2013 CADILLAC ATS NAMED 'ESQUIRE CAR OF THE YEAR'
- Elon Musk, CEO and Founder of Tesla Motors, Named Esquire's
"Innovator of the Year"
- Plus, Six Other Automotive Accolades, Including "Sports Car of
NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 11, 2012) –Esquire magazine announced today
that the 2013 Cadillac ATS has been named "The Esquire Car of the
Year." To select the award for the fourth-annual most stunning
and stylish-yet attainable-vehicle, Esquire editors drove scores of
cars across countless states. The Esquire Car of the Year, along with
the other 2012 Esquire Car Awards, including Esquire's "Innovator
of the Year," appear in the magazine's October issue, on
newsstands September 18.
After months of test-driving, the decision was clear among the
editors: The 2013 Cadillac ATS "is perhaps the single most
important thing Detroit has built in years," Esquire writes.
"For a long time, there was this notion that American cars should
be like cars from Europe, Japan, or anywhere with a history of
reliability and decent engineering...but every inch of this thing, you
get the feeling that the people who designed it gave a damn about
Detroit and machines and America."
"It's been heartening to watch the American auto industry
re-assert itself over the last couple of years," says David
Granger, editor-in-chief of Esquire. "The ATS is an exciting new
chapter in that process-a balls to the wall effort at reinvention.
The 2013 Cadillac ATS succeeds the 2012 Audi A7, 2010 Audi S4, and the
2010 Ford Taurus SHO, the three previous Esquire Cars of the Year.
In addition to the Esquire Car of the Year award, the magazine
bestowed a number of additional honors, saluting best new and current
• Esquire's Innovator of the Year – Elon Musk, CEO and Founder of
Tesla Motors: Elon Musk is one of the founding minds behind PayPal. He
started SpaceX, which recently sent a rocket to the International
Space Station, and he owns Solar City, the nation's largest provider
of solar-power systems. But above all, Musk wants to build electric
cars. The heartbreakingly beautiful Model S Sedan is a sleek,
emotional machine that may well change the way the world views
electric cars. It's not great because it's electric. It's simply a
• Esquire's Domestic Car of the Year – 2013 Ford Focus ST: There is
nothing subtle here. It's a reminder that cars are gutsy, juvenile
things at heart; deep down, the good ones speak to the 16-year-old
you. You don't drive something like this by accident, but then that's
kind of the point.
• Esquire's SUV of the Year – 2012 Range Rover Evoque: The more
affordable, smaller Ranger Rover Evoque gives consumers what they
really want – style piece first, off-the-road truck second. Maybe you
drive into the dirt, maybe you don't. Either way, you feel like a
• Esquire's Sports Car of the Year – 2013 Porsche Boxster: Porsche's
greatest talents have always been reserved for the company landmark,
the 911. The more affordable Boxster has always lagged a little, but
this year the balance shifts. Upgrades to the 2013 model include a new
chassis, a nicer interior, gorgeous bodywork, and a suspension that
never stops talking to you.
• Esquire's Debuts of the Year – 2013 Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ: The
cars are mechanical twins, the result of an engineering collaboration
between Subaru and Scion parent Toyota. They are hundreds of pounds
lighter than most new cars, trading massive grunt and weight-adding
frippery for insane reflexes. Because you aren't getting much besides
speed and entertainment, you don't have to pay much for it. No other
sports car with a roof and a backseat offers this much for this
• Esquire's Luxury Car of the Year – 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe: Yes,
it's pretty. Yes, it goes and handles like mad. But the Gran Coupe is
more than the sum of its parts: It arcs down the road in a reserved,
deft fashion, a unique template for what every luxury sedan should be:
jaw-dropping, modern, adult.
• Esquire's Hatchback of the Year – 2012 Volkswagen Golf R: The Golf R
is essentially VW's Golf GTI – the hotted-up base Golf – hotted up
again. The result is an all-weather weapon with acres of cargo space,
a sports car's talent for shredding, and styling that won't make the
highway patrol glance past their doughnuts.