Chevy Volt, Ford Explorer take top honors in Detroit

CHICAGO Mon Jan 10, 2011 1:44pm GMT

The Chevrolet Volt is seen during the Chicago Auto Show February 11, 2009. REUTERS/John Gress

The Chevrolet Volt is seen during the Chicago Auto Show February 11, 2009.

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chevrolet Volt plug-in electric car, the centerpiece of General Motors' comeback, was named North American Car of the Year on Monday.

The Volt, which already won the 2011 Green Car of the Year and Motor Trend Magazine's Car of the Year, edged out the Nissan Leaf and the Hyundai Sonata to win the award.

Ford Motor Co's latest incarnation of its Explorer sport utility vehicle was named 2011 Truck of the Year, edging out the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango.

It was the third year in a row that Ford claimed the truck award.

A panel of 49 automotive journalists voted in the competition.

(Reporting by James B. Kelleher. Editing by Robert MacMillan)