Entries in Chevrolet (10)


Chevrolet Corvette Celebrates 60th Birthday, Debuts New Model

© General Motors(LOS ANGELES) -- An American icon is celebrating its 60th anniversary this weekend with a big bash in Los Angeles. The Corvette, first designed by Chevrolet in 1953, is both celebrating its history and debuting its new 2014 model at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

“[It’s as] American as -- what did they use to say?” mused Chris Brown, marketing director of the Petersen Museum, “baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet.”

The 2014 Corvette ushers in a new, seventh generation of Corvettes. After the unveiling this weekend, the 2014 Corvette will hit the road, literally, for a nationwide tour.

The automobile has a storied history and unique place in the car industry. Brown says the Corvette has lasted longer than other cars because of its exquisite, American design.

“It's a car that mechanically is very American, big V-8s, lots of horse power, unapologetic styling, very exciting to look at,” said Brown. “It's also a great representation of the American spirit and ingenuity.”

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Bench Seats on the Outs in North American Cars

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – The bench seat, that nostalgic, old automotive staple will soon be a thing of the past. The Chevy Impala is the last model in North America to offer the front bench seat option, but GM will stop making Impalas with the three-across seating after it finishes production on the 2013 model year.

According to General Motors, fewer than one-in-ten Impala buyers choose to shell out the extra $195 for the bench seat customization, and that lagging demand caused the automaker to end production.

GM Director of Design Clay Dean said in a statement, “A lot of people prefer bucket seats because they’re sporty, even in models that aren’t sports cars. Our customers also appreciate having the center console as a convenient place to store their phone and other personal items.”

But Dean also noted that bench seating has its pluses, adding, “There is certain nostalgia for bench seats, like being able to snuggle up with your date at a drive-in movie…You never know, we might see bench seats re-emerge someday…”

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Chevy Offers 60-Day Return Policy for New Vehicles

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you just purchased a new Chevy and aren't thrilled with the vehicle, don't worry: you can take it back for a full refund within 60 days.  

Between now and early September, Chevy buyers can return their new cars or trucks and get their money back as long as they've been driven less than 4,000 miles.

The return policy is part of a new offer from the automaker called "Love It or Return It." The marketing move by General Motors is aimed at reversing Chevrolet's recent drop in market share.  The offer is also geared towards clearing out Chevrolet's remaining inventory of 2012 vehicles.

USA Today reports "deals from other makers, too, are likely," but brands that have already begun selling 2013 models, like Hyundai and Kia, are not expected to join the trend.

Overall, car and truck sales have made strong gains compared to last year.

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Chevrolet Centennial: 100 Years of Iconic Cars

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Chevrolet celebrates its centennial anniversary Nov. 3, 2011. The Chevy division of General Motors prides itself on its rich place in U.S. auto history and its standing as an affordable global brand.

Auto racer Louis Chevrolet co-founded the Chevrolet Motor Co. with William C. Durant in 1911, with the goal of creating a racer’s dream car.  The Series C “Classic Six” vehicle premiered in 1912, and sold for $2,150.  Louis left the auto-making industry in 1913 to focus on racing, but granted Durant the rights to continue using the Chevrolet name on future models.

Over the past century, Chevrolet has produced several iconic cars and trucks that have revolutionized General Motors’ reach. Chevy has also secured a place in U.S. pop culture history, popping up in the songs of Don McClean, The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen and Prince, among others.

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Car Dealerships Overstocked for Labor Day Weekend

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- If you’re planning on buying a car over the Labor Day weekend, you’re in luck.

According to a popular search engine for cars, many dealerships will be overstocked and ready to potentially dish out some great holiday deals for prospective buyers over the holiday weekend.

The website, called Chug, released a list Friday compiling the top 50 vehicles due to crowd U.S. dealerships over Labor Day.

Chug, which maps the entire national vehicle marketplace, found that auto dealerships have the highest inventory supply of the year this Labor Day weekend, and are looking to clear their overcrowded lots for incoming 2012 models.

"If you are currently in the market for a new vehicle, there is no better time to buy than this Labor Day weekend," said Chug CEO Len Short. "Car buyers will find some of the most popular models such as the Ford F-150 and the Honda Odyssey on the over-supply list, as well as the much buzzed-about Chevrolet Volt." 

The top 10 makes and models overstocked this weekend are Nissan’s Murano CrossCabriolet, Ford’s Super Duty F-750 Straight Frame, Subaru’s Impreza Wagon WRX, Toyota’s Prius, Subaru’s Impreza Sedan WRX, Audi’s Q5, Chevrolet’s Volt, Mercedes-Benz’s SLK-Class and BMW’s 6 Series.

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Indiana Car-Trunk Deaths Renew Safety Fears, Recall Request

Medioimages/Photodisc(DETROIT) -- Two young boys, stepbrothers, ages 2 and 4, died in New Carlisle, Ind., last week after being trapped in the trunk of their family's 2000 Chevy Malibu.

