Tesla Model 3 Declared Vehicle Of The Year By Detroit News

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The location and reviewer make this Tesla Model 3 honor one of the most significant to date.

We have to say that we saw this coming, but we didn’t really know if he’d follow through with it. If you read InsideEVs on a regular basis or follow Autoline, you’re probably already aware that hardcore gearhead and active race car driver Henry Payne bought a Tesla Model 3. The crew from Autoline seemed quite surprised, not only that he took the plunge, but also that he actually loves the Model 3.

You can’t buy Tesla vehicles in Michigan. It’s rare to even see a Tesla vehicle in the state, though that’s changing rapidly due to the popularity of the Model 3. Still, a few of us at InsideEVs reside in Michigan, and we’re here to tell you that the Tesla hate is rampant in our neck of the woods. This is to be expected since Detroit is the hub for the Big Three automakers.

Nonetheless, of the long list of cars Payne had to choose from, he decided to elect the Tesla Model 3 as Detroit News’ Car of the Year. We’re seeing more and more substantial, mainstream publications adding positive Tesla coverage to their daily news. As most of you are probably aware, there are certain news outlets that tend to publish plenty of negative EV news. But, even those “usual suspects” are seemingly coming around.

Payne writes:

Hollywood is determined to expand its Oscars list to offer more diversity. But if it’s diversity you want, check out the field for Detroit News Vehicle of the Year.

I tested more than 60 new vehicles this year. There’s never been such a range of options for every consumer stripe.

To put the Tesla Model 3’s achievement in perspective, InsideEVs projects sales to eclipse 130,000 units this year. That’s nearly double the next best-selling luxury vehicle, the Mercedes GLC SUV. And the Model 3 is a sedan in a sedan-averse market.

Tesla achieved this despite regular predictions by industry experts of its imminent doom, the near-meltdown of its mad-genius CEO, and manufacturing mishaps while rushing to fill a record 450,000 pre-orders.

The $55,000 Model 3 succeeds because it is Apple on wheels. Musk re-imagined the car like Steve Jobs re-thought the phone — as a study in design minimalism that is both gorgeous and more efficient than established platforms. Privately, other automaker execs tell me they admire Tesla for innovations that are pushing the industry forward: over-the-air updates, better connectivity, better user interfaces.

To read the entire review and see Payne’s image gallery, follow the links below.

Source: Detroit News, 2

*Hat tip to Bruce Sanders!


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“We’re seeing more and more substantial, mainstream publications adding positive Tesla coverage to their daily news.”

But, we’re also seeing the beginnings of significant push back from those who refuse to embrace a sustainable energy future, that rewards reduced pollution from tailpipe emissions.


Yeah I’m sure the license plates were visible so why weren’t they arrested and charged with harassment.

You think someone who parks in a spot that is not for them should be arrested!?!?!

They were assholes.. sure.. but being an asshole is not an arrestible offence.

Threatening violence, which apparently they did, is definitely arrest-worthy.

I think harassment is and clearly that was harassment.

Parking violations are arrestable offenses. If a person fails to pay fines for multiple parking violations, an arrest warrant may be issued for them: https://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_life/2014/07/unpaid-parking-tickets-what-can-happen.html .

Yelling obscenities at someone while threatening and harassing them, most certainly is an “arrestable offense.” So is driving directly toward a pedestrian while gunning the engine; that’s clearly intended to be a threat of vehicular homicide. They should at least have been charged with disturbing the peace, if not assault with a deadly weapon.

These guys were not just joking around, they were trying to harass and intimidate people for the “crime” of driving electric cars. Bullying should not be tolerated.

Or at least, charged with Public Muschief? Or, as I was once charged, in my days with a Sports Car, with “Unduly Noisey Ooeration Of A Motor Vehicle?” Or, Trespassing?

If yelling obscenities while threatening and harassing people were an arrestable offence then just about every protest that Antifa, anti Trump rallies and most liberal cities have would constitute an arrestable offence.

You know we are winning when The knuckleheads are pulling these stunts. ICE will be gone in the foresable future and it threatens their identity.

Yes, Detroit is trashing sedan lines like they are rotten fish, and yet the Model 3, a sedan, is going like gang-busters.
How to resolve this dichotomy. Quite simply it’s just a vastly superior vehicle, and though peoples tastes change many will be
amenable to purchasing a better alternative to the ICE, and there is none better than the Model 3.

Autoline was surprised, now that does not surprise me. A year ago to a man, it’s mostly all men, they trashed Tesla, laughing and joking about how they were about to go belly-up. Who’s laughing now.

If you guys don’t mind me sharing a link to my blog I rarely update, I wrote a piece on the Model 3 a few months ago:

Very nice work! I sent it to our content director. Would you be okay with us publishing this and linking back to your blog? I’ll let you know if it’s something we plan to do. You can always email me at contact.insideevs@gmail.com.

Sure thing, sent an email. Thanks!

Got it. Thanks so much!

Very Nice. The floodgates are open, that’s a nice allusion.

Do Not Read Between The Lines

There’s no CUV competition.

The Tesla M3 is a de-contented Model S, and the Model S has been about average in reliability, so how well will the TM3 hold up, especially given the documented rush to assemble the vehicle, under a tent, amidst some workers who deliberately vandalized the process? I don’t like the fact that the model was never adequately long-term road-tested (GM put 750,000 miles on the Volt before release) and that the early adopters were the unwitting beta-testers for Elon. Talk to me in 2 years after the TM3 has gotten a few miles under its belt. I’d also like to see a hatch back, a head’s up display, a swivel for the center screen, a better rear-view mirror, and better quality and color choices inside, in the Gen2 TM3.

Fashion statement – yes. A must-have for techies – yes. The car du jour – yes. A superior vehicle – ???

Considering that the Model 3 I picked up earlier this month has a VIN in the 149,000’s, Tesla has definitely sold over 130k.

VINs are not necessarily sold sequentially. A VIN in the 149,000s does not imply over 149,000 vehicles sold to date, much less this year.

Correlation is NOT Causation.

I just sent this article to my Uncle, a 30 veteran of Ford and long time resident of Detroit. It will be interesting to get his take.

probably shoot you or uninvite you for Jan 1st.

“…of the long list of cars Payne had to choose from, he decided to elect the Tesla Model 3 as Detroit News’ Car of the Year.”

Is he about to be fired?

Seriously, from previous reports at IEVs, I had the distinct impression that the Detroit News had a pronounced anti-EV bias. If this is a sign of change, well then how nice to see that news organization finally deciding it’s time to join the 21st century! 🙂

Up the EV revolution!

I wonder, if ElectraMeccanica ever gets to high Volume Production of the “Solo”, if it would even make the cut for that “List?”

Its Reservation Fee is just $250, is totally seats the typical vehicle commuter count of 1, it’s accelerating to 60 Mph faster than a Prius – of which sold Millions, and is under $20,000!

Good car, real world pricing is high and reliability questionable to date. However the fugly front end is a non starter for me. Looking at a Kona right now. Much better value and more attractive.

I wonder if MI gov will quickly change their tune and not only enable Tesla sales, but encourage Tesla/Pana to manufacture there?
There is good steal in the region, and there is a new mill that is ready to go up, but they want stability for sales.

I have the Model X, our son has the Model 3 (in blue), my husband has the Model 3 P.
Absolutely love our vehicles. No complaints. No more gas stations.

The Rocket man is awakening the Space and car markets!!!

Musk awakened the sleeping giants in car and space industry. The American dream, exist!!!!