Following the release of several spyshots earlier this week, Chevrolet has officially confirmed that the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will indeed be the official pace car of the 97th annual Indianapolis 500 which will take place later this month.
The name is Z/28. Not Z-28, and not Z28. You need the slash for it to really mean something. Much more than just an RPO code (and believe me, GM loves models with RPO code-like names (Z06, ZR1, Z51, Z24, etc.), the Z/28 name was first used in 1967 as a homologation effort to get a 5.0 liter race-ready Camaro into Trans Am racing. Using a 327′s block with a 283′s crankshaft, the 302 cubic inch (that’s right; Ford isn’t the only company to have a 5.0/302 in its history) Camaro Z/28 was very successful in its racing career and on the sales charts. Subsequent Z28s have not had the same racing pedigree, and the name has been dormant since 2002. Now, upon the occasion of the fifth generation Camaro’s mid-cycle refresh, the Z/28 is back, and it’s again a pure track machine.
Last week, we engaged in some speculation about the future of GM’s Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant, noting that the only two confirmed products the plant produces are 1) not necessarily high-volume models, and 2) are already going to be built elsewhere along with Oshawa. Today, on the occasion of the new 2014 Impala’s launch event in San Diego, GM told us one of the ways they’ll keep Oshawa humming for the next year or two: they’ll keep making the old W-Body Impala, but it will be sold to fleet buyers only. Specifically, we’re talking about rental cars.
While attending the launch event for the 2014 Corvette Stingray last month, I was struck by a thought that just wouldn’t leave my head. Were GM executives being honest when they said that they only applied the Stingray name to the car at the eleventh hour, only after it was clear that the car raised the bar in terms of design and performance? Could there be another reason that it’s no longer just a “Corvette,” but now a “Corvette Stingray” or even just “Stingray?” Well, here’s my crazy idea. Grab your tinfoil hat. Continue Reading →
GM announced back in 2011 that there would be an oil-burning Chevy Cruze would eventually make its way to the U.S. market to compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The future is now the present, and Chevy has pulled the wraps off of the 2014 Cruze TD, which of course stands for turbo diesel.
In the writeup about the all-new Corvette, we included only live shots. But there were so many photos included with the press kit, we just had to share those as well. In the gallery after the jump, you’ll see both historical Corvette models and many far better (and somewhat Photoshopped) images of the new Stingray. Please tell us what you think about the new Stingray – both its specs and its looks – in the comments below. Enjoy!
It’s official. The C7 has landed, and it was bestowed the name of some of the most legendary cars to wear the Corvette crossed-flag logo: Stingray (not Sting Ray this time). Saying that Chevrolet reserved the Stingray name only for very special generations of the Corvette – it last lived on the early C3 generation, from 1969 to 1976 – GM North America President Mark Reuss said that this new model was indeed a special one.
Though all-new full-size pickups are a somewhat rare occurrence, in today’s hyper-competitive new-vehicle market, it happens more often than it used to. Remember the 1973-1987 C/K pickups that soldiered on for 15 model years (even more for the Suburban/Jimmy/Blazer)? Those days are gone. Today, GM is showing us the all-new Silverado and Sierra that replace the GMT-900 generation that spanned the 2007 to 2013 model years (7 model years; don’t forget also that the 2007s were launched very early in 2006).
The autoblogosphere is all atwitter today about GM’s truck inventory levels. They’re ridiculously high, and the problem has gotten worse since last month rather than better. More specifically, the company has 245,853 trucks as of the end of November, which is a 4.4 percent increase over the October 31 total – and represents a 139-day supply. The industry considers 60 days of inventory to be ideal. So how did this happen?
I have mentioned several times over the years about how the opportunity to drive high-horsepower cars has jaded me. The seat of my pants is now calibrated so that 400 horsepower is the baseline, 500 horsepower is fast, and 600 horsepower is nuts. In other words, my expectations are probably about 150 horsepower higher than they should be. Two hundred fifty horsepower is still plenty of power to move almost any car. Heck, the 1985 Corvette that I borrowed to go to my senior prom had 230 horsepower. With that being said, I think I have discovered that 580 horsepower is just as nuts as 600. Say hello to the Camaro ZL1.
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