Detroit, Mi. It's an exciting time in Bowling Green as the Corvette Stingray was announced as the 2014 North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
This award is considered the "Oscars" for cars and trucks.
General Motors is extremely proud of this award because the Corvette had some stiff competition from some big names.
"I was there in the audience when it was announced yesterday. The Mazda 3 it was up against is a fantastic small car, of course, the Cadillac CTS won Motor Trend Car of the Year, so it was a tough battle there, but I think for me when you just look at the specification on the Corvette, when you look at its performance, it's value, what it can do, and how much it's put a shiver of fear down the spines of people at Ferrari and Porsche, it doesn't matter what it would look like I still want to drive it. I still think people are excited about it and then you see what it looks like well I think that's what kind of cleared it as North American Car of the Year," said James Bell the head of Consumer Affairs for General Motors.
It was a Chevrolet sweep as the company received not only car of the year, but truck of the year as well.
The 2015 Corvette Z06 and Corvette C7.R were also unveiled at the show.
About the Z06, Bell says "625 plus horsepower, we're not even announcing the final horse power yet if 625 wasn't enough, amazing brakes, lots of carbon fiber, amazing amount of great aerodynamics to give it great downforce, again learned from the racing program. The Z06 has really just stirred people up, I mean the Stingray alone is amazing, all of a sudden it looks tame compared to the Z06 I think that's the highest praise it can get."
The racing version of the Corvette, the C7.R, was also unveiled at the show.
"The racing version of the Corvette has been so successful at all the series it's entered at Le Mans and different races around the world. It's been a world beater against, scaring Ferrari and Porsche every chance it can get," said Bell.