Heading into the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, well known automotive magazine Motor Trend has announced their car, truck and SUV of the year for 2016 – with the Chevrolet Camaro, the Chevrolet Colorado Diesel and the Volvo XC90 taking top honors against some very stiff competition.
Camaro Wins Car of the Year
First and foremost, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has been named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. The 6th generation Camaro is all new, with a refined interior, a lighter chassis and some new engines making this Camaro the best performing and the most efficient GM muscle car of all time. This new Camaro will be tasked with taking on the 2016 Ford Mustang, which is following up a 2015 model year where sales figures unseen in almost a decade made the Mustang the top dog in muscle car sales.
To win the top car title from Motor Trend, the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro beat out the Audi TT, the BMW & Series, the Honda Civic, the Mazda MX5, the Mercedes Benz GT S and the Toyota Mirai. GM also claimed the Motor Trend Car of the Year award in 2014 with the Cadillac CTS, while the Volkswagen Golf won it for 2015.
Colorado Takes Back to Back Truck of the Year
The Chevrolet Colorado shocked the world when it was named Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year, beating out the aluminum bodied Ford F150. Prepare to be shocked again, as the Colorado has piled up another Motor Truck of the Year award thanks to the addition of their new diesel engine option. This super-efficient engine option will give the Colorado the best combination of capability and fuel economy in the rapidly growing midsized pickup segment.
To win its second straight title, the Colorado Diesel beat out the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the GMC Canyon, the GMC Sierra 1500, the Nissan Titan XD and the Toyota Tacoma – which is all-new for 2016 and marketed directly against the Colorado.
Taking home two of the three Motor Trend annual awards for 2016 is obviously a big deal for General Motors, especially considering that the Colorado also won the top truck award last year. This will serve as little more than a feather in the cap of the Camaro team, as that car is going to sell like crazy without any awards, but for the Colorado Diesel, this Motor Trend Truck of the Year award will help draw in more prospective customers.
SUV of the Year Goes to Volvo
Finally, the Volvo XC90 took home Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year award. Yes, Volvo is still in business, and they are making some new, headturning vehicles like this roomy SUV. To win the award, the Volvo beat out the Honda Pilot, the Lincoln MKX, the Mercedes Benz GLE Class and the Nissan Murano.
(Pictured above is the Camaro Krypton Concept from SEMA.)