U.S. automakers swept the North American International Auto Show
Monday, racking up the coveted "Car of the Year" and "Truck of the Year"
awards. The Chevy Volt, GM's plug-in electric hybrid vehicle, was named
Car of the Year and Ford's Explorer SUV won Truck of the year. The auto
press is homing in especially on the Volt's success, which continues to
win award after award. Is this a sign of an American automaker
- GM Is on a Roll, applauds David Schepp
at Daily Finance. He cites the award as "further evidence that General
Motors has made significant gains in rebuilding its business." The Volt's success shouldn't come as a surprise, though, he adds. "Reviews by
the automotive press have largely praised the vehicle's design, and the
Volt has taken several other awards already, including Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year."
- America Is Back, writes Justin Hyde
at Jalopnik. "The Japanese air of invincibility--the confidence that
the quality, value and styling of their models would always best
whatever Detroit could rev in any given year--has disappeared in a
cloud of beige ... This year's Detroit Auto Show is like a Pearl Harbor
- It's an Aspirational Pick "Even though the sales aren't there yet, it's sort of a chicken-and-egg thing," says Michelle Krebs,
a senior analyst at Edmunds.com speaking with Bloomberg's Craig
Trudell. "We have to go there, but the sales aren't there yet. Americans
still love their SUVs."
- Critics Be Damned, writes Steven Ewing
at Autoblog: "Thomas Stephens, GM's vice chairman of global product
operations, said that the Volt represents the soul of the new General
Motors, so critics (we're looking at you, Rush Limbaugh) will probably continue to have lots to complain about in the coming years."
- A Humble Winner
"Even though the 2011 Chevy Volt insisted it was an honor to just be
nominated, you could just tell she had her eye on that shiny North
American International Auto Show car of the year trophy," gushes Phil Villarreal
at The Consumerist. "She had her acceptance speech ready in advance,
kept shooting the evil eye at Nissans and Hyundais, and besides--could
you believe that gown she wore?"
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