By Tony DiSalle
Chevrolet Volt Marketing Director
Since we first revealed the concept version of the Chevrolet Volt on Jan. 7, 2007, we have been working around the clock to bring it to market. There have been many chapters in the Volt story: we’ve refined the design to make it more aerodynamic, developed a strong, long-lasting lithium-ion battery, driven nearly 1.5 million miles testing our pre-production vehicles, and retooled our Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to build the production models. While we’re still a few weeks away from our first customer delivery, today we’d like to take a moment to celebrate.
The Chevrolet Volt has been named 2011 Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine and 2011 Automobile of the Year by Automobile magazine. It’s a tremendous honor to win these awards. Throughout the Volt’s development, we’ve received praise (and yes, some criticism) from journalists, electric vehicle advocates and everyday consumers interested in our electric vehicle with extended-range. These awards are two proof points to confirm what we’ve always believed – that the Volt is a great vehicle and we’re confident that when the vehicle arrives in showrooms, our owners will feel the same way.
On behalf of our team, thank you to Motor Trend and Automobile for these awards. Also, thanks to all of you for the tremendous amount of interest in the Volt over the years. We look forward to continuing the conversation through the launch of this exciting vehicle.
You can check out Motor Trend’s write-up on the Volt here and Automobile’s write-up here. Also, posted below are videos with the editors of both publications explaining why the Volt was selected for their award.