Entries in Motor Trend (3)


Tesla S Electric Is "Motor Trend’s" Car of the Year

Tesla Motors(NEW YORK) -- Motor Trend magazine named Tesla Model S its 2013 Car of the Year, the first time a non-gasoline powered vehicle received the honor.

A panel of 11 judges voted unanimously for the Tesla Model S after driving 25 contenders in a closed-course environment, testing such factors as acceleration, brakes, and suspension tuning.

The Model S beat finalists including luxury and family cars, like the Ford C-Max Hybrid, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, BMW 3 Series, Lexus GS, Porche 911, Porche Boxster, and Subaru BRZ, according to the magazine.

Edward Loh, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend, said the car was “truly a game changer” and the fastest American sedan tested.

Tesla plans to make 20,000 of the Model S cars next year.

The firm, based in Palo Alto, Calif., and founded in 2003, made headlines when it created the first all-electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster. 

The car company became “incredibly controversial” during the election season.  During one of the presidential debates, Gov. Mitt Romney famously called Tesla and Solyndra “losers” that had received support from the federal government.

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Do You Own the Truck of the Year?

Photo Courtesy - Janette McVey for Chevrolet(PHILADELPHIA) -- Motor Trend magazine has named the Chevrolet Silverado HD its 2011 Truck of the Year. The award was given to General Motors CEO Dan Akerson Saturday in a ceremony before the 111th Army-Navy college football game at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. Chevrolet has the rare distinction of winning both the 2011 Truck of the Year and 2011 Car of the Year, the latter for its Volt. 

The Silverado HD was released to consumers this past summer, and set a new standard for truck efficiency. With 11 percent better fuel economy, the Silverado can still tow 21,700 pounds or carry 6,635 pounds.  

"With more capability and technology than ever before, we believe the Chevrolet Silverado HD sets the bar for heavy-duty trucks," Akerson said. "It's a great honor to have such a respected authority as Motor Trend agree."

Motor Trend's truck and car of the year will be featured in a January issue of the publication.

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Chevy Volt is ‘Game-Changer,' Car of the Year 

Photo Courtesy of Chevrolet dot com(DETROIT) -- The Chevrolet Volt has been named the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year, as announced in the magazine’s January issue.

The magazine hailed the Volt as a “car of the future,” which somehow emerged from the rough emotional and political GM rollercoaster.

Chris Theodore, a Car of the Year judge and industry expert, told Motor Trend he was blown away by the car’s technology.

"This is a fully developed vehicle with seamlessly integrated systems and software, a real car that provides a unique driving experience,” Theodore said.

Motor Trend called the Volt one of the most hyped yet controversial choices in the 61-year history of the award -- a car that emerged from the much-scrutinized transition from Old GM to New GM as a game-changer.

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