As the end of the year rolls around, many automotive publications are getting ready to name the best vehicle of 2010. Both Motor Trend and Automobile Magazine named the Chevy Volt their car of the year.
The Volt had some stiff competition, and has weathered some extreme skepticism, criticism, and outright mis-information (GM really needs to work on its hype machine). Yet apparently it has won over the automotive media, though I haven’t actually driven the car myself. Both publications call the Volt a “game changer,” and even a “value” because of all the technology crammed into the car. While I’d argue with calling a $41,000 car a value no matter how much gas it saves, they make a compelling argument none-the-less.
I guess the question to ask yourself is, does the Volt deserve this honor? Is it really the car of the future, or just sucking up to a troubled American automaker? Does it really even matter?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness atSublime Burnout.