Thursday, February 28, 2013

Knapheide's Top of the Line PGNC Gooseneck Body in White

Knapheide's PGNC Gooseneck can pull, haul, and store. The PGNC was designed to be the top of the line Gooseneck Body, with superior standard features and a rugged durable construction.








The PGNC Gooseneck Body is the premier Gooseneck Body from Knapheide.  This Gooseneck Body comes stockpiled with standard features, everything from skirted gooseneck styling to integrated front toolboxes to a complete gooseneck and receiver hitch towing system.  And since it's constructed of rugged 12 gauge tread plate and steel, you know it will be tough enough to withstand even the harshest towing, hauling, and storing conditions.  If you want a Gooseneck Body that will prove it's worth day in and day out, the Knapheide PGNC is the Gooseneck Body for you.

This unit was installed and painted white to match the truck by California Work Trucks in Union City, CA. California Work Trucks is an authorized Knapheide distributor. For more information about Knapheide products, go to www.Knapheide.com, and for more information about California Work Trucks, go to www.CalWorkTrucks.com

Monday, February 25, 2013

Most Popular Chevy Regular Cab 2500HD at Platinum Chevrolet



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

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.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Chevrolet Hits the Slopes with ‘Mountain Movers’ Series





Going behind the scenes of perilous work building action sports venues  

DETROIT – When ESPN Winter X Games course designer Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson and award-winning television producer Jason Carbone set out to create a behind-the-scenes series of action sports competitions, they knew they needed to team up with Chevrolet.

The brand has been part of Gunnarson’s action-packed life since he bought his great-grandmother’s 1964 Bel Air at the age of 16.

These days, Gunnarson, owner and president of Snow Park Technologies, personally relies on a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD dually to handle heavy duty work in harsh conditions – the kind that will provide real-life drama on the new National Geographic Channel series, Mountain Movers, set to premiere this spring.

“When athletes like Shaun White, Louie Vito and Danny Davis perform freestyle tricks in the halfpipe, it is one of the most exciting things you'll see in sports," said Chris Perry, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing.  "Mountain Movers is a great fit for Chevrolet, because it’s authentic. The show's hardworking, dedicated crew overcomes the odds each week using skill and creativity to design and build world-class winter action sports venues."

Jason Carbone’s Good Clean Fun (Tia & Tamera, Run’s House, Life of Ryan), is developing and producing the series for NGC.  From the first time he met Gunnarson and was introduced to his world, Carbone knew that he had to capture for television the real-life drama of these men defying the fiercest that Mother Nature can dish out to create the pulse-pounding competition courses for the world’s most popular action sports events.

“Snow Park Technologies works in the most remote locations under extreme conditions, exactly the type of programming NatGeo is famous for,” Carbone said. “From avalanche control to building a half-pipe in blizzard conditions, Mountain Movers is going to take the viewer to locations and place them in experiences that are truly one of a kind.”

Gunnarson and his Snow Park Technologies crew have designed and built more than 250 competition courses, including all of the Winter X Games in the United States and Europe, World Snowboard Championships and the Winter Dew Tour, among others.

Mountain Movers will show Gunnarson and his crew creating innovative snow sport venues in epic settings, where the hazards of winter weather, avalanches and working with heavy machinery present constant challenges.

“Building snow parks is tricky business under the best of conditions. Mountain Movers is about taking on the big challenges and having the right tools to get the job done,” Gunnarson said. “I know Chevy trucks can handle the heavy duty work we do, and in the nastiest environments a mountain can offer because I use them every day.”

Added Michael Cascio, executive vice president of programming for National Geographic Channel: “Mountain Movers will have all the elements that National Geographic Channel loves in developing great TV: insane feats, high-intensity projects, hazards around every corner and engrossing personalities. Chevrolet is a perfect match for this adrenaline-packed project and we are looking forward to rolling out each action snow sport episode for our television audience.”

General Motors is a co-producing partner for Mountain Movers and key advertiser across the National Geographic Channel program schedule. Chevrolet is the lead media partner of Mountain Movers, which includes integration.

