Finalists for Car of the Year Announced
The awards are judged by 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada — representing magazines, newspapers, web sites, television and radio. The criteria used to judge the winners include innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The finalists were unveiled today at a meeting of the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. Other Finalist include the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Sonata for cars and Ford Explorer for Trucks.
The Volt is an electric car with an internal combustion engine that generates electricity after the battery is depleted, and the Leaf is an all-electric car. Both models went on sale this month. The Sonata is also available with a hybrid powertrain. The Grand Cherokee and Durango are SUVs, while the new Explorer is a crossover based on a car platform.
The winners will be announced Jan. 10, 2011, the opening day for media previews at the Detroit Auto Show.
The Chevy Cruze was also a 2011 semi-finalist.