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Motor Trend ‘Car of the Year’: Chevy Volt (Congratulations, Taxpayers!)

By Doug Powers  •  November 16, 2010 02:19 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

The vehicle that the New York Times called “GMs electric lemon” has been named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year:

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle has been named Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine, for General Motors’ second title in four years.

The Volt beat out contenders that include the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata, Lincoln MKZ hybrid, BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XJ, Infiniti M and Audi A8.

Congratulations, taxpayers!

Where else can you get $15,000 worth of car for only $41,000? To the entity that owns 60% of GM, that’s known as “a hell of a good deal!”

Sweetness & Light has some history:

For the record, Motor Trend, which debuted in 1948, gave it’s first ‘Car Of The Year’ award to Cadillac in 1949 for its V8 engine models. But in 1971 they bestowed their prestigious award on the hapless Chevrolet Vega.

We suspect that this years award will be remembered more like the latter than the former.

Now the hard part starts (for all of us): Ratcheting up efforts to change over the line from manufacturing the car, to manufacturing the demand.

“Battery powered cars will save our lives & the environment” Update: Neil Young’s hybrid “Linc/Volt” caused $1.1 million in fire damage at a warehouse. Results of the tests to determine if the fire had a bigger carbon footprint than if Young would have just driven the Lincoln Continental old-school are pending.

**Written by Doug Powers

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