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General Motors’ Voltec Propulsion System Wins AJAC’s 2012 Best New Technology Award

TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ – A black pyramid proclaiming “Best New Technology” of 2012 now sits proudly atop a Chevrolet Volt, within the Eco-Drive Showcase at the Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto.

General Motors’ Voltec Propulsion System, which powers the Volt, was declared the Best New Technology of 2012 by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) at a press conference held at the auto show’s media day on February 16.

“We are very proud to receive AJAC’s 2012 Best New Technology award for the Voltec propulsion system,” said Kevin Williams, president and managing director at GM of Canada. “The Voltec propulsion system is the heart of the Chevrolet Volt, which combines pure electric drive and an efficient range-extending engine to create the only electric vehicle on the market today that does not require a customer to make compromises on when and where they can travel.”

This year’s winner was chosen from a short-list of ten entries, judged by a panel of AJAC members with specific technical qualifications, who regularly report on automotive engineering and technical trends. The Voltec system edged out Mazda’s Skyactiv G gasoline technology to win the award.

“This was the strongest field of entries ever, in the 16-year history of the award,” explained AJAC’s technology award chairman, Gerry Malloy. “The Voltec system is a worthy winner, for it is truly a pioneering technology that is certain to be adopted by other vehicles in the future.”
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