Sunday, July 31, 2011

GM Foundation, Chevrolet Help Expand 9/11 Heroes Run


“Honoring the fallen by challenging the living” is goal of Travis Manion Foundation


NEW YORK – As the nation nears the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the General Motors Foundation and Chevrolet today donated $250,000 to the Travis Manion Foundation to help grow participation around the country in the 9/11 Heroes Run.

The 9/11 Heroes Run will bring communities together in more than 25 U.S. cities to honor military, police, firefighters and first responders who have given their lives to protect and save others. Proceeds from the 5K races will go to the families of fallen heroes.

The Manion family formed the foundation in 2007 after Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion was killed by sniper fire while defending against an enemy ambush during a patrol mission in Fallujah, Iraq. In an unusual move, the Iraqis named their operating base Combat Outpost Manion, one of few Iraqi facilities named for an American service member.

Before leaving for his last tour, Manion visited Rescue One in New York City, the First Responder unit that lost more than half its members helping others following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“After a day of sharing their experiences with Travis, he came home even more inspired to serve our country,” said his mother Janet Manion. “He gave his father a Rescue One hat that read ‘Never Forget’ and asked that his father wear it while he was gone. That’s why we started the 9/11 Heroes Run four years ago… to honor and remember.”

In addition to the 9/11 Heroes Run, the foundation operates the Character Does Matter Leadership Program, programs to Honor the Fallen, and funds Good Grief seminars, scholarships and community service projects that benefit U.S. veterans and families of the fallen.

“We hold our nation’s military personnel and their families in the highest regard, and it’s our honor to support the families of our fallen heroes,” said GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. “I’m personally honored to know the Manion family and to be associated with such a worthwhile endeavor in Travis’ name and memory.”

Manion, whose father was also a Marine, excelled in the classroom and as an athlete at the Naval Academy, winning several leadership awards and being a nationally ranked wrestler. He was also awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with Valor for his actions in Iraq.  Manion Hall at the Basic School in Quantico, Va., is named after Travis and stands as a reminder to future generations of Marine officers of his leadership on and off the battlefield.

Chevrolet is the official pace vehicle of the 9/11 Heroes Run, the brand’s latest support for military families. Chevrolet’s longstanding commitment includes the GM Military Discount program which provided more than 70,000 discounts in 2010 to military personnel and their families with a cumulative value of more than $60 million.
Those who want to volunteer or register to participate in one of the runs can learn more here.

About the Travis Manion Foundation

Not long after Travis was killed by enemy sniper fire in Iraq, checks in his memory began appearing at the Manion’s home. In lieu of flowers, checks from all over the country and the world soon amounted to more than $100,000 and Tom and Janet vowed to give every penny to worthy causes.  The year following Travis’ death, the newly formed Travis Manion Foundation presented $180,000 in scholarships, $85,000 to Fellowships for wounded and disabled veterans through The Mission Continues, and more than $45,000 for Good Grief seminars to help families of the fallen. Today, the Foundation operates three major programs that Honor the Fallen by Challenging the Living through a Character Does Matter Leadership program, a program that Honors the Fallen, and the 9/11 Heroes Run each September 11th – while still funding Good Grief seminars, scholarships, and community service projects that benefit our Nation’s veterans and Families of the Fallen.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Chevrolet Route 66 - 1st Prize Winner

How to film: 101 (Oregon) by Keith Rivers won 1st prize for Chevrolet's Route 66 brief from Wroclaw, Poland.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Herb Koenig Talks About Liftmoore Cranes New Model 3612

Herb Koenig talks about the new Liftmoore Model 3612 Truck Crane along with a wireless control module. The Model 3612 Truck Crane is rated at 3600 lbs. See more about Liftmoore Cranes at

Recorded on March 10, 2011 at the NTEA 2011 Work Truck Show in Indianappolis, Indiana by Ryan Stone of Commercial Truck Success.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Faces of GM - Landmark Chevrolets

The Manager of the GM Heritage Center gives us his picks for five of the most important Chevrolets in the 100 year history of the brand.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

2013 Chevrolet Malibu - First Look

Motor Trend Detroit Editor Todd Lassa provides the first look at the new 2013 Chevy Malibu.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Chevrolet To Add Diesel Variant To The Cruze In North America

DETROIT – Chevrolet confirmed today it will add a diesel variant to the Cruze lineup in North America in calendar year 2013. Diesel versions of the Cruze are currently being sold in Europe. Additional details on the Cruze diesel for North American markets will be released at a later date.

