Snyder Issues Statement On GM, Ford Awards 1-11-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Snyder Issues Statement On GM, Ford Awards 1-11-2011

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made the following statement on Tuesday regarding the naming of the Chevy Volt as the North American Car of the Year and the Ford Explorer as the North American Truck of the Year:
“This is a wonderful accomplishment that validates the vision and direction of Michigan’s auto industry. These well-deserved recognitions are a tribute to its ingenuity and the skill of its talented workers.
The car that runs on electricity for 40 miles (65 kilometers) before a backup gas engine kicks in beat out the Nissan Leaf, another electric, and Hyundai Sonata in the annual ceremony on the first day of media previews for the Detroit auto show.
“The revolutionary Chevy Volt, which is assembled at GM’s Detroit/Hamtramck facility, sets the standard for alternative-fuel vehicles. As more consumers demand vehicles that have less impact on our environment and ease America’s reliance on foreign oil, Michigan’s auto industry will lead the way. The Ford Explorer is an exciting innovation as well. It has captured the attention of industry leaders and consumers.
The Ford Explorer won the truck of the year, the third year in a row the Dearborn-based automaker nabbed the honor. Truck finalists were the Dodge Durango, the Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Forty-nine auto journalists from the U.S. and Canada made the picks. The vehicles are judged on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value.
“Both of these achievements once again show why Michigan put the world on wheels. I applaud the positive, productive partnership between labor and management that keeps our state on the cutting edge of automotive technology.”
The governor's office says Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley plan to meet at Cobo Center on Tuesday with Michigan Economic Development Corp. President and CEO Michael Finney as well as representatives of Michigan companies. A tour of the show displays also is planned.
Press previews for the auto show began Monday. The show opens to the public Saturday and runs through Jan. 23.
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