Press Release: 2001 Corvette ZO6 Named Canadian Car Of The Year By AJAC

Corvette ZO6 Named Canadian Car Of The Year By AJAC

General Motors Media Press Release

FOR RELEASE:  February 14, 2001

TORONTO - Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 was honoured today by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) as the Canadian Car of the Year in a ceremony as part of the media preview of the Canadian International Autoshow. AJAC had previously named the Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 as the Canadian Car of the Year in "Best Sports and Performance Car" category.

The Chevrolet Corvette has been North America's favourite sports car for 47 years, with more than one million sales, and counting. During that time it has continually evolved, always with an eye toward delivering a maximum amount of driving pleasure. For 2001, Corvette's lead story was the introduction of the new ZO6, a production vehicle that's ready for the racetrack. Based on the former hardtop model and aimed directly at sports car enthusiasts at the upper-end of the high performance market it is the quickest, best-handling Corvette ever. Among its many features if offers reduced maintenance costs and better fuel economy.

The Chevrolet Corvette also boasts a Canadian connection as the high performance engine is built at the GM of Canada Engine Plant in St. Catharines, Ontario. The Corvette is powered by a 5.7 litre overhead valve V8 engine with peak horsepower of 383 hp at 6,000 rpm. The St. Catharines Engine Plant employs approximately 2,000 people and builds 5.0L and 5.7L GEN IE V8 Engines, and 4.8 L, 5.3L, and 5.7L GEN III V8 Engines.

Recognized today as AJAC's Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Corvette has garnered many awards. For 2001 Model Year alone, the Chevrolet Corvette has been recognized with the following awards:


  • Publication
  • Best Buy Award
  • Consumer Guide
  • Most Wanted Award (Sports Cars over $30,000)
  • Best New Sports Car - ZO6
  • Fortune Magazine
  • Design and Engineering Award
  • Popular Mechanics Magazine
  • Canadian Car of the Year - ZO6 (Best Sports & Performance Car)
  • Automotive Journalists Assoc. of Canada
  • Automobile of the Year
  • Automobile Magazine
  • Editors Choice Award - Sports and Performance
  • World of Wheels