The diesel will bolster the already fuel-efficient Cruze lineup. Cruze Eco with a standard six-speed manual transmission, is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in America, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway.

Cruze recorded a total of 24,896 sales in the United States in June, the fifth consecutive month sales have exceeded 20,000. The success of the Cruze has increased Chevrolet’s total share of the compact-car segment from 9.5 percent a year ago to 11.9 percent for the first five months of 2011, even as the segment size grew 19 percent.

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 120 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly to gas-free" solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended range. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Chevrolet Renews Major League Baseball Sponsorship

DETROIT – Chevrolet will be the sole automotive sponsor of Major League Baseball for the next five years, continuing its affiliation with America’s Pastime. The agreement was announced today before the 82nd annual All-Star Game in Phoenix.

The multi-year agreement maintains Chevrolet’s exclusive category rights, and Chevrolet will remain the presenting sponsor of three of baseball’s most prestigious awards, the Roberto Clemente Award – given annually to the MLB player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field – as well as the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award and the World Series Most Valuable Player Award.

"I can remember when 'Baseball, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet' was the jingle for Chevy advertisements in the 1970s," said Kevin Mayer, director of advertising and promotions for Chevrolet, "but Chevrolet and baseball have shared a place in American culture for most of the past 100 years.”
Chevrolet is celebrating its centennial this year.

Chevrolet is continuing its commitment to helping grow the sport of baseball through communities across the country. Since 2006, Chevy has provided equipment, fundraising support, youth baseball field makeovers, and baseball clinics to more than 1.5 million youth baseball players, donating more than $11 million. That includes more than 70,000 tickets to MLB and Minor League Baseball games and more than 350 clinics for young players, many with players and coaches from MLB.  More than 1,400 Chevrolet dealerships will provide support for local baseball leagues through the Chevy Youth Baseball program this year.                                                                                 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Chevrolet 2.35 Million First-Half Global Sales Sets Record

14 percent growth fueled by successful new models, including the Chevrolet Cruze

DETROIT – Chevrolet sold 2.35 million vehicles globally in the first six months of 2011, the best half-year performance in Chevrolet’s 100-year history.

“Founded in the United States by a Swiss émigré, Chevrolet was created with a global focus,” said Joel Ewanick, GM global chief marketing officer. “One hundred years later, Louis Chevrolet’s roots continue to shape our company, and enable Chevrolet to offer great products and service to customers in more than 120 countries around the world. We will continue to work at bringing new customers to the Chevy family – no matter where they live.”

Chevrolet sold 286,499 more vehicles in the first half of 2011 than the same time period of 2010, a 14-percent increase year over year. In addition, Chevrolet set record first-half sales in many countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, South Africa, and Turkey.

For the first half of 2011, Chevrolet recorded sales gains in all of its top five markets, including:

■The United States, where sales are up 16 percent following nine consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases.
■Brazil, where sales are up 0.4 percent over the best-ever-sales pace set in 2010
■China, where sales climbed 15 percent to set the brand’s best first-half results ever
■Russia, where sales were up 54 percent as the brand continues to be the best-selling global brand in the country
■Canada, where sales climbed 8 percent, and have more than doubled the pace of industry growth for the past 18 months
The potential for Chevrolet’s continued growth is demonstrated in the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia and China. Chevrolet’s combined sales strength in the “BRIC” countries, including India, is unmatched.

Much of Chevrolet’s global growth can be attributed to the wave of new models, such as the Chevrolet Cruze compact car, Spark mini car, all-new Aveo/Sonic small car, and Orlando MPV. They will soon be joined globally by the all-new Chevrolet Malibu midsize car, and the all-new Colorado compact pickup, which will go on sale later this year.

