This just in — the Chevy Volt beat out the Hyundai Sonata and the Nissan Leaf to be named the North American Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show. The Volt has been the centerpiece of General Motors’ revitalization, and the award was largely expected. A jury of 49 automotive journalists awarded the plug-in hybrid a total of 233 points, while the Sonata earned 163 and the electric Leaf tallied 94. Critics — including Inhabitat! — praised the Volt, and the car has already received several other honors, including Green Car of the Year at the L.A. Auto Show and Car of the Year from Motor Trend magazine.

Check out our previous coverage of the Volt for the all of the details:

+ GM Rolls Out First Production Run Chevy Volt
+ Inhabitat Test Drives the Chevy Volt
+ Chevy Volt Crowned Green Car of the Year at L.A. Auto Show
+ Chevy Volt Dramatically Outsold Nissan Leaf in December 2010

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