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Chevrolet does a double

Bow-tie brand sweeps North American car and truck of the year awards

Published: January 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

General Motors' Chevrolet brand did a double, winning both the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, which were announced today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The seventh-generation Corvette Stingray was named North American Car of the year, defeating the Cadillac CTS and Mazda3.

The new Silverado 1500 took the truck honours, ahead of the Acura MDX and Jeep Cherokee.

The 2013 winners were the Cadillac ATS and the Ram 1500, respectively.

This is the first time Chevrolet has won both awards in the same year, although both nameplates are previous winners – the Corvette most recently in 1998 and the Silverado in 2007.

The Corvette was awarded 211 points from the 49 Canadian and American journalists voting for the awards, compared to the Mazda3 with 185 points and the Cadillac CTS with 94 points.

The Silverado received 219 points to the Jeep Cherokee's 174 points and the Acura MDX's 97 points.

The Corvette was voted Best New Sports/Performance Car over $50,000 earlier, by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, making it a finalist for the Canadian Car of the Year.

The Silverado's GMC Sierra sibling earned Best New Pickup honours in the AJAC competition, putting it in contention for overall Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

The winners of both those awards will be announced at the opening ceremonies for the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 13.