• use2play Posted: 1/10/2011 9:54am PST

    Who votes for these awards? Guys who work in a car magazines who drive everything under the sun for fun or advertisers who desperately want to pump up their client?
    COUNT on one hand the number of friends and relatives you have who will buy a Chevy Volt this year... then count the Hyundai
    s flying by and you'll understand why most of us don't really believe the auto mag stuff.

  • JB Posted: 1/10/2011 10:35am PST

    Car of the Year and for what? It's a hybrid that in most cases the owners will recharge at home at night, probably from the electricity generated by a coal fired power plant. This, while they claim lower emissions and bogas fuel mileage...and I bet they sell dozens of them!

  • SF Giant Posted: 1/10/2011 7:35pm PST

    Talk about politics!! How could the Volt, seemingly in launch mode for years and produced by "Government Motors" not win?? One need only look at the voting record of the judges to see the domestic bias. The naming was all political to throw GM a rope. The Sonata on the other hand is on the road...with over 200,000 happy owners and the new Sonata Hybrid (in another test) just drove across the country on two (yes two) tanks of fuel. And it didn't have to stop once to plug in anywhere! Customers are voting for COTY in their purchases and the Sonata wins hand down.

  • fb_100000641225953 avatar Bill Posted: 1/10/2011 8:03pm PST

    The Explorer is one of the ugliest vehicles to come down the turn pike in quite awhile and is stictly a Sat night 4x4. I guess just about anyone can be a auto mag journalist, it doesn't take any skill.

  • RICKMYERS Posted: 1/10/2011 11:02pm PST

    I have to agree with the above comments except I don't think the Explorer is ugly, but it is not as capable as the Grand Cherokee. I am not a fan of non-American nameplates, i.e., Hyundai, regardless of where it is made. However, it is affordable for most people in the market for a midsized sedan, strikingly attractive and from I have read, quite a quality piece. Fair is fair and I really don't think the Volt deserved this award, just my opinion. It is a limited production vehicle costing more than a 2011 chrysler 300 Limited and based on an entry level car. I applaud GM and Chevrolet for the Volt, but it doesn't make sense to spend that kind of money to get 40 mpg when there are other cars less expensive that will near that mark. Again, just my opinion. Besides, how much do replacement batteries cost and how much to recycle the orignial batteries?

  • fb_602356850 avatar Martin Posted: 2/1/2011 9:43am PST

    NACOTY could be an acronym for domestic bias. Surely telling that foreign manufacturers have only won 14 times, while NA auto makers have scored 22. That smacks of huge bias. Looks like Hyundai need to start paying for more strip clubs visits if they want NA journos to vote fairly.