Chevy's new 2014 Corvette Stingray.
2014 Chevy Silverado. / GM
DETROIT (WZZM/Detroit Free Press) - The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray captured the North American Car of the Year award today at the Detroit Auto Show while the Chevrolet Silverado won Truck of the Year.
The last time a single automaker won both the car and truck award was in 2010 when Ford won with the Fusion mid-size sedan and Transit Connect small commercial van.
The awards are coveted by automakers because they represent the collective assessment of 48 veteran journalists who have test-driven vehicles for years - including Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan. Most other automotive awards are given out by individual publications or organizations.
This year, the cars and trucks were selected from a field of 28 cars and 18 trucks or SUVs.
Corvette competed against two other finalists, Cadillac CTS and Mazda3.
None of the others, however, had Corvette's hallowed past or such a dramatic reinvention for their latest generations. Corvette was the hit of last year's North American International Auto Show.
Finalists for Truck of the Year included the Acura MDX, Chevrolet Silverado and Jeep Cherokee.
Redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet Silverado benefits from weight reduction and a lineup of new, more fuel-efficient engines including a now-competitive V6.
In addition to its spacious four-door crew cab, the Silverado offers a two-door standard cab and an extended cab with a smaller rear seat and doors. Beyond those choices, Chevrolet also is testing the luxury pickup waters with the Silverado High Country, which offers even more features and upscale materials. Silverado prices start at $25,575 and climb to $47,680 for a 4-by-4 High Country with a 6-foot, 6-inch bed.
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