Chevrolet Bolt EV Bestowed 2017 Motor Trend Car Of The Year Award9
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has yet to reach dealerships, but it has scooped up one of the most prestigious honors in the business. Motor Trend has named the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV its 2017 Car of the Year after careful consideration in key areas.
Editors based their decision on advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function. The Bolt EV excelled in each of them.
“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.”
With this award, it becomes the fourth Motor Trend honor for Chevrolet in four years. Last year, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was named car of the year, while the Chevrolet Colorado earned truck of the year for both 2015 and 2016.
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Isn’t this award normally given out during the North American Int’l Auto Show in Jan? Seems awfully early for this announcement.
That’s the North American car/truck of the year
Fantastic result. This vehicle is truly innovative and industry changing. It will bring electric car accessibility to the masses.
Good job Chevrolet (GM)!!
GM won’t do anything with that piece of marketing. (Roll eyes) Just like they completely dropped the ball with the CTS when it won the COTY award… kno one ever heard about it outside us enthusiasts on the Internet
GM really pushed the Colorado marketing. You couldn’t watch anything without seeing the commercials. Too bad the Camaro is flying under the radar.
I live in Mich. and I would like to buy one before the end of the year, but GM won’t let there Dealers in Mich. have any to sell. Why GM,Why????
I don’t think any dealerships have bolts yet. I would expect the earliest deliveries to be mid December and I’m pretty sure it’s available to all 50 states at launch, however GM has said it’s prioritizing get the bolt to the states with the strictest mandates( California), but it’s not like the Toyota murai where it’s California only. I think you should be able to get one before the year ends, unless there is a delay.
One has to believe that the knowledge and experience gained from the development of the Chevy Volt helped in designing and building the Bolt; you’ve got to wonder where the Bolt will take General Motors as we could see a long range battery powered vehicle of just about any configuration from sport car to family sedan or crossover as almost anything is possible because of the building blocks available from the Bolt program.
GM has stated that the Chevy Bolt EV is a new platform and that it has little to do with the Sonic platform, even if both are assembled on the same line at Orion. But it is true that GM can build a new line of pure electric vehicles based on the Bolt’s platform and powertrain. My recommendation is to produce a light van/pickup/CUV for these messenger/mail services (USPS, UPS, FedEX) that make multiple stops, and normally are idling when delivering mail or packages. The 240-mile range will cover all the miles that travel each day and have extra for special trips. Then leave them charging overnight while parked.