Tesla Motors has plenty to celebrate this morning with news that the Tesla Model S electric sedan just received its second award from the automotive press. Motor Trend has just named the Model S sedan its 2013 Car of the Year – one of the automotive industry’s most coveted awards. Motor Trend’s announcement follows Automobile Magazine, which also gave the Model S top honors with its own “Automobile of the Year” award.
Motor Trend also announced that not only did the Model S receive its top honor, but this year was the first year that it can remember that a model received a unanimous vote from the panel of Motor Trend judges and guest judges. This is also the first time in the 64-year history of the award that the award was given to a vehicle without a traditional combustion engine.
“Our aspiration with the Model S was to show that an electric car truly can be better than any gasoline car, which is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of sustainable transport,” said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. “Nothing illustrates this more clearly than winning Motor Trend’s Car of the Year by unanimous decision against a field of exceptional competitors.”
Elon Musk also had this to say about winning Automobile Magazine’s Automobile of the Year award, “Winning AUTOMOBILE Magazine’s ‘Automobile of the Year’ award is an important milestone for Tesla because it underscores our goal to build a great car, not just a great electric car. Winning this award is great recognition of what we’ve accomplished as a company, and we’re thrilled to receive this endorsement from one of the industry’s most respected authorities.”