The 2020 Corvette Stingray was awarded car of the year in the North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year Awards. The Corvette’s win here shows further just how important the car is. According to Detroit Free Press, Tadge Juechter, executive chief engineer for the Corvette said that this award is just further validation for the car.
“We’ve been working on it for five years basically in secret. We kept it secret and then let it loose,” he said, noting that “we had to get it right the first time.”
Chevrolet had a seriously tough job with the C8 Corvette. The company had to take one of the most iconic sports cars out there and make a dramatic shift while not ruining any of what the Corvette name stands for. While some die-hard fans of the front-engine layout protest this new model, the majority of people understand just how good the new car is. This mid-engine design allows Chevrolet to push the Corvette further. The judges for the North American Car, utility, and Truck of the Year Awards realized this and awarded the Corvette appropriately.
The utility vehicle of the year that was selected was the Kia Telluride. The truck was the Jeep Gladiator. These two vehicles are worthy machines, but we’d argue neither one saw as important a shift as the Corvette.