The editors of Motor Trend magazine reviewed 23 new or significantly redesigned vehicles for its Car of the Year award. The contenders were rated in 6 categories — advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function. When everything was winnowed down, the judges narrowed the field to nine finalists and three top picks — the Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica and Volvo S90. Others considered included the Audi A4, Cadillac CT6, Genesis G90, Jaguar XE, Porsche 911, and Tesla Model S 60/75.
After all the votes were counted, the Chevrolet Bolt was declared the winner of the Motor Trend Car of the Year award. “Chevrolet is the fastest-growing full-line retail brand in the industry thanks to an exceptional vehicle lineup, which includes ground-breaking products like the Bolt EV,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Being recognized once again as Motor Trend Car of the Year is a great honor for the entire Chevrolet team.”
“Chevrolet is on a roll with new and compelling vehicles that have reset the bar for trucks in 2015, trucks and sports cars in 2016, and for 2017, electric cars,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief. “The Bolt EV is certainly a game changing vehicle and we look forward to seeing whether we’ll be recognizing another Chevrolet next year in our annual awards.”
The Chevrolet Bolt will start arriving in showrooms by the end of the year. It has an EPA estimated 282 miles of driving range on a full charge. With prices starting at about $37,500 — or $30,000 after federal tax incentives — the Chevy Bolt is considered the first relatively inexpensive long range electric vehicle.
Next year at this time, Tesla Motors says it will start production of its comparably priced Model 3 mid sized sedan. Early indications are the Model 3 will have electronic technologies that will be significantly more advanced than anything found in the Bolt. As far as we know, the Bolt won’t even be capable of DC fast charging, something every Tesla has. While the Bolt may be a pretty darn good car, the Model 3 is expected to be awesome.
Source and photo credit: Electric Cars Report