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November 16, 2010

GM Chevrolet Volt is Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year

GM Chevrolet Volt

GM Chevrolet Volt

GM Chevrolet Volt

GM Chevrolet Volt


Photo: The Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range capabilities drives through Times Square in New York as part of the Volt Unplugged Tour Sunday, November 7, 2010. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet).

GM Chevrolet Volt was today named the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine, one of the world's premier automotive authorities.

"Chevrolet is truly honored to receive one of the world's most coveted automotive awards," said Tom Stephens, GM vice chairman for Global Product Operations. "The Volt team has worked under extraordinary circumstances to produce this breakthrough vehicle."

GM Chevrolet Volt


Photo: A newly installed Chevrolet Volt charging station on the front steps of the GM Global Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan Tuesday, October 12, 2010. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for General Motors).

GM Chevrolet Volt


Photo: The Chevrolet Volt Customer Advisory Board members pose with the Volt at the General Motors Milford Proving Ground were they had the opportunity to drive the electric vehicle with extended range capabilities on a closed course Tuesday, September 28, 2010 in Milford, Michigan. Chevrolet selected 15 advanced technology enthusiasts and electric vehicle advocates as the first consumers to experience the Volt every day under real-world conditions during a three-month vehicle and charging evaluation program starting in late October. Advisory board members pictured include (l to r): Eric Rotbard, Brian Wynne, Colin Summers, Lyle Dennis, Robert Becker, Chelsea Sexton, Kris Trexler, Tom Kuhn and Mark Swain. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Chevrolet).

As the world's first electric vehicle with extended range capability, the Chevrolet Volt has a total driving range of about 350 miles. For the first 25 to 50 miles, the Volt drives gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt's battery runs low, a gas powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range more than 300 miles on a full tank.

Motor Trend

"We expected a science experiment, but this is a moon shot," Motor Trend editors wrote for the January 2011 issue. "The Volt delivers on the promise of the vehicle concept as originally outlined by GM, combining the smooth, silent, efficient, low-emissions capability of an electric motor with the range and flexibility of an internal combustion engine. It is a fully functional, no-compromise compact automobile that offers consumers real benefits in terms of lower running costs."

The full report from Motor Trend would appear in the January 2011 issue of the magazine.


Our Opinion

"Timely publicity of this Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year award would sharply augment investor confidence in GM."

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