Mountain Movers is expected to appeal to young male fans of adrenaline-fueled winter sports competitions that typically feature high-flying snowboarding, skiing and snowmobiling. TV viewership for these events is on the rise. The 2012 Winter X Games saw a 32-percent increase in viewership from the previous year, including a 17-percent increase among males ages 18 to 34.

For more information, visit natgeotv.com.


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 4.5 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.

About Snow Park Technologies
Snow Park Technologies (SPT) is the world’s leading consulting team for special projects on snow. SPT’s wide range of expertise includes designing and building some of the most renowned resort terrain parks and halfpipes, high profile ski and snowboard competition courses and countless on-snow productions. SPT also provides event production services, sport organizing and marketing services aimed at youth categories. The SPT team is a collection of the most experienced and talented freestyle park and pipe innovators in the world, whose dedication and passion for snowsports has redefined the winter landscape and what is possible on snow.  For more information, visit SPT’s web site at http://www.snowparktech.com.

About Good Clean Fun
Good Clean Fun is one of industry’s top producers of celebrity driven reality series, capturing the compelling drama of real life with a proven track record of keeping America tuned in. The LA-based company has cultivated relationships with talent that make it a powerhouse offering viewers insider access to the lives of their favorite celebrities. Breaking onto the scene with Run's House, Good Clean Fun helmed six seasons of this NAACP award-winning hit for MTV, depicting the lives of hip hop royalty, led by patriarch Rev. Run (Joseph Simmons) of Run DMC struggling to wrangle his wife and children into one happy hip hop family. Dubbed "a reality television milestone" by the New York Times, The Life of Ryan introduced America to then 17 year old teen skateboarding phenomenon Ryan Sheckler which broke fresh ground for the genre and brought extreme sports to mass audiences. Good Clean Fun currently produces the Style Network’s hit reality show Tia & Tamera, which premiered in 2011 to record breaking numbers, becoming the most-watched show in the network’s 12 year history. http://www.goodcleanfunllc.com/





Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Things You Carry | Chevy Silverado | Chevrolet



Chevrolet Silverado HD is the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. The new Chevy Silverado HD, because the things you carry are heavier than the things you haul.

To connect with other Silverado fans, visit http://www.facebook.com/chevysilverado.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

GM Pledges to Promote Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging

WASHINGTON – General Motors, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, is joining 12 other companies as founding Partners of the DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge. The goal is to increase the number of employers with workplace charging tenfold within five years.



Successfully meeting the challenge will help strengthen the nation’s expanding electric-vehicle infrastructure and increase consumer exposure to plug-in electric vehicles.

“Since the introduction of the Chevrolet Volt, we have made a commitment to lead by example on workplace charging and to engage in encouraging other companies to help provide the infrastructure supporting the electric vehicle market,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president, Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs. “With 239 workplace charging spots for the use of GM employees to charge their personal plug-in vehicles, we are primed to meet this challenge.”

The DOE will provide technical assistance and establish a network where Partners and Ambassadors can share best practices.

These companies are part of the pledge to promote workplace charging stations:

  • 3M
  • Chrysler LLC
  • Duke Energy
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • General Electric
  • Google
  • Nissan
  • San Diego Gas & Electric
  • Siemens
  • Tesla
  • Verizon

Behind the workplace charging goal is the EV Everywhere Challenge, which is dedicated to accelerating the development, affordability, convenience and commercialization of the next generation of plug-in electric vehicles to be on par with today’s gasoline-powered vehicles.
For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and environmental blog.


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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Delivers Efficient Performance

CHICAGO – The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel features an advanced 2.0L clean diesel engine that will offer an estimated 42 mpg highway with an automatic transmission and expected best-in-segment range based on GM testing. Clean diesels generate at least 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels. It is the cleanest diesel passenger car engine ever produced by General Motors.



Cruze’s 2.0L turbo-diesel is based on proven architecture already used in European models, where approximately 40 percent of all Cruze models sold feature a diesel engine. Collaborating with Italian and German engineering groups, GM’s diesel experts in the United States adapted the engine to accommodate more stringent diesel emission standards and a wider range of driving conditions – including colder climates and higher altitudes – for the United States and Canada.

