Motor Trend awards: Chevy Bolt, Ford Super Duty earn big honors

Chevy Bolt named Motor Trend Car of the Year

DETROIT – It's the time of the year when one of the more important automotive industry awards is handed out: The Motor Trend Car, Truck and SUV of the Year.

Domestic car makers took two of the three awards with impressive results. The Chevy Bolt became the second electric car to win the award.

The 2017 Chevy Bolt spins silently for 238 miles before needing another charge, and Motor Trend said it's turning the entire industry on its ear.

"Didn't win the electric car of the year award, it won the car of the year award, and that means just because it's electric doesn't mean it's anything less than the other cars out there," Chevy product chief Darin Gesse said.

The Bolt's new camera-equipped rearview mirror is one hot new feature, but any electric car's true test is whether the driver can see or feel any difference from other cars.

"You will know the difference because it's quiet and it's smooth," Gesse said. "There's no shifting, no engine noise, so that you will know, but everything else you're not taking any drawbacks. There are no reasons not to buy an electric vehicle."

The Ford Super Duty won Truck of the Year honors.

"The Super Duty was tremendous in every (way), and in fact, basically, they told us two days into their five days they had already figured out the Super Duty was going to be the winner," Ford Truck's marketing manager, Doug Scott, said.

For 45 years, the F-150 has been the best-selling truck. In 35 of those years, it has been the best-selling vehicle of any kind.

Motor Trend particularly appreciated that Ford's engineering team tried to give the Super Duty its own distinctly new styling -- not something they were expecting from a Super Duty pickup truck.

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