Sunday, December 30, 2012

Inside HRE Performance Wheels! - The Downshift Episode 45



On this episode of The Downshift, we go inside HRE Performance Wheels. The Vista, CA operation designs and manufactures custom wheels for some of the worlds most exotic cars.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Chevrolet Volt Owners Surpass 100 Million Electric Miles

5 million gallons of fuel saved; $1,300 a year in fuel costs avoided

DETROIT Chevrolet Volt owners collectively have driven more than 100 million all-electric miles since the vehicle went on sale two years ago this month. The average Volt owner travels more than 65 percent of the time in pure electric mode as the car was designed – only using the gasoline-powered generator for longer trips.

By charging regularly, Volt owners drive approximately 900 miles, or a month and a half, between fill-ups.  However, many Volt owners quickly exceed that average, based on an EPA-estimated 98 MPGe that puts electric-only range at 35 mpg city and 40 mpg on the highway. Andrew Byrne from Los Angeles is one of these drivers.

“Since my daily driving is all electric, I only really need to buy gas for long road trips,” Byrne said. “I drove over 1,900 miles on my last tank of gas.”

With each avoided trip to the gas station, Volt drivers continue to increase their return on investment. Based on EPA estimates and compared to the average new vehicle sold in the United States, Volt owners are saving about $1,370 a year in fuel costs.

“The best sign of a great product is when your customers are the most satisfied in the industry,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet Volt marketing director. “Volt owners have found the Volt is not only fun to drive, but provides technology and performance where consumers need it most.”

This is the second year in a row the Volt has topped the satisfaction survey of one of the leading consumer testing organizations in the United States.

“My commute is 55 miles round trip, but with the Volt I use 80 percent less gas and save over $150 each month,” said Farris Khan from southeastern Michigan. “Plus the Volt is really fun to drive because of its instant torque; driving anything else feels like yester-tech!”

For the typical driver, the average Volt savings equates to:
  • Nine weeks of groceries at $151 per week
  • 228 car washes at $6 per car wash
  • 137 movie tickets at $10 per ticket

The 5 million gallons of gas saved is equivalent to $21 million in gasoline costs averted overall based on $4 per gallon of premium, or more than two supertankers of gas.

For the first 38 miles, the Volt can drive gas and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16.50-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.

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 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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Building the Power for the New Corvette | Darryl Johnson | Faces of GM



On January 13, 2013 the next generation of the Chevrolet Corvette will be unveiled to the world. It will be powered by the new, LT1 6.2L small block engine and will be built by Darryl Johnson and the workers at the Tonawanda (NY) Engine Plant. Check out the video to discover how a $425 million investment with over 700 new or retained jobs is spreading excitement through the plant.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Putting the Heart Into the COPO Camaro | Jim Campbell | Faces of GM



The final 2012 COPO Camaro will be auctioned off early next year to benefit the American Heart Association. The Inferno Orange Metallic convertible race car has an engine hand-build by Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. Watch the video as Campbell walks through the assembly process of this supercharged Camaro

Monday, December 24, 2012

2014 Silverado: Stronger, Smarter and More Capable - Part 1


  • From hood to hitch, the most refined, best engineered Silverado ever
  • Three new EcoTec3 engines designed for more power, improved efficiency
  • Engineered for tough truck duties and legendary Chevy truck dependability


  • DETROIT – Chevrolet today unveiled the all-new 2014 Silverado 1500 full-size pickup. New from hood to hitch, Silverado is engineered to be the strongest, smartest, and most capable Silverado ever.

    The new Silverado builds on Chevrolet’s 95 years of truck heritage, while raising the bar for full-size pickups. Among the many updates for 2014 are a new trio of powerful, efficient EcoTec3 engines; a stronger, quieter, more comfortable cab; revised steering, suspension and brakes; ingenious solutions for managing cargo in the bed and true truck capability for towing and hauling.

    “Our customers rely on their trucks to meet the day-to-day challenges of earning a living, running a business and taking care of their families,” said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America.

    “Chevrolet is committed to giving truck customers the most-refined, best-engineered pickups in the market.”

    The 2014 Silverado will become part of Chevrolet’s three-truck portfolio, designed to let customers select the right truck for their needs. It joins the Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD pickups, the ultimate tools for towing and hauling, which were new for the 2011 model year. Chevrolet is also developing an all-new Colorado midsize pickup, which will offer proven truck capability in a space- and fuel-efficient package.

    Every detail of the 2014 Silverado 1500 was designed and engineered to meet the exacting requirements of full-size truck customers and to strengthen Chevrolet’s reputation for building the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size trucks – trucks with the lowest overall cost of ownership.

    “Don’t let the work boots fool you. Truck customers are among the most discerning and demanding in the business,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for full-size and midsize trucks.

    “The designers and engineers who created the new Silverado share this passion for trucks. They have built this truck – and tested it to the extremes – to give customers the right tools for the tough jobs, and they have created dozens of solutions to the challenges truck customers encounter every day.”

    2014 Silverado 1500 at a glance
    For 2014, Silverado 1500 is designed and engineered to deliver the capability – without compromise – that customers have come to expect from Chevrolet pickups.

    Silverado’s exterior design blends strong Chevy truck heritage with a refined, modern aesthetic. The new design is more muscular, more functional and more aerodynamic. A twin-port grille, full-width bumper and dual power dome hood create a strong presence, which is carried through in sculpted body sides and fender flares.

    The new Silverado design is about much more than just looks, however. The new front end is engineered to improve sealing for more efficient cooling, while the roof and tailgate spoiler were shaped in the wind tunnel to smooth airflow over the truck for reduced drag. New inlaid doors, which fit into recesses in the bodyside, reduce wind noise for a quieter cab.

    Under the hood, the 2014 Silverado 1500 features a family of three all-new EcoTec3 engines, a V-6 and two V-8s, engineered specifically for use in full-size trucks. All three engines incorporate direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing, a combination of advanced technologies not found in other competitors’ trucks. All three switch seamlessly to four-cylinder operation to improve efficiency during light load driving and all three are engineered provide more power, more torque and better efficiency than the previous versions.

    The engine family includes a new 4.3L V-6 that will have ample torque to power a crew cab pickup and tow a substantial trailer, as well as a new 5.3L V-8 designed for more power, more torque and better efficiency than the current version, which is currently the V-8 fuel economy leader. A new 6.2L V-8 is engineered to be the most capable engine in any light-duty pickup.

    SAE certified horsepower and torque ratings and EPA fuel economy estimates for the new Silverado will be final and available beginning early next year.

    The all-new interiors of the 2014 Silverado 1500 reflect the same focus on form and function. The upright instrument panel, six-gauge instrument cluster and multiple storage options are tailored specifically to the needs of truck customers. Controls are functional, logically placed and easy to operate with work gloves on. Rear doors on crew cabs are larger, for easier entry and exit, and rear doors on extended cab models are now hinged at the front for easier access, especially in tight spots.

    The new Chevrolet MyLink provides easy-to-use connectivity for the job site or the family vacation, with natural voice recognition and enough ports and power outlets to support multiple devices.

    The new truck cab is stronger, with nearly two-thirds of the structure made from high-strength steel for a confident feel and improved safety. Similarly, the main rails and key cross members of the updated frame are high-strength steel with major elements hydroformed for reduced mass and improved strength.

