Chevrolet made an impressive double play in Detroit last month, winning both the North American Car and Truck Awards with the 2014 Corvette and Silverado.
The honors were chosen by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from the Untied States and Canada. The awards have been given since 1994, and were inspired by car of the year awards given in Europe. Domestic or imported vehicles qualify for the award, which recognizes new benchmarks in the classes in which they compete. The vehicles must be substantially changed from the previous model.
"I can't tell you how honored we are. It's very exciting for General Motors and our customers," said Mark Reuss, head of product development for General Motors.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard Corvette ever, with 455 horsepower. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Built on an all-aluminum frame, Chevrolet says it's the most efficient sports car available with an estimated 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with the seven speed manual transmission.
The other two finalists for North American Car of the Year were the Mazda3 and Cadillac CTS. Cadillac won last year with the ATS, for a total of six car wins for General Motors including the Corvette in 1998.
The Chevrolet Silverado pickup features three all-new engines including the 5.3-liter V-8, which offers best-in-class V-8 fuel economy of up to 23 mpg in two-wheel drive models. It uses gasoline direct injection, variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation to run on four cylinders during light load situations. Interiors are all-new and the cab engineered to be stronger and quieter.
North American Truck of the Year finalists were the Jeep Cherokee and Acura MDX. General Motors has won truck honors four times.
"We of course are excited by owning the Car and Truck of the year honors in the same year for the first time in our history," said Al Kuchar, general manager of Mike Anderson Chevy in Merrillville. "It's truly a testament that Chevrolet is leading the way for American ingenuity and design."
You can also see the winners at Arnell Chevrolet in Burns Harbor, Christenson Chevrolet in Highland, Harbor Chevrolet in Michigan City, Smith Chevrolet in Hammond and Lowell, Team Chevrolet in Valparaiso and Weirs Chevrolet in DeMotte.