Thursday, January 31, 2013

2014 Stingray Revealed: EXTERIOR DESIGN | 2014 Corvette | Chevrolet



The 2014 Stingray exemplifies stunning exterior design. Distinct aeronautical lines. Intricate ventilation systems. A sleek, sculpted finish. See how purposeful aerodynamic design yields a fully functional exterior and a totally new breathing experience.

Discover more at www.corvettestingray2014.com

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Approval | MOFILM Las Vegas | Chevrolet



Chevrolet partnered with MOFILM to enlist filmmakers around the world to make a new commercial for the Chevrolet Cruze. This filmmaker, Santosh Maithani, shows us the trick to making a good first impression: your secret weapon in the driveway.

For more information on the Chevrolet Cruze, visit http://chevrolet.com/Cruze.

Learn more about MOFILM contests and award events here: http://www.mofilm.com/

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Interview with Tadge Juechter | 2014 Corvette | Chevrolet



Tadge Juecther, Executive Chief Engineer for the Corvette, gives an in-depth interview on all the new features and innovations on the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

"If you look at the aerodynamics of this car, we took exact racing techniques and applied them straight to the street car." - Tadge Juecther

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Friday, January 25, 2013

New Weather Guard Bulk Head - NTEA 2012



Jeff Kotz, Senior Product Manager for Weather Guard, gives us a great demonstration on the new bulk heads they offer. See more at http://www.weatherguard.com

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sure Fit Truck Racks - Service Body - NTEA 2012



Gary gives a great presentation of the Sure Fit truck racks by Rack-It. This one is displayed on a service/utility body at the 2012 NTEA show. See more at http://www.surefitracks.com

Saturday, January 19, 2013

High-Strength Steels Help Create Tough New 2014 Silverado

Adds structural strength without increasing weight on built-to-last full-size pickups


DETROIT – Full-size pickups are unique. Their owners routinely use them in ways that would horrify most car owners.  They pull heavy trailers through the mountains, haul tools and supplies down washboard gravel roads, and slog through mud and muck on farms and construction sites. And trucks are expected to perform these tasks for years on end, with a minimum of repairs.

To help the new 2014 Silverado  measure up to these tasks, engineers chose high-strength steels for the backbone of the new trucks – the fully boxed frames and the structure of the cabs that carry and protect the occupants.

“Chevy owners use their trucks for earning a living and taking care of their families,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer.  “To meet the needs of these hard-working men and women, we chose high-strength steels for the key structural elements of the 2014 Silverado. That reduces the weight of these components without sacrificing the toughness and durability customers count on.”

To ensure that the new Silverado is up to the challenge, key elements of the updated frame, including the main rails and major cross members, are made from high-strength steel.  Hydroforming is used to improve strength and reduce mass of the front of the frame.

The cab structures are all new, and incorporate high strength steel in the A-pillars, B-pillars, roof rails and rocker panels. Ultra-high-strength steel is used in areas of the rocker panels and underbody in anticipation of new shallow-offset crash tests. In all, about two-thirds of the cab structure is made from high-strength steels.

Even the pickup bed benefits from tougher steels. The 2014 Silverado 1500 features a roll-formed steel pickup box, which is lighter, stronger and more durable than traditional stamped steel boxes used by major competitors.

Aluminum is used in a number of areas to reduce mass without compromising dependability.  The blocks and cylinder heads of all three EcoTec3 engines are cast aluminum, while 4WD crew cab models use forged aluminum upper front control arms and cast aluminum lower control arms and steering knuckles for a mass reduction of 42 pounds. The hoods are also aluminum, saving 17 pounds over a comparable steel panel.

The strategic use of high strength steels, aluminum and other premium materials enabled engineers to create a new Silverado that is stronger, more capable and more efficient than current models, while still being lighter than comparable models from a key competitor.

The materials and technologies used for Chevrolet pickups will continue to evolve, as truck customers face fluctuating fuel prices and truck makers engineer for strict new federal fuel economy standards, said Luke.

“But whether we are engineering full-size pickups like Silverado, or our efficient new midsize trucks, we can’t forget that trucks are workhorses. The materials we select and the powertrains we engineer must be able to get the job done, and save our customers money by holding down overall cost of ownership year in and year out.”

To help validate its design and materials for the 2014 Silverado, GM’s new full-size trucks will undergo more than 6 million miles of durability testing on proving grounds and tough test roads, equivalent to 240 trips around the earth. In addition, the trucks will accumulate real-world mileage in excess of 7 million miles during final testing, bringing total test miles to more than 13 million.
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.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Chevrolet Next-Gen MyLink Wins CNET Best-of-CES Award

Smartphone-inspired system makes debuts this spring on all-new 2014 Impala


LAS VEGAS – Citing its easy-to-use, smartphone-inspired interface, tech news provider CNET chose Chevrolet’s next-generation MyLink infotainment system as its 2013 Best-of-CES Award in the Car Tech category, beating in-vehicle app frameworks from Ford and Garmin.

Chevrolet’s next-generation MyLink will debut on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala this spring, followed by other 2014 Chevrolet models such as the all-new Silverado full-size pickup. The award was presented Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show.

