C8 Corvette Wins North American Car of the Year Award

The 2020 North American Car of the Year award has just been given out and the prize has gone to the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.

The NACTOY awards are given out at the start of each year, traditionally at the North American International Auto Show. But since starting this year the show has moved to summer, the awards are now a stand-alone affair. Vehicles were driven and judged by a jury of 54 expert automotive journalists from across the U.S. and Canada, including print, TV, radio, and online media.

Three rounds of voting left three finalists for North American Car of the Year. The 2020 Toyota Supra, 2020 Hyundai Sonata, and 2020 Chevrolet Corvette.

The Corvette took the award. “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,” said Henry Payne, juror and auto critic for The Detroit News.

Chevrolet’s latest Corvette has transformed the model, giving it supercar levels of performance for a price a fraction of the exotics. Moving the engine behind the driver changes the entire performance equation, and the jurors recognized the achievement. Though it’s unusual for a Car of the Year winner to not be available at the time of the award, it will hit dealers soon, is mostly sold out already, and was initially expected to be on the road by now before the delay from the GM/United Auto Workers labor dispute late last year.