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Chevy wins Car, Truck of Year

Congratulations to General Motors and Chevrolet, which swept the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards with the Corvette Stingray and Silverado 1500. The two were named to the top spots by a panel of automotive journalists on Monday.

It was Chevy’s first time to take both honors since the awards were created in 1994.

“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 for global Chevrolet, in a statement.

“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.”

Only two other automakers have won awards in the same year: Honda in 2006 for the Civic and Ridgeline, and Ford in 2010 for the Fusion Hybrid and Transit Connect. General Motors makes have done so more than once.

Although these 2014 models carry the old nametags, earlier versions have earned the top slots in the past. Back in 1998 was the last time for Corvette, while the Silverado took the title more recently, in 2007.

Here’s how the winners stacked up against the competing finalists:
Corvette – 211 points               Silverado – 219 points
Mazda3 – 185 points               Jeep Cherokee – 174 points
Cadillac CTS – 94 points        Acura MDX – 97 points

From Chevrolet’s statement:
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.

Presentation of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards kick off media days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit each year. This year an independent jury of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada voted to recognize the best of the year’s best vehicles. To maximize their independence, the jurors pay dues to underwrite the costs of the annual competition.

Basing their votes on such factors as innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar, they selected the six finalists from a field of 11 cars and 12 trucks and utility vehicles.

To be eligible, a vehicle must be a wholly new entry to the market, redesigned or substantially changed; each must also be introduced in 2013.

For more information about the awards, visit the official website.