Chevrolet | – Part 2

Posted on Oct 13th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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GM has announced that they started testing a new racing model based on the new Chevrolet Cruze, which will compete in next year’s World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). The car has been developed by the same team that took the previous WTCC Chevrolet car to a streak of twelve wins in world championship races and they hope that the car will be ready for the first stage, scheduled for Curitiba, Brazil.

“The new Cruze will be the next milestone in Chevrolet Europe’s motorsports history. So far, we have achieved every goal we set in 2005, step by step: challenge the competition, score points, prove we can win and then become regular frontrunners against competition with an established motorsports resume. With the Cruze, we will put the bar even higher and firmly aim at winning the World Championship. Chevrolet’s unique ‘trump card’ is having worked with the same team, engineers and drivers for the past four seasons, with the success we all know. To be able to do this again with the Cruze will only help to increase our chances of achieving our goals” said Eric Nève, Chevrolet Europe Motorsport Manager.

Photo Gallery: Chevrolet Cruze WTCC

Read More: “The new Chevrolet Cruze getting ready for the 2009 WTCC”

Posted on Oct 13th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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Back in August, GM released the first details about their new global car, the Chevrolet Cruze. Our first impression was great and, though meanwhile we found out that the car will be quite expensive, we were still quite eager to see the car in the flesh, at the Paris Motor Show. And we must say, the car looks really good, too bad that Chevrolet chose the worst place in its stand to display the Cruze. Narrow space, a lot of people hanging around it, so it was quite difficult to grab some decent photos, but we did our best. We’re not going through the car details again, you can read more about it our previous post and in the official press release. Here are the photos:

Photo Gallery: Chevrolet Cruze at the Paris Motor Show

Read More: “2008 Paris Special: The new Chevrolet Cruze”

Posted on Oct 13th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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Chevrolet has announced the pricing for its muscle car, the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. The new Camaro will be offered with a choice of two engines, a 300 hp (224 kW) 3.6 liter V6 unit for the LS and LT models, and a 422 hp (315 kW) V8 powerplant for the SS. Both engines will be available with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Fuel consumption is estimated at 27 mpg (highway) for the V6 and 23 mpg for the V8.

Some of the new Camaro’s features are 10 available exterior colors, four-wheel independent suspension system, four-wheel disc brake systems standard on all models, including four-piston Brembo calipers on SS models, StabiliTrak stability control system and traction control standard on all models, 18-, 19- and 20-inch wheels and RS appearance package available on LT and SS, including HID headlamps with integrated halo rings, spoiler, specific taillamps and 20-inch wheels.

The new Chevrolet Camaro will start at $22,995 MSRP for the V6 LS model, and $30,995 for the Camaro SS (including the $750 destination charge). Customers will be able to place their orders starting today, October 13, and production is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2009. Read More: “2010 Chevrolet Camaro to start at $22,995”

Posted on Oct 6th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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One of the premieres GM came up with at the Paris show was the Chevrolet Orlando concept. Based on the new Chevrolet Cruze, which also made its debut in France, the Orlando show car is something between a seven-seats MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), a family van and an SUV. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel that delivers 150 hp (110 kW) and 320 Nm of torque, the car’s most important feature is its interior spacing. Can’t say we were very impressed with the car, but apparently Chevrolet is very proud of its latest product, though they didn’t mention anything about a possible future production-ready version of the car. Check out more info about the Orlando in the official press release.

And here are more photos from the Paris show. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery: Chevrolet Orlando Concept at the Paris Motor Show

Read More: “2008 Paris Special: Chevrolet Orlando Concept”

Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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GM’s Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner announced that GM will invest $370 million in a new manufacturing plant, located in Flint, Michigan. The 552,000-square-foot plant is expected to be ready in 2010, will create 300 jobs and will build a 1.4 liter turbo engine for the recently announced Chevrolet Cruze and a 1.4 liter engine for the Chevrolet Volt.

