Chevrolet production cars at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

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2013 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 CONVERTIBLE: Bowtie fans were excited to eyewitnesses a pre-production 2013 Camaro ZL1 Convertible displayed during the last year’s Chicago Auto Show (CAS). Making a second appearance at the 2013 CAS is the Camaro ZL1 soft-top, but this time as a production model. For 2013, this serious Camaro comes equipped with the technologically advanced ZL1 performance package, making this “bowtie” muscle car track-capable right from the showroom. Were talking suspensions that are specifically tuned for high-performance driving, and a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that generates a roaring 580 horsepower with power delivered to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Stopping power is via robust Brembo brakes composed of the largest rotors ever fitted to a Camaro. A new Blue Ray metallic shade is added to the exterior color palate, and for 2013, the inside rearview mirror is frameless and color touch radio and navagation with seven-inch screen is available. For the record, the 2013 Camaro ZL1 can streak from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds and has an advertised top speed of 184 mph. On an historical note: The ZL1 name is derived from the all-aluminum racing engine of the same name, which was developed in the late 1960s and installed into a handful of regular-production 1969 Camaros.

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2013 CHEVROLET CRUZE: Chevrolet’s best-selling passenger car around the world is the Cruze four-door sedan, due to the amenities, quietness, safety features, infotainment and roominess expected of a larger sedan, but with the efficiency and value of a compact car. For 2013, the Cruze models sold in North America are available in LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trim levels, as well as a gas-sipping Eco package. Cruise is available with one of two four-cylinder engines and a choice of six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. Both the turbocharged 1.4-liter and the 1.8-liter engines generate 138 horsepower. The Eco model achieves an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway, by using the 1.4 engine, six-speed manual, improved aerodynamics and lighter parts. Cruze Eco also is available with a six-speed automatic transmission, rated at 39 mpg highway. Appearance wise, the Cruze wears Chevy’s global signature two-tier grille with the gold bowtie logo, arching roofline and short deck proportions. A sporty RS appearance package is offered on LT and LTZ models, which includes unique fascia’s, rocker moldings, rear spoiler and fog lamps. All Cruze interiors feature twin-cockpit, five-passenger seating, quality materials and standard OnStar. Although the Chevy Cruze is rated as a compact car, it has a trunk with an ample 15.4 cubic feet of cargo room. New exterior colors include Cyber Gray Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic and Atlantis Blue Metallic. Two audio systems – including an AM/FM audio system with GPS-enabled navigation and a seven-inch-diagonal color touch-screen, are also new for 2013.

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2013 CHEVROLET EQUINOX: As one of the most popular small crossovers, the Chevrolet Equinox enters into 2013 with a new 301 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Compared to the previous 3.0L V-6, that’s 14 percent more hp, yet Equinox maintains the same 24 mpg on the highway. Backing up the 3.6L is a new FE2 suspension package and a choice of 18-inch or 19-inch chrome-clad wheels. When equipped with the standard Ecotec 2.4L direct-injected engine, the Equinox achieves an estimated 32 mpg highway. All Chevrolet Equinox engines are connected to GM Hydra-Matic six-speed automatics, and an “Eco” transmission mode on 2.4L-equipped models alters shift points to improve fuel economy. As a SUV/crossover, the 2013 Equinox can seat five, or when rear seats are down, provide up to 63.7 cu. ft. of cargo-carrying room. A power convenience package contains a new universal home remote, eight-way power front passenger seat and power-assisted programmable liftgate. Trim levels for the ’13 Chevy Equinox consist of the LS, LT (1LT and 2LT trims) and LTZ, as well as front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. Additional new features this year are the available rear-seat, dual-player DVD entertainment system with a dual displays in the seat backs and dual wireless headphones. Consumers can also opt for the Chevrolet MyLink Radio with navigation, hands-free route guidance, standard blind spot mirrors, rear-vision camera, plus, the forward collision alert and lane departure warning systems that are available for both four-cylinder and V-6 models.

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2013 CHEVROLET IMPALA: As Chevrolet prepares to make way for an all-new Impala for the 2014 model year, the ’13 Impala is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models. There also is a new Luxury Edition Package on LT retail and fleet models for 2013. It includes front leather seating surfaces, heated driver and front passenger seats, a full year of SiriusXM Satellite Radio and other comfort and convenience features. All 2013 Impala sedans come powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 DOHC direct injection engine with variable valve timing and E85 FlexFuel capability. It’s rated 300 horsepower delivers an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway. A six-speed automatic transmission also contributes to the Impala’s fuel efficiency. For 2013, Crystal Red Tintcoat, available on LT and LTZ, joins Impala’s existing colors of Silver Ice Metallic, Black, Summit White, Victory Red and Ashen Gray Metallic. The Impala cabin can transport up to six-passengers when ordering the optional front bench seat. Interior colors include Ebony; two-tone Neutral with Ebony door, console and instrument panel trim; and Gray. Large trunk provides up to 18.5 cu. ft. of cargo room, and a generous pass-through from the trunk can be created with flip-and-fold rear seats. For history buffs, the Chevrolet Impala was first offered for the 1958 model year, and continues today as a consistent top-seller in the U.S. large sedan segment.

