And Now There Is One.... Tesla Model S Declared 2013 World Green Car

     And Now There Is One.... Tesla Model S Declared 2013 World Green Car

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 28, 2013

NEW YORK, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At a press conference hosted by the
New York International Auto Show and Bridgestone Corporation, the Tesla Model
S was declared the 2013 World Green Car.

The Tesla Model S was chosen from an initial entry list of twenty-one new
vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of ten, then three
finalists: the Tesla Model S, the Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 Plug-in
Hybrid.

"The success of Model S is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of
sustainable transport and we are grateful to the World Car of the Year Jury
for the recognition," said Elon Musk, Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO.
"Winning the 2013 World Green Car award is great acknowledgment of what Tesla
has accomplished with Model S in the last four years."

The World Green Car award is presented by Bridgestone Corporation (Japan).
Mike Martini, President, Original Equipment, U.S. & Canada Bridgestone
Americas Tire Operations said, "We are very pleased and honored to sponsor the
2013 World Green Car award. The environment is everyone's responsibility. And
throughout our global family of companies, we take this responsibility very
seriously. We believe it is our mission to serve society with superior
quality."

To be eligible for the 2013 World Green Car award, a vehicle had to be
all-new, or substantially revised, in production and introduced for sale or
lease to the public in quantities of at least 10 in at least one major market
during the period beginning January 1, 2012 and ending May 30th, 2013.
Tailpipe emissions, fuel consumption, and use of a major advanced power plant
technology (beyond engine componentry), aimed specifically at increasing the
vehicle's environmental responsibility, were all taken into consideration.

Due to the complexity of some of the 'green' technologies, five green experts
were appointed by the World Car Awards Steering Committee to extensively
review all documentation and specs associated with each candidate. They were
asked to create a short-list of finalists for review by the sixty-six jurors
in their second round of voting in February. Their ballots were then
tabulated by the international accounting firm KPMG.

The experts commented that, "The Tesla Model S has wowed the world's press,
and for good reason: It's a car from a startup maker that actually competes on
its merits with vehicles from established global players. The Model S is fast
and stylish, its high-end models offer more range than any other electric car,
and thus far, it appears to be well-built and selling well. Now that it's in
volume production, it can be argued that it is already the world's most
alluring green car that's also practical and desirable."

"There have only been two pure electric cars with a sensible range, and both
have been made by Tesla. Its Roadster would go at least 180 miles and the
Model S a lot further than that. It also seats up to seven, is almost supercar
swift, swoopily styled and recharge time apart and absurd width apart as
practical as a family sedan. It's not cheap, but certainly isn't expensive for
what it does."

The five green experts are in alphabetical order:

Phil Berg (USA - PopularMechanics.com)
Richard Bremner (U.K. - cleangreencars.co.uk)
Claus-Peter Koeth (Germany - automobil-industrie.de)
Tadashi Tateuchi (Japan – Japan Electric Vehicle Club)
John Voelcker (USA - GreenCarReports.com)

Previous World Green Car winners were the Mercedes-Benz S 250 CDI
BlueEFFICIENCY in 2012, the Chevrolet Volt in 2011, the Volkswagen BlueMotion
in 2010, the Honda FCX Clarity in 2009, the BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics
in 2008, the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec in 2007 and the Honda Civic Hybrid in
2006

About the World Car Awards
Now in their ninth year, the annual World Car awards have become one of the
world's most prestigious, credible and significant programs of its kind.

The awards were inaugurated in 2003, and officially launched in January 2004,
to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, as well as to recognize and
reward automotive excellence on an international scale. The awards are
intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car
of the Year programs.

The awards are administered by a non-profit association, under the guidance of
a Steering Committee of pre-eminent automotive journalists from Asia, Europe,
and North America. Peter Lyon (Japan) and Matt Davis (Italy) are the
co-chairs; John McCormick (USA), Jens Meiners (Germany), Mike Rutherford
(U.K.), Eddie Alterman (USA), and Gerry Malloy (Canada) are the directors.
There is no affiliation with, nor are the awards in any way influenced by any
publication, auto show, automaker, or other commercial enterprise.

Prime Research International, a global leader in strategic communication
research and consultancy is the World Car Awards' research partner. The
company will provide strategic reports in 2013 that analyze our awards global
automotive media coverage.

PHOTOS from today's press conference are available for download on our web
site at www.wcoty.com > Award Photos.

About PRIME RESEARCH
PRIME Research International, a global leader in strategic communication
research and consultancy, has joined forces with the World Car Awards to
provide strategic studies in the fields of automotive assessment criteria and
automotive awards. PRIME Research is a well-trusted research partner for the
automotive industry with a broad range of automotive clients. Its full picture
approach, which provides strategic benchmark information and SWOT analyses on
over 100 brands and over 10,000 different automobile models, sets the standard
in automotive media research.

About BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world's largest tire
and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of
applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products,
which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its
products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

About the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS)
Showcasing the latest automotive trends, the 2013 New York International Auto
Show will unveil an extensive collection of the most technologically advanced
vehicles on display anywhere in the world. More than four floors of displays,
including the new Javits Center North exhibition hall, will house nearly 1,000
stunning new 2013/2014 vehicles as well as sensational futuristic concept
cars. NYIAS is owned and produced by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers
Association.

Important Show Information:Press Days: March 27 & 28, Public Show Dates:
March 29^th – April 7^th
Show Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sundays: 10 a.m. - 7
p.m.

www.autoshowNY.com; Twitter: #NYIAS @NYautoshow; Facebook: Like us, we like
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For a list of past World Car Awards winners, please visit our web site:
www.wcoty.com

SOURCE World Car Awards

Website: http://www.wcoty.com
Contact: Additional information? Contact: Beth Rhind, Executive Manager, E:
beth@wcoty.com, T: 1.705.924.3444
 
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