Looks like Chevy Bolt went into full speed--- almost immediately after its production version was officially launched. To keep the momentum going, it beat Volvo S90 and Hyundai Genesis G90 in bagging the 2017 North American Car of the Year award.
This week’s event in Detroit has also included the announcement of several winners in other categories. The 2017 Truck of the Year went to Honda Ridgeline, beating its closest competitors ---the Nissan Titan and Ford’s Super Duty F-Series pickup. Chrysler Pacifica meanwhile bested Mazda’s CX-9 and Jaguar’s F-Pace for the Utility of the Year award, which was divided into separate categories under minivans, crossovers just to name a few.
It’s undeniable that Chevrolet’s latest entry is the real gem out of the many contenders for this year. The small yet affordable electric hatchback with 238 miles of range was also named “Green Car of the Year” and “Car of the Year” by Motor Trend and Green Car Journal.
Unlike the Chevrolet “Volt”, (Chevy’s firs plug-in with back up gasoline engine), the “Bolt” only offers pure electric driving, and so it is not equipped with the usual gas engine. According to Mark Reuss, EVP for GM Product Development, the Bolt EV is a fulfillment of Chevrolet’s promise by offering a long range electric vehicle that’s also affordable.
The Bolt as we know is the first mass produced fully electric vehicle for the US market. It’s basically half the price of Tesla’s EV models such as the Model S and X. Chevy Bolt’s starting price is at $37,495 and is expected to be available in all dealerships across the US by the middle of this year. Only last month, deliveries were made at select dealerships in Oregon and California. Up next is Virginia, Massachusetts and New York.
Going back to other awardees, Chrysler’s Pacifica minivan has been recognized for its outstanding design, new powertrain and latest technology. It clearly changed the game as far as minivans go these days. The sleek minivan with swept back design is set to replace Dodge Grand Caravan as well as the Town & Country.
For the first time, Chrysler has come up with hands-free sliding doors that slide open once you stick your foot under it. On the other hand, Honda’s Ridgeline pickup truck boasts an impressive ride quality and in-bed storage feature. The North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year awards was attended by over 60 automotive journalists worldwide. The journalists were also the judges for the event.