    New shear-style body mounts tune out both up-and-down and side-to-side movement for a quieter, more comfortable ride. Extended- and crew-cab models have a third set of hydraulic body mounts to further isolate the cabs. Combined with numerous other acoustic and NVH (noise vibration and harshness) enhancements, the intended result is a solid, refined feel with no loss in traditional truck capability.

    The pickup box also benefits from this focus on providing Silverado customers with the right tools for the job. The box is made from roll-formed steel for increased strength and reduced mass, compared with the stamped beds used by major competitors, and it features a range of smart solutions for everyday life.

    Silverado’s CornerStep bumper, combined with handholds built into the new box rail protectors, makes it easier to access the box. The bed is also available with new upper tie-down hooks, under-rail light-emitting diode lighting, and an EZ Lift and Lower tailgate.
    For the first time, Silverado 1500 crew cabs will be available with a longer 6’6” foot box, in addition to the previous 5’8” box, enabling customers to carry more cargo while still being able to park in many garages.

    The chassis of the 2014 Silverado includes a number of customer-focused updates. A revised front and rear suspension and wider wheels provide a more comfortable ride and more confident handling. Electric power steering improves steering feel and reduces fuel consumption. New four-wheel-disc brakes with Duralife ™ rotors improve brake feel and extend rotor life.

    Silverado will be available with segment-exclusive safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning with an Active Safety Seat, and Front and Rear Park Assist. StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control and Hill Start Assist are standard on all Silverados.

    “We have made significant upgrades in the key areas of the new Silverado, and improved almost every detail of the truck,” said Luke. “We think both Chevrolet loyalists and competitive shoppers are going to find a lot to love about the new Silverado, beginning with the very first time they sit behind the wheel.”

    Engineered and validated for demanding customers
    Truck customers are among the most discerning and demanding in the business. They know trucks inside out – many have owned trucks for decades. They work their trucks hard, under conditions that would shock many car owners. They have tough tasks to do, and they expect their trucks to do them, without complaint. And they expect their trucks to endure – the average age of a full-size pickup is now more than 10.4 years.

    The team that designed the new Silverado went to extremes to design a new truck that would exceed the demands of these customers.



    For example, GM’s new full-size trucks will undergo more than 6 million miles of durability testing in the torture chambers at the Milford Proving Ground, over the deserts and mountains of Nevada and across the frozen flats of Kapuskasing, Ontario.
    That’s equivalent to 240 trips around the earth. In addition, the trucks will accumulate more than 7 million real-world miles during final testing, bringing total test miles to more than 13 million.
    The increased power, torque and efficiency of the new EcoTec3 engine family resulted from an unprecedented level of computer analysis, including extensive computational flow dynamics, to optimize the burning of air and fuel in the cylinders. More than 10 million of hours of computational analysis went into the engine program. More than 6 million hours – about 685 years’ worth – of analysis went into the advanced combustion system alone.

    Even the basics, like the new inlaid doors, were tested to the extreme, with the doors undergoing nearly 150 truck lives’ worth of testing.

    The 2014 Silverado 1500 crew cab will start production in the second quarter of 2013, with other cab styles following later in the year.

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

    HOT ROD Thrashes Six New Corvettes at Bondurant! - HOT ROD Unlimited Epi...



    On this episode of HOT ROD Unlimited, the HOT ROD staff takes a field trip to the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Through a series of driving exercises, the HOT ROD editors learn the basics of evasive maneuvers, heel-toe shifting, and road course driving both in the classroom and on the track. See what happens when six people, with no road coarse racing experience, are given the keys to high performance 2013 Grand Sport Corvettes. The weekend results in a little friendly competition amongst editors.

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    Saturday, December 22, 2012

    Adult Sandbox! Playing In The Dirt with Heavy Machinery - Wide Open Thro...



    Here's a bunch of fun!

    On this episode of Wide Open Throttle, Jessi Lang heads to Las Vegas, Nevada to live out her childhood dream of operating a 40,000 pound piece of construction equipment. Find out how she fares in the Caterpillar D-5 bulldozer and the hydraulic excavator.

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    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    2012 SEMA Show - A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers Booth Tour



    A.R.E. Truck Caps and Covers reporting from the 2012 SEMA show. Here is an exclusive look at the new products we unveiled in our booth!

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    Faces of GM - Brownstown Battery Assembly Team



    The GM Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant is one of the company's newest facilities with one of the industry's youngest workforces. Check out the video to see how the millennial generation feels about building the newest technology in the industry.

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

    Sound Lab | Technology & Innovation | Chevrolet



    Visit the Chevrolet sound lab to learn how the latest acoustics technology is applied to the exterior design process in vehicles like Malibu -- the quietest Malibu ever. Go behind the scenes and learn more at http://www.chevy.com/magazine.

    Connect with other Chevrolet fans on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chevrolet

    Friday, December 14, 2012

    Crash Test Lab | Technology & Innovation | Chevrolet



    See how the Chevrolet Cruze was designed for top safety ratings with safety performance team leader Peter Ng. Go behind the scenes of the Chevrolet crash test lab to learn about the exterior design technology of safety, and read more about our design technology at http://www.chevy.com/magazine.

    To connect with other Cruze fans, visit http://www.facebook.com/chevycruze.

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    OnStar's Evolution Revolution | Technology & Innovation | Chevrolet



    Get an inside glimpse of the latest OnStar technology. New apps, emergency response, Volt smart grid and the OnStar command center are incorporating cutting edge technology to add convenience and safety to the driving experience. Go behind the scenes and learn more at http://www.chevy.com/magazine.

    Connect with other Volt and OnStar fans at http://www.facebook.com/chevroletvolt and http://www.facebook.com/onstar.

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    Climatic Wind Tunnel | Technology & Innovation | Chevrolet



    Visit the Chevrolet climatic wind tunnel to see the rigorous testing and latest aerodynamic technology that takes place and is applied in this advanced testing facility at the Chevrolet technology center. Go behind the scenes and learn more at http://www.chevy.com/magazine.

    To connect with other Chevrolet fans, visit http://www.facebook.com/chevrolet.

    Saturday, December 8, 2012

    The Inside Story | Technology & Innovation | Chevrolet



    What's the next new look for interior design? Where does innovation on the inside of Chevrolet vehicles come from? Go behind the scenes with Chevrolet Interior Design Director Crystal Windham to get the inside story on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala's interior.

    Go behind the scenes and learn more at http://www.chevy.com/magazine.

    To connect with other Chevrolet fans on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/chevrolet.

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

    The Connection Revolution | Technology & Innovation | Chevrolet



    Get a glimpse at the Chevrolet Volt 4G LTE Advanced concept vehicle with OnStar. Meet the engineers who are developing this revolutionary connectivity technology, and read more about connectivity in Chevy vehicles at http://www.chevy.com/magazine.

    To connect with other Volt fans, visit http://www.facebook.com/chevroletvolt

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Silverado Towing Tips: Loading | Chevy Silverado | Chevrolet



    Ever wonder how to properly use the towing features in your Chevy Truck? Tony Truelove, Marketing Manager for the Chevrolet Silverado, explains how to properly load a trailer while towing with your Chevy Silverado in the next installment of "Towing Tips."

