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Chevy Bolt Is Named Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist, But I Don’t Know if It’ll Win

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt

Car show season has officially begun with the wide variety of concept vehicles that flooded the scene at SEMA. So, as we look forward to the upcoming LA Auto Show in the next week or so, we have to acknowledge the beginning of a slightly different automotive-related season: awards season.

We mentioned before how Green Car Journal had announced the finalists for its Green Car of the Year award, and that the official announcement for the award would take place in LA. However, that won’t be the only high-profile award to be given out next week—Motor Trend has also announced the finalists for its Car of the Year award, to be given on Monday.

These finalists include the Chrysler Pacifica and the Chevrolet Bolt, which are also finalists for Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year award.

While, personally, I would like to see the Chevy Bolt pick up both awards to bring even more attention to the market’s first over-200-mile-range affordable EV, I am more dubious that Motor Trend will choose it. The rest of Motor Trend’s finalists are all luxury models, including the Audi A4, Cadillac CT6, Genesis G90, Jaguar XE, Porsche 911, Tesla Model S 60/75, and Volvo S90. So, while the Bolt has a chance, it seems to be at something of a disadvantage in a lineup dominated by more expensive luxury cars (although, I think it  may be heartening that in Motor Trend’s photo from the announcement, the Bolt is featured front and center between the Volvo and the Tesla).

News Source: Motor Trend