The CotY was the VW Passat. A Pa-what? They could have picked a more boring car, but not by much. The page with all the contenders was a more interesting read: 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Contenders and Finalists I can't wait to see how the Model S does next year. Kudos to Tesla for not being tempted to submit a pre-production model like Fisker did. Fisker thought the embarrassment was worth the extra publicity I guess.