Chevrolet Bolt EV is named 2017 Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on January 12, 2017

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.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV is the 2017 North American Car of the Year.

The Bolt EV’s recognition marks the fourth time in four years that Chevrolet has received the North American Car of the Year or Truck of the Year award, following the Corvette Stingray and Silverado’s wins in 2014 and the Colorado’s award in 2015.

“The Bolt EV fulfills Chevrolet’s promise to offer an affordable, long-range electric,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, GM Global Product Development. “It is a game-changer that is not only a great electric vehicle; it’s a great vehicle — period.”

Founded in 1994, the NACTOY group is comprised of 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work for magazines, television, radio, newspapers and websites. NACTOY jurors evaluated dozens of new vehicles that went on sale this year before selecting the Bolt EV as the 2017 Car of the Year.

Offering an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge at a starting price of $37,495 before federal tax incentives of up to $7,500 depending upon your tax situation, the Bolt EV adds the title of North America Car of the Year to a growing list of independent accolades. Motor Trend® named the Bolt EV the 2017 Car of the Year and it earned a place on the 2017 Car and Driver 10Best Cars list. Green Car Journal also heralded the Bolt EV as the Green Car of the Year and Green Car reports named it the Best New Car to Buy.

Standard Bolt EV features include electronic precision shift, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle and a 10.2-inch-diagonal color touchscreen. The top-trim Premier model adds leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround vision camera, rear camera mirror and more.

The Bolt EV rolled into California and Oregon markets last month, with additional markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia, seeing their first deliveries this winter. The Bolt EV will be available at certified dealerships across the U.S. in mid-2017.

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