Chevrolet Volt named Car of the Year
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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