Motor Trend: Chevy Volt is ‘Car of the Year’
Motor Trend picked the Chevrolet Volt as its 2011 Car of the Year, the magazine announced today. The Volt, which officially entered production just days ago, is a product of General Motors, which is also issuing its initial public offering later this week.
“This is a fully developed vehicle with seamlessly integrated systems and software, a real car that provides a unique driving experience. And commuters may never need to buy gas!” said Chris Theodore, one of the Motor Trend judges.
The Volt has both a battery powered electric engine, as well as a small internal combustion engine, which gives it a total range of approximately 300 miles. For commuters who travel fewer than 40 miles, the car may never require a gasoline fill up.
Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Angus MacKenzie said, the Volt “absolutely 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.”