Motor Trend magazine editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie names the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle Motor Trend Car of the Year at the General Motors Aerodynamics Lab in Warren, Michigan.
As Wall Street Journal puts it, Chevy's electric-gasoline hybrid vehicle, the Volt, has just snatched up two of the three car-of-the-year awards that matter.
The Volt, which isn't even in showrooms yet, was given the honors from Motor Trend and Automobile. Wired's Autopia reports:
The awards are significant validations of the Chevrolet Volt and the technology underpinning it. Both magazines hailed about the car’s styling, technology and the impact it will have on the auto industry. Not bad for a vehicle that journalists have spent no more than a few days driving. The Volts we’ll see in showrooms are only now rolling off the assembly line.
In its announcement Motor Trend said they were wowed by the engineering and equally impressed by Chevrolet's attention to detail and the advancement in technology it represents. Their exuberance is summed up in these two sentences:
The more we think about the Volt, the more convinced we are this vehicle represents a real breakthrough...
Moonshot. Game-changer. A car of the future that you can drive today, and every day.
Automobile was so impressed, it became existential in its write-up:
But the Volt is far deeper than an eco-numbers car. In fact, it's more than just a car. It's an idea.
The Wall Street Journal brings us back to earth reminding us that the timing for all these accolades could not be better for General Motors Co. After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, GM is ready to make an initial public offering of shares on Thursday.