Many Corvette lovers would believe that the Corvette should be the Car of the Year every year, let alone when a new generation is released, but in naming the the 2014 Corvette Stingray Car of the Year, Automobile Magazine noted that it was not a foregone conclusion.
“The Corvette may have a special place in the American automotive pantheon, but not every new Corvette has been a big deal. The C6, for example, was a conservative effort, a safe play that didn’t reach. The new C7, though, is something else” state Automobile writer Joe Lorio who had the job of writing about what makes the new Stingray so special.
He notes the all new frame, the all-new V8 engine, the great ride in different conditions, the sophisticated technology, the great exterior design, the vastly improved interior and, of course, the low, introductory price.
In a double honor for the 2014 Stingray, Automobile Magazine also has named Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter Man of the Year! According the Automobile Magazine writer Jason Harper, “…make no mistake, the C7 is Juechter’s machine. Only the fifth chief engineer in the Corvette’s sixty-one-year history, he’s likely to go down in the books as the one who got it right.”
According to the article, the new Corvette is a “top-to-bottom reimagining of what the Corvette could and should be” and is a “clear manifestation of what happens when a postbankruptcy General Motors gets out of its own way and allows an effective leader to oversee a dedicated team”.