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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is MECOTY’s ‘Best Performance Coupe’

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – the most powerful and most capable standard model ever – received the prestigious title of ‘Best Performance Coupe’ at the Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY) Award

DUBAI – The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – which boasts the greatest efficiency of any sports car in the market – won in the ‘Best Performance Coupe’ category at the Middle East Car of the Year (MECOTY) Award. The event took place on 20 November at Dubai’s Meydan Beach Club, Jumeirah Beach Residence.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with SAE-certified 455 horsepower and 624 Nm – and 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 630 Nm at 4,600 rpm, with the available performance exhaust system. It is also the most capable standard model ever, with Z51-equipped models able to accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 3.8 seconds and achieve 1.03g in cornering grip.

The new Corvette Stingray backs its performance capability with the greatest efficiency of any sports car on the market, delivering an EPA-estimated 13.8 L/100km in the city, and 8.1 L/100km on the highway with the all-new seven-speed manual transmission. No other car offers more than 455 horsepower and greater than 8.1 L/100km highway.

The all-new Corvette Stingray shares only two parts with the previous generation Corvette. It incorporates an all-new frame structure and chassis, a new powertrain and supporting technologies, as well as completely new exterior and interior designs.

“This is a remarkable win, especially given that MECOTY’s awards selection process is led by a credible, diverse panel of expert jurors that exert strong influence on the Middle East’s auto industry,” said Ahmed Soudodi, Regional Brand Manager for Chevrolet and GMC. “Built on an all-new, lightweight aluminum frame, the 2014 Corvette Stingray strikes the perfect balance of technology, design and performance. It truly epitomizes the Stingray legacy and reflects the future of modern performance cars.”

MECOTY guarantees an unequivocally transparent nomination and scoring process – developed, tested and implemented by the region’s top motoring experts.

MECOTY’s acclaimed jury panel – comprising 14 of the Middle East’s leading motoring journalists and commentators – selected the winning 2014 Corvette Stingray model based on a strict five-point scoring system. Scoring parameters included Design & Quality; Handling and Drivability; Safety & Durability; Performance & Capability; Technological Innovation; Emotional Appeal & Driver Satisfaction; Value for Money; Comfort & Practicality; Environmental Friendly; and Regional Appeal.

All nominated vehicles were test driven by the jurors to ensure precise scoring.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest automotive brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality and outstanding value. The Chevrolet portfolio for the Middle East features award-winning passenger cars such as the Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Camaro and Corvette; crossovers such as the Captiva and Traverse; and, SUVs and pickups including the Tahoe and Silverado. Chevrolet also offers customers a high-level aftersales service experience through Chevrolet Care.