“This Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel represents a new era in diesel performance for American cars,” said Jens Wartha, GM chief engineer. “We’ve adapted a proven engine from Europe, the world’s diesel capital, and married it with the emissions-reducing technology that was perfected in the United States. It’s a great example of how Chevrolet’s global resources work harmoniously to produce the right product at the right time and for the right market.”

Cruze’s new 2.0L turbo-diesel delivers a segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower (110 kW) and estimated 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm). Peak torque is achieved at a low 2,000 rpm for a sustained feeling of power on demand at almost all speeds – particularly when passing or entering a freeway onramp.

The engine has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft (380 Nm), for stronger acceleration periods of about 10 seconds.

“With the benefit of continuous refinement in other markets, the 2.0L turbo-diesel comes to the United States and Canada with performance that will impress,” said Mike Siegrist, assistant chief engineer. “It is powerful, efficient and clean. It will change perceptions of what a diesel car can be while giving customers another fuel efficient choice in the Cruze lineup.”

Cruze models in the United States and Canada offer a 1.4L turbo, a 1.4L Eco model and 1.8L naturally aspirated engine.

The 2.0L turbo-diesel engine provides greater fuel economy than a comparably sized gasoline engine through greater thermal efficiency, a higher compression ratio and an unthrottled combustion process. It features an iron cylinder block and a forged steel crankshaft, each designed to stand up to the greater cylinder pressures that come with a turbo-diesel engine.

A lightweight aluminum cylinder head and aluminum intake manifold contribute to the engine’s comparatively low weight of 408 pounds (185 kg), helping the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel deliver a balanced ride with outstanding handling characteristics. Additional highlights include:

  • Dual overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters with low-friction roller-finger followers
  • Quiet belt-driven cams/valvetrain with high-strength belt material and tensioner rated for 100,000 miles
  • High-strength aluminum pistons with reinforced top ring and integral combustion bowl design
  • Central direct injection, with the injector positioned in the middle of the cylinder, with the bowl in the piston serving as the combustion chamber. This enables a high 16.5:1 compression ratio that enhances power and combustion efficiency
  • Variable-swirl intake manifold design, which optimizes air charge mixture motion in the cylinders for a more-efficient combustion that enhances performance and reduces emissions
  • Common-rail fuel system with Piezo fuel injectors that create multiple injections per combustion for greater performance, combustion efficiency and quietness
  • Variable-nozzle turbocharger that broadens the engine’s torque curve, particularly at low rpm, and supports greater high-rpm horsepower. It is mounted close to the exhaust outlet of the engine for quicker “spool up” of the turbine and faster “light off” of the exhaust catalyst
  • Intercooling system produces a cooler, denser air charge for greater power
  • Piston oil jets that help reduce friction and optimize piston temperature for greater performance and efficiency
  • Turbocharger bearings are oil-lubricated and cooled via an oil cooler
  • Variable-displacement oil pump helps save fuel by optimizing the oil pressure, which reduces friction
  • Vacuum pump designed for lower engine friction
  • Ceramic glow plugs, which provide greater cold-start performance over conventional metal glow plugs (an engine oil heater is offered for cold climates)
  • B20 bio-diesel compatibility.

Quiet, smooth performance is enabled by a number of features on and around the engine. There are also sound-absorbing features added to the Cruze, specific to the diesel model, including a unique dash mat, hood blanket and more.

A precise exhaust gas recirculation control system features a high-capacity cooler and bypass feature that enable the engine to meet United States and Canada’s tough diesel emissions regulations. There is also an exhaust after-treatment system is similar to what is used on Chevrolet’s heavy-duty trucks and vans equipped with the Duramax diesel, including a diesel particulate filter and urea injection, that helps make the 2.0L the cleanest diesel passenger car engine ever from GM.

An approximately 4.5-gallon (17 liters) tank in the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel holds enough diesel emissions fluid to provide at least 10,000 miles (16,000 km) of driving between refills. The system is also designed for servicing to coincide with oil changes, for greater convenience.

