The dust has settled. The awards have been handed out. And we’re proud to announce that GM swept the Car and Truck divisions this year!
A tremendous achievement but even more impressive is the attention that the Chevrolet and Cadillac brands got from the voters. With the Chevrolet Impala, Stingray and Cadillac CTS grabbing three of the top four spots, GM earned 634 of the available 1200 first ballot votes.
The Stingray and CTS joined the Mazda 3 as ‘Top 3′ and advanced to the final round of voting where the Stingray earned 211 votes to solidify the top spot. The New Car win was the second in consecutive years for GM as the Cadillac ATS was named the 2013 winner. In the 21 years of voting for the Car of the Year, GM has now won 6 times, the Corvette has now won twice.
To be eligible for consideration, a vehicle must be brand new, or have gone through a significant transformation. Votes are submitted to Deloitte and Touche and the top three vote-getters in each category advance to a final vote. In the initial ballot, voters have a maximum 25 points for each category with a maximum of 10 points to be allowed per vehicle. Voters can only award 10 points, one time. In the final ballot, voters can award a total of 10 points among the final three choices with the ability to award one vehicle the full 10 points.
Styling and initial price point proved to be major factors in the judging this year with the Silverado earning 322 first ballot votes compared 52 for the new 2014 GMC Sierra which shares similar underpinnings and architecture. GM had a challenge with this redesign to raise the bar on a number of the benchmark stats in the truck category. Here are a few highlights:
- Best V-8 fuel economy, best available tow ratings of any light-duty pickup
- A selection of three all-new EcoTec3 engines, a V-6 and two V-8s
- A stronger, quieter and more comfortable cab
- A refined new interior with features and connectivity tailored to the needs of truck customers
- Revised steering, suspension and brakes for improved ride and handling
- Ingenious solutions for managing cargo in the bed.