Chevrolet sold more than 330,000 Cruzes worldwide during the first half of 2011, a 132-percent increase over the same time period a year ago. Much of that growth came in China and the United States, where Cruze was the best-selling passenger car in the country in June. Since introduction in early 2009, Cruze has sold more than 800,000 units worldwide and is on track to exceed 1 million before the end of 2012.

“The success of the Cruze illustrates what is possible when you listen to your customers,” said Mary Barra, senior vice president, GM Global Product Development. “By offering drivers more than they expected in a compact car, the Cruze has redefined the global segment and is on track to bring a million new customers to Chevrolet. We are applying that same customer-focused approach to all of our global introductions, including Orlando, Colorado, Malibu, Spark, and Aveo/Sonic.”

Chevrolet sold more than 220,000 Spark minicars worldwide since it was introduced in December 2009. That includes more than 100,000 Sparks sold during the first half of 2011 – a 110 percent gain over a year ago – driven primarily by consumer demand in South Korea, Mexico, and Uzbekistan.

Chevrolet sold more than 150,000 Aveo compact cars in the first half of 2011, including the all-new Aveo, which will be called the Sonic in some markets. Introduced in South Korea in March, the new Aveo/Sonic is currently on sale in nearly 30 countries.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Chevrolet and Spotify Offer a World of Music to U.S. Fans

Exclusive automotive advertising partner for U.S. launch of Euro-based service

DETROIT – Chevrolet is offering U.S. music lovers access to Spotify, the award-winning digital music service used by more than 10 million Europeans.

As part of Spotify’s U.S. launch today, the first 150,000 requests received through the Chevrolet Sonic tab on the Chevrolet Facebook page will receive an invitation to Spotify’s free on-demand streaming of one of the world’s biggest music libraries.

“Chevrolet continues to play a significant role in America’s popular music culture as evidenced by the brand and vehicles being highlighted in hundreds of songs over the years,” said Kevin Mayer, director of Chevrolet Advertising. “Supporting Spotify’s U.S. launch resonates with Chevrolet’s long-standing tradition of bringing U.S. consumers a new way to listen and share music.”

Chevrolet is among Spotify’s first U.S. advertisers and the only automotive brand to support the company’s U.S. launch. The Sonic is the only subcompact car built in the United States.

"We are very excited to be bringing Spotify to the U.S., and to be working with partners such as Chevrolet towards our goal of making all the world's music available for everyone to enjoy, whenever they want it and wherever they are," said Ken Parks, chief content officer and managing director, Spotify, North America.

About Spotify

Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the biggest music libraries in the world. Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever they want it. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal. Spotify is available in 8 countries: USA, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, France, The Netherlands and Spain.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New York City Charges Ahead with 50 Chevrolet Volts

Police cars for traffic enforcement among purchase of extended-range electric vehicles

QUEENS, N.Y. -- The City of New York is adding 50 Chevrolet Volts to its fleet as part of an effort to reduce air pollution, carbon emissions and gasoline consumption. New York Mayor Bloomberg announced the addition of the Volts along with other electric vehicles at a press conference Tuesday in Woodside Queens, New York.
The Volt will be the first electric car used by the New York City Police Department, which also uses electric scooters and golf cars. The Volts represent the majority of 70 new electric vehicles joining the city fleet, which now has 430 electric vehicles.

"This is the latest and largest-ever addition of electric vehicles to the City’s fleet, which is already the largest municipal clean-air vehicle fleet in the nation,” Bloomberg said in a press statement. “We will continue to lead by example, but we also must provide New Yorkers with tools to make environmentally friendly choices in their own lives.

“When provided with the facts, people become far more likely to choose an electric vehicle. Our job is to ensure the public has the facts, ensure they can make their own decisions and ensure that if they want to drive an electric vehicle, we are providing the infrastructure needed. It’s all part of our PlaNYC agenda to create a greener, greater New York City.”