    To learn more about the Chevy Silverado, visit http://www.chevrolet.com/silverado.

    To connect with other Chevy Trucks fans, head to http://www.facebook.com/chevytrucks.

    Monday, December 3, 2012

    NASCAR Chevrolet SS Unveil | Team Chevy | Chevrolet



    Watch the unveiling of the newest addition to the Chevy racing family -- the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet SS.

    To stay up-to-date with Team Chevy, head to http://www.facebook.com/TeamChevy or follow @TeamChevy on Twitter.

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

    The 2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro - TheBLOCK.com



    From its reintroduction to the automotive world at SEMA 2011, to its outstanding drag strip feats -- 2012 has, no doubt, been the year of the COPO Camaro.

    TheBLOCK.com team put this awesome video together for the Chevrolet Performance booth at SEMA 2012, and now we're excited to share it with everybody! Have a fun look back at some of the past year's highlights and see what makes the COPO name one of most legendary monikers in performance car history.

    And, hey, if you haven't heard, the COPO will be back in 2013 for another 69 car-run!

    So, if you want to stay up to speed with everything COPO, there's only one way to do it: sign up for the COPO mailing list at Chevroletperformance.com, right now!

    Friday, November 30, 2012

    Chevrolet Talks with NHRA Pro Stock Champion Erica Enders - SEMA 2012



    Erica Enders is the first woman ever to win the NHRA Pro Stock Championship, and she's of course a Chevy Girl. Listen in as Erica chats about Chevy, racing and more, direct from the Chevy booth at SEMA 2012

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

    Chris Perry Talks About Chevy's Global Reach at SEMA 2012 - The BLOCK



    Chris Perry discusses Chevrolet's global presence and the new Hot Wheels Camaro at SEMA 2012.

    For more SEMA and Chevy Performance news check out TheBLOCK.com

    Monday, November 26, 2012

    Chevrolet Performance Garage Bay 1: Crate Powertrain - The BLOCK



    Dr. Jamie Meyer, Cliff Cohen and Blake Nye discuss Chevy Performance Crate Powertrain Connect and Cruise series, including the emissions compliant E-ROD engines.

    For more SEMA and Chevy Performance news check out TheBLOCK.com

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

    Mini Car Mythbusters | Chevy Spark | Chevrolet



    GM's Head of Consumer Affairs exposes misconceptions that drivers may have about the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    For more information on the Chevy Spark mini car, visit http://www.chevrolet.com/spark-mini-car/

    Thursday, November 22, 2012

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    Chevrolet Performance - Camaro Performance Parts Testing



    Ed Piatek, Director of Performance Variants and Performance Parts, discusses how Chevrolet Performance puts their vehicles and parts to the test on the track.

    For more SEMA and Chevy Performance news check out TheBLOCK.com

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

    2013 Chevy Caprice Police PPV -- Michigan Police Test | GM Fleet



    The 2013 Chevrolet Caprice Patrol Vehicle (PPV) tested at the Michigan State Police Test offers a V6, 3.6 liter 301 horsepower engine. New technologies such as overhead cams and direct injection engines showed why the 2013 Caprice is dominant in class. The Caprice also boasts the best police vehicle brakes in multiple tests over the past two years.

    Equipped with GM's patented Stabilitrak tailored specifically for police vehicles, the Caprice offers a smooth ride and excellent control at high speeds.

    More at GM Fleet & Commercial:
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    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Chevrolet Performance Garage Bay 3: Sonic Accessories - The BLOCK



    Dr. Jamie Meyer and Randy Finney use a Chevy Sonic to show off some of Chevrolet's accessories line at SEMA 2012.

    For more SEMA and Chevy Performance news check out TheBLOCK.comChevrolet Graphics.com

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    2013 Chevy Impala Police PPV -- Michigan Police Test | GM Fleet



    The 2013 Chevrolet Impala Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) tested great at the Michigan State Police Test. The Impala offers a 3.6L, 302 horsepower engine and is available at one of the lowest purchases prices in the in-class market. The equipped GM Stabilitrak offers superior handling around corners and this impala tops off at 149 miles per hour in the flats.

    The 2013 Chevy Impala PPV also boasts exceptional EPA estimated gas mileage at 28mpg on the highway.

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    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    1967 Chevrolet 427 Corvette Roadster Restoration - CAR and DRIVER



    Technical Director Don Sherman takes us through the restoration process of his 1967 Chevrolet 427 Corvette Roadster on the latest episode of Car and Driver: Tested

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    LOCATION: Michigan
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    Each week, the Car and Driver YouTube Channel will launch episodes of Car and Driver: Abroad, Car and Driver: Tested, Popular Mechanics Saturday Mechanic and How'd They Do That, and Road & Track Presents.

    Monday, November 12, 2012

    Cliff Cohen Talks Chevy Performance and Parts at SEMA 2012 - The BLOCK



    Cliff Cohen, Manager of Parts and Licensing for Chevrolet Performance, discusses Chevrolet Performance, COPO Camaro, Vintage Replacement Parts and more at SEMA 2012.

    For more Chevy Performance and SEMA news check out The BLOCK.com

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

    Chevrolet Silverado Has Lowest Total Cost of Ownership

     

    DETROIT – The Chevrolet Silverado has the lowest total cost of ownership of any full-size pickup in the U.S. retail market, according to the automotive data compilation and analysis firm Vincentric.
     
    “We know from talking to our truck customers that they expect their vehicles to work hard for them for several years, and the less money they have to spend on routine maintenance, repairs and other operating costs, the more they can invest in their businesses and lives,” said Don Johnson, vice president of Chevrolet Sales and Service. “There are nearly 10 million Silverado full-size pickups on the road today – a true testament to their reliability and operating efficiency,”

    The Vincentric recognition shows that Silverado full-size pickups have the segment’s lowest combined ownership costs, which include items such as cost of depreciation, insurance, financing, repairs, fuel, fees and maintenance.

    “For several years running, the Silverado has performed well in our analysis,” said David Wurster, president of Vincentric.  “With low depreciation, maintenance and fuel costs, it's no wonder why the Silverado leads the segment with the lowest cost of ownership.”

    About Vincentric
    Vincentric provides data, knowledge, and insight to the automotive industry by identifying and applying the many aspects of automotive ownership costs. Vincentric data is used by organizations such as Yahoo! Autos, AOL, Cars.com, Chevrolet, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Kiplinger.com, Business Fleet Magazine, Volvo, NADA Guides, and Fleet-Central.com as a means of providing automotive insight to their clientele. Vincentric, LLC is a privately held automotive data compilation and analysis firm headquartered in Bingham Farms, Michigan.

    About Chevrolet
    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 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.

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Tom Peters Talks Chevrolet Design at SEMA 2012 - The BLOCK



    Tom Peters, Director of Design, spent some time talking about the Hot Wheels Camaro, his '69 COPO-inspired Camaro and more at SEMA 2012.

    For more Chevrolet Performance and SEMA news check out TheBLOCK.com

    Friday, November 9, 2012

    GMC and Chevrolet Bi-Fuel Pickup Production Begins


    The 2013 bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado HD includes a compressed natural gas (CNG) capable engine that seamlessly transitions between CNG and gas fuel systems. The CNG and gasoline tanks have a combined range of 650 miles, the longest standard bi-fuel range of any original equipment automaker.


