Automobile of the Year picked

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Automobile Magazine on Saturday named the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray its “Automobile of the Year.”

The new Corvette has more power and better fuel economy than last year’s model. It’s powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that can put out as much as 460 horsepower but that can also get 29 miles per gallon in highway cruising.

“The Corvette has long been a tremendous performance value wrapped in an all-American package,” the magazine says in its review of the car. “Now, however, with new-found sophistication and user-friendliness, the [new Corvette] should melt the barriers that have kept away so many driving enthusiasts.”

Automobile magazine editor-in-chief Jean Jennings lauded the Corvette’s overall design, performance, quality and comfort.

“The automobile of the year has to set a standard,” she said. “It has to break a category in a way that really excites us,” she said.

The new Corvette should finally repair the image that Corvette has had for years as a car that only appealed to those seeking a flashy look, not real performance and sophistication.

The new car’s interior, in particular, is a break from Corvettes of the past, which, even when they offered serious performance, were disappointingly cheap, she said.