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2013 CHEVROLET MALIBU: Chicago area consumers were among the first to see the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan displayed at last year’s Chicago Auto Show. Back for a return engagement, the ’13 Malibu continues as the auto industry’s longest-running midsize nameplate, spanning 36 years and eight generations. The 2013 Malibu wears fresh exterior styling that carries DNA from its sibling vehicles, the Camaro and Corvette. With a wide, athletic stance the Malibu is offered in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, with 10 exterior and four interior color combination choices. Dual-cockpit, five-passenger interior provides nearly four cubic feet of additional interior volume, along with more shoulder and hip room, more quietness, more premium materials and content, and greater craftsmanship compared to the previous model. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes with the next-generation Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission, and is rated at 190 horsepower with 180 lb. ft. of torque to the front-wheels. Examples of high tech items available include Chevrolet MyLink in-car infotainment system that integrates online services like Pandora Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio. Tailored trunk can carry 16.3 cu. ft. of groceries or luggage.

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2013 CHEVROLET SILVERADO HD: The full-size Chevrolet Silverado HD enters its third year, with 10 2500HD models and eight single- and dual-rear wheel 3500HD. This includes regular cab (2-3 passengers), extended cab and crew cab (5-6 passenger) body styles, offered with short or long bed, in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. Consumers have a choice of a Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 that delivers 360 horsepower, or the 397 hp Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8. Both are backed by six-speed automatic transmissions. New for 2013, is bi-fuel compressed natural gas fuel system and 6.0L V-8 bi-fuel engine optional on the 2500HD extended cab. Available features include navigation radio with a built-in hard drive, heated/cooled seats for LTZ models, and a Z71 Off-Road appearance package. Updates to the trailer hitch receiver enable the increase in conventional towing to 18,000-pounds from 17,000-lbs. For greater fifth-wheel towing capacity, engineers strengthened the pickup box structures along with the rear springs, U-bolts, and revised shock tuning, all of which contribute to the Silverado 3500 HD’s best-in-class tow rating of 23,100-lbs, up from 21,700. Similarly, Silverado leads its class in payload, with a 7,222-lb. capacity. New exterior colors are Deep Ruby metallic and Blue Topaz metallic.

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2013 CHEVROLET SONIC: Introduction in late 2011, the Chevrolet Sonic continues as the only subcompact built in America – available in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback in LS, LT, LTZ and now the new RS levels. Sonic exterior styling incorporates raked body lines, motorcycle-inspired round head and taillights, rear door handles in C-pillar (five door), and wheels-at-the-corners proportions for distinctive appearance. Power is supplied by Ecotec four-cylinder engines, both generating 138 horsepower. The 1.4-liter turbo comes with the six-speed manual, while the 1.8L is obtainable with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. To handle the broad range of driving conditions in North America, GM engineers who also work on the Corvette tuned the Sonic’s ride and handling, giving it more direct feel. All Sonic models seat five passengers, and come equipped with OnStar that uses GPS and cellular phone technology. Cargo volume on the sedan is 14 cu.ft., and a maximum of 30.7 cu. ft with rear seat folded flat on the five-door. Options include remote start (standard on LT), heated front seats and power, tilt-sliding sunroof. New of 2013 is a rear decklid spoiler on the LTZ sedan. Sonic is offered in eight brilliant colors, with titles such as, Inferno Orange metallic and Crystal Red tintcoat.

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2013 CHEVROLET SPARK: Chevrolet’s first mini car for North America, the 2013 Spark, is a fashionable five-door hatchback with the look of a sporty three-door. Spark is geared towards first-time buyers and urban residents. With bold styling, affordability, safety features, fuel efficiency and maneuverability, the Spark comes powered by a fuel-sipping 1.2-liter four-cylinder that delivers 84 horses. The dual-overhead cam engine is mated to a standard five-speed manual gearbox or optional four-speed automatic transmission. Though compact, Spark offers a comfortable four-passenger cabin, or when rear seating is down, an impressive 31.2 cu. ft. of cargo room. Spark offers OnStar safety and security system, as well as exclusive MyLink infotainment system, which features the personalized connectivity of Pandora and Stitcher internet radio. Styling enhancements for 2013 include a fresh grille and front fascia, a longer rear fascia, and modified head and taillights. Spark’s wheels-at-the-corners stance is further emphasized by standard 15-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires. Take note of how the designers cleverly disguised the rear doors by integrating the handles into the C-pillar area. Attention-grabbing exterior finishes include Salsa Red, Jalapeno, Denim, Lemonade and Techno Pink, as well traditional black, silver and white hues.

