Chevrolet’s plug-in electric car–the Volt–was named North American Car of the Year on Monday at the Detroit auto show. The vehicle was already named the Green Car of the Year in November.
Runner’s up for both awards included Nissan’s all-electric Leaf, and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
Toyota Shows Off New Hybrids
Toyota (NYSE: TM) uveiled new additions to its popular Prius hybridline, including the Prius V wagon that features more cargo space. Thatvehicle is expected to go on sale this summer.
The company also showed off the Prius C Concept, which is being marketed as a city-friendly vehicle, with a "fun" design for singles or couples. Toyota said it will have the highest fuel economy of any of the Priusvehicles, suprassing the combined 50 mpg rating of the conventionalmodel. That vehicle is expected to hit showrooms in the second half of2012.
Subaru Hybrid Coming in 2013
Fuji Heavy Industries’ Subaru brand announced that it will introduce ahybrid model to the U.S. market in 2013. The company is expected tolaunch a hybrid model in other markets next year.
Subaru is one of the fastest-growing brands in the United States. It has nearly doubled its market share to 2.3% over the last three years,according to Reuters.
Ford Unveils All-Electric Vehicle
Ford (NYSE: F) officially unveiled its all-electric version of its Focus vehicle. The range and performance of the vehilce is said to be similar to Nissan’s Leaf. It can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge andit can be recharged in 3 to 4 hours on a 240V socket.
The company says it will introduce an app for iPhones and Droid phonesthat will allow owners to remotely monitor the charging of theirvehicles.