Tesla Model S beats 70 years of motoring legends to become MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car of the Year

The good ol Tesla Model S continues to kick ass and take names.

As Teslarati Reports:

So after seven years in the market, multiple awards, and establishing itself as the undisputed king of premium electric sedans, the Tesla Model S has earned it. They have earned its most impressive award to date. Just recently, the Model S, the first vehicle designed from the ground up by Tesla, was dubbed by MotorTrend as its Ultimate Car of the Year, beating 70 years worth of motoring legends in the process.

For starters folks, MotorTrend started its Car of the Year awards in 1949. It was won by Cadillac. So over the years, the publication’s Car of the Year award would expand to several segments such as Imports, Trucks, and SUVs. Despite this, each winner of the esteemed award had one thing in common: each vehicle scored very well under the publication’s six criteria. These are Advancement in Design, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Performance of Intended Function, Value, and Safety.

Finally and with MotorTrend celebrating its 70th anniversary, the publication opted to do something special. Ninety-two vehicles have received the Car of the Year award to date. However as mentioned by the publication in an announcement , one of these 92 vehicles is more significant.

In conclusion and from this 92, eight finalists were selected, corresponding to every decade that the publication is active. These vehicles are the 1949 Cadillac lineup, the 1955 Chevrolet lineup and the 1968 Pontiac GTO. Then the 1972 Citroën SM, the 1986 Mazda RX-7 and the 1996 Dodge Caravan. Then the 2004 Toyota Prius, and finally the 2013 Tesla Model S.

The finalists for MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car of the Year award, representing the best of motoring over the past 70 years. (Photo: MotorTrend)

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