L.A. Auto Show: Chevrolet Volt wins 2011 Green Car of the Year Award


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The Chevrolet Volt was named 2011 Green Car of the Year at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Thursday, two days after it was named Car of the Year by Motor Trend Magazine.The Volt beat out the Hyundai Sonata hybrid, the Lincoln MKZ hybrid, Nissan Leaf and Ford Fiesta.

‘As we began the quest to identify finalists, we found this to be an increasingly difficult task,’ said Ron Cogan, editor of Green Car Journal, which ran the juried competition.


Among the jurors were four leaders from environmental groups, including Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club, as well as Jay Leno and other automotive icons and editors.

‘In years past, the number of vehicles that could truly be considered worthy could be counted on two hands,’ Cogan said to a full lobby in the South Hall of the L.A. Convention Center. ‘That’s no longer the case. Today, there are many models designed and built to environmental standards we would not have thought possible many years ago.’


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