Tesla’s Model S has been named Car of the Year by Motor Trend and Automobile of the Year by Automobile, striking a strategic blow for electric vehicles.
“We weren’t expecting much from the Tesla other than some interesting dinner conversation as we considered “real” candidates like the Subaru BRZ and the Porsche Boxster. In fact, the Tesla blew them, and us, away.”
Motor Trend Editor-at-Large Angus MacKenzie, meanwhile, said,“At its core, the Tesla Model S is simply a damned good car you happen to plug in to refuel.” In its headline, the magazine called the Model S “Proof Positive that America Can Still Make (Great) Things.”
Both publications are owned by Source Interlink Media, but say they made the decision independently of one another. When a Facebook commenter at Automobile‘s page questioned the timing and sameness of the respective magazines’ “…of the Year” award choices, anAutomobile staffer responded thus:
“I can’t say much about the magazines that aren’t owned by Source Interlink Companies, but we found out about Motor Trend Magazine’s choice, maybe, minutes before you guys did–no consultation, two completely different tests. I wouldn’t necessarily call it collusion–it’s just a really, really good car.”