It might be some time before the market registers its verdict on the Chevy Volt, but among auto reviewers there’s already no doubt: Success. BIG success. The latest affirmation comes in the form of the 2011 North American Car of the Year award, a prize bestowed by a panel of journalists from the United States and Canada, and announced each year as the North American International Auto Show kicks off in Detroit.
There were more than a dozen other finalists for the title this year, but GM mentioned just two vanquished foes in publicizing the award, suggesting who it sees as true competitors: the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Sonata.
Just to catch you up, previous trophies grabbed by the Volt include: Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year; Green Car Journal 2011 Green Car of the Year; Car and Driver 10 Best for 2011; Ward’s AutoWorld 10 Best Engines for 2011; Automobile Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year; and 2010 Breakthrough Technology from Popular Mechanics.
“Such recognition provides customers with credible, expert endorsement of new models,” GM CEO Dan Akerson said in a statement. “This is particularly important for vehicles like the Volt that feature significant new technologies.
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