The Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric car and Ford Explorer claimed top honors as the North American car and truck of the years honors at the Detroit Auto Show.
The Volt, the General Motors’ centerpiece contribution to the advancing green car industry, has already earned the 2011 Green Car of the Year and Motor Trend Magazine’s Car of the Year.
Ford Motor Co’s latest incarnation of its Explorer sport utility vehicle was named 2011 Truck of the Year, edging the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango.
It was the third year in a row that Ford claimed the truck award.
Article Last Updated: January 10, 2011.
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