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Chevy Volt – Motor Trend Car Of The Year

From an unfazed Detroit Free Press:

Chevy Volt named Motor Trend Car of the Year

By Chrissie Thompson
November 16, 2010

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle has been named Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine, for General Motors’ second title in four years.

The Volt beat out contenders that include the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata, Lincoln MKZ hybrid, BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XJ, Infiniti M and Audi A8.

Note the dominance of politically correct cars in the list of nominees.

One of the Detroit 3 won the award every year from 1986 to 2002, until the Infiniti G35 broke that trend in 2003. Since then, domestic and foreign automakers’ models have split the award evenly, with the 2010 Ford Fusion midsized sedan winning last year.

What a laugh. The Obama-motors Voltswagon isn’t even practical, let alone exemplary. It looks like Motor Trend is looking for its own government bailout.

For the record, Motor Trend, which debuted in 1948, gave it’s first ‘Car Of The Year’ award to Cadillac in 1949 for its V8 engine models. But in 1971 they bestowed their prestigious award on the hapless Chevrolet Vega.

We suspect that this years award will be remembered more like the latter than the former.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Chevy Volt – Motor Trend Car Of The Year”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Motor Trend has jumped the shark.
    Motor Trend bedding with Obama Chevy ‘DOLT’?
    Motor Trend has cast its’ pearls before swine!

  2. GetBackJack says:

    I clearly remember the infamous and famous Smokey Yunick saying of MOTOR TREND;S CAR OF THE YEAR! award that whichever car company ponied up the most to buy the award that year got it.

    Can’t imagine anything would be different in this Age of PR Newswire, blatant tie-ins, buying editorial space, selling editorial space and ‘journalists’ who can’t spell their names correctly five times out of six.

  3. bill says:

    Now all they need do is find the battery of the year…

  4. proreason says:

    I’ve already identified all of the stores and acquaintances within a 20 mile driving distance. All of the rest are as yesterday as V-8’s.

    One trip a day and then a recharge. Heaven.

  5. chainsaw says:

    Wow. For $32,780 base price, you too can own a government motors vehicle that boasts of having a ” gas-powered onboard generator”. They have taken a regular gas engine and replaced it with a smaller gas powered generator. This generator then powers the battery which is used to turn the electric motors which then turns the drive shaft. Hum, why don’t they just use the gas motor to turn the drive shaft directly? Has anyone ever heard of the first law of thermodynamics?

    • Right of the People says:

      Yep in reality the Voltswagen is a hybrid, not a true pure electric and there are plenty of hybrids out there far superior to it.

      I read a test by Top Gear where once you have exhausted the charge on the battery it resorts to pure engine power and gets in the neighborhood of about 25-30 mpg, not very efficient. There are actually true pure electric cars sold in England that have more than twice the range for about 2/3 of the cost but since you can’t ram them into a wall at 30 mph and live they can’t sell them here. More of the nanny state “watching out” for us.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”For $32,780 base price, you too can own a government motors vehicle that boasts of having a ” gas-powered onboard generator”……”

      And the Volt, produced by Government Motors, is owned by whom???? No wonder Obama says he doesn’t want to own a car company.

    • bill says:

      Energy transmissions are for dummies. It’s green when you use the unicorn manufacturing units to build your wind mills.

      You would think government never heard of engineers.

      Typical government BS, which Spain is having so much fun with as they bankrupt their country with green crap, and the rest of the EU.

      I wonder how Carter’s synfuel is doing?

  6. P. Aaron says:

    You keep the battery charged by rubbing 2 sticks together.

  7. canary says:

    The recyclable Chevy Volt. Once it breaks down, it can be turned into a baby crib. Size Birth to 6 mos old.

  8. Mithrandir says:

    Liberals fall down stairs and get awards.

    1. Rosie O’Donell (unfunny lesbian liberal) got day time talk show award.
    2. Ellen Degeneres (unfunny lesbian liberal) got MANY day time talk show awards.
    3. Liberal David Letterman got awards.
    4. Liberal John Stewart got awards.
    5. John Stossel got awards until he did segments trashing liberals, then got none.
    6. Liberal Hollywood movies showing homosexuality + liberal themes always get awards.
    7. Liberal Fahrenheit 911 got awards.
    8. Bill Clinton gets B.E.T. Image award after his impeachment.
    9. Al Gore got the Nobel for his PowerPoint on global warming.
    10. Obama got the peace prize for not even promoting peace (after 2 weeks in office!).
    11. Now the laughable Chevy Volt?

