GM's 2014 Silverado Named Truck Of The Year (VIDEO)

By David Wheaton - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

January 13, 2014 Updated Jan 13, 2014 at 6:57 PM EDT

DETROIT/FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – Some good news for Fort Wayne came out of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

It's a clean sweep for General Motors (GM) at the start of the 25th anniversary of the North American International Auto Show Monday.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado wins North American Truck of the Year, while the Corvette Stingray takes home North American Car of the Year. A moment the company says exonerates the bailout they received.

As many know, the GM Assembly plant in the Summit City builds the Chevy Silverado pick-up trucks.

GM Fort Wayne’s Assistant Plant Manager Vick Pereira says this is the first time the new generation Silverado has gotten the award since 2007. The Silverado was in the running with the Jeep Cherokee and Acura MDX trucks, and chosen among 49 judges at the show.

GM officials credit the award to the redesign of the full sized truck. The Silverado boasts a more spacious interior, better handling, and better fuel efficiency of their V6 and V8 engine models.

The truck typically is the second best selling truck behind Ford’s F-Series Trucks.

Pereira says the award is a reflection of GM and the approximately 4,000 employees in Fort Wayne.

“It's a great testament to our design, our styling, the great improvements we're making in our product. And, equally important, the great men and women that build our trucks everyday out here at Fort Wayne Assembly,” he said.

Despite being truck of the year, this weekend GM is recalled 370,000 Chevy Silverado’s and GMC Sierra pick-ups due to a faulty exhaust component. Officials say the exhaust can overheat and cause a fire. So far they said eight fires have been reported, but no injuries.

Company officials say they'll inform owners beginning Jan. 16, and will fix the problem for free.

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