Chevrolet Sweeps North American Car, Truck of the Year Awards

The 25th North American International Auto Show couldn't have started better for Chevrolet. Twice the auto maker could take the stage and claim its vehicles were the best on the continent.

First the Chevy Silverado won Truck of the Year. Then, minutes later, the Corvette Stingray took Car of the Year.

Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said it just speaks to how strong the US auto industry is.

"We've had a barrage of great products coming out of General Motors," he said. "The fact that our strongest competition comes from the Cadillac just speaks to a really intense focus on great cars."

The Cadillac CTS, built at Lansing's Grand River plant, was a finalist for car of the year, looking to repeat the ATS's performance last year.

Cadillac reps still called the year "fantastic" and say they were happy to be a part of a GM sweep.

"The fact that we were one of the three finalists tells you we were a winner," said Tony Francavilla, the Grand River Plant manager. "We're the only luxury sports sedan in the group of finalists, so in our category we're a winner."

News 10's Lorne Fultonberg will have more from the auto show tonight on News 10 at five and six.