Tesla's Model S named car of the year, Musk jabs Romney
The Tesla Model S is Motor Trend's car of the year.
Electric-car company Tesla Motors' latest model beat out the big guys to win Motor Trend's car of the year award, and chief executive Elon Musk had a tart comeback to Mitt Romney's claim his company was a loser.
The Tesla Model S, the California company's high-end sedan, became the first car without an internal combustion engine to win the honor. Angus MacKenzie, editor of the magazine, writes:
"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."
Musk, the founder of the electric-car company, didn't let the opportunity pass without serving up a little crow to Romney, who criticized Tesla and other cleantech companies that have received government loans as losers. Musk, not surprisingly, supported President Barack Obama's reelection campaign.
At a New York City event honoring him and the car Monday night, Musk said, "In retrospect, he was right about the object of that statement, but not the subject," according to "Slate."
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