The 2016 Chevy Volt was named as the “Green Machine of the Year” by the New York Daily News, according to recent reports.
The award means that, according to the New York Daily News, the 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is a better offering than the Tesla Model S, the BMW i3, and the Toyota Prius (and Mirai), all of which were up for contention as well.
“The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is all new, inside and out, and takes the plug-in hybrid segment to another level, thanks to its increased EV range, updated cabin, and more efficient gas-powered engine,” are the exact words used by the New York Daily News to describe the PHEV with a 53-mile all-electric range.
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“Does the best eco-friendly vehicle wear a Chevrolet ‘bowtie’ badge on its grille?” poses the publication while implicitly observing Chevrolet is a bread-and-butter brand. And, the short answer is yes to the rhetorical question of the first plug-in car to have gone through an entire product lifecycle and receive a full redesign.
The Tesla Model S has been seriously upgraded since its 2012 inauguration in the market — now with all-wheel drive capability, bigger batteries, and more — but the Volt edged it out along with other cars listed. Another was Toyota’s new 52-56 mpg hybrid Prius, as was Toyota’s California-market Mirai. BMW’s i3, a pure battery electric car with range-extended option also was considered, but not named number one.
The New York Daily News did note though that, despite the award going to the 2016 Volt, those looking for more luxury and power may want to check out the Tesla Model S and the BMW i3.
As most of those reading this are already aware, the 2016 Chevy Volt was not made widely available, but was rather only on offer in select states. The new 2017 Chevy Volt features a much wider range of availability.