Few cars have ever captured the public’s attention quite like the C8 Corvette Stingray. A new Corvette is always exciting for fans of the storied model, but the complete transformation that took place between the seventh and eighth generation of America’s sports car put the automotive world on notice. Six decades after it was initially conceived, the mid-engined Corvette has started production. But what if we told you that the Ford Bronco, not the sporty Chevrolet, is the most anticipated vehicle of 2020?
This information comes by way of Google Trends data, which has been organized in this chart to show us the most popularly searched vehicle in each state. The mighty mid-engined Corvette was able to capture top-billing in 13 states, while the Bronco was Googled the most in 19 other states. Interestingly, geography appears to play some role in how each car secured their figurative electoral votes.
The deep south with its mild weather is all in on the Corvette, along with the midwestern trio of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. The Ford Bronco is dominant in the plains states, as well as in truck-loving Texas. In states with high amounts of snowfall like Michigan, West Virginia, and Maine, the reborn 4×4 also manages to take home the top prize.
While it may seem odd that the Ford Bronco has surpassed what might be the most important Corvette in the last 30 years, there are likely a few good reasons. For starters, Ford has been incredibly tight lipped when it comes to information about the full-size Bronco and its smaller Bronco Maverick (Bronco Sport?) companion. Furthermore, the SUV segment is still dominating new vehicle sales, with many longtime fans awaiting the return of Ford’s off-road ready offering. Finally, there is no pricing information out there right now for the new Ford Bronco, which almost certainly has people curious to see if they will be able to get themselves into one when it goes on sale for the 2021 model year.