For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank for a total driving range of 379 miles.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Country, rap, rock 'n' roll top Earnhardt's playlist

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, shares his eclectic taste in music.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chevy engineers push the new Sonic to its limits - Sonic XRide video 2/3

In May 2011, the Chevy engineers who designed the new 2012 Sonic took the car out for an extreme real-world road test from Colorado to California. See how the car performed through a series of grueling tests on and off the beaten path.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Faces of GM - The Passion of Corvette and Camaro Owners

Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette owners drove on the track as they arrived for a picnic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the night before the 2011 Indy 500. They then talked to us about their passion for their cars and the thrill of driving on the most famous oval in the world.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

2013 Chevrolet Malibu offers more room and comfort thanks to Oscar

Introduction to Oscar, a mannequin-like tool used by Chevrolet engineers to help create optimal space and comfort inside the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sarah Weiss-Crowie and David Weiss | Chevy Cruze Testimonial

"When I was driving the Cruze I just felt really comfortable and actually really enjoyed it." Sarah Weiss-Crowie and David Weiss talk about their favorite features on the Chevrolet Cruze and why it was a no-brainer decision for her new car purchase.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Faces of GM-Mickey Harris Salutes the Troops

A Chevrolet Camaro with a custom paint job salutes the U.S. military and reminds our fighting men and women that GM offers a military discount.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chevrolet Volt Owners Saving Big at the Pump

DETROIT – Like many Americans, Kory Levoy’s weekly routine included shelling out $50 to $60 a week to fill his Audi TT Roadster. In the six months he has owned his Chevrolet Volt, Levoy has driven approximately 7,500 miles and has filled up only three times.

“I was tired of spending roughly $200 plus a month on gas,” said Levoy, a manufacturing manager from Yorba Linda, Calif.  “The ability to not even consider finding a gas station or worry about fuel pricing is a phenomenal experience.”

Like many other Volt owners, Levoy is averaging 40 miles on a single charge of electricity, more range than he needs for his daily commute of 25 miles each way to work.

“At night I charge my Volt at home using my 240-volt home charging station, and am then able to use my 120-volt portable vehicle charge cord to charge during work, meaning I rarely need to use gas,” said Levoy.
Levoy estimates his average electric bill to charge his Volt is about $25 a month, or less than a dollar a day. Even with paying for more electricity, Levoy could save close to $2,000 a year in gasoline.

Levoy is not alone in seeing real savings from owning a Volt. Carey Bailey, an electrical engineer from Cottage Grove, Ore., used to spend about $500 a month in gasoline for his 75-mile roundtrip commute. Since purchasing his Volt in January, Bailey he has cut that to about $100 a month and expects it to drop further. He estimates it costs roughly $1.10 a day to charge his Volt.

“Each day, I use about a quarter of a gallon of gas to get to work, which is hardly anything," said Bailey. “Being able to charge at work is an added benefit and I love the fact that I am reducing my carbon footprint by not consuming as much gas.”

The Volt’s extended-range capability offers a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank.

“About two-thirds of the more than 2 million miles driven by Volt owners to date have been powered by domestically produced electricity," said Cristi Landy, Volt marketing director. “We are hearing from owners like Kory and Carey who are able to charge both at home overnight and at work during the day. These owners are able to maximize driving on electricity alone, seeing real saving at the pump and in their wallets.”

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

2011 Chevrolet Caprice PPV Takes the Streets


Georgia and Iowa among early customers of new police patrol vehicle

DETROIT – Forsyth County, Ga. Sheriff Ted Paxton saw the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) at several events last year and was impressed enough to be among early law enforcement customers. The PPVs began patrol in Cumming, Ga. in May.

“With its emphasis on the ergonomically designed seats for officer comfort, and enhanced safety features, the Caprice is a vehicle that is made for police work,” said Paxton. “We’ve had our vehicles for a month, and we’re sold. This will be a worthwhile investment.”

After the vehicles’ first month on patrol, the sheriff’s office plans to replace its current fleet of approximately 175 other patrol vehicles with Caprice PPVs.

Paxton has company. Dennis Hogan, Fleet Services manager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, also pulled the trigger.