DIESEL FAST FACT: General Motors produces approximately half a million small diesel engines around the globe every year. 
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 4.5 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, February 10, 2013

Chevy Race Engines! Inside CBM Motorsports - The Downshift Episode 49



On this episode of The Downshift, we take a look inside CBM Motorsports, one of the world's most renowned builders of Chevy racing engines. Owners Chris Bland and Bruce McKillop discuss their work on LS engines, and look ahead to the new direct injected LT-1 set to debut in the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII MVP Takes Home Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

NEW ORLEANS – The honor of awarding the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award was given to Rick Flick of New Orleans’ Banner Chevrolet, who knows a thing or two about comebacks. Banner Chevrolet, a part of Flick’s family for 40 years, was wiped out by Hurricane Katrina and was the first business to reopen in New Orleans East after the devastating 2005 storm. On behalf of Chevrolet, the official sponsor of the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award, Flick presented quarterback Joe Flacco with a 2014 Corvette Stingray on Monday in recognition of his effort in leading the Baltimore Ravens’ to a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.


Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco is presented with a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Monday, February 4, 2013 for being named Super Bowl XLVII MVP in New Orleans, Louisiana. Flacco led his team to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Chevrolet is the official sponsor of the Super Bowl XLVII MVP Award. (Photo by AJ Mast for Chevrolet)


“Banner Chevrolet and the entire city of New Orleans have been through so much since the storm, we felt this was a small gesture to bring the comeback story full circle,” said Alan Batey, GM vice president of U.S. Sales, Service and Marketing. “With the Super Bowl in his backyard, we couldn’t think of a better guy to have the honor of awarding the MVP with his Corvette Stingray.”

Banner Chevrolet was of the largest losses ever recorded for a dealership in the United States and recently completed a massive multimillion-dollar renovation with state-of-the-art technology. Banner is the only Chevrolet dealer in Orleans Parrish.

“We lost our entire inventory of 650 new Chevrolets and 120 pre-owned vehicles during Katrina,” Flick said. “I’m happy we are still a vital part of this community today and I can be here to represent the people of Chevrolet and its dealerships as we celebrate the Super Bowl MVP.”

The Super Bowl MVP receives the Pete Rozelle Trophy, a silver trophy made by Tiffany & Co., and the Corvette Stingray.

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is the most powerful standard model ever, with an estimated 450 horsepower (335 kW) and 450 lb.-ft. of torque (610 Nm). It is also the most capable standard model ever, able to accelerate from 0-60 in less than four seconds and achieve more than 1g in cornering grip. It is expected to be the most fuel-efficient Corvette, exceeding the EPA-estimated 26 mpg of the current model.


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 4.5 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.


About Banner Chevrolet
Banner Chevrolet has been operating in New Orleans since 1972.  The company has provided a stable work environment for its employees, many of whom have been with the company for more than 35 years.  Banner is also involved throughout the New Orleans community on many levels, including work with Boys Hope Girls Hope, Second Harvest Food Bank, Friends of Lakeview, Lakeview Civic Improvement Association, Bayou District Foundation, Youth Service Bureau, Feeding the Needy, The Good Shepherd School, Walk the Beat and numerous schools and other charitable organizations.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

3000 Series Camper Shell Truck Rack



Gary shows us the Rack-it Series 3000 Truck Rack for camper shells and truck caps and the unique features of this style of rack. This is still the strong rack that Rack-it customers have come to rely on.

See more about Rack-it Truck Racks at http://www.Rackitinc.com

Monday, February 4, 2013

DiamondBack ATV Carrier Package Product Evaluation by Dirt Trax TV



A product evaluation by Dirt Trax TV, they break down how the DiamondBack ATV Carrier works. Details and features are reviewed of the DiamondBack HD as a truck bed cover as well as the ATV hauling accessories which make the DiamondBack ATV Carrier the ultimate ATV hauler.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

California Work Trucks Tour Of Their 12ft Contractor Body



Clay at California Work Trucks in Union City, CA shows off the features and benefits of their 12' Contractor Body, the bulk of which is manufactured by Knapheide. California Work Trucks is a Knapheide distributor plus they have their own unique products from Knapheide that they order special as in the case of the top mounted tool boxes on this Contractor Body.

Take note that the HD rack on this body along with the tool boxes can be removed, so it would be easy enough with a few friends to turn this into a plain flatbed to do certain jobs, then back to the Contractor Body to go back to work.

California Work Trucks is located at 930 Whipple Road in Union City, CA. Call them at 510-477-8425. See more soon at www.calworktrucks.com