DETROIT – The inside of the 2014 Chevrolet Stingray is one of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors.
The yearly award considers all cars that are either all-new, or have had considerable interior refreshment for that model year. For 2014, the field was comprised of 41 vehicles, and were judged against ergonomics, driver information, fit-and-finish, materials, value, safety, comfort, and design harmony.
“We went to great lengths to insure that this vehicle was worthy of the iconic Stingray name on the inside and out,” said Ken Parkinson, executive director of Global Chevrolet Design. “We selected authentic, premium materials, integrated connected and intuitive technologies, all while balancing craftsmanship and precision execution.”
Ward’s called out the Stingray’s carbon-fiber trim, microfiber headliner and contrast stitching on the bucket seats, saying the features were highly competitive with more-expensive competitors in the segment.
Drew Winter, editor-in-chief of WardsAuto World magazine, also cited the Stingray’s track-focus as a main reason the car was honored. He pointed to the high-visibility reconfigurable digital graphics in the instrument cluster and central display communicate mission-critical information to the driver on and off the track.
Stingray engineers developed a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console for the passenger and soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, where the driver naturally braces during high-load cornering, a direct result of engineers taking the car to the Milford Proving Ground during development.
Ward’s continued: A blend of hand craftsmanship and machined precision is intended to ensure the fit, finish and ambience of the cabin is first-rate. The leather-wrapped instrument panel, for example, features hand-selected and hand-stretched materials for better grain matching with stitching performed by robots that deliver perfect seams.
The award follows last year’s win by the Chevrolet Spark.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car 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, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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