“We view the police vehicle as an extended office for our officers,” Hogan said. “We chose the Caprice, because it delivers optimal officer operational space, trunk and storage space, and generally provides our officers the most-suitable operating environment.”

Equipped with segment-leading interior volume (112 cubic feet / 3,172 liters) and specially designed front seats sculpted to allow space for gun belts, the rear-wheel-drive Caprice PPV provides officers the comfort they need during their long hours in their mobile office.

Police agencies across the country told Chevrolet they need a powerful rear-wheel-drive vehicle that offers performance, safety and comfort.

“The Chevrolet Caprice PPV is our response to what our nation’s police officers said they needed to safely and effectively perform their jobs,” said Brian Small, general manager, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “In the design process of this vehicle, we polled many of our customers to gain insight. Thus far, the results seem to speak for themselves and prove that customer feedback is critical to meet and exceed expectations.”

Armed with a powerful 6.0L V-8 engine, 355 horsepower and 384 lb-ft torque, Caprice PPV has best-in-class top speed and zero-to-60 acceleration (sub six seconds). The vehicle also offers a segment exclusive front-seat-only head curtain air bag, which allows for installation of a full-width prisoner partition. Additionally, StabiliTrak, GM’s electronic stability control technology, provides a “police performance” mode for enhanced stability during high-speed driving to help ensure the safety of the PPV occupants.

For more information click on the 2012 Chevrolet Impala Police. For fleet-related questions, join the GM Fleet and Commercial Customer Service LinkedIn group. Additional information for consumers can be found at

Monday, July 11, 2011

YCC 2011 European Winner - Video - 1st Prize

YCC 2011 European Winner - Video - 1st Prize
Ludovic Versace, Pierre Valdivielso, Clément Dufour, Arthur Sotto, Xavier Lebu;
France; Ecole Emile Cohl de Lyon

Sunday, July 10, 2011

100 Years of Chevrolet Event 2011 - La Chaux-de-Fonds

100 Years of Chevrolet event held on 19 June 2011 in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Hosted by a group of car enthusiasts, the goal was to bring together 1,000 Chevrolets from all over the world dating from 1911 to the present day.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Earnhardt gives his take on Daytona's history

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 88 National Guard Heritage/AMP Energy Chevrolet, says just being at the track inspires an incredible feeling.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Jeff Gordon grateful to be a part of Hendrick Motorsports

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, believes working at Hendrick Motorsports is the ultimate team experience.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Camper Shell Style Racks by Rack-it Truck Racks

Gary Kank, Sales Manager for Rack-it Truck Racks talks about the truck racks that are designed to be used with camper shells or truck caps. The design is slightly different for these racks to accomodate the shell with no loss in strenghth or usability.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A.R.E. Truck Caps Plant Tour on Inside Industry - Part 1

Tab Brown of Inside Industry gives us an informative and entertaining plant tour of A.R.E.'s Mt Eaton, OH facility where they manufacture A.R.E. Deluxe Commercial Truck Caps and design their fiberglass truck caps.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Man Does Not Live On White Bread Alone . . .

Contractors do not live on white trucks alone. Here's proof that color changes everything! Look at these sweet beauties! We have plenty of white for those who want vanilla, but we also have and can get at least 31 flavors for those choosier contractors. Have it your way!

Call Greg Martin at 707-490-6881 and let's get that beauty into the paint booth!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Table of Brotherhood | Chevrolet Honors MLK | Chevy Runs Deep

To honor Dr. King's legacy and celebrate the creation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington D.C., Chevrolet has created the Table of Brotherhood Project. For more information visit:

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Camaro Assembly Plant Tour

Take a tour of the Oshawa Assembly Plant and see how the Chevrolet Camaro is made.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Long Distance" | The 42-MPG Chevy Cruze Eco | Chevrolet

Introducing the Chevy Cruze Eco, the amazing compact car with an unmatched highway fuel economy of 42 MPG. For more information on the fuel efficiency of the Cruze Eco visit

Friday, July 1, 2011

Being in great shape makes you better, Martin says

Mark Martin, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet, talks about the importance of physical fitness when it comes to driving in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.