Detroit Auto Show 2011: Volt Makes GM Proud Again!

January 11th, 2011 - 9:16 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
data1Detroit, Jan 11, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Detroit Auto Show 2011, the largest auto show of the year in U.S. has started and the top car makers are vying for attention at the mega event. Some winners have emerged already and the manufacturers are basking in the glory. GM is enjoying the success of its much hyped electric car, Volt which has edged ahead of the rivals and fetched it the North American Car of the Year award for 2011. The Volt in reality is a hybrid car which runs on both gasoline as well as electric. Still it outpaced rival Leaf from Nissan which is being touted as an all electric car. Rival Ford won the honor of the truck of the year for its SUV Explorer.

While the U.S. auto makers started with a bang, rivals like Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp are also expected to present over 30 new car models at the show shortly. While Ford won the honor of the truck of the year for 2011, last year Volt won the award along with the other award. The Volt had received much acclaim even before its commercial sales started and this award is going to bolster its prospects in the category of eco-friendlily cars. The Volt is capable of running almost 64 kms after a single electric charge and then the gasoline engine kicks in so that the battery gets recharged.

It is the third time Chevrolet bagged the North American Car of the Year award. In 2008, the Chevrolet Malibu won the title. The buyers of Chevy Volt will get heavy discounts on electric accessories.

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