Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Chevy Volt wins North America Car of the Year

General Motors latest electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, has won the 2011 North American Car of the Year award.

The Chevrolet Volt was lately named as the most likely electric vehicle that US consumers would buy in a survey, has triumphed over other electric contenders to win the popular award.

The Chevrolet Volt is General Motors latest electric car and wins the company the coveted award for the fourth time.

Other finalists integrated other electric cars, the Nissan LEAF and Hyundai Sonata.
This is the third time Chevrolet has win the North American Car of the Year, and the fourth time for General Motors (GM).

The Volt runs on its electric battery for 40 miles before switching to a petrol powered electric motor that extends the driving variety to more than 370 miles.

Speaking on receiving the award, GM CEO Dan Akerson said that since development began GM believed the Volt had the possible to transform the automotive industry.

Being named the North American Car of the Year will help convince customers that the Volt is really a breakthrough vehicle, delivering the benefits of electric driving without the range nervousness associated with pure electric vehicles, said Akerson.

The Volt will retail at $40,280 and GM predicts it will sell 10,000 in 2011 and between 35,000 and 45,000 in 2012.

The Washington Post feel the winner of The Car of the Year award 2011 highlights what some enthusiast say they hope will be an industry-wide turn to alternative fuels, which so far has proved to be more assure than reality.

The European version of the Chevrolet Volt, the five-door, four-seat Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, will go on sale belatedly 2011.

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