Chevrolet’s Bolt EV and the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan – including its plug-in hybrid version – joined the Honda Ridgeline as winners of the North American Car, Utility Vehicle and Truck of the Year.
Selected as the winners respectively in the car, utility vehicle and truck categories, the Bolt compact crossover and Pacifica minivan are standout green cars already.
The Bolt is the first EV priced below $40,000 with more than 200 miles range, and the Pacifica Hybrid takes a prominent role in the V6 family line as the first plug-in hybrid minivan.
The Ridgeline revises Honda’s light pickup truck, and the winners were chosen from 44 semifinalists by 60 automotive journalists.
“The Bolt EV fulfills Chevrolet’s promise to offer an affordable, long-range electric,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, GM Global Product Development. “It is a game-changer that is not only a great electric vehicle; it’s a great vehicle — period.”
As for the Pacifica, it edged out the Jaguar F-Pace, and Mazda CX-9 SUV.
“When we first introduced the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica just one year ago, we believed that we had created the perfect formula for today’s busy families,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America. “But it’s the recognition from our customers and respected opinion leaders like the NACTOY jury that helps to reinforce Pacifica’s status in the marketplace as the no-compromises minivan, and highlights what a great job the entire team has done in developing, building and selling the all-new Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid.”
The Pacifica Hybrid has yet to go on sale this year, but the Bolt EV began sales in December with 579 units in California and Oregon.
Plans are for nationwide sales for both vehicles later this year.
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