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Motor Trend Car of the Year, 2013 Honda Civic, 2014 Ford Mustang, Global Ford Ranger wins award
Episode #308 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Jeff Ross talk about the Tesla Model S being named Motor Trend Car of the Year, the 2013 Honda Civic and the new hybrid systems and Micro Commuter concept also coming out of Honda, the 2014 Ford Mustang and the departure of the Boss 302, and the global Ford Ranger winning an International Truck award. For those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Keep reading for our Q&A module for you to scroll through and follow along, too. Thanks for listening!
Autoblog Podcast #308:
- 2013 Honda Civic, plus new hybrid systems and Micro Commuter concept
- Rest-of-World Ford Ranger wins International Truck award
- Motor Trend Car of the Year
- 2014 Ford Mustang details and the departure of the Boss 302
In the Autoblog Garage:
2013 Volvo S80 T6 AWD Inscription
2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe
2013 Infiniti FX37
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By Dan Roth
The automotive journalist judges behind the World Green Car of the Year apparently with the overwhelming majority of AutoblogGreen readers, as they’ve just named the Tesla Model S their winner. We don’t yet know what the official ballots were, but our informal poll had the Tesla beating the other two finalists – the all-electric Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid – with over 82 percent of the vote.
This is just the latest win for the Model S. The all-electric sedan was named “Car of the Year” by both Automobile and Motor Trend in 2012 and even Time Magazine called it of the 25 Best Inventions of the year.
Previous winners include the Mercedes-Benz S250 CDI BlueEfficiency (2012), Chevrolet Volt (2011) Volkswagen BlueMotion (2010) and Honda FCX Clarity (2009).
Related Gallery2012 Tesla Model S: First Drive
The Tesla Motors party in Manhattan on Monday night was loud and crowded with company supporters and would-be owners. The reason for the gathering was initially left mysterious, but a loud partisan cheer went up in the room when it was announced that the Model S sedan had been chosen as Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year. Earlier in the month, Automobile magazine named the car its Automobile of the Year.
There was other news to be had around the edges of the Tesla gathering. The company has already unveiled its California network of 480-volt “Superchargers,” but Christina Ra, a company spokeswoman, said Tesla would soon announce a similar Boston-to-Washington corridor, with the first station to be opened in Milford, Conn., “in the coming weeks.” In a meeting with editors of The New York Times on Tuesday, Tesla’s founder and chief executive, Elon Musk, and George Blankenship, the vice president for worldwide sales and ownership experience, said another station was planned for Wilmington, Del.
In a news conference at the Monday evening event, Mr. Musk said of the Supercharger networks, “We expect all of the United States to be covered by the end of next year.” He also promised “three hours of driving for half an hour of charging,” and said that Tesla owners’ use of the network would be free “not for a little while, but forever.”
It is unclear just how many Model S cars have been delivered to customers. In its third-quarter shareholder letter this month, Tesla said it had delivered “over 250 Model S sedans.” Asked to clarify at the event, Mr. Musk said, “Substantially more than 250.”