Ten GM vehicles were among the 52 candidates competing for the “Best of 2024” award in the 30th annual North American Car, Truck and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards (NACTOY) earlier in the summer, and now the Chevy Corvette E-Ray is among the 25 vehicles advancing to the finalist round.
A recent announcement by the NACTOY organization stated that the Chevy Corvette E-Ray is one of 10 cars, 10 utility vehicles, and five trucks selected from the initial field of contestants to move forward to the upcoming selection of three finalist vehicles.
More specifically, being one of 10 contestants for the title of 2024 North American Car of the Year – and the only GM vehicle to pass the first NACTOY selection process for that category – the Chevy Corvette E-Ra is up against two BMW models – the 5 Series and i5, the Ford Mustang, Honda Accord, Hyundai Ioniq 6, Subaru Impreza, and three Toyota models – Crown, GR Corolla, and Prius.
The initial selection round for semifinalists, now referred to as “The Best of 2024,” took place at the Huntington Place convention center in Detroit. A panel of 50 independent American and Canadian automotive journalists serves as the jury to choose the vehicles advancing to each successive round.
Jeff Gilbert, president of NACTOY, remarked that “we all evaluate vehicles in a different way,” highlighting why the awards use a wide-ranging selection of independent jurors to choose vehicles of the year. The goal is to make a relatively unbiased choice among the candidates that will be more useful to consumers, media, and the auto industry itself.
Gilbert described the remaining 25 vehicles, including the Chevy Corvette E-Ray, as “worthy of further evaluation.” He added that “we look forward to spending more time driving them, learning more about them and comparing them with the competition.” An annual NACTOY comparison drive is scheduled to take place in Michigan during October.
The field will be narrowed further as the jurors pick three vehicles from each of the three NACTOY categories – car, truck, and utility vehicle – to advance to the final round. The three trios of finalists will be announced on November 16th at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Three category winners will be declared at a separate Awards event on January 4th, 2024. NACTOY highlights the current contestants in a new video:
With interest in the Corvette E-Ray quite high, GM recently set a six-month ownership requirement before resale in an effort to prevent people from buying and “flipping” the electrified sports car on the secondary market.