We knew it was only a matter of time.
After sweeping 3 smaller awards including Motor Trend car of the year, the little car that could has taken the grand prize of them all.
Today at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2011 Chevrolet volt was named 2011 North American Car of the Year.
The two other finalists were the Hyundai Sonata and the Nissan LEAF. Voted on by a feild of 49 automotive journalists, the Volt gathered the most votes and took the top prize.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized as the North American Car of the Year,” said GM CEO Dan Akerson. “Since development began, we believed the Volt had the potential to transform the automotive industry. Today, the Volt is the first electric vehicle to win the prestigious North American Car of the Year award, and the first vehicle ever to receive the industry’s highest automotive, technology, and environmental recognitions.”
Here are the other prizes the Volt has taken home:
- Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year
- Green Car Journal 2011 Green Car of the Year
- Car and Driver 10Best for 2011
- Ward’s AutoWorld 10 Best Engines for 2011
- AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year
- 2010 Breakthrough Technology, by Popular Mechanic
“Such recognition provides customers with credible, expert endorsement of new models,” said Akerson. “This is particularly important for vehicles like the Volt that feature significant new technologies. Being named the North American Car of the Year will help convince customers that the Volt is truly a breakthrough vehicle, delivering the benefits of electric driving without the range anxiety associated with pure electric vehicles.”
My sincerest congratulations to the entire GM Volt team who took a concept that inspired a nation from simple sketches to a masterpiece vehicle now sitting in the driveways of over 300 people in America, with many tens, if not hundreds of thousands more to come.
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