Chevrolet Volt wins European Car of the Year 2012 award, along with Opel Ampera

By on Mar 6, 2012 in Automobile, Europe Comments

Chevrolet Volt, or Chevy Volt, won the European Car of the Year 2012 award (COTY 2012) on Monday, March 5, 2012, which earlier won the 2011 World Green Car, 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year, and 2011 Car of the Year awards.



Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke (right)
and Chevrolet Europe President and Managing
Director Susan Docherty (center), receiving
the European Car of the Year 2012 award for
Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera, from Hakan
Matson of the “Car of the Year” jury (left)

Image Credit: GM.com/CarOfTheYear.org

According to a press release at CarOfTheYear.org that day, Chevrolet Volt won after a panel made up of 59 leading automotive journalists from 23 European nations, selected it as the European Car of the Year 2012 winner among 35 other cars, having a total of 330 points.

As noted in the report, Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid car from General Motors (GM), along with its version called Opel and Vauxhall Ampera, beat seven other COTY 2012 finalists including Volkswagen Up, which landed second with 281 points and Ford Focus as third, which had 256 points.

“It is a proud moment for us and an honor to receive this award from Europe‘s leading jury of automotive journalists. Our car demonstrates that electric driving can be fun and reliable without ever compromising the owners’ lifestyle.” Chevrolet Europe President and Managing Director Susan Docherty was quoted at GM.com that day.

“We are extremely pleased that our revolutionary electric vehicle has emerged as the winner in such a tough field of competitors. And we are very proud of this accolade. This encourages us further to continue our leadership role in the area of e-mobility.” Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke was quoted as saying.

Apparently, the winning of Chevy Volt was revealed just days after GM announced that the company decided to stop its production of the said car for five weeks starting on March 19 up to April 23, 2012, after only 7,761 units was sold in the entire year 2011 with a sales target of 10,000 units.



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