“Cabin tech interfaces receive a lot of criticism for being clunky, ugly and slow, but Chevrolet may have cracked the code by copying the smartphone,” wrote CNET Senior Editor Wayne Cunningham. “The newest generation of the MyLink infotainment system runs smoothly and employs icons that look, and can be rearranged, like those on a smartphone.”

In addition to icons covering everything from navigation to phone to music apps such as Pandora, Chevrolet’s next-gen MyLink is designed to accommodate new features and enhancements and be highly customizable. It also represents Chevrolet’s first use of natural language voice recognition that allows customers to safely place calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music and control other functions simply by telling the vehicle what to do.

Another first for Chevrolet is that the system can store up to 60 favorites, including radio stations (AM/FM/XM), contacts, destinations, music and other media. This feature is convenient for those who travel to the same destination regularly and want to save locations such as hotels and restaurants.
“Impala buyers will love the ease, convenience and flexibility of the new MyLink system,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet marketing. “Chevrolet customers are the real winners because we’ve provided them with useful and intuitive technology,”

MyLink will be standard on Impala LT and LTZ and available on Impala eAssist. On its eight-inch screen, customers can fling through lists, swipe and click and drag just as they would on a tablet.
Those with compatible smartphones can pair them with MyLink using Bluetooth or a USB connection. This gives customers the ability to play passengers’ music or other media through the vehicle.

Another new feature allows customers whose Impalas are equipped with available embedded navigation to enter destinations in a single step, without having to enter the state, city, street number and street name in successive efforts. City-by-city weather reports are also provided.
OnStar accessibility also expands. Besides the traditional Blue button, customers can access OnStar via the screen display.

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala will include six months of OnStar’s premium Directions and Connections service and services such as Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostics and Roadside Assistance.

Most smartphone owners can also download the RemoteLink Mobile App, which allows OnStar subscribers to control and manage certain vehicle functions from their phone. For more information on OnStar’s services, visit onstar.com.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2012 SEMA Show - A.R.E. Truck Caps and Tonneau Covers New Accessories



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

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Car and Driver: Tested : 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray / Z51 - Part 2 of 2 of The Interview Series - CAR and DRIVER



Contributing Editor Csaba Csere sits down with the engineers, designers, and managers of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette to discuss how the C7 Corvette came to be.

In the first of two parts we interview:

*Michael Bailey - Chassis Vehicle System Engineer
*Jordan Lee - Chief Engineer, Small-Block V-8
*Edward Moss - Manager, Structure Engineering

Watch part one here: http://youtu.be/FrwBHi_bW2M

Watch the reveal here: http://youtu.be/EUrtMZ20rFk

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CAR: Chevrolet Corvette
LOCATION: Detroit, Michigan
MAG EDITORS: Csaba Csere

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Friday, January 11, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray / Z51 - Part 1 of 2 of The Interview Series - CAR and DRIVER



Contributing Editor Csaba Csere sits down with the engineers, designers, and managers of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette to discuss how the C7 Corvette came to be.

In the first of two parts we interview:

*Kirk Bennion - Exterior Design Manager
*Tadge Jeuchter - Chief Engineer
*Harlan Charles - Product Manager

Watch part two here: http://youtu.be/5TpOehEGz2s

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CAR: Chevrolet Corvette
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray / Z51 Revealed - CAR and DRIVER



Contributing Editor Csaba Csere reveals everything you need to know about the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette on the latest episode of Car and Driver: Tested.

Check out our two-part interview segment with the engineers, designers, and managers of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette here:

Part 1 - http://youtu.be/FrwBHi_bW2M
Kirk Bennion - Exterior Design Manager
Tadge Jeuchter - Chief Engineer
Harlan Charles - Product Manager

Part 2 - http://youtu.be/5TpOehEGz2s
Michael Bailey - Chassis Vehicle System Engineer
Jordan Lee - Chief Engineer, Small-Block V-8
Edward Moss - Manager, Structure Engineering

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Hosted by the editors of Car and Driver magazine, this show puts the audience into the action on new-car reviews, comparison tests, auto-show coverage, and more. Our experts drive and test the latest models, attend automotive events around the world, and check out the latest in-vehicle technology like massaging seats and night-vision systems. Viewers will also have the opportunity to write in and extend the conversation.

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Auto World: Electric Infrastructure



MotorWeek takes a look at whether electric car charging networks are keeping pace with demand.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Part 4: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Interview



PickupTrucks.com's Mark Williams interviews Executive Chief Engineer Jeff Luke about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. Part 4

Friday, January 4, 2013

Part 3: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Interview



PickupTrucks.com's Mark Williams interviews Executive Chief Engineer Jeff Luke about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. Part 3

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Part 2: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Interview



PickupTrucks.com's Mark Williams interviews Executive Chief Engineer Jeff Luke about the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. Part 2

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

First Look: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra, Part 1



Pickuptrucks.com's Mark Williams takes a first look at the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2014 GMC Sierra. Part 1