This year, out of seven finalists, the European Car of the Year Award was shared by the Chevrolet Volt and its European cousin, the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera.
As it has since 1964, the announcement of the winner for the annual contest preceded the Geneva Motor Show – open now to the press and for public attendance March 8-18.
The Volt/Ampera along with the other finalists were judged on a number of different factors, ranging from design, to comfort, performance and technology.
When the dust settled, the Volt/Ampera had garnered a total of 330 points, followed by Volkswagen’s pint-sized Up! With 281 points and Ford’s 2012 Focus with 256.
Chevrolet’s current Managing Director for Europe, Susan Docherty, along with Opel CEO Karl-Friederich Strake were on hand to receive the award.
Docherty remarked that “it is a proud moment for us and an honor to receive this award.” Strake added that the announcement “encourages us further to continue our leadership role in the area of mobility.”
Given that both the Volt and Opel AG have been struggling of late, the announcement probably could not have come at a better time.