Chevrolet has made a clean sweep of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, with the 2014 Corvette Stingray and Silverado 1500 being the big winners. This marks the first time Chevy has swept the awards.
The Chevy Silverado earned the Truck of the Year for the first time since 2007, while the Corvette last earned Car of the Year in 1998.
Chevy Sweeps the North American Awards
While each vehicle has its own unique purpose, both are built on a foundation of power and performance.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard Corvette ever made, with 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque churning out of a 6.2L V8 engine. With the available performance exhaust system, the 2014 Stingray is capable of 460 horses and 465 lb-ft of torque. This enables the Z51 Performance Package to run a 0-60 time in 3.8 seconds.
The Silverado, easily the most talked about pickup of the year, comes with three available engines, each one offering a unique combination of power and efficiency. Intelligent systems like direct injection, variable valve timing, and active fuel management help the 2014 Silverado save fuel without sacrificing capability.
Significance of the North American Awards
These awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding vehicles in the country. In order to win, the car and truck must be the benchmarks in their segment for various categories, including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, value, and driver satisfaction.
To be eligible, a vehicle must be all new of significantly updated. Vehicles from all over the globe are eligible, not just cars and trucks from North America.
These awards are especially unique because multiple sources contribute to the voting. Whereas most awards are given by one magazine or website, the North American Car and Truck of the Year is voted on by media members from print, TV, radio, and web, making it a fully comprehensive award.