Chevy Bolt wins auto of the Year

The Ridgeline scored the truck award over Ford F-Series Super Duty and the Nissan Titan.

The North American Truck of the Year Award is given by a group of over 50 members of the North American automotive media and is distinctive because it is not tied to a single publication, radio or television station but determined by an independent group of journalists from the United States and Canada.

Experts say the Chevy Bolt being named auto of the Year was a bit of a surprise, as electric vehicles aren't necessarily surging with buyers in the market.

Finally, the Chrysler Pacifica was named utility vehicle of the year, beating out the Jaguar F-Pace and Mazda CX-9.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, the first mass-market, affordable electric vehicle from a domestic automaker is the 2017 North American vehicle of the Year, the committee announced Monday at the Detroit auto show. He knew he wanted to design cars from an early age.

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The Chevrolet Bolt announced as the vehicle of the Year, the Honda Ridgeline named Truck of the Year, while getting the nod in a brand new category for Utility is the Chrysler Pacifica. Motor Trend® named the Bolt EV the 2017 Car of the Year and it earned a place on the 2017 Car and Driver 10Best Cars list. It's the first long-range mass-market electric auto to make it to the market.

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline was named the North American Truck of the Year, and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica won the inaugural award for North American Utility Vehicle of the year.

This combination of a gasoline engine and an electric motor gave the Pacifica Hybrid a 33-mile all-electric range (about 50 km), meaning a lot of owners - particularly those living in the city - could use their vehicle as a pure EV most of the times.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra emphasized Monday that the automaker will continue "to build where we sell" a week after President-elect Donald Trump threatened to impose a stiff tariff on the Chevrolet Cruzes that GM imports to the USA from Mexico.

"I need clarity. I think we all need clarity", he said. "We're going to work to make the business stronger and make America stronger, and also recognize that we are a global company".

  • Toni Ryan