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2016 Volt was named Green Car of the Year

Henry Payne
The Detroit News

Los Angeles — The West Coast loves Chevy.

The plug-in hybrid, second-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt was named Green Car of the Year Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show just one day after the gas-guzzling Camaro muscle car was chosen Motor Trend’s Car of the Year and a Car & Driver Top Ten pick.

The Volt also won the award when it debuted in 2010 as a 2011 model. It’s the first time a car has won the award in two succeeding model generations. Other finalists included the Audi A3 e-tron, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Prius.

“I don’t think the Volkswagen Diesel is going to win it this year,” joked funnyman Jay Leno in his introduction to the award, which is sponsored by Green Car Journal. Leno was one of this year’s jurors. Editors at Green Car Journal said the latest version of the Volt has improved in virtually every way, including a boost in range of 53 miles driving exclusively on batteries — the best among the award nominees.

“We love all our children equally,” said Volt Marketing Manager Steve Majoros in accepting the award. “But this one is special. We have a strong dedication to the electrification space.”

Majoros said the Camaro’s recognition this week by enthusiast magazines also shows the range of Chevy’s lineup in a state where green Priuses and supercar Porsches are often seen in the same garage.

The Camaro, based on the same chassis as the nimble Cadillac ATS, has taken pony car handling to a new level.

Henry Payne is auto critic of The Detroit News. He can be reached at hpayne@detroitnews.com