Wagoner said “We are confident that Flint is exactly the right place to build our all-new powertrain plant,” while Gov. Jennifer Granholm added “Our competitive business climate, outstanding work force and aggressive strategy to diversify our economy put us in a strong position to win this project and be the state that helps GM produce the cars and trucks that will help end our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.” Actually, things aren’t going very well for the Flint community. Currently, GM employs about 6,000 workers in five facilities located here, but that’s a huge drop, considering that once there were 60,000 GM employees here.

With this investment, GM (which will receive millions in tax incentives to build the Volt) totals $9 billion invested in Michigan in the last 10 years and more than $42 billion in the U.S.

Read More: “GM to invest $370 million in Volt engine plant”

Posted on Sep 25th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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After two weeks ago one of the largest Hummer dealers closed down, today, the largest Chevrolet dealer in the United States, Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., announced that, under the current economical situation, they cannot continue their business anymore. The Columbus based company has 2,700 employees and owns thirteen dealerships (five in Georgia and eight in Alabama, Florida, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas) and a fourteenth one in Scottsdale, Arizona, which closed on September 12.

GM spokeswoman Susan Garontakos said that all Chevrolet warranties will be honored by GM at other nearby dealerships, and GM and Heard will do some research to see if some of the dealerships could be reopened. “Wherever it makes sense to keep a point open, and it’s attractive enough for other dealers to take a look at it and keep it operating, we’ll be doing that,” she said.

Read More: “Largest US Chevrolet dealer closes its doors”

Posted on Sep 17th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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At yesterday’s unveiling of the Chevrolet Volt, Bob Lutz announced what it seems to be one of the coolest features of the new plug-in hybrid. According to GM’s Vice Chairman, the Volt will use the GPS to figure out how far away home is and and it will adjust the system to only run the gas engine long enough to give you enough charge to get you home where you can actually plug it into the wall outlet. You’ve got to admit, that’s awesome and if GM manages to make this system efficient, it will definitely kick ass.

Photo Gallery: Chevrolet Volt Production Version

Read More: “The Chevy Volt will see how far away home is and adjust the engine”

Posted on Sep 17th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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Last month, when GM made the official announcement regarding the Chevrolet Cruze, everyone, including us, was pretty excited, because the car promises to be a good one. However, time passes and we find out more details about the cars, that kinda ruin our initial excitement. And we’re talking about the car’s pricing. Though no official prices were released so far by GM, Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper implied that, when it will enter the US market in 2010, the car will cost more than its Japanese competitors, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla.

“Value and price are offshoots of what consumers think about them, what they’re willing to pay for the products,” Peper said. “It’s obviously in our best interest if people think more of our products, the more the value that we provide.” Guess we’ll have to wait and see what exactly he’s talking about, before saying anything, but the pricing difference will probably be substantial, and this might hurt Cruze sales a lot.

Read More: “Chevrolet Cruze’s pricing not so attractive”

Posted on Sep 16th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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After last week a set of official photos of the new Chevrolet Volt leaked on the internet, today, during GM’s 100th anniversary, the Detroit giant released the first official images of the production ready hybrid. “Revealing the production version of the Chevy Volt is a great way to open our second century,” said Rick Wagoner, GM Chairman and CEO. “The Volt is symbolic of GM’s strong commitment to the future … just the kind of technology innovation that our industry needs to respond to today’s and tomorrow’s energy and environmental challenges.”

Because aerodynamics play a very important role in this type of vehicles, the Volt’s design changed a lot comparing it to the concept car that was shown at last year’s Detroit show. Changes include the rounded and flush front fascia with tapered corners and closed front grille, rear design graphics with a carefully designed spoiler, outside rearview mirrors and an aggressive rake on the windshield and back glass help reduce turbulence and drag. These plus the 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery which can be charged from a standard household 120v outlet or 240v, help the Volt achieve a driving range of up to 40 miles (based on EPA city cycle) without using gasoline or producing emissions.

On the interior the Volt will be available with a variety of interior color, lighting and trim options, modern controls, two informational displays, and a touch-sensitive infotainment center with integrated shifter.

