Tesla Model S Blows Away the Competition and Wins AUTOMOBILE

Tesla Model S Blows Away the Competition and Wins AUTOMOBILE
Magazine's "Automobile of the Year" 
America's Leading Automotive Lifestyle Magazine Picks Model S as the
Best New Car for 2013 
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/01/12 --  Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:
TSLA) announced today that Model S, the world's first premium
electric sedan, was chosen as winner of AUTOMOBILE Magazine's most
prestigious award, "Automobile of the Year." Model S impressed a
highly discriminating team of editors and writers to best some of the
world's most critically acclaimed and historically dominant brands.
In their words, Model S "blew them all away." 
"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," said Elon Musk,
Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO. "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." 
Competition for "Automobile of the Year" has always included
nameplates of the highest caliber. This year it required beating an
incredibly impressive field of competitors, including the Porsche
911, Subaru BRZ, Cadillac ATS, and BMW M5. Four days of track
testing, road testing and close examination proved that Model S
excels on all fronts -- design, performance, technology and range. 
All finalists for the 2013 "Automobile of the Year" award were
established by senior editorial staff members and contributing
writers of AUTOMOBILE Magazine. While the editors and writers
consider what each finalist signifies for their respective
manufacturer and for the automotive industry at large, pure
desirability, practicality, affordability, packaging and fuel economy
are also significant factors in determining the winner. 
About Model S
 Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from
the ground up as an electric vehicle and has been engineered to
elevate the public's expectations of what a premium sedan can be. At
the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both
unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid
body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarka
bly low
center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility
expected from the world's best sports cars while providing the ride
quality of a luxury performance sedan.  
Setting the bar for electric driving range, Model S offers 40 kWh, 60
kWh and 85 kWh battery options. All deliver unprecedented range, with
the 85 kWh variant achieving an EPA-certified range of 265 miles. All
three batteries use automotive-grade lithium-ion cells arranged for
optimum energy density, thermal management, and safety. 
Without an internal combustion engine or transmission tunnel, the
interior of Model S has more cargo space than any other sedan in its
class and includes a second trunk under the hood. The interior
features a 17" in-dash touchscreen with Internet capabilities,
allowing for streaming radio, web browsing and navigation. 
About Tesla
 Tesla's goal is to accelerate the world's transition to
electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable
electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs,
as well as EV powertrain components for partners such as Toyota and
Daimler. Tesla has delivered more than 2,400 Roadsters to customers
worldwide. Model S, the first premium sedan to be engineered from the
ground up as an electric vehicle, began deliveries to U.S. customers
in June of this year. Tesla has already received more than 13,000
reservations worldwide for Model S.  
About AUTOMOBILE Magazine
 AUTOMOBILE Magazine, a publication of
Source Interlink Media, LLC, is America's leading automotive
lifestyle publication and reaches 4.6 million readers monthly;
through its print, online and digital components, the brand counts an
audience of over 6 million. Automobile Magazine, which presents
annual All-Star and Automobile of the Year awards, is written for the
sophisticated enthusiast and profiles high-end vehicles with
compelling editorial and photographic content. For more than 25
years, AUTOMOBILE Magazine has set the standard for automotive
journalism, maintaining its devotion to auto adventure and an
editorial approach that emphasizes "No boring cars!" 
Shanna Hendricks
650-681-5179
shendriks@teslamotors.com 
 
 
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