The Chevrolet Volt concept was awarded
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. The Holden EFIJY won the 2007
North American Concept Car of the Year Award.
Organized by the
South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO), the sixth annual
North American Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards recognize those
vehicles most likely to shape the future of the automobile industry.
Bob Boniface, director, GM advanced design, and Chevrolet Volt lead
designer, accepted the awards on behalf of GM.
this recognition from such a prestigious group of automotive
journalists," said Boniface. "The Volt is an important vehicle for GM
and for the world. Whether your concern is energy security, CO2
emissions or reducing our dependence on oil, it all leads to energy
diversity. GM wants to be a part of the solution, that's why we
designed the Chevrolet Volt concept."
A jury consisting of
professional automotive journalists selected the winners from 33
concept vehicles and 11 production preview vehicles that made a North
American debut during the 2007 auto show season.
Volt Concept, revealed at the North American International Auto Show in
January, is GM's new electric vehicle concept. The concept car is a
battery-powered electric vehicle that uses a gas engine to create
additional electricity to extend its range. GM announced a fuel cell
variant of the Volt concept at the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show in April.
EFIJY is Holden's wild hot rod concept, first shown in North America in
January. EFIJY is a radical custom coupe shape boasting V8 Supercar
power under the bonnet, Chevrolet Corvette underbody and
state-of-the-art automotive technology, reinterpreting the classic
design cues of the iconic 1953 FJ Holden.
GM Holden Chief Designer and EFIJY project leader Richard Ferlazzo said the car existed purely for automotive entertainment.
is particularly gratifying for the car to be recognised in this way in
the US which is historically the home of flamboyant automotive design,"
"It's nice to know that there is still a place in the concept car arena for a purely expressive design."
nominees from GM included the Chevrolet Beat, Chevrolet Groove,
Chevrolet T2X, Chevrolet Trax, Chevrolet WTCC, Saturn Vue Plug-In
Hybrid, and the Chevrolet Camaro Convertible.