Not really sure how Forbes figures this for 2011, but we'll take it! The safest cars of 2011Forbes - Hannah Elliott The results are in, and these models top all the rest in our annual ranking. The Tesla Model S is a four-door electric sedan set for sale in 2012. It'll go 480 zero-emission kilometres on one charge and get to 96 km/h in 5.6 seconds, all for $57,000--a bargain-basement price compared with the $87,900 Fisker Karma or the $125,000 Tesla Roadster. But Tesla Vice President and Chief Engineer Peter Rawlinson knows he'll have to convince Americans that the car is safe before he has any chance of persuading them to actually buy it. That's why the Model S' bare aluminum body -- and its steel bumpers -- were on clear display at the North American International Auto Show last week. The Model S won't be ready to undergo official crash tests for a while. But Rawlinson knows that making a safe vehicle and establishing that perception in consumers' minds is crucial for any automaker bringing a car to market today. Shoppers aren't stupid: More than 12,000 people died in frontal crashes of passenger vehicles in 2009 in the United States, the last year with complete data. More than 6,000 died in side impacts and more than 8,000 in rollover crashes. Looks like TM made a smart decision bringing the stripped down Model S chassis to the show!