The Tesla Model S aced its government crash tests.
NHTSA gave the Model S its top five-star rating for each safety category -- front-end crash, side crash and rollover crash. NHTSA had not previously tested the Model S, which came out last year, or Tesla's other model, the Tesla Roadster.
While triple 5-star ratings are not rare, there are plenty of models that do not get that top score. And the ratings are a particularly impressive accomplishment for a new automaker that has not had years of vehicle designs and safety measures to fall back on.
Tesla Motors ( was not available for an immediate comment on the rating. )
The company also been performing well financially. It posted its second straight quarterly profit Wednesday, beating forecasts that it would fall back into the red in the period.
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