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Corvette wins car of year award, Kia Telluride takes top SUV

by Ace Damon
Corvette wins car of year award, Kia Telluride takes top SUV

DETROIT –
The new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette won the North America Car of the Year award on Monday.

Kia Telluride received Sport Utility of the Year honors and Jeep Gladiator won the Truck of the Year award.

About 50 automotive journalists act as judges for the awards, announced in January.

They are chosen from dozens of candidates and must be new or substantially changed. Automakers often use the awards in advertising.

Judges evaluate finalists in value, innovation, design, performance, safety, technology and driver satisfaction. The selection process began last summer.

Car finalists included the Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Supra.

The finalists of the trucks were the pickup Ram and the Ford Ranger. The Lincoln Aviator and Hyundai Palisade joined were finalists of the utility award.

This is the first time the awards have not been announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The giant show was moved to June to enjoy the warmer weather.

Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter said the award means a lot to the company because it was decided by expert judges. He said orders for the new Corvette were so strong that the company had to add a second shift to its factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The car is due to arrive at the showrooms next month.

"We see exceptional demand because order banks have been full for a while, so we're not completely sold out, but we have a lot of people expressing demand and a lot of excitement, honestly, all over the world."

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