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2013 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN: Chevrolet Suburban is the original SUV and the oldest continuous nameplate in automotive history, having been introduced in 1935. The 2013 lineup is composed of LS, LT and LTZ models, offered in rear-wheel and four-wheel drive, as well as 1500 and heavy-duty 2500 series. The LTZ is available only on 1500 series. All 1500 models are powered by a Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 that develops 320 horsepower; is E85-capable and matched with GM’s Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission. Suburban 2500 features the Vortec 6.0L V-8, rated at 352hp that comes paired with the heavy-duty Hydra-matic six-speed automatic. Three rows of seating are standard on all models. The second row is available as a three-passenger bench with a 60/40 split or two bucket seats. Interior configurations can seat six- to nine-passengers, and behind the first-row seats, Suburban offers up to 137.4 cubic feet of cargo room. A power-operated liftgate is available on LT and standard on LTZ. The half-ton two-wheel drive models provides up to 8,100 pounds of towing capability, while the heavy duty Suburban 2500 3/4-ton package can tow up to 9,600 pounds. OnStar is standard on all Suburban models. New for 2013 is a trio of exterior colors, including Champagne Silver Metallic, Concord Metallic and Blue Ray Metallic. Also new is powertrain grade braking in the normal transmission mode that uses engine torque to help slow the vehicle on descents, which helps reduce brake wear.

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2013 CHEVROLET TAHOE: Built on GM’s full-size SUV platform, the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe continues to offer spaciousness and a strong towing capability of up to 8,500 pound. The Tahoe is available in LS, LT, LTZ and Hybrid models, as well as rear-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations. Buyers have a selection of powerplants, starting with the 5.3-liter V-8 that provides 320 horsepower on gasoline, or 326hp when sipping E85 fuel. Each comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Another option is the Tahoe Hybrid that receives a 6.0L V-8 in combination with a two-mode electric hybrid system for a total of 332hp. That setup is linked to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for optimum fuel economy. Three rows of seating are standard on all models for up to nine-passengers, and when middle and rear seating are down, there is a spacious 108.9 cu. ft of room for all kinds of cargo. Among the goodies on the optional Z71 Off Road appearance package are high-pressure, gas-charged monotube shocks, 18-inch on/off road tires, large, color-keyed wheel flares, and bright chrome front grille insert for that one-of-a kind appearance. New for 2013 is a powertrain grade braking in normal transmission mode, and three fresh metallic colors: Champagne Silver, Concord, and Blue Ray.

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2013 CHEVROLET TRAVERSE: Featuring a fresh athletic-inspired exterior design, the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse crossover-utility vehicle offers consumers class-leading three-row seating for up to eight adults, and more cargo-carrying capacity than any other vehicle in its segment. For 2013, Traverse is offered in LS, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trim levels, in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. Powertrain includes the 3.6-liter V-6 with fuel-saving direct injection technology and continuously variable valve timing, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. With single exhaust the V-6 is rated at 266 horsepower, and 270 hp with dual pipes. These set-ups offer a towing capacity of up to 5,200 pounds. Fresh styling cues include a new power dome hood, horizontal grille, new lamps, chrome accents, and sculpted front corners. At the rear are redesigned taillights and license plate pocket positioned in the new lift gate for a sportier look. Upgraded interior can be ordered in cloth or leathers seating in three color choices, all with soft-touch surfaces on the instrument panel and front door uppers, plus, chrome and silver accents, and available blue ambient lighting that flows through the cabin. Traverse enhances its safety reputation with the industry’s first front center side air bag, and comes standard with a rearview camera system. With second and third row seating folded, there is up to 116.3 cu. ft. of cargo room.

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2013 CHEVROLET VOLT: Chevy’s innovative “antidote to pain at the pump,” is the 2013 Volt electric car. The front-wheel drive Volt five-door hatchback is unique from a hybrid or plug-in hybrid because the vehicle’s wheels are always driven electrically by an electric drive unit. The 149 horsepower liquid-cooled AC motor and Voltec electric drive tranaxle is combined with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder, 84 hp gasoline engine. Based on EPA estimates, the Volt offers a total driving range of up to 382 miles. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions free using a full charge of electricity. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 347 miles on a full change. For 2013, the Volt offers a low-emissions package for single-occupancy lane access, body color roof and liftgate, pebble beige leather-appointed seats with suede inserts, and special Comfort and Safety packages. Chevrolet MyLink includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; standard AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback. Two seven-inch, high-resolution full-color screens are featured: One is a reconfigurable graphic cluster display and the other, in the center stack, features a touch-screen display with touch-control switches and integrated shifter. Available 17-inch sport alloy wheels feature black inserts. The four-passenger interiors add two additional accents, white and spiced red, with 10.6 cu. ft. of cargo room.

JBA Chevrolet
7327 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD

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