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2011-01-11 07:42

WINNER: Chev's Volt plug-in hybrid pipped Nissan's all-electric Leaf to top honours, demonstrating the automotive industry's shift towards electric vehicles.

The victors in the 2011 North American Car and Truck of the Year contest were announced on the opening day of the Detroit auto show.

The Chevrolet Volt was adjudged Car of the Year for 2011, while Ford’s Explorer drove off with the Truck honours.

Forty nine automotive in the US and Canada voted in a series of rounds and considered factors such as innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for money in deciding their winners. To be eligible a vehicle must be all new or “substantially changed.”

In the final round of voting, the Volt won with 233 points followed by the Hyundai Sonata with 163 and the Nissan Leaf with 94.

The Explorer scored 253 points while the Jeep Grand Cherokee had 138 and the Dodge Durango 99.

The car and truck winners in 2010 were the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford Transit Connect, respectively.

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