Chevrolet… the most awarded car company of 2014

MORE THAN FORD, HONDA OR TOYOTA.

In the last 12 months, Chevrolet has earned more industry awards than any other car company.

The 2014 Equinox, Spark and Malibu were named an IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick. The 2014 Corvette Stingray was awarded the North American Car of the Year, and of course, the Silverado is the most awarded pickup of 2014.

We could keep going or you could come and see our award-winning lineup for yourself.

 

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Inside the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible are entirely new and completely updated for only the seventh time since the model was launched back in 1953. Chevy has taken lessons learned from the world of racing and translated them directly to its venerable sports cars. Lightweight materials, stronger brakes, and a more powerful engine represent only a few of the engineering tweaks that make the Corvette Stingray better than ever.

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The standard GT seats, and optional Competition Sport versions, feature lightweight magnesium frames for reduced weight and greater rigidity. The Sport seats include more aggressive bolstering, to keep you firmly in place when the driving is serious and the road ahead gets twisty.

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The Drive Mode Selector has five driver-programmable settings: Weather, Eco, Tour, Sport and Track. Using the rotary knob to choose your desired setting, the Corvette Stingray adjusts a range of driving parameters, including shift points, throttle response, steering feel, the electronic limited-slip differential, active exhaust system, and traction control system. Even the car’s instrument gauges adjust to the chosen driving mode. In Track mode, for example, the gauge cluster includes a lap timer and copies a design used in the C6.R race car.

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All Corvette Stingrays have a carbon-fiber hood, to reduce weight and lower the center of gravity for sharper dynamics. Corvette coupes also come with a carbon-fiber roof.

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A 7-speed manual transmission is available for the first time in a Corvette. The extra gear helps improve performance and overall fuel economy. An active rev-matching feature electronically ‘anticipates’ your next gear, then blips the throttle for faster, more seamless gear changes. A dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch also contribute to the new Corvette’s more precise shift quality. A 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters mounted to the steering wheel is also available.

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Rumors of a turbocharged V-6 finding its way under the hood proved to be well wide of the mark. That doesn’t mean Chevrolet’s engineers left the naturally-aspirated V-8 engine alone. The 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 develops 450-hp and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. To boost performance and fuel economy, the engine includes active fuel management, continuously variable valve timing, an advanced combustion system, and direct injection.

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High-performance slotted Brembo brakes are also part of the Z51 Performance Package.

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Believe it or not, the new Corvette has narrower wheels than the outgoing model. Yet Chevy finessed the dynamics so the Corvette Stingray, when equipped with the optional Z51 Performance Package, pulls a neck-straining 1g while cornering – that’s equal to the 2013 Corvette Grand Sport. According to Chevy, the narrower and lighter wheels and tires reduce steering effort, limit road noise, and reduce rolling resistance. The standard Corvette Stingray now rides on run-flat Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (18 x 8.5-inch front and 19 x 10-inch rear) which have been developed specifically for the car. Choosing the Z51 Performance Package nets you larger rubber (19 x 8.5-inch front and 20 x 10-inch rear) riding on forged aluminum wheels.

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You may have noticed that little aquatic creature swimming along the front fenders of the new Corvette. First introduced in 1963, the Stingray name finally makes its highly-anticipated return. Don’t expect a rear split-window, like the one used on the famous 1963 coupe original. That flashy styling feature sure looked cool, but it limited rear visibility and lasted only one year before Chevy’s engineering team gave it the heave-ho.

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Fender vents relieve air pressure under the hood, to minimize aerodynamic drag. The functional hood scoop on the Corvette Stingray mimics the one used on Chevrolet’s C6.R racing car. A variety of factory-backed and privateer race teams have scored multiple victories and class championships around with the potent C6.R. That’s no easy task, considering the competition has included the finest racing machines from the likes of Aston Martin, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari and Maserati.

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Nothing went overlooked in Chevrolet’s quest to lighten the Corvette. The suspension features hollow cast aluminum control arms to reduce unsprung weight and sharpen the ride and handling balance.

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Electric power steering offers different steering ratios and levels of effort depending on the drive mode. Steering column stiffness is increased by a whopping 150-percent compared with the previous Vette.

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Chevy worked overtime to trim weight from the Corvette. The car’s new aluminum frame is 99 pounds lighter, and 57-percent stiffer, than the previous one.

