DETROIT: The Chevrolet Volt electric car has won the 2011 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show.
The Ford Explorer won the truck of the year.
The awards were announced January 10, the first day of media previews for the show. Finalists for the car award were the Volt, Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Leaf. Truck finalists were the Dodge Durango, the Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Forty-nine auto journalists from the U.S. and Canada made the picks. The vehicles are judged on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value.
The Volt can run up to 50 miles in pure electric mode before a backup gas engine kicks in to give it more range.
Last November, the Volt won Motor Trend magazine’s 2011 car of the year. The magazine said the Volt has some of the most advanced engineering ever seen in an American car.
Watch a time-lapse video of the Volt being assembled at GM’s Hamtramck facility: