General Motors seventh-generation Corvette Corvette Stingray beat out the Cadillac CTS and Mazda3 to be crowned North American Car of the Year at the opening of the press preview for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It was also the second big win for GM’s redesigned Chevrolet brand, which also saw Silverado take top honors as North American Truck of the Year.
General Motors. It won last year for the Cadillac ATS compact sedan.
The car and truck of the year awards are arguably the auto industry's most coveted -- they are chosen by 49 automotive journalists who drove all the vehicles and and rendered a judgement.
Re-designed to rival Porsche 911 with a 460 hp (25 more than the last generation), 6.2 liter push-rod V8 engine, the new Corvette may drive with the agility of a classic European sports car, but still retains its “American “ personality and feel, according to the 49 automotive writers who drove all the vehicles under consideration before voting.
They also praised the fact that not only does the car go from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, it is able to rate 17 miles per gallon city and 29 mpg highway thanks to the new cylinder shut-off system that lets it run on four cylinders at highway speeds for better fuel efficiency.