Volt named 2016 Green Car of the Year

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Michigan got some exciting news from the LA Auto Show.

The 2016 Chevy Volt was named Green Car of the Year for “achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance.”

This is the second time this Built by Michigan model has won this award. And that’s a first for any vehicle.

The Detroit Free Press writes:

“Judges noted the 2016 model's "sleek and sporty design, more energy-dense batteries, new electric motors, and quicker acceleration." The car has a more efficient 1.5-liter engine-generator that creates onboard electricity to power the Volt’s motors for a total 420 miles.”

The other finalists for the award were the 2016 Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata and Audi A3 E-Tron. We’re biased, but we’d say this just goes to show what good Michigan manufacturing can do.

It’s no surprise then, that the Volt just surpassed the 100,000 cars sold milestone last month. To keep up with demand, GM added on to Volt’s production line earlier this year.

News like this (plus other EV developments like an expansion of an Borg-Warner’s Auburn Hills powertrain tech center) already have us looking forward to 2016.