Chevy Silverado helps GM sweep end-of-year awards

After years of being in the shadows of the best-selling Ford F-Series and critically acclaimed Ram Truck lineup, Chevrolet pickups are finally taking their turn in the spotlight. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is the latest creation to take home some major accolades, building on the momentum it gained after being named the Pickup Truck of the Year by Four Wheeler magazine. 

General Motors performs well
When the winners were announced, it was immediately apparent that General Motors came out on top. The automaker swept the awards for North American Car and Truck of the Year, which were announced in the early hours of Jan. 13 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 

GM took home the top prize for 2014 North American Car of the Year, which went to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, as well as Truck of the Year, which was the Chevrolet Silverado. Experts rated these two vehicles as the best among their peers after testing with regards to innovation, comfort, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and overall financial value. 

A panel of 49 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada selected the winners. This is the 21st year the recognition has been given out, but just the second time the Chevy Silverado has earned the prize. The truck previously won in 2007. 

The Silverado came in first place by a significant margin over the second-place Jeep Cherokee. Judges voted the Acura MDX 97 into third place. 

Considering the Chevy Silverado
One of the benefits of the 2014 Chevy Silverado is that it can be used in a variety of situations. Whether drivers want to go off-roading, complete intense construction work or simply get from place to place on the roads, the Silverado is more than ready to handle the load. Add in its ability to be adapted into any scenario with truck mods and you have a hardcore pickup that - perhaps most importantly - won't break the bank. 

GM hopes that the recent success of the Silverado, along with other vehicles, will cause some drivers to give the models a longer look. 

"I hope that people look and if they haven't considered General Motors or Chevrolet, they'll get into the showroom, because I'm confident if they get into the showrooms they'll see a lot of vehicles they like," incoming GM chief executive Mary Barra told The Philadelphia Inquirer.