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http://www.motortrend.com/news/alfa-romeo-giulia-2018-car-of-the-year/

The Bolt won the award last year, but Model 3 could not make it a plug-in repeat. Cramped rear seats, cheap interior materials, and a bad value score sunk its ship.
The Bolt set the bar very high last year winning the award, so Tesla not being able to win the award the Bolt wiped the competition with last year is no shame. ;)

Detailed process on how MT whittled down the 2018 field: http://www.motortrend.com/news/behind-the-scenes-2018-car-of-the-year/
 

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And the market has responded very positively to her Barclays presentation. At a post-bankruptcy high of $44.
 

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Note that only three women were in the top 50 - and two were GM - Mary and #16 Pam Fletcher. Both are engineers with deep design and manufacturing experience. Both named to the top 50 for their disciplined leadership at bringing GM to the forefront of new technology while scoring record profits. The classic automotive good-old-boy days at GM's executive tower - the Bob Lutz days - are long-gone. And GM is the better for it.
 

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All they did is give Tesla and EM a pass and cleared the decks for next year. Now if a year from now Tesla and EM are struggling a COTY award could be worth millions in free advertising and save the day.
 

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I don’t think the Model 3 is eligible next year. Contenders must be new or “substantially upgraded” models.
 

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Wonder why truck of the year was the F150? New transmission, check. But all new or substantially revised?
 

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Note that only three women were in the top 50 - and two were GM - Mary and #16 Pam Fletcher. Both are engineers with deep design and manufacturing experience. Both named to the top 50 for their disciplined leadership at bringing GM to the forefront of new technology while scoring record profits. The classic automotive good-old-boy days at GM's executive tower - the Bob Lutz days - are long-gone. And GM is the better for it.
Not to take anything away from Barra and Fletcher. They are fantastic executives at GM who continue to push the company in a positive direction. However to turn a company around the size of GM took well over a decade. A lot of the restructuring that made GM competitive today was initiated by the then CEO Rick Wagoner who brought on Bob Lutz as Vice chair of product development in 2001. Bob Lutz lead the push to improve the perception of and quality of GM vehicles.

Rick Wagoner did a lot of the heavy lifting before GM's bankruptcy to turn the company around.

BTW Rick Wagoner is back in the EV car business now on the board of directors at Chargepoint.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/f...ng-in-on-the-electric-car-business-2017-04-06
 
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