So the Silverado 1500 and Corvette Stingray are the best truck and car in the North American market today – but you already knew that. Just to make it official, the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards have both been presented to Chevrolet for the first time ever. The Silverado last earned the honor in 2007, while the Corvette hasn’t possessed the title since 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 Corvette received an astounding 211 points with the runner-up, the Mazda3, far behind with only 185 points and the Cadillac CTS at 94. Meanwhile, the Silverado took the lead with 219 points to the Jeep Cherokee’s 174, and the Acura MDX’s 97.
The presentation of the awards took place at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this morning after 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada voted to recognize the best vehicles of the year based on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and value for the dollar.
It’s no surprise that the Corvette earned the Car of the Year award, what with its 455 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque making it the most powerful standard model ever. At the same time, the Silverado’s available 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 produces 355 horses for awesome towing and hauling power, which can seamlessly switch to run on four cylinders to save fuel when not under load.
“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.