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The Tesla Model S
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First the automotive team at Yahoo! selected the Tesla as their car of the year.

And now to legitimize the pick, Motor Trend has also chosen the electric Model S. Keep in mind, the mag ALSO called the pick a “shocking winner!” and also trumpeted it as “proof positive that America can still make (great) things.”

What makes this news eye-opening is that it marks a break in tradition. Never before in the more than 60-year history of the award has a non-combustion engine vehicle taken the honor.

Of course, they DO make a very compelling argument.

Motor Trend called the Model S:

“One of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it’s also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it’ll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk.”

The features, the specs, the stats and the subjective driving experience as well all point to the same conclusion.

We are probably looking at the mainstream of the automotive future here.

That’s riiiiiight — take a good look, because you might just be staring straight into the eyes of the future for cars!

To read full coverage on the Tesla Model S from Motor Trend click the link below:

2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla Model S