AEI Names Chevy Volt As Best Vehicle

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recently announced that its magazine, Automotive Engineering International (AEI), selected the Chevy Volt at the “Best Engineered Vehicle of 2011” at the SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan.

The organization based its decisions on commonality, flexibility, cost, innovation, efficiency, powertrain, chassis, interior, safety and engineering. The Chevy Volt beat out other cars like the Nissan LeafBMW 5 Series, Kia Optima, and Volkswagen Jetta.

2011 Chevy Volt

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AEI awarded the Volt top prize because of its all-electric system that gives the car a stated 40 mile range, but also for its revolutionary design. Chevrolet claims the vehicle is the most aerodynamic model it has ever built, and that the body’s sleekness contributed to eight miles of extended electric range.

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