Chevy Volt Plug-in Voted North American Car of the Year at Detroit; Ford Explorer is Truck of the Year

January 10, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The 2011 North American International Auto Show is already underway as you all know and we now have a winner from among the beauties lined up over there at Detroit. All those auto freaks who have been indulging in the sight of sweet and sexy models at the Detroit venue must already be smiling, for one car they all loved seeing has been declared winner too. The plug-in Chevrolet Volt has been picked as the North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show.

Already having won a slew of laurels, the Chevy Volt managed to edge out other finalists  – Hyundai Sonata and the battery-powered Nissan Leaf to emerge the winner. The Volt had been adjudged winner in several shows earlier, and it had been crowned with the Motor Trend Car of the Year too.

The plug in was picked on the basis of votes cast by a jury of up to 50 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.  If you would remember it was at this venue four years ago that the Volt had been showcased as a concept by General Motors. The vehicle now seems to have charmed the jury and attendees on its arrival finally at Detroit.

Being offered for a price starting at $41,000 before a $7,500 federal tax credit, the Chevy Volt comes with capabilities that let it run 25-50 miles on a single electric charge. The gasoline-engine automatically takes over after that distance switches so as to generate more electricity.

The plug in model which has already sold 326 units ever since it had debuted in December, is currently on a high with the Detroit venue already adjudging it a winner.

Meanwhile, the Ford Explorer has been voted Truck of the Year  after having beaten the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango.

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