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

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.

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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."

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    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.

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    Sunday, December 2, 2012

    The 2012 Chevrolet COPO Camaro -

    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. 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, right now!