcryer Nov 2012 #20

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:24 AM

1. Looks like a nice car

Too small for my family, and possibly not built for my very tall husband, but still very nice.

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Response to Stargazer09 (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:48 AM

7. Too small? About Taurus sized?

A bit wider, a bit shorter, a fraction more leg room and a fraction less shoulder room - nigh identical passenger cabin volume. This is a full sized car by any dimension - far larger than most. If it doesn't work for you what would you have done (or what did you do) before big SUVs and large minivans - which are the only things appreciably bigger?

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Response to dmallind (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:10 PM

11. I know

It is a great car for its class.

I have five children living at home, and my husband and I are both over 6' tall. My oldest daughter is only a fraction of an inch shorter than I am and at 13, she is still growing. Her younger brothers are in the 75th and 99th percentiles for height, and her younger sisters are in the 97th and 80th percentiles for height. Our next vehicle is going to need to have lots of leg and head room for our unusually tall family, in addition to seating for at least seven people.

Maybe Tesla will make an SUV before we need to upgrade our minivan.

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Response to Stargazer09 (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:41 PM

15. Unless you are like 7' 4" this car is going to feel roomy as far as legroom goes.

More than any minivan anyway. But the minivan wins on seat count. You could seat five here but that means someone sits in middle back which isn't ideal for safety.

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Response to Stargazer09 (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:41 PM

12. It is a sweet car and not small at all

It is larger that the BMW 3 series.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:33 AM

2. How much does it cost? And are they really available now?

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:37 AM

3. Available now. 58k to 106k (minus $7500 tax credit), depending on the engine and options.

It's a luxury sports car.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:43 AM

5. Act now, they're selling out of the 2012 and 2013 delivery inventory.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:46 AM

6. Too soon. My GM car just turned one.

I wish Tesla luck, and will look into one in a couple of years.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:15 PM

18. I saw two Electric Fisker Karmas today in SF. Sweet.

At the Moscone Center.

http://onward.fiskerautomotive.com/en-us/karma/

The black one wasn't as pretty as the silver one, which didn't hang around long enough for me to snap a pic:

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:40 AM

4. Most Motor Trend cars of the year are fairly affordable

It's almost pointless when they pick a high-priced model. Not very useful to most people.

Here's a link to prices, but note the faint print, that the prices are AFTER factoring in a $7500 tax credit.

http://www.teslamotors.com/models/options

I'd try to get another year out of that Camaro

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:56 AM

8. I'm driving my 2005 Prius into the ground-I give it 3-4 more years-then I'll see what Tesla can do!

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Response to AAO (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:59 AM

9. Driving my Honda Fit into the ground

6+ years old with 45,000. I figure I'll go into the ground before it does.

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Response to nichomachus (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:09 PM

10. I drove a Honda CRX for 17 years.

In the end, the steering wheel was rotting in my hands.

The only major expense I had was a new radiator.

Sold it for three and a half grand.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 01:18 PM

13. Poke in your eye Mitt Romney

speaking of "battery operated cars" as if they were toys. Phhhhheh!

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:34 PM

14. Nice.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:53 PM

16. Looks a little like a Maserati Quattroporte.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:59 PM

17. rMoney called Tesla one of Obama's losers. He was and is completely unaware how freakishly cool

this company is. The president of Tesla also heads SpaceX (which is restocking the International Space Station with its reusable rockets) and Solar City, the biggest solar panel installer in the country. rMoney is a loser. A total loser who has no idea what's happening around him.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:34 PM

19. Well, they are right next to Solyndra

on I-880 in Fremont, CA (right across the Bay from SiliValley).

On a serious note, their Fremont factory is part of what was once "Nummi", a joint venture between GM and Toyota -- right up until GM received their large bailout checks, then pulled the plug.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:40 PM

21. Yeah, that was laughable. Tesla is doing quite fine.

Romney isn't really a businessman who actually creates something, his entire income came from destroying, so he can't grasp that a company needs to grow and sometimes needs loans so it can foster. As far as return on investment Tesla is probably one of the greatest investments the US has ever made.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #17)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:33 AM

22. I got to test drive a Tesla Roadster at work one day.

They brought one to where I was working to promote electric cars. I waited in line on my lunch hour and just made it, they cut it off a couple people after me. (There were also 5 Nissan Leafs with no wait, but they weren't as cool.)

That thing is fast! The guy who rode with me said he beat out a sports car once, can't remember which make he said, Maseratti or Ferrari or something.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:38 PM

20. Two more generations and Tesla will become bigger than GM.

They are going to make a lot of money and save consumers a lot of money. It's going to be really neat.

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