Car Of The Year
2014 Stingray takes top honors in Detroit
Andy Bolig - January 20, 2014 01:50 PM
Chevrolet is in the midst of the most aggressive product transformation in the brand’s more than 100-year history
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado were named the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year during the North American International Auto Show.
It is the first time Chevrolet has won both awards in the same year. The Silverado was last named Truck of the Year in 2007 and the Corvette was last named Car of the Year in 1998.
“Chevrolet is in the midst of the most aggressive product transformation in the brand’s more than 100-year history,” said Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president, Global Chevrolet. “The Corvette and Silverado truly embody the passion, commitment and focus that is driving us to deliver the most expressive designs, innovative technologies and engaging performance in every vehicle that wears the bowtie,”
The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. To be eligible a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. These vehicles stand as benchmarks in their segments based on their innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. The 2014 Corvette Stingray has a higher-quality interior than past models and better performance than any base-Corvette before it. This is coupled with better fuel economy and a price tag that, at $51,000 to start, is far lower than other cars with similar capabilities.
The jurors gave the Stingray 211 points. It was the sixth car win for General Motors and the second for Corvette, which also won in 1998. Silverado received 219 points. Domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year 12 times.