Back in 2014, the new seventh-generation Corvette Stingray received the North American Car of the Year award.
Will the recently revealed eighth-generation Stingray – with its engine now moved behind the passengers – repeat that feat?
We’ll find out early next year, but we already know the new mid-engine Corvette is, in fact, one of the semifinalists for the award that was announced on Sept. 20.
Some 50 respected members of the print, online, radio, and broadcast media across the United States and Canada voted to narrow down this year’s list of eligible cars to a dozen semifinalists.
Next up is an annual comparison drive slated for Oct. 8-10 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where jurors will have another chance to evaluate each of the semifinalists on some of that state’s finest roads.
Three finalists will then be selected and announced at the LA Auto Show on Nov. 20 at 8:15 a.m. PT in the Tech Pavilion, with the winner ultimately named in early 2020.
The new Stingray will be competing against 11 other cars, including another General Motors offering, the Cadillac CT5, which blends premium and sporty features to square off against the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series.
The 10 other semifinalists include:
- BMW 3 Series
- Hyundai Sonata
- Kia Soul
- Mercedes-Benz A-Class
- Polestar 1
- Porsche 911
- Subaru Legacy
- Toyota Supra
- Volkswagen Arteon
The North American Car of the Year also includes categories for utility vehicles and trucks, with four GM vehicles making the list of semifinalists. In the Utility of the Year category, the Cadillac XT6 and Chevrolet Blazer were included, while in the Truck of the Year division, the Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty and GMC Sierra Heavy Duty were selected.
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