    DETROIT – Production of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD bi-fuel pickup trucks is underway in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the pickups are available for order by fleet and retail customers through Chevrolet and GMC dealers.

    The Silverado HD and Sierra 2500 HD Vortec 6.0L V8 engine runs on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG) and seamlessly switches between the two fuels without affecting performance. The CNG and gasoline tanks have a combined range of 650 miles, the longest standard bi-fuel range of any original equipment automaker.

    “Customers are choosing our bi-fuel trucks because they provide the same high level of GM truck performance and versatility but can also help businesses control their fuel costs and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Ed Peper, General Motors U.S. vice president of Fleet and Commercial Sales.
    The Type-3 single-tank CNG system in the Silverado HD and Sierra 2500 HD is designed to retain more bed space than any competing bi-fuel truck from an Original Equipment Manufacturer. The pickups are available in standard and long-box and two-or-four wheel drive in the extended cab models.

    “At Chesapeake, we are converting our fleet of more than 5,000 vehicles to run on natural gas, and having options from GMC and Chevy is critical to help us reach our conversion goal,” said Nate Pumphrey, Chesapeake Energy Corp. director of Fleet Operations. “Following our full conversion, we will save $11 million to $12 million annually on fuel costs.

    “As a fleet manager, the stable price of natural gas is another major benefit that helps me budget more accurately, and the fuel’s reduced emissions align with Chesapeake’s commitment to environmental excellence,” he said.

    The bi-fuel pickups are ordered from the factory, sent to the Tier One supplier IMPCO for installation of the CNG bi-fuel delivery and storage system and then delivered by GM transportation to the dealer or to an upfitter for customer-ordered modifications.

    The bi-fuel option is priced at $11,000 above the suggested retail price of the base vehicle. The entire gaseous fuel system meets GM’s strict quality, durability and safety testing. The trucks will be covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and vehicle emissions warranty.  The vehicle meets all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission certification requirements.

    To find more information about advanced propulsion vehicles available, visit gmfleet.com, or for timely responses to fleet-related questions, join the GM Fleet and Commercial Customer Service LinkedIn group.

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

    Mike Weidman Talks Chevy Small Car at SEMA 2012 - The BLOCK



    Mike Weidman, Marketing Manager for Spark and Cruze, discusses Chevrolet's Small Car portfolio at SEMA.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Real-World Solutions Provided at Green Truck Summit 2013



    Industry-leading event returns as part of The Work Truck Show®

    FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (Nov. 7, 2012) – Registration is now open for the work truck industry’s leading educational forum on clean vehicle technologies, the Green Truck Summit. The Green Truck Summit kicks off the extensive educational conference at The Work Truck Show® 2013 on March 5. The Summit gives fleet managers and other industry professionals practical ideas and real-world solutions for implementing new green practices.

    The Green Truck Summit, presented by International Truck, is produced jointly by NTEA and CALSTART. It runs March 5−6, 2013. The Work Truck Show 2013 trade show floor is open March 6−8, with educational sessions starting March 5. The Green Truck Summit and The Work Truck Show are held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.

    “This event has really grown over the last few years as people have seen the positive impact new clean technology can have on their operations,” says Doyle Sumrall, NTEA senior director of business development. “The Green Truck Summit is a can’t-miss event for forward-thinking fleet managers and anyone looking to gain a competitive advantage through green initiatives.”

    Topics for the Green Truck Summit 2013 include clean technology and fuel trends, deployment strategies, viable alternative fuels and funding opportunities. The Summit’s slate of presenters includes a wide range of technical experts and industry leaders, including representatives from truck and engine OEMs, government agencies and fleet operations.

    Over its day-and-a-half run, the Green Truck Summit features 24 breakout sessions, five general sessions and two keynote addresses. Keynote speakers will be announced closer to the event.

    The first general session, “Trends in Clean Technologies and Fuels,” is presented by Sumrall and CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel. The two will discuss current clean trends and give an outlook for manufacturers, suppliers and fleets. It will take place Tuesday, March 5 at 9:00am.
    The other opening day general sessions are “OEM Perspectives on the Future of Clean Technologies,” “Modeling the Benefits of Deploying Green Technologies” and “Optimizing Engines: New Ideas to Be Clean and Efficient.” Breakout sessions scheduled for Tuesday cover propane, hydrogen fuel cells, natural gas, hybrid electric systems, truck updates and more.

    The general session on Wednesday, March 6, “Compounding the Green: Incremental Measures for Going Green and Sustainable,” is led by Fred Silver, vice president of CALSTART. This session will address vehicle productivity enhancement, idle management, energy use reduction and sustainable fleet management. It will run 8:45am−9:45am.

    Remaining breakout sessions address bi-fuel CNG and LPG systems, turbine-electric trucks and other fuel-saving advancements. The complete Green Truck Summit schedule is available at www.ntea.com/greentrucksummit/schedule. A full list of sponsors is available at www.ntea.com/greentrucksummit/sponsors.

    Other truck initiatives at The Work Truck Show include the Green Truck Ride-and-Drive sponsored by Hino Trucks, where attendees can experience the latest in cutting-edge clean vehicle technology with hands-on test drives and demos. On the show floor, the CALSTART Clean Technologies and Fuels Pavilion features “green” equipment that is commercially available today.

    To register for the Green Truck Summit and The Work Truck Show 2013, visit www.ntea.com or call  1-800-441-6832 . Green Truck Summit registration includes an exclusive one-hour reception at 5:15pm on Monday, March 5.

    Produced annually by NTEA, The Work Truck Show brings together thousands of work truck professionals, including fleet managers, equipment buyers, maintenance personnel, manufacturers, distributors and dealers.

    About NTEA

    Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents more than 1,550 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. The NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and a government relations office in Washington, DC.

    About CALSTART

    CALSTART is a non-profit organization that works nationally to foster the rapid growth of the clean transportation technology industry. The organization supports industry growth by providing valuable information and analysis, fostering strategic partnerships, supporting smart public policies, and managing high-impact technology commercialization programs. CALSTART has more than 150 member companies and offices in California, Colorado, and Michigan.  For more information visit www.calstart.org.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    2013 Chevy Tahoe Police PPV -- Michigan Police Test | GM Fleet



    The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Patrol Vehicle (PPV) tested at the Michigan State Police Test offers a V8, with a rear wheel drive and all wheel drive package. The Tahoe is the only body on frame vehicle that offers the best of durability, room, comfort and cargo. This vehicle also offers 6 standard airbags for add safety and security and boasts an added 3 feet of improved braking.

    Michigan Police have fit more than 2 K9 units in the back, with room 4 people in the passenger department of this vehicle.

    Find out more at GM Fleet & Commercial:
    http://www.gmfleet.com/overview/police.html

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    Gary Mulder Talks 1967 Hot Wheels Camaro at SEMA 2012 - The BLOCK



    Gary Mulder, Special Vehicles Project Manager, discuss the 1967 Hot Wheels Camaro Concept, Crate Powertrain Connect and Cruise series and more at SEMA 2012.

