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Thursday
May092013

Tesla Model S Scores Near Perfect Rating from "Consumer Reports"

Tesla Motors(NEW YORK) -- Tesla Motors just had a day that most companies can only dream of.  Its Model S electric car scored a very rare near-perfect rating from Consumer Reports

The rave came as Tesla turned its first ever profit: $11.2 million for the latest quarter.  That came after a $90 million loss in the last three months of 2012.

Consumer Reports praised the Model S for its "pinpoint handling" and quiet, "beautifully-crafted" interior.

“The Tesla Model S is packed with technological innovation,” Jake Fisher, director of Automotive Testing for Consumer Reports, said in a statement.  “It accelerates, handles and brakes like a sports car, it has the ride and quietness of a luxury car and is far more energy efficient than the best hybrid cars.”

The 99 out of 100 point score puts the $89,650 electric vehicle way ahead of other high-priced rivals.

Compared to Detroit's big three, Tesla is a tiny niche player.  But its sales are revving up.  

Tesla starts delivering the Model S to Europe this summer and predicts global demand will hit 30,000 cars.

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