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They’ve Announced it… the 2014 Corvette

“Nothing Will Be The Same” after January 13, 2013.  The excitement is growing. What’s all the hype about? The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette.


Chevrolet.com has a count down clock, along with four videos, which will unlock as we get closer to the 01.13.13 launch date. The next video will unlock on November 15th.

Chevrolet also released an all-new Crossed Flags emblem. The new flags reflect the sweeping redesign of the Next Generation Corvette. GM Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn describes the emblem as “much more modern, more technical, and more detailed than before.”

“We set out to build a world-challenging sports car with refinement, efficiency and driver engagement that is second to none,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette Chief Engineer. “The result is a truly all-new Corvette.”

For now, vehicle specs and features remain shrouded in mystery.  But, today, Chevrolet  announced the 2014 Corvette will be powered by the next generation of General Motors’ small block V8 engine. We’ll be watching and waiting as the mystery is slowly revealed!

If you have a love for the Chevrolet Corvette, stop by our Showroom. We have a 2012 Corvette on Special now.

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A Guinness World Record of Chevy Memorabilia

Thank you to Stephen Williams for this story. We liked it so much we wanted to share it with you!

Of the hundreds of thousands of automotive enthusiasts around the world who worship at the altar of the sports car, very few can claim ownership of 2,014 Chevrolet Corvettes.

That’s 2,013 in Charles Mallon’s basement—contained in a display case and dozens of tote bags—and one in his garage: a 2005 LeMans blue C6.

One real Corvette is just enough for Charles Mallon.

Turning a hobby into a quest for a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records isn’t something one plans overnight. Indeed, Mallon has accomplished just that. In June, he was certified by the Guinness folks for having the “Largest Collection of Chevrolet Memorabilia.”

He can trace back his affection for the marque to the age of 2, when, his mother tells him, he “could pick out a Corvette in a crowd, and run right over to it.”

Mallon’s Corvette-mania extends beyond just the miniature car models: He’s been assembling all bits of Chevy memorabilia since he was 14, from signs and books and posters to soda cans and Chevy belts. But his heart lies with the car.

“I started serious collection when I was 14,” he says. “I would bring home three models, then five models, and you get carried away. I’m into cars of all shapes and sizes, but growing up it was probably the look and the sound of the Corvette. It’s America’s sports car.”

Now 54 and a consultant working with auto dealerships on facility improvements, Mallon—who’s lived in Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, all his life—still enlists friends to seek out Corvette miniatures on their visits to toy stores and flea markets. About 600, ranging in size from a few centimeters to more than a foot, reside in that display case in Mallon’s basement, and the rest are packed away in tote bags, “rotated on display periodically,” he says. Mallon’s wife, Gina, is particularly good-natured about the whole thing. “That’s his man-cave downstairs,” she says. “It’s not as bad as it sounds.”

Mallon formerly belonged to a Corvette owners’ club and is just now getting back in. “I traveled a lot and my kids were quite young so I didn’t keep up with too many events,” he says, but he’s planning to attend a meeting later this summer. He’s also planning to become more involved in the Corvette social media scene a community that embraces nearly 1 million fans.

One Corvette experience he’s highly anticipating is checking out the Corvette 427 Collector Edition with available 60th Anniversary Design Package for 2013. “Should be a blast to drive… all that power in a convertible. I can’t wait to collect all the miniatures produced for that special car.”

Earlier this year Mallon assembled his entire collection on the floor of a high school gym near his home, part of the process of establishing a benchmark for a new Guinness category. He submitted a formal application—“to validate my insanity”—and was awarded the certificate in June.

Mallon says he’s interacted with collectors who own many more miniatures than he does, but no one with as many Corvettes: “I catalog all of them on an Excel spread sheet; break ’em down by exterior color, interior color, wheel color.”

Isolating a favorite for Mallon is part science, part impulse. He enjoys a couple of high-priced Franklin Mint Corvettes given to him as gifts, as well as a collection of cars with National Football League logos (“Every team but the Detroit Lions…they’re owned by Ford”).

Pick one?  “A Betty Boop Corvette limited edition.”

This article was found on Chevrolet.com.  Are you a Chevrolet enthusiast? Share your collection with us here… tell us about it!

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