Automobile Magazine, an influential industry publication, has named the Tesla Model S its 2013 Automobile of the Year. AM’s editor noted the key component in their decision was the performance of the Model S, with impressive design and speed a close second. One especially winning feature, as you can see in the video clip below, is the touch screen, which operates practically every function of the car, from sunroof to stereo. As an added bonus, the screen doubles as a computer terminal, so users can access the Internet, look at mail, search for shopping venues, and essentially connect with anyone or anything outside of the sleek car’s compartment.
For a detailed explanation of why AM chose Model S for the prestigious award, watch the magazine’s road-test editor in the video below enumerate the reasons. While perched behind the wheel of the winning entry, the driver notes that the S is not just an electric car, but an exceptionally designed EV, with great range, all sorts of unique interior styling, and technology that makes driving fun. Going through a laundry list of the car’s positive features, the narrator hits the high points: Acceleration, check. Overall design, check. Range, check. High-tech instrument panel, check. And those are just a sampling of what you will see as the Tesla Model S zooms through city streets during the review.
Editors and testers thought the Model S far exceeded some of the shorter-range EV models on the market, both in its range as well as its luxury styling. Speaking of range, the price of the Tesla Model S has quite a bit of range too, starting at $50,000 and zooming all the way up to nearly $100,000 for the more powerful battery version that boasts a 300-mile range and lots of extras.
For more about the makers of the Car of the Year, see the official corporate website for Tesla Motors: