Motor Trend Announces “Of the Year” Award Winners
2017 Chevrolet Bolt takes home Car of the Year
Our colleagues at Motor Trend named the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt as its pick for the 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year award, the second time an all-electric car received this award. At a packed ceremony, the team also named the winners of the coveted SUV, Truck, and Person of the Year awards.
According to Motor Trend, the Chevy Bolt, the unassuming compact hatch from one of Detroit's Big Three, is the first car that puts Tesla on notice. Looking at the Bolt's spec-sheet, it's not hard to figure out what all the hoopla is about. Underneath the refreshingly "regular" exterior, the Bolt packs a 60 kWh batter pack that provides a mighty 238 miles of range. This is more than double the range of a BMW i3 for nearly half the price. Not only that, but the Bolt is as good (if not better) on the road than equivalent compact hatches and is as usable as a regular car.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC claims the SUV of the Year crown this year, following the Volvo XC90's victory for 2016. The GLC is Mercedes' bread-and-butter entry in the rabidly popular luxury crossover segment. Thanks to numerous quality and design improvements over the bygone GLK, is a worthy recipient of the award.
Ford's rough-and tumble lineup of heavy-duty pickup trucks took home the calipers for the 2017 Truck of the Year. Motor Trend cites the HD's uncanny ability to demolish any implemented test thrown at it. Notably, the F350 Super Duty managed the incredible 15-ton payload with not much complain, earning it top marks.
Finally, Tesla mastermind Elon Musk was named MT's Person of the Year. Musk was chosen from a wide field of innovators, leaders, and industry shapers for his far-reaching vision for a clean, efficient future.