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Car of the year: Corvette Stingray

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Posted: 3 pm ET

The Corvette was last named North American Car of the Year in 1998.

The Corvette was last named North American Car of the Year in 1998.

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has won the prestigious 2014 North American Car of the Year this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named the winner after receiving 211 points from the jury. It beat out the Mazda3, with 185 points, and the Cadillac CTS, with 94 points. The Corvette was last named North American Car of the Year in 1998.

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is new for 2014 and is the most powerful Corvette ever built at its standard model level. Its 6.2-liter V-8 engine produces 455 horsepower and 460 pounds-feet of torque. An optional Z51 Performance Package gives the Stingray 460 horsepower and 465 pounds-feet of torque and enables it to travel from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

The award is given by a group of 49 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada and is financed solely from jurors' dues. The group initially considers all cars that are new or substantially redesigned for the 2014.

This is the sixth time in the award history that a General Motors branded car has won. Domestic automakers have won the award 12 times in its history, while European automakers have won four times. Japanese automakers have received the honor three times, while a Korean automaker (Hyundai) has won twice.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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106 Comments
Ken
January 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm

@Paul an Electric car can go zero to 60 in about 3 seconds , because unlike a gasoline engine an electric engine has instantaneous torque , an ICE needs to build up that torque.

You should actually learn about electric vehicles before posting. BTW a Chevy is a GM - what can you expect.

nic anderson
January 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Cool looking car looks just like a newer skyline too bad its not as fast but wait im sure it costs more too

Melissa
January 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Everyone keeps saying buy American made cars. Look under the hood of the Ford Mustang 2000 and up and under the car as well and you will see a few things made in China and Mexico.

max p
January 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

wow and this guy still thinks dodge is nice please look at how often the new dodges break more than any other car on the market and they should have won ? Its guys like jesse why the big three still survive dodge should have won please how many times have they went under recently and have to have Mitsubishi bail them out, then Mercedes, and then the government twice but jesse still thinks dodge is quality. Now if you got to a restaurant and get sick 4 times in a row going there are they still the best food in town ? lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol Please American think before you open your mouth

Jesse Martin
January 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

G.M.SUCKS.RAM SHOULD HAVE WON. ALL G.M.HAS IS A PRETTY INTERIOR,THAT WON'T PULL MY LOAD.

mike
January 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

be American buy American please all being American means is that your ok with stealing if you buy any thing American now days your a fool most of it is not even made here anymore. Both usa companies dodge and chevy never paid back the first bailout they were not required to. I own a tow company and guess whats towed from breaking down the most new ford trucks(worst transmission in 20 years on any truck only last about 30k)and then all other American cars.Dodge cars break more than any other cars made on the market now days people do your research wow how common sense has disappeared in the usa no wonder were 21 trillion in debt thanks America for not using your brain in the last 15 years keep buying American junk and they will keep selling it to you for 6 times whats it worth ever try to sell your usa car or truck after buying it why do they lose more value than any car or truck there is if there so good ? lol lol lol

Kirby Hunt
January 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

Someone please build a GMC Safari HyBrid. I have a Safari. But it will need to be replaced soon. I will need at least 35 MPG. t spend 50K on any vehicle.

westtechsupport
January 15, 2014 at 11:25 am

This is awesome.

Paul
January 15, 2014 at 11:22 am

GM built what they wanted to sell?? Yeah, every business does that. I would too! If no one bought them, they wouldn't BUILD them!! An electric car might get to 60 in 2 MINUTES, maybe, but then it would run out of juice and leave you stranded, if it didn't burn up first (Chevrolet Volt). If I were you, I would get a 5 mile long extention cord if you're going to buy one of those pieces of junk, and a fire extinguisher.

Charles Ashurst
January 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

60 in 3.8. What a 20th century low tech clunker.

You want 60 in 2, you need electric, baby.

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