The winner for 2011 North American Car of the Year has been announced, and what else could it be than Chevrolet Volt! The Volt needs this to keep up the pace with Nissan LEAF electric which holds the title of European car of the year. Delivery of Chevrolet Volt has been started since December 2010 in California, Texas, Washington D.C. and New York.
The North American Car of the Year is selected by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States, representing newspapers, magazines, websites, television and radio shows.
It’s a great honor to be recognized as the North American Car of the Year,” said GM CEO Dan Akerson. “Since development began, we believed the Volt had the potential to transform the automotive industry. Today, the Volt is the first electric vehicle to win the prestigious North American Car of the Year award, and the first vehicle ever to receive the industry’s highest automotive, technology, and environmental recognitions.”
The North American Car of the Year is the latest in a series of major awards presented to the Volt, which previously was named:
* Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year
* Green Car Journal 2011 Green Car of the Year
* Car and Driver 10Best for 2011
* Ward’s AutoWorld 10 Best Engines for 2011
* AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year
* 2010 Breakthrough Technology, by Popular Mechanics
“Such recognition provides customers with credible, expert endorsement of new models,” said Akerson. “This is particularly important for vehicles like the Volt that feature significant new technologies. Being named the North American Car of the Year will help convince customers that the Volt is truly a breakthrough vehicle, delivering the benefits of electric driving without the range anxiety associated with pure electric vehicles.”