A month after Automobile announced its choice, Motor Trend named Tesla its "Car of the Year"--an honor that got far more attention than Automobile's. "Motor Trend is a sister magazine," says DeMatio, "But we made our decision completely independently. I did not know that they had chosen the same car until the day they announced it.
"It's affirmation that we're not alone in thinking this car's really important," DeMatio says of the rival award. But, he concedes, "It does steal a little bit of our thunder."
[Originally published in January, 2013.]