    For more Chevy Performance and SEMA news check out TheBLOCK.com

    Friday, November 2, 2012

    Chevrolet's SEMA 2012 Recap - The BLOCK



    Here's just a few of the highlights for Chevrolet at the 2012 SEMA Show.

    For more Chevy Performance and SEMA news check out TheBLOCK.com

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012

    Isaac in LA: Unveiling the Malibu Collection | Malibu Style | Chevrolet



    Isaac visits Heather to unveil pieces from the Malibu Collection.

    The Collection will be sold exclusively on http://LivingSocial.com as of October 16th, 2012.

    Monday, October 29, 2012

    Isaac in NYC: Unveiling the Malibu Collection | Malibu Style | Chevrolet



    Isaac visits Sherita to unveil pieces from the Malibu Collection.
    The Collection will be sold exclusively on http://LivingSocial.com as of October 16th, 2012.

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

    Chevy Road Test Conclusion



    Watch the wrap up of the Chevy Road Test Challenge Results and see for yourself how Chevy Vans take on the competition and come out on top.

    Friday, October 26, 2012

    Chevy Road Test - Round 3 - Fuel Economy



    Your business relies on your vehicle's fuel economy to save you cash. Watch and see how the Chevy Express competes against the competition.

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Chevy Road Test - Round 2 - Hill Climb



    Hill Climbing really tests a vehicle's capabilities; see how the Chevy Express stacks up against the competition. We will give you a hint: the Chevy Express comes out on top.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Chevy Road Test - Round 1 - Acceleration



    With Commercial Grade Vans, Acceleration is a must. Watch as The Chevy Express takes on the competition and comes out on top.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Chevy Road Test Introduction



    Watch as the Chevy Express Van takes on the competition and come out on top. This video introduces you to the tests we will be running.

    Monday, October 22, 2012

    Faces of GM - Gordon and Angela White



    Gordon and Angela White love truck campers and when it came time to replace their old pickup and get a new camper, these people behind TruckCamperMagazine.com did a lot of analysis before putting their money down. Check out what they selected and how the package came together.

    Saturday, October 20, 2012

    2013 Chevrolet CNG Bi-Fuel Pickup Components



    In addition to lower fuel costs, they offer an impressive array of options and configurations, including standard and long-box and two-or-four-wheel drive in the extended cab models.

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    Faces of GM - Ken Barrett



    GM Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett moved from ships to cars, but no matter the mode of transportation, the retired U.S Navy captain knows diversity is a key to success. Watch the video to see why he believes diversity and inclusion are good for business.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Next Generation Silverado Undergoing Final Validation



    DETROIT – GM engineers are conducting the final validation of the next generation Silverado light-duty pickups. In addition to torture testing, the team is paying attention to delivering a comfortable, well-balanced ride, which is being refined on a variety of track surfaces at GM’s Milford Proving Ground. The new Silverado will start production in 2013.

    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 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.

    Sunday, October 14, 2012

    Volt's Fuel Economy | 2013 Chevy Volt | Chevrolet



    The Chevrolet Volt is a new kind of car, so it's a new way of looking at miles per gallon. See how it works to save you money and gas.

    To learn more about the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle visit http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car/.

    To connect with other Chevy Volt fans, visit http://www.facebook.com/chevroletvolt and follow @ChevyVolt on Twitter.

    Friday, October 12, 2012

    2013 Chevrolet CNG Bi-Fuel Pickup Competitive Comparison



    All major components will have GM service part numbers for broad availability, providing you with peace of mind that parts will be available to keep your vehicles on the road.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    How it Works | 2013 Chevy Volt | Chevrolet



    What is the Chevrolet Volt exactly? This video explains how the Volt is different from hybrid, pure electric and gas-powered cars on the road.

    To learn more about the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle visit http://www.chevrolet.com/volt-electric-car/.

    To connect with other Chevy Volt fans, visit http://www.facebook.com/chevroletvolt and follow @ChevyVolt on Twitter.

    Monday, October 8, 2012

    Over The Edge: Back to the Fifties



    Just imagine if Marty McFly had not ended up in Hill Valley, California, but say, St. Paul, Minnesota! Well that's exactly where our Steven Chupnick ended up on his latest adventure as he went Over the Edge and back to the 50s.

    Saturday, October 6, 2012

    Faces of GM - MTV Scratch Relationship



    MTV Scratch is a "creative SWAT team" bringing together the background and knowledge of Viacom networks like MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. GM is tapping into that skill set to help it connect with the 80 million young people who are the future

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    2013 Malibu Turbo: A Midsize Sedan with Chevrolet Spirit

      
  • Chassis engineered for the most challenging global markets
  • Turbo model completes the Malibu U.S. portfolio

  • DETROIT – Throughout its history, Chevrolet has offered stylish, affordable and dependable family cars with a little something extra.

    In the case of the 2013 Malibu, that something extra is an all-new 2.0L turbocharged engine designed to infuse the new Malibu midsize sedan with real Chevrolet spirit.

    “The all-new turbocharged engine showcases just how capable the new Malibu is, and the turbocharged Malibu is perfect for customers who want a midsize sedan that is fun to drive under a wide range of real-world conditions,” said Mark Meyers, GM global vehicle performance manager.
    The Malibu turbo can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph. Even with this performance delivered by its 259-horsepower (193 kW) engine, the Malibu turbo has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 city and 30 mpg highway.

    With its peak torque of 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) sustained between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm, the turbocharged engine also gives Malibu excellent response under a broad range of driving conditions. This added performance comes with greater refinement as the enhanced torque reduces downshifts and helps quiet the buzz sometimes found in four-cylinder engines.

    Malibu turbo includes a four-wheel-independent suspension system, hydraulic ride bushings, premium electric steering gear and more.

    “With its global pedigree and European tuning, the new Malibu has a robust body structure, premium steering and suspension, and substantial four-wheel disc brakes,” said Meyers.

    Performance and value
    The Malibu turbo goes on sale this fall, available as both a mid-level LT model with a suggested retail price of $27,710 and as a more luxurious LTZ model with a suggested retail price of $30,925. Both prices include a $995 dealer freight charge.

    Standard content on turbo LT models includes:
    • 18-inch aluminum wheels
    • Chevy MyLink, with a seven-inch color touch-screen radio, Bluetooth, and USB port
    • Dual-zone automatic climate control
    • Remote start
    • Eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar
    • Tilting and telescoping steering column with steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control
    • Ice-blue ambient lighting.
    Malibu turbo LTZ models add:
    • LED tail lamps
    • Leather-appointed seats
    • Heated front seats
    • Available 19-inch aluminum wheels.
    Technically advanced engine
    A host of technologically advanced elements contribute to the Malibu turbo’s performance, including dual-overhead camshafts with continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and more:
    • Twin-scroll turbocharger that virtually eliminates turbo lag and generates maximum boost of 20 psi
    • Air-to-air intercooler that reduces the pressurized air charge’s temperature for optimal performance
    • A356T6 aluminum cylinder head cast with Rotocast process – similar to the Corvette ZR1’s heads – for greater strength and improved airflow
    • Sand-cast aluminum engine block that features cast-in iron liners and structural enhancements to enable higher power with reduced noise and vibration
    • Aluminum pistons with jet-spray cooling, which enhances performance and longevity
    • Modular balance shaft system in the oil pan for greater refinement
    • Two--stage variable-displacement oil pump that enhances the overall operating efficiency of the engine
    • Specially tuned exhaust for reduced backpressure and improved sound quality.
    The advanced, electronically controlled turbocharger’s twin-scroll design optimizes power. Each of two scrolls on the turbine is fed by a separate exhaust passage – one from cylinders one and four, the other from cylinders two and three – to virtually eliminate turbo lag at low engine speeds, giving the engine immediate throttle response.

