The all new 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid has achieved a tremendous image victory, being named the Green Car of the Year, nailing a second generational win after the first iteration won the accolade five years ago.
The Volt has won the prize in a year full of racy competitors – among them the equally new, fourth-generation 2016 Toyota Prius, the top selling hybrid model across the planet. “This is certainly something special,” commented Steve Mojoras, Chevy’s marketing manager, taking the prize during the LA Auto Show. “This is a hard market to crack. This is the Super Bowl of green car awards, so it adds instant validation.” The first generation Volt was the first plug-in hybrid delivered to the masses, and the new model improves the performance of the predecessor in every respect – new, lighter architecture, smaller but more punchy battery pack, room for five passengers instead of four and a bigger all-electric range of 53 miles per charge.
The panel that judged the competitors includes numerous green car specialists, and ex chief of the California Air Resources Board, environmentalist and ocean activist Jean-Michel Cousteau, as well as the renowned comedian and car fanatic Jay Leno. The second generation Volt is “a bold statement of what can be achieved when you listen to the voice of the customer,” added Ron Cogan, the award’s organizer and publisher of the Green Car Journal. The other finalists were the 2016 Prius, the 2016 Honda Civic – a force to be reckoned with on the compact car market, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata – which has both a normal hybrid and a plug-in hybrid option as well as the 2016 Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, a plug in hybrid with premium appeal.