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MotorWeek Names Chevrolet Volt 2011 Drivers Choice "Best of the Year"


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CHICAGO--Delivering a practical electric car for the masses, the Chevrolet Volt eclipsed the competition to capture MotorWeek's coveted "Best of the Year" 2011 Drivers' Choice Award. The honor was announced at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show by MotorWeek, television's longest running and most respected automotive series.

"For all its game-changing technology, the Volt at its heart is a great car that is fun to drive with none of the range-limiting drawbacks associated with electric vehicles. MotorWeek's recognition of these attributes confirms what we are hearing consistently -- the Volt got it right out of the gate," said Rick Scheidt, VP of Marketing for Chevrolet.

"The Volt is the car all electrics and advanced electric hybrids will have to beat," said MotorWeek host John Davis. "The Volt takes the idea of an electric car from fantasy to total practicality, combining the latest gas-saving, plug-in technologies for an uncompromising driving experience."

Recognized as the best overall among winners in 13 categories, the Chevrolet Volt also took top honors as "Best Eco-Friendly." All winners will be featured on MotorWeek beginning February 12 on local PBS stations. Among the auto industry's most prestigious honors, MotorWeek's Drivers' Choice Awards have been presented annually since 1983.

The editorial staff of MotorWeek test drives more than 150 cars, trucks and utilities each year. Drivers' Choice Award winners are chosen following a comprehensive evaluation of factors mattering most to consumers - performance, technology, practicality and value.

Individual Winners

Best Small Car

Volkswagen Jetta

Best Family Sedan

Hyundai Sonata

Best Sport Sedan

BMW 5-Series

Best Luxury Sedan

Infiniti M

Best Sport Coupe

Cadillac CTS Coupe

Best Performance Car

Ford Mustang GT

Best Small Utility

Chevrolet Equinox

Best Large Utility

Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango

Best Minivan

Honda Odyssey

Best Pickup Truck

Ford F-Series

Best Eco-Friendly

Chevrolet Volt

Best Convertible

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Best Dream Machine

Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible

Audi R8 Spyder

Alfa Romeo 8C Spider

Now in its 30th season, MotorWeek is one of the nation's leading sources for the latest car and truck reviews, do-it-yourself car care tips and auto industry news. The award-winning series airs on PBS, HD Theater and V-me, and is produced by Maryland Public Television. Full episodes can also be viewed on pbs.org.