    Because direct injection cools the intake process, compared to conventional port injection, the engine can operate at higher boost and a relatively higher compression ratio of 9.2:1, which increases both output and efficiency. Also, each piston has its own directed jet that sprays oil toward its skirt, coating its underside and the cylinder wall with an additional layer of lubricant. That cools the piston, reduces friction and operational noise and bolsters the engine's durability.

    The 2.0L turbo engine is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission, with TAPShift control.

    Driving experience
    Sold in more than 100 countries, the new Malibu benefits from a global development process that prepared the car for everything from unimproved roads in developing countries to the Autobahns and mountain switchbacks of Europe.

    “You feel connected to the road in the Malibu turbo, while also being isolated from wind noise and imperfections in the pavement,” said Meyers. “Behind the wheel, the new Malibu turbo feels responsive. The steering is precise on center, with a confident steering effort build-up as the driver turns into a curve. The chassis feels great in the corners, with excellent body-motion control.
    “The Malibu is a fun car to drive, and the power of the turbo engine makes it even better,” said Meyers.

    A solid body structure, as stiff as any in the global midsize market, helped engineers dial in a refined degree of control in the front and rear suspensions, while an isolated engine cradle reduces noise transmission to the cabin. Chassis and suspension highlights include:
    • MacPherson-strut front suspension with dual-path mountings, which separates the transfer of spring damper loads to the body to a smoother-feeling ride and an enhanced feeling of control. New for the turbo model are internal rebound springs for the front struts that give the Malibu improved body motion control and roll damping in handling maneuvers
    • Side-load-compensated strut modules are designed to reduce the sliding friction caused by the bending load on the strut that is common in most suspension geometries, for more precise suspension tuning
    • Aluminum steering knuckle/strut carriers and control arms are used to minimize un-sprung weight, optimize weight distribution throughout the front suspension and intended to foster a more nimble driving feel
    • A direct-acting front stabilizer bar enables a more direct and immediate feeling to steering inputs. It is mounted to the rear portion of the engine cradle, with each end of the bar connected to the front struts
    • Isolated lower A-arms, with integrated ball joints, are attached via two mounting points on a sub-frame that, in turn, is mounted with four isolators to the body structure. This provides a firmer foundation for the A-arms, which helped engineers tune the suspension more precisely, while also reducing noise and vibration
    • Hydraulic ride bushings in the front control arms are designed to deliver a higher degree of ride isolation, quieter performance and more controlled transfer of road inputs
    • Rack-mounted electric power steering gear by ZF Steering Systems. This dual-pinion system – one for steering and the other to move the rack – is designed to deliver excellent response and on-center characteristics, with almost perfect linear response. It also helps save fuel because engine doesn’t have to turn a conventional hydraulic steering pump
    • A four-link rear suspension intended to contribute to the car’s controlled feel, with a direct-acting performance and precise calibration, thanks to its mounting directly to the stiff body structure. The four links include an upper camber link, two lower links and a trailing link
    • Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels are standard on Malibu Turbo, while 19-inch wheels are available. They’re used with 235/50R18 or 245/45R19 all-season tires, respectively.
    Chassis control systems
    Malibu’s electronic chassis controls are designed to enhance overall ride and handling qualities of the car, and also help make for a safer journey. All are part of the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, which also incorporates full-function traction control.

    When a situation requires a higher level of electronic intervention – signaled by inputs detected by a yaw sensor mounted in the center of the vehicle – StabiliTrak modulates the brakes at the individual wheels, reduces power or does both to help the driver remain in control. The system incorporates advanced braking features to assist in a variety of conditions, including:
    • Cornering Brake Control is activated when the car is braking while cornering. Brake pressure is individually varied among all four wheels to keep the car stable.
    • Brake Assist helps the driver in emergency braking situations, giving the driver a higher deceleration gain than would be possible from the regular brake system booster.
    The Malibu turbo’s brake system consists of four-wheel discs, featuring 11.7-inch (296 mm) vented front discs and aluminum calipers in the rear. A four-channel anti-lock system is tied in with StabiliTrak to provide more control in wet and icy conditions.

    The 2013 Malibu Turbo also offers 10 standard air bags, as well as an available rearview camera system, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. It is also the first 2013 midsize car to earn double honors for safety, including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

    All models are covered by a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.

    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 four 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.

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    Corvette Generations: C6 | Corvette | Chevrolet



    Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager, is back with the sixth generation of Corvette for the final edition of our Corvette Generations series. The C6 had an emphasis on making the Corvette leaner and meaner with a more lightweight, compact and shorter body. The Corvette Z06 and ZR1 returned in the sixth generation, and for the 60th Anniversary, a special edition convertible model, the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition, made its debut as the most capable Corvette convertible ever made.

    To connect with other Corvette fans, visit http://facebook.com/corvette.

    Sunday, September 30, 2012

    Faces of GM - David Tulauskas



    GM Director of Sustainability David Tulauskas has been with the company more than 20 years and served in many roles. His recent trip to the Amazon rainforest gave him a unique perspective on his role in the industry and in life.

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    Corvette Generations: C4 | Corvette | Chevrolet



    Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles brings us into an era of performance innovation with the fourth generation Corvette. Beginning with the 1984 model, the fourth generation featured plenty of enhancements such as an impressive drag coefficient, anti-lock brakes, traction control and run-flat tires. Many fans will also remember the clamshell-design hood, giving plenty of access to the engine and suspension.

    To connect with other Corvette fans, visit http://facebook.com/corvette.

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    Camaro's Greatest Hits 2012 | Camaro | Chevrolet



    To celebrate the Camaro Facebook page reaching the 3,000,000 fan milestone, we celebrated the Greatest Hits of Camaro. Camaro wouldn't be anything without its fans, so we made sure to include the moments in our fans' lives that make the Camaro what it is.

    To connect with Camaro fans across the globe, visit http://www.facebook.com/chevycamaro.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Roads To Romance (1951)



    Here's a bit of fun from circa 1951 from Chevrolet Motor Division produced by Jam Handy. It is a compilation of several short movies, each with an old Chevrolet commercial.

    Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island; Pennsylvania Turnpike: Highway of Tomorrow; By Cayuga's Waters, Finger Lakes, New York; Lakes of the Twin Cities, Northern Minnesota; Fanthom Country, Utah - Cedar Breaks National Park; Olympic National Park; Columbia River Highway.

    Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
    Sponsor: Chevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    Faces of GM - Corvette Blogger Keith Cornett



    It's been said that if you can find a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life. Keith Cornett has had some other jobs in his life, but right now the Corvette blogger seems to be doing a job he loves and was born to do

    Monday, September 24, 2012

    2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427: All American Hero - Ignition Episode 34



    On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago gets behind the wheel of the 7-liter V8 powered Corvette 427, one of the last iterations of the much loved C6 Corvette. While muscle car fans eagerly await the all-new C7 Corvette, how much better can it get than the truly epic C6?

