The 2020 C8 Corvette has bagged another award named North American Car of the Year. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to many as the C8 Corvette also won the MotorTrend Car of the Year and Detroit Press Free Car of the Year earlier this year. All these awards came just because Chevrolet dared to make a mid-engine Corvette rather than going with old Corvette designs. To be frank, the old design wasn’t obsolete but the new mid-engine Corvette is just faster and better in many ways. With an approachable price tag of $60,000, Vette has defined a new era for Chevy.
What It is and What it Represents?
Starting in 1989 this award is presented to cars and trucks in the North American Auto Show in Detroit every January. The winner is selected by a panel of 60(more or less) automotive journalists from Canada and the States.
“A mid-engine Corvette was a huge risk for Chevy’s muscle-car icon. They nailed it. Stunning styling, interior, and performance for one-third of the cost of comparable European exotics,” concluded The Detroit News‘ automotive critic and NACTOY juror Henry Payne.
The 2020 C8 Corvette was up against some very competitive cars from the competitor brands such as the Toyota Supra, BMW Z4, and Porsche 911. CT5 from the famous manufacturer Cadillac was also nominated and it even made to finals but it just couldn’t beat the C8 Corvette.
This show held other awards as well such as the Truck of the Year and Utility Car of the Year. Jeep’s Gladiator took home the Truck of the Year award and Kia’s Telluride took the Utility Car of the Year for 2020.
The NACTOY award will join other awards on the Vette shelf with MotorTrend Car of the Year, Car and Driver 10 Best award and the Detroit Free Press Car of the Year. All these awards before even getting on the road for good, the C8 Corvette is in for a big run for Chevy. The C8 Corvette will mark a new era in the performance car section and will definitely rewrite some rules already set by this section flagships such as Porsche and Lamborghini. Although it’s not hard to see why the C8 is getting all this praise form the automotive community, with the 0-60 MPH time of fewer than 3 seconds and a top speed of over 180 MPH and all that at a price tag of just $60,000. Features like these are available in the flagship models of brands like Lamborghini, Aston Martin, and Ferrari which often go for a price of more than $200,000+. So you can clearly see the difference between $200k and $60k for most of the same features and that too coming from an American car manufacturer.