On the eve of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the Chevrolet Volt took home another car of the year award, this time sharing it with its sister car, the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera. The fraternal pair finished well ahead of the Volkswagen Up! and Ford Focus in votes.
If you’re keeping score, you’ve already known that the Volt won North American Car of the Year in 2011, while also picking up COTY merit from Motor Trend, Automobile, and nabbing Green Car of the Year from Green Car Journal. In addition, Britain’s What Car? awarded the Vauxhall/Opel Ampera its Green Car of the Year award, as well as the 2011 World Green Car of the Year. And it was one of Car and Driver’s 10Best for 2011.
Despite the fact that the Volt and Ampera assembly plant has been put on a five-week hiatus, GM claims that 7,000 orders have been filled for the Ampera, with a target of 10,000 units for the year. Not a lot if you think about it, but with this award, things might change.