Police are uncertain how they got there but, a national child safety organization, is again calling on General Motors Corp. to recall all vehicles with trunks from model years 2000 and 2001, and retrofit them with internal trunk releases.

The advocacy group made a similar appeal in 2009 when an Arkansas boy, 5, and his sister, 4, died in the same model vehicle in 2009 after becoming trapped in the trunk of a 2000 Malibu. Autopsies show that Friday's deaths were a result of hyperthermia, caused by the trunks exceedingly hot temperatures.

Indeed, a recent study conducted by KidsandCars found that 46 children have died in unintentional trunk entrapments since 1992. The study noted that 21 of the 46 deaths were in GM vehicles.

After the Arkansas deaths, the organization called on GM, the maker of the Chevy Malibu, to recall its 2000-2001 vehicles. In light of last week's deaths, it again urged GM to take action in an effort to prevent additional tragedies.

In an emailed statement to ABC News, GM said, "Keeping children safe in and around vehicles is a priority for General Motors."

The automaker added that it has been working for years to educate consumers on the subject. "Increasing awareness and education is critical since millions of vehicles of varying makes and models without trunk latches are still in the marketplace," the company said.

GM said there are no plans for a recall.

Although cars produced after 2001 are required to have an internal trunk release, many cars before that date are not equipped with the potentially lifesaving tool. KidsandCars recommends a $9.99 home-installed device called Easy Out Trunk Release Kit that glows in the dark so that anyone trapped inside can easily locate the release lever.

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$3 Million Super Bowl Bargain? Some Carmakers Think So

Chevrolet Volt. Photo Courtesy - - Three million dollars is hardly cheap, but some of the country's largest automakers think it's a small price to pay for major Super Bowl exposure.

As if the $3-million price tag for one 30-second spot isn't enough, some companies, like General Motors, bought five of them. GM will run five Chevrolet ads on Super Bowl Sunday, hoping to cash in on the over 100 million viewers expected to watch the big game.

But GM isn't the only car company touting its toys Sunday. Viewers can expect to see ads for nine different car brands from six automakers as the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Volt Named Car of the Year

Chevrolet[dot]com(DETROIT) -- Automotive journalists selected the Chevrolet Volt as the North American car of the year for 2011 on Monday. 

It will be next year before the Volt goes on sale nationwide. "We are very bullish on the Volt so we are continuously monitoring and watching and when the time presents itself when the country is ready for more we are absolutely prepared and interested in giving them more Volts", says Chevrolet's Pamela Fletcher, who expects to sell about 45,000 of them. 

The cars run on electricity for 40 miles before a backup gas engine takes over. The Volt costs about $41,000 before a $7,500 tax credit drops the price. 

Nissan is ramping up production of the Leaf and Ford just introduced the electric Focus. "It's important that we get these vehicles out there, get them launched and then get the customers and country frankly to realize these are important vehicles and this is the way we ought to go in the country", says Ford Chairman Bill Ford. With gas prices rising he expects demand for electric cars to grow, though it'll be next year before most Americans have the opportunity to drive them. 

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GM Begins Shipping Chevrolet Volts to US Dealerships

Photo Courtesy - Chevrolet [dot] com(DETROIT) -- The first batch of Chevrolet Volts are on their way to car dealers across the United States, according to General Motors.

The electric vehicles left the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant on Monday and are being shipped to their initial launch markets in California, Texas, Washington, D.C. and New York.  GM says a total of 160 Volts are expected to be shipped by this week.

“Today is a historic milestone for Chevrolet,” said Tony DiSalle, Volt marketing director.  “We have redefined automotive transportation with the Volt, and soon the first customers will be able to experience gas-free commuting with the freedom to take an extended trip whenever or wherever they want.”

The Volt combines "battery-only electric driving with an efficient, gas-powered engine" that allows the vehicle to go 379 miles before having to recharge its battery or fill up its gas tank.  It is the only electric vehicle that is mass produced in the U.S.´╗┐

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Do You Own the Truck of the Year?

Photo Courtesy - Janette McVey for Chevrolet(PHILADELPHIA) -- Motor Trend magazine has named the Chevrolet Silverado HD its 2011 Truck of the Year. The award was given to General Motors CEO Dan Akerson Saturday in a ceremony before the 111th Army-Navy college football game at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field. Chevrolet has the rare distinction of winning both the 2011 Truck of the Year and 2011 Car of the Year, the latter for its Volt. 

The Silverado HD was released to consumers this past summer, and set a new standard for truck efficiency. With 11 percent better fuel economy, the Silverado can still tow 21,700 pounds or carry 6,635 pounds.  

"With more capability and technology than ever before, we believe the Chevrolet Silverado HD sets the bar for heavy-duty trucks," Akerson said. "It's a great honor to have such a respected authority as Motor Trend agree."

Motor Trend's truck and car of the year will be featured in a January issue of the publication.

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