The 2015 Carsales Car of the Year is the Tesla Model S, according to recent reports. The new, rather notable, Australian award is of course just the latest in a long line of Tesla Model S victories — but there’s no reason to glory in it, to my mind. Imagine the state of the industry if Tesla hadn’t come along to hurry everyone along?
As far as the recent award, the Tesla Model S actually won two awards — not just the 2015 Car of the Year award, but also the 2015 Best Green Car of the Year award as well.
The move to crown the Model S as the 2015 Car of the Year seems to have been partly motivated by what Tesla represents in the wider auto industry. Though, that’s not to say that the Model S isn’t arguably the best luxury car out there now (it is).
Here’s more on that from Carsales.com.au:
The all-electric sedan has grabbed headlines all around the world. But behind the hype, the reality is it is a game-changer. The product of a fledgling car company, it has nonetheless set the tone for the next generation of automobile evolution. Companies with 100-year histories are scrabbling to catch up.
It’s done so with innovative technology and a fearless desire to sidestep existing practices – but only where necessary. Model S is conventional in its looks but ultimately unconventional in its execution. In addition, it’s our Best Green Car of 2015 – but a green car that can out-accelerate all but the very quickest supercar.
carsales judges praised the Model S for its advancement of technology, sorted driving dynamics and realistic real-world range – in top-spec more than triple that of other all-electric vehicles.
The judges apparently also quite liked the Model S’s user interface, quiet driving performance, large cabin, and overall construction quality.
Top 10 American Car Of All Time (Yes, the Model S is on the list.)