The Volt will be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant, and production is scheduled to begin late 2010 for the United States. So, the big question, will the Volt manage to save GM? A lot can happen in two years, but things look good for the Detroit carmaker. What do you think?

Check out more official photos of the production ready Chevrolet Volt after the jump. Read More: “Production ready Chevrolet Volt unveiled”

Posted on Sep 11th, 2008 by Andrey

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Here at AutoUnleashed we sure like the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, it’s a great looking car, really taking the image of the classic american muscle car to the next level in terms of design and keeping the power it made it famous. We already told you the specs for this top of the range SS (Super Sport) version here, and now we’re back with new high resolution pics of this car.

Don’t forget, orders can be placed starting next month, and the car is set to enter production starting spring next year. More pics after the jump. Read More: “New official photos of the 2010 Camaro SS”

Posted on Sep 9th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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General Motors announced today that one of their premieres for the upcoming Paris Motor Show will be the Chevrolet Orlando, a “seven-seat multi-purpose vehicle with sport utility-like design”. Based on the recently announced Cruze, the Orlando is powered by Chevrolet’s 2.0 liter turbo diesel engine that delivers 150 hp and 320 Nm of torqure. GM says that the crossover will offer dynamic ride and handling and excellent fuel efficiency. More details will probably be available after the Paris debut. Meanwhile, check out more pictures after the jump. Read More: “Chevrolet Orlando concept car to be unveiled at Paris”

Posted on Sep 9th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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We’ve seen the teaser photos, we’ve even seen the video of the car from the Transformers 2 set and now, after several months of mistery, the Chevrolet Volt finally shows up, but definitely not how GM planned. Because what you see here is a set of official photos that broke loose on the net and were published by the guys from The Car Connection. The car looks good, but, to be honest, thought we’ve got nothing against Lutz and co, we definitely would’ve loved some more attractive models standing by the Volt. So, what do you think of the car? Read More: “Chevrolet Volt official images break loose”

Posted on Sep 4th, 2008 by Vlad Balan

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This morning we showed you the official photo of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro released yesterday by GM. Meanwhile, we found out that GM dealers will start taking orders for the Camaro and for the Camaro SS next month. Yup, that’s right, the Camaro is only one month away so you’d better have that deposit ready, because it trully is a remarkable car.

Though production will start in February 2009 and the first customers will get their cars in March, Chevrolet Spokesman Terry Rhadigan said: “We think there could be pent-up demand [..] The advice is to get to your Chevy dealer sooner than later.” He noted that buyers “may have to put a deposit down” to get in line for the Camaro, but that requirement is completely up to Chevrolet dealers. The V6 Camaro pricing will start in the low $20,000, while the Camaro SS is expected to be priced around $30,000.

Read More: “The 2010 Chevy Camaro, only one month away”

Posted on Sep 4th, 2008 by Andrey

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Recently General Motors have put on their site the first official render and performance data of their top-spec SS (standing for Super Sport) version of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. And this version really deserves the Super Sport badge, being powered by a 6.2 litre V8 which comes with a choice of either manual or automatic transmission, both with 6 speeds.

Here start the differences, if you opt for the manual transmission, you’ll be getting the 6.2 litre V8 LS3 engine which can deliver up to 422 hp with 553 Nm of torque (or 408 lb.-ft.). Instead, if you choose an automatic gearbox, you’ll be gettin the 6.2 litre V8 L99 engine, which has, besides the standard LS3, GM’s Active Fuel Management system, which enables the engine to run only 4 cylinders on normal driving conditions, like in the city. This engine is capable of 400 hp and 535 Nm (395 lb.-ft.) of torque. Coupled with the automatic transmission, the SS will achieve an average of 23 mpg or 10.2 l/100km.

Read More: “New render and details on the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS”

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2008 by Andrey

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Two of the most powerful cars, the Dodge Viper ACR and the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, that have lapped the famous Nurburgring in Germany with incredible times, are present in this video, that portrays their performances side by side. Enjoy!