Chevy earns second Motor Trend award
The Chevrolet Silverado Heavy-Duty was named the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year, completing a rare same-year sweep of the prestigious car and truck awards. Chevy also earned the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year award for the Volt. It is the first time since 2006 that one brand has won both awards in the same year. Editors praised the Silverado for "significantly improved capability and more refinement." It has a new frame and suspension design, along with a more powerful engine and 11 percent better fuel-economy.
-- NWautos staff
China's BYD starts U.S. test fleet in L.A.
China's BYD Auto and the Housing Authority of Los Angeles have launched a trial program for a fleet of BYD electric cars, as the car company moves a step closer toward its goal of vehicle sales in North America. Last week, the L.A. Housing Authority began the testing program for the automaker's plug-in hybrid F3DM sedans (shown at right). BYD also hopes to supplying the State of California with all-electric K9 buses for use in energy-saving public transportation projects.
-- The Associated Press