Chevrolet delivered an outstanding showcase at the 2014 North American International Auto Show and won the crowd’s attention with the new Corvette Stingray and Silverado which were awarded car and truck of the year. This marks the first time Chevrolet has won both awards in the same year. The Corvette was last named car of the year in 1998 while the Silverado was last named truck of the year in 2007. The big win for Chevrolet also meant a big win for domestic automakers, keeping them at the number one spot in the automotive industry. Domestic Automakers have won North American Car of the year 12 times while Japanese, European and Korean automakers have won nine times combined. Similarly, domestic automakers have also won truck of the year seven times more than Japanese and European automakers combined.
More than 5,000 journalists from over 60 countries attended the North American International Auto Show this year and only 49 multi-media journalists from USA and Canada chose the winners. The Corvette Stingray swept the car of the year award beating the new Cadillac CTS and the new Mazda3 compact.
It is no surprise the new Corvette won the crowd’s attention considering its consistency in delivering outstanding performance driven features and futuristic technological characteristics. Improved features on the Corvette include the new aluminum-intensive chassis structure, which is 57 percent stiffer and 99 pounds lighter than the previous generation, and a re-designed spacious cabin. Corvette took a big leap forward and committed to creating not only a performance driven sports car but one that is also driven by beauty, comfort and safety.
The win for the Silverado was due to its re-designed structure and, improved interior and exterior appearance. The Silverado benefited from weight reduction from a redesigned exterior trim and a lighter but more powerful fuel efficient new 6.2-liter V8 engine. In addition to its spacious four-door spacious cab, the Silverado offers a two-door standard cab and an extended cab with a smaller rear seat and doors. This powerful truck has a towing capacity of 9,800 pounds and is capable of maneuvering through curves and steep surfaces. To top it off, the interior is superior in its class in terms of styling, quality, comfort and safety features.
The Car and Truck of the year By Chevrolet serve as a benchmark for other vehicles in similar segments in terms of creativity, innovation, style, comfort and most importantly, safety. The Corvette and the Silverado are a true depiction of Chevy’s commitment and dedication to transforming the over 100 year’s old brand into the next generation of futuristic and innovative cars. Visit Mountain View Chevrolet to learn more about the new Silverado and Corvette Stingray.