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2014 Chevy SilveradoAs is tradition, the first press day of the 2014 Detroit Auto Show has been kicked off with the announcement of the 2014 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year winners. And for the new year, top honors go to go the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado – a sweep for the Bowtie brand.

In earning its Car of the Year award, the Corvette beat the slick new Cadillac CTS and lovely new Mazda3 compact – both great cars, for sure. But considering just how many awards the new Corvette has won since its debut earlier this year, we aren't exactly shocked that the NACTOY jury found it fitting of this prestigious award.

Competition was also stiff on the Truck/Utility side, where the Chevy Silverado bested the new Jeep Cherokee and Acura MDX.

Congratulations to both of the winners, as well as the finalists. We'll have more information regarding the 2014 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the year later, including voting breakdown.

UPDATE: The 49-member jury's point totals have been revealed, and the Corvette Stingray nabbed 211 points, the Mazda3 logged 185 and the Cadillac CTS trailed with 94. For the Truck/Utility award, the Silverado netted 219 points, the Jeep Cherokee finished second with 174 and the Acura MDX garnered 97. For more, check out the additional information available below.

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General Motors Sweeps 2014 North American Car/Truck of the Year.


The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado were named the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year Monday morning at a news conference at the North American International Auto Show.

The winners were chosen by a jury of 49 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada.

The awards – now in their 21st year - are unique in the United States because instead of being given by a single media outlet they are awarded by a group of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who represent magazines, television, radio, newspapers and web sites.

The awards are designed to recognize the most outstanding new vehicles of the year. These vehicles are benchmarks in their segments based on factors including innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

The jurors gave the Stingray 211 points; the Mazda3 got 185 and the Cadillac CTS 94.

It was the sixth car win for General Motors. The Corvette also won in 1998.

The jurors gave the Silverado 219 points; the Jeep Cherokee 174 and the Acura MDX 97.

It was the fourth truck win for General Motors. The Silverado also won in 2007.

Domestic automakers have won North American Car of the Year 12 times. Japanese automakers have won three times. European automakers have won four times. A Korean automaker (Hyundai) has won twice.

Domestic automakers have won North American Truck of the Year 14 times. Japanese automakers have won four times. European automakers have won three times.

To be eligible a vehicle must be all new or substantially changed. The jurors considered dozens of new vehicles before sending their ballots to Michelle Collins, a partner at Deloitte & Touche early in December.

On December 10th the three car and truck finalists were announced. But only Ms. Collins knew the winners until she handed over envelopes today to Tony Swan, a freelance journalist and member of the organizing committee, who made the announcements.

The votes each juror will be posted by January 20th on the awards web site, www.northamericancaroftheyear.org

The awards were inspired by the "Car of the Year" in Europe.

They are administered by an organizing committee and are funded with dues paid by the jurors. There are no paid positions. Automakers do not pay to have their vehicles considered or to mention the awards in ads.

The "2013 North American Car of the Year" was the Cadillac ATS.

Last year's "2012 North American Truck of the Year" was the Ram 1500 pickup.


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      Car Guy
      • 11 Months Ago
      It was a bit of a one horse race in the Truck/SUV category. The Cherokee styling is too polarizing to win. The MDX doesn't really move the needle in any dramatic way. I thought the new Range Rover Sport was a better candidate to compete than the MDX.
      Egon
      • 11 Months Ago
      It looks as though the race for the car award was much tighter than that for the truck. Corvette vs. CTS could have gone either way. Silverado vs. Cherokee? Not so much.
      nocommie11
      • 11 Months Ago
      The truck has more advance suspension than that Retirement Home Assault Vehicle, aka Donkey Cart.
        Bandit5317
        • 11 Months Ago
        @nocommie11
        Autoblog really needs moderators. This guy's crap is getting old.
      richard
      • 11 Months Ago
      Chevy/GM is on a roll. Congrats Chevrolet.
        Dodge
        • 11 Months Ago
        @richard
        330,000 Truck recall...nice job GM!!!
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Dodge
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      Trent
      • 11 Months Ago
      Chevy and GM have come a long way and you guys deserve it. Keep up the momentum.
      knightrider_6
      • 11 Months Ago
      Never a bad time to bring this up " If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed. Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course of declining market shares, insurmountable labor and retiree burdens, technology atrophy, product inferiority and never-ending job losses. Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check. " - Mitt Romney AKA the Oracle of Republican Party
        David
        • 11 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Built with tax dollars, and a 10B hit to taxpayers in the end! Of course most dems are not concerned since most of the 40% that don't pay fed income taxes vote for democrats so it didn't come from their pockets. Mitt was right and they should have been allowed to fail!
        Jon
        • 11 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        ford didn't get bailed out and chevy is having fun with there trucks catching fire
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Jon
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          @Jon
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      hn376rar
      • 11 Months Ago
      Congrats to Chevrolet and GM!
      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Stingray deserved it for sure! Chevy is lucky the new F150 is only being revealed today. That thing will slaughter the competition next year.
      Karfreek
      • 11 Months Ago
      GM is digging deep in the pockets this year...
      John
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'm sure Chevy will enjoy this award for the Silverado, being as it the last one they are likely to receive as the F150 has just hit them like a ton of bricks (or is that 1/2 ton of bricks)...
        richard
        • 11 Months Ago
        @John
        Chevy should be outselling the F-150 within a couple of months.
      kagroyalo
      • 11 Months Ago
      The Corvette is the obvious choice, where can you get all that technology and performance for that price point. The Silverado I don't get it. What is so new and ground breaking to not only win, but beat the Jeep by 45 points. The Jeep offers: (2) new engines, (3) advanced 4-wheel drive systems, 9 speed transmission and all new from the ground up styling
      carboy55
      • 11 Months Ago
      Saturn Aura, Cadillac ATS... It would be nice to see NACTOY out of GM's hip pocket and become a valid award some day.
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