Chevy sweep: Corvette, Silverado take show awards

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm •  Published: January 13, 2014
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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' Chevrolet brand swept the North American Car of the Year and North American Truck/Utility of the Year on Monday, giving the resurgent Detroit automaker another boost at the beginning of the Motor City's annual auto show.

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray received the car award, and the truck was the Silverado. The Chevy sweep came after General Motors Co. made the most appearances on this year's list finalists, which also included the Cadillac CTS and Mazda3 on the car side and Acura MDX and Jeep Cherokee on the truck/utility side.

The Cadillac ATS took top car honors last year.

The awards always kick off the press preview days for the North American International Auto Show, though they aren't affiliated with the show. Forty-eight full-time automotive journalists vote on winners from the list of finalists.

The win for the Corvette, which starts at just under $52,000, is a strong point of pride for the company. The Stingray debuted exactly one year earlier and represents a redesign of a model that's been in production for 60 years.

Alan Batey, soon to be GM's North American chief, said the company can't make enough Corvettes.

"Everything that's in the factory is pretty much customer sold," he said.

Batey added that the Chevrolet brand isn't as healthy as it needs to be globally, but the independent awards should help show that the brand and automaker are "on the move."

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