2014 Corvette Stingray Makes Short List for North American Car of the Year Award

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2014 Corvette Stingray Makes Short List for North American Car of the Year Award

Back in January at the North American International Auto Show, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was unveiled to much applause. Well, the applause for the already highly praised seventh-generation Corvette might grow even louder at that show in January 2014. That’s when the winners of the North American Car and Truck of the Year will be announced.

The new Stingray is among the list of early contenders for the 2014 Car of the Year, according to a list of nominees just released by jurors for the honors.

In fact, it looks like 2014 could be a very good year for General Motors across the board.

The Corvette and Cadillac ELR are both candidates in the car category, while the newly redesigned Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups are early hopefuls in the truck and utility category.

In December, we’ll find out if these candidates are among the five finalists in each category, and the winners will then be unveiled during the NAIAS come January.

Here is the list of 2014 model year cars and trucks nominated for the North American Car/Truck of the Year Awards:

Acura RLX
BMW 4 Series
Cadillac CTS
Cadillac ELR
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Spark EV
Chevy SS
Fiat 500L
Fiat 500E
Honda Fit EV
Infiniti Q50
Jaguar F-Type
Kia Cadenza
Kia Forte
Kia Soul
Lexus IS
Maserati Ghibli
Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mini Paceman
Mitsubishi Mirage
Nissan Versa Note
Porsche Cayman/Cayman S
Smart fortwo electric
Toyota Corolla

Trucks/utility vehicles

Acura MDX
Buick Encore
Chevrolet Silverado
Ford Transit Connect/Wagon
GMC Sierra
Hyundai Santa Fe (long wheelbase)
Jeep Cherokee
Kia Sorento
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Nissan NV200 Compact
Ram 2500/3500
Subaru Forester
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Tundra
Toyota RAV4

To be eligible, a vehicle must have been substantially changed from the previous model and must go on sale shortly after the announcement of the award. Sales must reach “reasonably foreseeable”? totals of 5,000 cars or 2,000 trucks. The GM vehicles definitely qualify based on all that criteria.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Chevrolet made it a sweep for General Motors?

The Cadillac ATS and the Ram 1500 took top honors for 2013.

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