22/11/10 – Car made of High-Strength Steels achieves Motor Trend's Car of the Year
22 November 2010
The Chevy Volt plug-in electric vehicle has been chosen as Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. Simultaneously the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) is celebrating the record percentage use of high-strength steel in the vehicle structure.
The SMDI, a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute, advances the use of steel through strategies that promote cost-effective solutions in various manufacturing industries and also find new-growth opportunities in emerging steel markets.
General Motors said the Volt combines advanced steels to achieve crashworthiness and stiffness. With over 70% of the cars’ structure made from high-strength steels, including advanced and ultra high-strength steels, the Volt’s make-up is said to increase safety. In addition, the Volt features a pressurised steel fuel tank.
Ron Krupitzer, vice president, automotive applications for SMDI, said, "The Chevy Volt utilises lightweight, advanced high-strength steel technologies that complement its revolutionary steel design and add to its technical appeal as this year’s Motor Trend Car of the Year. GM’s innovative use of advanced steels has resulted in a vehicle that is affordable, safe, durable and energy efficient."
Motor Trend’s Car of the Year evaluates the cars based on a number of performance, ride, handling and driving tests. In addition, contenders are evaluated in advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.