General Motors' Chevrolet Volt, the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle set to debut in the U.S. next month, won Green Car Journal's 2011 Green Car of the Year award Thursday, beating out the Nissan Leaf, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Ford Fiesta.
A part-quality issue forced Ford Motor to temporarily halt shipments of its recently introduced Fiesta subcompact, causing the second such delay since its U.S debut last May.
Ford Motor is set to deliver strong earnings when it reports second-quarter results Friday. After disastrously low sales in 2009, the auto industry as a whole has been in recovery mode this year -- and Ford has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the revival.
The carmaker's Ford Fiesta subcompact is popular in Europe and has helped push sales there into the top spot, surpassing Volkswagen. The European gains come when Ford is also revving up in the U.S. Can it keep up the speed?