Car of the Year 2011 is Chevrolet Volt at Detroit Auto Show

By on Jan 10, 2011 in Automobile, Lifestyle, North America, United States, World Comments
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Car of the Year Chevrolet Volt from General Motors, the fuel-efficient car was chosen as the 2011 North American Car of the Year award, while Ford Explorer won the Truck of the Year during the Detroit Auto show, as announced Monday morning (January 10, 2011) on the first day of media previews for the show, according to international news sites.

The Volt, which can run in electric and gas modes, defeated Nissan Leaf and the Hyundai Sonata while Explorer won over the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

A jury of 49 auto journalists from United States and Canada made the picks based on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value.

The voting was based on a point system, where the Volt and the Explorer dominates. The Volt received 253 points, Sonata with 163 points and the Leaf with 94 points. In the truck voting, the Explorer received 253 points, the Jeep having 138 points and the Durango with 99 points.

The Volt’s win was the fourth North American Car of the Year award for General Motors, while the Explorer’s win was the seventh North American Truck of the Year award for Ford, dominating the truck category.

This year is the 18th year for the said awards which are often used by automakers in advertising. The awards were neither funded nor managed by the Detroit auto show and are based only on the opinions of the journalists. The domestic automakers have won 20 car and truck awards, European won six and Japanese makers won seven.

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