    Ignition appears every Monday on the Motor Trend youtube channel.
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    Saturday, September 22, 2012

    Harbor Workmaster Body 1 - Harbor Truck Bodies



    Warren gives us a great presentation of the features of the Harbor Workmaster enclosed service utility body. Also know as a Plumber Body. See more at http://www.htbi.net

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Million Dollar Rooms 106 Subterranean Garage



    Wow! The most amazing garage ever built he says. . .

    All New Episodes of "Million Dollar Rooms" premieres Tuesday April 24th @ 8:30 PM on HGTV

    Carter Oosterhouse takes a peak inside a one-of-a-kind garage with an incredible entrance! "Million Dollar Rooms" is produced by Channel 8 Entertainment for HGTV.

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    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    The Ever Popular Chevy 2500HD Chassis with an 8' Harbor Service Body



    Greg Martin, Commercial Truck Manager at Platinum Chevrolet in Santa Rosa, CA shows us the most popular commercial truck he sells. It is the 2500HD Regular Cab (also available in Extended Cab and Crew Cab) with an 8' Service or Utility body.

    This particular unit is a 2012 model with the 6.0 gas engine. The body shown is a Harbor TradeMaster Service Body with a Tapered Leg Forklift Loadable Rack, and a Class IV Receiver. Harbor Truck Bodies is famous for their standard Stainless Steel open top lids on their service bodies. See more about these trucks at http://www.PlatinumChevyTruck.NET, or call Greg at 707-525-1800 for more information.

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Isaac in Chicago: Chevy Malibu | Malibu Style | Chevrolet



    After exploring Summer Rio's closet, Isaac shares style essentials for every woman.

    Discover more Malibu Style at http://www.chevymalibustyle.com/.

    Follow @Chevrolet & @IsaacMizrahi on Twitter for more of the #MalibuStyle story.

    For more information and features & specs on the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, visit http://www.chevy.com/malibu/.

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    Royal Service Body Mounted On Chevy 2500HD Extended Cab Gets The Job Done



    Greg Martin, Commercial Truck Manager at Platinum Chevrolet in Santa Rosa CA shows off a very popular truck in his inventory. It is the 2500HD Extended Cab Single Rear Wheel Chassis with a Royal 8' Service Body, Forklift Loadable Rack and Class IV Receiver. This truck allows you to get extra people and tools to the job site effectively. To see more, go to http://PlatinumChevyTruck.NET or call Greg at 707-525-1800 for more information.

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Corvette Generations: C2 | Corvette | Chevrolet



    Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles discusses the second generation of Corvette. The "Sting Ray" generation was championed by GM's second vice president of design, Bill Mitchell, after observing the way stingrays swim so gracefully through the water. Though this was the shortest Corvette generation, fans will undoubtedly remember its defining features, such as the split-window on the 1963 Corvette and the introduction of the big block V-8 engine.

    To connect with other Corvette fans, visit http://facebook.com/corvette.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Dually Chevy Crew Cab with 9' Knapheide Service Body



    Greg Martin, Commercial Truck Manager at Platinum Chevrolet in Santa Rosa shows us a 2012 Chevy 3500HD Duall Rear Wheel Crew Cab Chassis with a 9' Knapheide Service Body with Master Locking System and Class IV Receiver. This is a great combination to get multiple workers together to the job site in comfort and bring all the tools you need at the same time. See more at http://www.PlatinumChevyTruck.NET, or call Greg Martin at 707-525-1800.

    Sunday, September 9, 2012

    The Great Ural Adventure! - On Two Wheels Episode 16



    Here's a fun video that I thought was interesting, though it has nothing to do with Chevy's or even cars and trucks. But, it was just fun. . . enjoy!

    Wait a second, a sidecar!? On this episode of On Two (Three?) Wheels, the guys pile into a Ural Gear-Up sidecar and head inland to buy a dilapidated Honda MB5 2-stroke off Craigslist. They fix it up and then ride it back to LA via two-lane back roads, but not without breaking down a bunch along the way!

    On Two Wheels appears every other Wednesday on the new Motor Trend channel. http://www.youtube.com/motortrend

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    Friday, September 7, 2012

    Gas 4x4 Chevy 3500HD Dually Chassis with Knapheide Gooseneck Flatbed Body



    Greg Martin, Commercial Truck Manager at Platinum Chevrolet in Santa Rosa shows us one of his special trucks in stock. This is a 2012 4x4 Chevy 3500HD Dual Rear Wheel Chassis that is nicely equipped and mated to a 9' Knapheide Gooseneck Flatbed Body with steel deck, short steel gates, a 25,000 lb capacity gooseneck hitch and a class IV receiver. It also features high mounted lights in the headboard. This is a perfect rancher's truck and the four wheel drive will keep you going through tough terrain. You can see more at http://www.PlatinumChevyTruck.NET, and you can call Greg at 707-525-1800 for more information.

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Cylinder Switch Off Delivers Advantages to Chevy Silverado

    DETROIT – Full-size pickups are unique, both in the jobs their owners ask of them and how long customers expect them to last. So for the Chevrolet Silverado and other full-size trucks, General Motors improves the fuel efficiency of its mainstream 5.3-liter V-8 engine by switching off four of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.

    More than 85 percent of Silverado customers use their pickups to tow or haul. Some truly put their trucks to the test, moving large trailers over long distances, such as in the blistering heat of west Texas and the biting cold of Alaska’s Prudhoe Bay. These customers expect their trucks to be economical and they expect them to last.

    Fact: More than half of all full-size Chevy pickups sold 20 years ago are still on the road.

    The Silverado has a well-earned reputation as the most-dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickup. The V-8 engines under the hood have a track record no competitor can touch – developed, tested and refined over 57 years and more than 100 million engines.

    Engineers developing the current Silverado sought the most intelligent solution for improving the fuel economy while preserving performance and durability.

    “Rather than adding turbochargers or multi-valve cylinder heads to increase the power of smaller engines, we chose to keep the proven capability of our larger V-8 truck engines, and save fuel by switching off half of the cylinders when they aren’t needed,” said Jordan Lee, global chief engineer for small block engines.

    A combination of simple hydraulic valves and sophisticated software switch off the cylinders when the driver doesn’t need full power. When more power is needed, the system, called Active Fuel Management, seamlessly reengages the additional cylinders.

    “With recent increases in computing power, we can combine sophisticated digital design, powerful control strategies, and simple, robust mechanical systems to bring real benefits with no added cost to our customers,” said Lee. “Think of the difference between a cassette recorder and an iPod MP3 player – more moving parts are not always better.”

    By giving customers V-8 power and capability when they need it, with enhanced fuel efficiency when they don’t, Silverado offers the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any V-8 pickup, said Lee. “In fact, our 5.3-liter V-8 delivers EPA fuel economy estimates comparable to some competitors’ V6 engines.”

    The mainstream 2013 Silverado 1500 4WD with the available 5.3-liter V-8 has an EPA highway estimate of 21 mpg, matching the estimates for a leading competitor’s 4WD model with a more complex, less-proven boosted V-6.

