A panel of auto journalists has chosen the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado winners of the top spots for 2014. Their rivals were the Mazda3 and the Cadillac CTS, which were also finalists for Car of the Year, and the Jeep Cherokee and Acura MDX in the truck category. This marks the first time Chevrolet swept the awards, adding it to the list of previous winners of both categories: GM in 2007, Honda Motor Co. in 2006, and Ford in 2010.
Mary Barra, global product chief and incoming CEO of GM spoke to reporters about the win: “I’m really proud of the global product development team, starting with the designers through engineering and powertrain. They really worked hard and sweat the details of each and every aspect of those vehicles. I’m confident that if they get into the showroom, they’re going to see a lot of vehicles they like.”
GM senior VP of global Chevrolet also spoke about the award: “Chevrolet is in the midst of the most aggressive product transformation in the brand’s more than 100-year history. 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 Car and Truck of the Year finalists were chosen by a panel of 48 automotive journalists, who picked the six from a total of 11 cars and 12 trucks. Only 2013 vehicles that were changed substantially or redesigned were eligible for the award. Also in the running were vehicles from Hyundai-Kia and Toyota Motor Sales, Nissan, BMW, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler and Subaru. GM had the had the most nominees, offering up six models for consideration.
Winners of last year’s award were the Cadillac ATS in the car category and the Ram 1500 in the truck category. The first North American Car and Truck of the year awards were given in 1994, and since then, fourteen automakers have won awards. GM has captured a total of ten, and Ford has won nine.