The odds are getting better with each passing day that the new Corvette Stingray could be named the 2014 North American Car of the Year.
In July, the Stingray was one of 47 vehicles (including nine from General Motors) to be nominated as finalists for 2014 North American Car and Truck/SUV of the Year.
In October, that early list was narrowed to 24 vehicles, six of them made by GM.
Now the three finalists in the car division and the three finalists in the truck/SUV division have been announced, and GM can boast of producing three of the six survivors – including the Stingray, the Cadillac CTS, and the Chevrolet Silverado.
The Stingray and CTS will have to beat out the 2014 Mazda 3, while the Silverado is up against the Acura MDX and Jeep Cherokee in its division.
A writer for Torque News wrote this week that he believes the jurors in the competition may ultimately give the award to the Cadillac since the Stingray is sold in such small numbers but the CTS could provide a big boost to Cadillac sales when it’s released in full force to dealers.
Still, that the Corvette is in such high company in North America speaks volumes for the work done by Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter and his team on the seventh generation sports car.
Torque News, in fact, calls the new Stingray “one of the greatest American performance cars of all time” and “a global legend before one ever touched the street” as soon it was revealed to the world last January. They say the Corvette is “a giant killer that will beat some of the best performance cars in the world with a price that makes it cheaper than many of the cars that it will crush.”
We wouldn’t argue.