    Quality LOW, awards HIGH.

    *Democrats get caught doing something wrong?
    A: Throw a party.
    B: Get an award from one of their supporters.

  9. beautyofreason says:

    Technological innovations are good things, but can someone tell me how electric cars are supposedly better for the environment?

    You still need to plug them in. And most energy comes from fossil fuels or natural gas – both on the hit list of liberal circles.

    In the end, you’re just driving a more expensive and inconvenient car. The only way you’d be “green” is if you smeared the hood with paint.

    Hybrids – one of which I read gets 70 miles to the gallon, no plug needed – sound like a better option if you want to save gas money but from what I hear they are still very pricey.

    Living in NYC means that public transportation is cheaper and driving is hellish.

    • bill says:

      They use the “green unicorn manufacturing company” and pixie dust for power.

      Never ever calculate the energy cost to build, install and maintain the windmills. And solar panels, you just don’t want to know the things government nincompoops can be talked into.

  10. Chase says:


    Of course! And that leaves out the two biggies, Nobel Prizes for Obama and Gore…

    Then there are the Kennedys and their type – break law driving under the influence, and instead of court and jail and shame and resignation, they flee to substance abuse hostels beseeching compassion… (what do their constituents get out of them during self-imposed flights behind walls as far as votes? Incapacitation should be reason for removal, no?)

    Next, but surely not finally, we get (W)Rangel, 80 years old, who should have retired 6 election cycles ago, who has nothing else in his sad life beyond his Congressional friends and perks to which to disappear, who BROKE the law, but breaking the law for the ruling class is reworded and rationalized through the spin cycle (kind of like marriage being redefined by the incessent shouting of those too ignorant of language) to where he is not even subject to the law, and unlikely to even suffer expulsion, even while committing further ethical acts to pay for his past felonious behavior. He will keep collecting his pay, living on his perks, living free, and in our faces. This egregious treatment and coddling and acceptance of high crimes as excused behavior TOO has got to stop.

  11. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This “award” is gerrymandering of a most egregious nature. Once again trying to control the message. To say nothing of the fact that GM is taking a huge loss on every car sold, with federal subsidies and the obama-cabal heavily entrenched in forcing its success. http://hotair.com/archives/2010/08/01/the-value-of-a-volt/

    Given the technology available, it may be “well-designed” but it’s like today engineering a new laundry mangle when you have a perfectly good dryer that works. The people won’t want it, won’t buy it and don’t need it.

    I suppose one of the things that bothers me the most is that this current example of “government” is taking its lessons from Europe with perhaps the aim being a hundred times as aggressive about it while simultaneously being the same in stupidity. You cannot suddenly announce something as fact when the very facts themselves reveal the thing you’re selling as crap. Europe’s green gamble failed and is failing. For many reasons. One of the biggest being that “green” technology is in no way ready to handle the way humans live. And forcing the people to change their ways by fiat is the wrong way to go about it.

    And it’s certainly not the way things are done in the USA. Or, at least, it’s not supposed to be the way.

    So what has come out of this is that they are pulling every trick in the book to get people to want this car. 1)sell only to specific, targeted markets. Those which have a huge socialist population with money. 2)offer “incentives” to drop the price more in line with something less crappy but more fun to use. 3) tell them that they’re going to only be sold in limited quantities in order to get the “have to have one” mental cases champing at the bit so they can prove to their neighbors how they are the chosen ones to be able to buy one of these POS’s. 4) keep telling everyone how “versatile” the car is. Even though it’s not. 5)give it a prestigious award to enhance its desirability.

    Indeed, if they simply sold it the way they sold everything else in their product line, the cars would sit on the lot and go the way of the Edsel in one quick hurry. But, fellow taxpayers, take heart. Your money is wrapped up in this soon-to-be-collectible hunk of automotive footnotery. Someday we’ll all look fondly in the scrapbook about the “Chevy Volt” the way we do about bell-bottom jeans, candy bracelets and hoola-hoops. All, by the way, far more financially successful than this rolling piece of crap.

  12. BillK says:

    For many years the title was known as “Motor Trend’s Detroit Car of the Year,” given at a time BMWs and other marques were routinely winning the title at other magazines, Motor Trend would be giving the award yet again to vehicles like the Ford Taurus.

  13. fallingpianos says:

    Motor Trend: The Nobel Committee of Automobiles.

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