Tesla Model S Wins One of Automotive Industry's Highest Honors:

Tesla Model S Wins One of Automotive Industry's Highest Honors: Motor
Trend 2013 Car of the Year 
Model S Bests a Field of 25 Powerhouse Automotive Brands 
PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/12/12 --  Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:
TSLA) 
Today Model S was named Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year, one of
the automotive industry's most coveted awards. To take top honors,
Model S garnered a unanimous vote from the panel of Motor Trend
judges and guest judges, considered among the savviest and toughest
critics in the industry. This is the first time in Motor Trend's
memory that every judge was in unanimous agreement.  
"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." 
The 2013 field of competition included entries from some of the most
historically dominant nameplates. The field was initially narrowed to
11 finalists including the Porsche Boxster, BMW 3-series, Lexus GS,
and Subaru BRZ. After extensive track and road testing pushed
vehicles to their limits in one of the industry's toughest tests of
performance, efficiency, safety and more, the Tesla Model S was
awarded top honors. 
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 remarkably 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
optimal 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 Model S
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 world's 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. 
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