    For customers looking for even better fuel economy, the 2013 Silverado XFE model with the 5.3-liter V-8 has an EPA highway estimate of 22 mpg, retaining all the capability and dependability of other Chevy V-8s.

    “For each vehicle program, our task is to choose the best technology for each vehicle and its customers,” said Lee. “For millions of people who depend on their trucks and expect them to last, we believe our V-8 engines with Active Fuel Management are an excellent solution.

    Since 2004, approximately 4.6 million of these V-8 engines have employed Active Fuel Management.

    “As GM develops future vehicles – including our next-generation full-size trucks and our new midsize Chevy pickup -- we will continue to draw on our company’s unsurpassed global powertrain portfolio, which includes direct injection, clean diesels, vehicle electrification, turbocharging, supercharging, and other technologies,” said Lee.

    “But as with our current V-8 engines with Active Fuel Management, the starting point is always what’s the right solution for the customer and the way they use the vehicle.”

    Chevrolet backs Silverado with a 100,000 mile/five- year limited powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and courtesy transportation, the best coverage of any full-size pickup. Silverado also has the lowest cost of ownership of any full-size pickup, based on Vincentric 2012 model level analysis.

    Monday, September 3, 2012

    Harbor 12' Contractor Body On Chevy 3500HD Chassis Is Like Two Trucks In One!



    Greg Martin, Commercial Truck Manager at Platinum Chevrolet in Santa Rosa CA shows us a 2012 Chevy Dually Chassis with the DuraMax diesel and Allison automatic transmission in a regular cab. This heavy duty chassis has a 12' Harbor Contractor Body mounted on it with 8' upper bed boxes with stainless steel open top lids like a service body, underbed boxes, short fold-down solid gates around the rear, a load divider, tapered headboard, tapered HD forklift loadable rack, and a class IV receiver. All of that in a package is called a Contractor Body and it is a cost effective way to take tools and carry gear and materials to job sites. To see more go to http://PlatinumChevyTruck.NET, or call Greg at 707-525-1800 for more information.

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

    Faces of GM - Mary Ann Adams of OnStar



    As Tropical Storm Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, OnStar's Mary Ann Adams and the team at OnStar stand ready to help OnStar subscribers impacted by the storm.

    Thursday, August 30, 2012

    Chevy Crew Cab SRW Chassis with Harbor 9' Flatbed Gets Crews To The Job ...



    Greg Martin, Commercial Truck Manager at Platinum Chevrolet in Santa Rosa CA shows us a 2011 Chevy 2500HD Single Rear Wheel Crew Cab with the DuraMax diesel and Allison automatic transmission, room for 6 full size adults. The body is a Harbor 9' Flatbed with a Tapered Headboard and Removable Tapered Leg Forklift Loadable Rack, Short Contractor Style Gates and a Class IV Receiver. This is a great way to get your crew to the job and take the necessary equipment too. See more at http://www.PlatinumChevyTruck.NET or call Greg at 707-525-1800.

    Tuesday, August 28, 2012

    How The 5th Gen. Camaro Came to Life


    Recently, David Ross, Design Manager Styling at GM, and Todd Storrs, Creative Sculptor stopped by TheBLOCK.com to talk about the design of the 5th Gen. Camaro and how it made its way from render to scale model and on down the line to actual production car. No matter what generation of Camaro fan you are, you'll definitely want to watch this video as it's incredibly insightful.

    Saturday, August 25, 2012

    4x4 2012 2500HD DuraMax Ext Cab with 8' Harbor Service Body

     
     
    The above unit is a 2012 Chevy 2500HD Silverado Extended Cab 4x4 chassis with the fuel efficient 6.6 Liter DuraMax Diesel, HD Allison 6-sp Automatic, Power Windows, Door Locks, and Power Mirrors, Trailer Brake Controller, Locking Differential, Fuel Saving 3.73 Axle Ratio, Skid Plate Package, Keyless Remote Entry, Deep Tinted Glass, Tilt Wheel, AMFM CD, Rear Window Defogger, and more.

     
    The body is a Harbor 8' Service Body with standard Stainless Steel Lids, 4x4 Reinforcement, and Class IV Receiver. Stock #2499, VIN #CZ208112, MSRP $52,105.00

     
    Due to changing factory incentives, please call Greg Martin at 877-221-6097 for your best price after the latest factory incentives

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    Akerson Puts 1958 Corvette on Auction Block for Habitat




    DETROIT –
    One of America’s classic sports cars is going to help pave the way for rebirth in a renowned Detroit neighborhood.

    General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said Thursday he plans to auction off his 1958 Chevrolet Corvette with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Detroit and its efforts to rebuild and revitalize the Morningside Commons neighborhood on the city’s lower east side.

    Auction details will be announced shortly. Interested parties can get an up-close look at the Akersons’ 1958 Corvette this weekend at the Woodward Dream Cruise sponsored by Chevrolet and get more details at www.facebook.com/corvette.

    Akerson and his wife, Karin, made a personal, cornerstone $1 million donation in February to help launch “Leaders to Rebuild Detroit,” Habitat Detroit’s three-year, $25 million initiative to serve at least 500 families in Morningside Commons through house construction, rehabilitation, critical repairs and energy-efficiency upgrades.

    “A strong America is built on strong communities, and building those communities starts with one hammer, one nail and one person – and from there it’s contagious,” Akerson said. “My wife, Karin, and I want to see this effort to rebuild our headquarters city catch on, spread out and draw scores more volunteers and millions more in contributions.

    “The 1958 Corvette is a great example of American passion and ingenuity, and my hope is that the auction will help bring attention and resources to Habitat’s efforts to revitalize a historic Detroit neighborhood,” said Akerson. “I love this Corvette, and if putting it on the block can help rebuild the heart and soul of a neighborhood, I am all for it.”

    The Regal Turquoise Corvette, powered by a 245-horsepower V-8, will be front and center at the 60th Anniversary Corvette Display at the familiar Birmingham Triangle along old and new Woodward avenues in downtown Birmingham. More than 200 classic Corvettes spanning 1953 to present will be on display.

    “We continue to be overwhelmed by the generosity and leadership of Dan and Karin Akerson and the entire General Motors team,” said Vincent Tilford, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Detroit. “We are extremely grateful for their ongoing commitment and support for our efforts. Parting with a classic Detroit vehicle like this is above and beyond the call of duty.”

    The 1958 Corvette included new body panels, a new instrument panel and new upholstery. External distinguishing features included dual headlamps – a Corvette first – and twin chrome trunk spears. In a sign of changing times 54 years ago, safety belts were factory installed for first time. Chevrolet built 9,168 Corvettes for the 1958 model year, but only 510 – just over 5 percent – were painted Regal Turquoise.

    General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

    About Habitat for Humanity Detroit
    Habitat for Humanity Detroit is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry providing decent, safe and affordable housing to low-income families in Detroit. Since 1986, the Detroit affiliate has rehabilitated and/or built new houses in partnership with more than 300 families. Financial support, gift-in-kind donations and volunteer labor allow Habitat for Humanity to continue building affordable homes with those in need of improved housing. For more information please visit www.habitatdetroit.org or call (313) 521-6691.