London: Tesla Model S has been named as ‘Car of the Year 2013’ by Motor Trend magazine, the first time a non-gasoline powered vehicle has received the honor.
The Model S beat finalists including luxury and family cars, such as the Ford C-Max Hybrid, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, BMW 3 Series, Lexus GS, Porche 911, Porche Boxster, and Subaru BRZ, the magazine said.
Edward Loh, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend, said the car was “truly a game changer” and the fastest American sedan tested, ABC News reports.
According to the report, Tesla calls the Model S the “world’s first premium electric sedan,” and is priced at 49,900 dollars to 97,900 dollars, based on battery options and upgrades.
Tesla Motors became “incredibly controversial” during the election season, as during one of the presidential debates, Mitt Romney famously called Tesla and Solyndra “losers” that had received support from the federal government, the report said.
Motor Trend tested the high-end versions of the Model S and found its acceleration, handling and space impressive, the report added.
“It’s a gorgeous car and a packaging miracle,” seating up to seven passengers, Loh said, adding that it was an electric car that “doesn’t look dorky. ”