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GM'S RETRO STYLING IS REWARDED
Each year, cars and trucks are given various “best of” awards. This year, the Chevrolet Volt Concept received the 2007 North American Specialty Concept Vehicle of the Year and the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year at an awards ceremony at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. And the award for 2007 North American Concept Car of the Year went to the Holden EFIJY.
The North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards recognizes those vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry. They are organized by the South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO). A jury consisting of professional automotive journalists selected the winners from 33 concept vehicles and 11 production preview vehicles that made a debut during the 2007 auto show season.
The Chevy Volt is GM’s new electric-vehicle concept. It is a battery-powered vehicle that uses a gas engine to create additional electricity to extend its range. A fuel-cell variant of the Volt debuted at the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show in April. The EFIJY is “Holden’s wild hot-rod concept,” which debuted in January. It is a custom coupe boasting V8 supercar power, Corvette underbody and state-of-the-art automotive technology. The EFIJY is a reinterpretation of the classic design cues of the '53 FJ Holden. Richard Ferlazzo, GM Holden chief designer and EFIJY project leader, says that the car exists purely for automotive entertainment.
Other nominees from GM included the Chevy Beat, Chevy Groove, Chevy T2X, Chevy Trax, Chevy WTCC, Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid and Chevy Camaro Convertible.
Source: General Motors