Today, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Silverado 1500 kissed shook their “hands” and kissed each other as the vehicle got the 2014 North American Car and Truck of the year. For those who don’t know, this is the first time Chevrolet won both awards in the same year. Back in 2007 the Chevrolet Silverado was named Truck of the Year while the Corvette was named Car of the Year back in 1998.
T2014 Corvette Stingray received 211 points, while the Mazda3 got 185 points and the Cadillac CTS only 94 points. Meanwhile, Silverado received 219 points, topping the Jeep Cherokee with 174 points and the Acura MDX with 97 points. The 2014 Corvette Stingray was introduced alst year and is the most powerful standard model ever, with 455 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque delivered by the 6.2-liter V8.
Silverado is available with a 5.3-liter EcoTec V8 engine that generates 365 hp and can switch to four-cylinder to save fuel during light-load driving. The 2014 Silverado has an EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 23 mpg.
Ken Parkinson, executive director of global design, described the exterior styling of the new Corvette Stingray as both functional and elegant. He remarked that although developing a new Corvette is a dream of every designer, doing so isn’t an easy task. Parkinson quipped that the goal for the new Corvette was to create a bold design statement that doesn’t just express its advanced technologies, but also enhance its overall performance.
The goal gave birth to the new Corvette C7 Stingray, which Parkinsion described as a fantastic groundbreaking car that stays faithful to the basic elements that make a Corvette a Corvette.
Of course, the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray adopts no element from its predecessors. However, it remains true to its profound characteristics like its long dash-to-axle ratio, its dual-element rear lamps and a greenhouse that calls into mind the canopy of a fighter jet. Its design is basically inspired and influenced by aerospace and nature.
Tom Peters, exterior design director, remarked that for the new Corvette to be called a Stingray, it needed to convey a purposeful visual impact, which is apparent both in the stingray animal and fighter jets. The beauty of the stingray and fighter jets is derived from their purpose – which is to move through water or air quickly and efficiently. Peters added that these inspired designers to ensure that every transition on every surface of the Corvette Stingray has a purpose, but executed with beauty and proportion.
The design of the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray is easily recognizable thanks to its signature lighting. On the front end, the Corvette Stingray features indirect white LED lights arranged to create a characteristic daytime styling cue. These LED units are accommodated in black-chrome lamp housing along with standard HID projector headlamps. Interestingly, the turn signals of the Corvette Stingray feature edge-lit amber LED lighting.