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Posted at 8:55 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Chevrolet Volt named Car of the Year

By Peter Whoriskey

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General Motors Vice Chairman of Global Product Operations Thomas Stephens accepts the North American Car of the Year Award for the Chevrolet Volt.

DETROIT -- The fuel-efficient Chevrolet Volt won the 2011 North American Car of the Year and the Ford Explorer won the Truck of the Year prize, it was announced at the Detroit auto show Monday morning.

The car award highlights what some enthusiasts hope will be the industry's turn to alternate fuels, which so far has proved to be promise than reality.

The Volt, which can run in electric and gas modes, beat out the all-electric Nissan Leaf as well as the Hyundai Sonata, the other finalists in the competition.

In the truck contest, the Explorer won over the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Forty-nine auto writers from the U.S. and Canada made the picks, and the award, aside from bragging rights, confers a distinction that is often featured in advertising.

The vehicles are judged on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value.

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BBBBBBbbbbbbbbbooooooooooooooooooooooooo...........how much of our tax dollars are still in that car! Government Motors Must DIE!

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

A car that GM almost did not build because it is not design finished is top car? I smell a rat and a lot of Dollars!!!! Randall J. Marlowe, Buenos Aires

Posted by: ranjackmarlowegmailcom | January 10, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

A car that GM almost did not build because it is not design finished is top car? I smell a rat and a lot of Dollars!!!! Randall J. Marlowe, Buenos Aires

Posted by: ranjackmarlowegmailcom | January 10, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

GM has a good marketing team. If you remember, they have won many 1st palces in the past years, but eventually they did not sell well, and the company went bankrupted.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 10, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This looks quite good for GM. It is also a major public relations coup.

It was only half a dozen years ago that GM publicly divested itself of all cars electric...as outlined in "Who Killed the Electric Car". But, electric vehicles were not popular at the time.

By the way, the Chevy Volt commercial now states that the Volt is "more car than electric". True to form.

The Nissan Leaf is a superior electric car, but still not that popular. Big oil will keep it that way as long as practical.

EVsRock!

http//www.evsroll.com

Posted by: Anonymous | January 17, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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