The Chevrolet Volt has been named “Best Engineered Vehicle of 2011″ by SAE International’s Automotive Engineering International (AEI) magazine.
SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. For a group of engineers to name a car the “best engineered” is prestigious indeed.
The announcement was made during the SAE 2011 World Congress, which ran from April 12-14 in Detroit, Mich.
“The selection of the Volt as the 2011 Best Engineered Vehicle by our peers is an honor,” said Doug Parks, vehicle line executive for the Chevrolet Volt. “This award validates the hard work and effort of the engineering team to deliver a truly transformational vehicle.”
This is the eleventh year of the AEI “Best Engineered Vehicle” award. The SAE said it gave the Volt its top honor based on the Volt’s innovative engineering that resulted in it becoming the world’s first electric vehicle with extended range capability.
Further, GM’s aerodynamicists were credited with wind tunnel work that shaped the Volt’s design as the most aerodynamic vehicle in Chevrolet’s history.
The Volt won over the Nissan Leaf, BMW 5 Series, Kia Optima and Volkswagen Jetta, among others.