The Chevrolet Volt was named “Best Engineered Vehicle of 2011” by the readers and editors of SAE International’s Automotive Engineering International (AEI) magazine.
SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. For a group of engineers to name a car the “best engineered” is prestigious indeed.
The announcement was made during the SAE 2011 World Congress, which ends today, and began on April 12, in Detroit, Mich.
“The selection of the Volt as the 2011 Best Engineered Vehicle by our peers is an honor,” said Doug Parks, vehicle line executive for the Chevrolet Volt. “This award validates the hard work and effort of the engineering team to deliver a truly transformational vehicle.”
This is the eleventh year of the AEI “Best Engineered Vehicle” award.
The SAE said it gave the Volt its top honor based on the Volt’s innovative engineering that resulted in it becoming the world’s first electric vehicle with extended range capability.
“Complementing its groundbreaking propulsion system,” the SAE said, “the Volt offers an equally revolutionary design that emphasizes a wheels-out, body-in stance to make a dynamic and sleek statement.”
Further, GM’s aerodynamicists were credited with wind tunnel work that shaped the Volt’s design as the most aerodynamic vehicle in Chevrolet’s history.
“By reducing the energy needed to overcome air resistance, the vehicle’s sleek design contributes an estimated eight miles of electric range and up to 40 miles of extended range,” the SAE said.
The Volt won over the Nissan Leaf, BMW 5 Series, Kia Optima and Volkswagen Jetta among others. The SAE membership and AEI’s editorial team selected the Volt based “on the same criteria typically used in vehicle development programs: commonality, flexibility, cost, innovation, package efficiency, powertrain performance, chassis systems, interior accommodations, occupant safety and engineering benchmark.”
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