The 2013 North American Car and Truck of the Year have been named and for the first time in history, General Motors swept both awards with the distinctions going to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Silverado 1500 .
The road for both GM vehicles towards the title were by no means easy, as each category featured a number of other worthy models to the title. In the end, though, the 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who had a hand in naming the two winners voted a pair of worthy vehicles, each putting a stamp on its segment through respective high marks in innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for money.
Both the Corvette and the Silverado are more than just one-time winners, with the former being named Car of the Year in 1998 and the latter receiving the Truck of the Year distinction in 2007.
“It is a distinct honor for the entire Chevrolet team to have both the Corvette and Silverado recognized with the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards,” Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president, Global Chevrolet, said.
No truer words have been spoken by Mr. Batey, especially when you take into consideration the significance of beating out the likes of the BMW 4 Series , the Cadillac CTS , the Jaguar F-Type , the GMC Sierra and the Toyota Tundra .
Congratulations to the Corvette Stingray and the Silverado 1500. Well deserved wins for two deserving models.
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The 2014 Stingray made its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and it was nothing short of a hit. Sure, the revival of the "Stingray" name took a while to get used to, but its 455-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 certainly relieved any of our issues with the recycling of the iconic nameplate. Add to that the optional exhaust system that adds five horsepower and five pound-feet of torque to the mix, and we welcome the Stingray with open arms.
Also available is a Z51 package, which adds in staggered 19- and 20-inch wheels, a dry-sump oil system, electronic limited-slip diff, larger front rotors, a fully upgraded suspension, and much, much more.
The 2014 Corvette starts at $51,000.
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The new-generation Silverado was unveiled right in time for the 2014 model year. It received important updates to the exterior, interior and under the hood, changes that transformed it into the "strongest, smartest and most capable Silverado ever."
The 2014 Silverado is offered with a choice of three new EcoTec3 engines: a 4.3-liter V-6, a 5.3-liter V-8 and a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, with the output level ranging from 285 to 420 horsepower.
The 2014 Silverado is priced from $24,585.
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The all-new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado 1500 are the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year.
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,”
Presentation of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards open media days each year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Forty-nine automotive journalists from the United States and Canada vote to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.
The new Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque from a 6.2L V-8 engine – and 460 horsepower /465 lb-ft with the available performance exhaust system – enabling models with the available Z51 Performance Package to sprint from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds.
Silverado’s available 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 generates 355 horsepower for confident towing and hauling, yet seamlessly switches to four cylinders to save fuel during light-load driving. With an EPA estimated highway fuel economy of up to 23 mpg, Silverado offers the best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup.
“It is a distinct honor for the entire Chevrolet team to have both the Corvette and Silverado recognized with the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards,” Batey said.