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Chevy Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


Each year at the SEMA Show, Chevy sets up a big booth in the central hall and packs it with their fleet of cars and trucks including the Corvette, Camaro, Colorado, Silverado and even the compacts are represented with the Sonic. For this year, Chevy bid adieu to the current generation Camaro with a couple special edition Camaros. They actually enlisted the help of their fans to help name their special edition Camaro and what has the internet come up with for the #NameThatCamaro contest? From now on, the 2015 Special Edition Camaro will be known as the Green Flash Special Edition.

In order to confuse thing even further though, they also had another special or rather, commemorative edition Camaro dressed in silver with a wrap around stripe which you can see below. With so many cars in their booth its tough to mention them all but they also had on a hand the 2015 Chevrolet COPO Camaro Concept of which only 69 copies will be build.


Check out the rest of the pictures in our gallery after the break!

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Next Generation 2016 Chevy Volt To Debut In Detroit


Today Tim Mahoney, Global Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer announced that the next generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be debuting at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Rumors had the debut pegged for the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, but a hometown debut makes more sense.

“Volt is the perfect example of the ingenuity that drives everything we do at Chevrolet,” Mahoney said at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefings. “Volt fully delivers on the promises of Find New Roads and will continue to provide consumers with the transportation solutions they need and deserve in the future.”

Our team will be covering the auto show circuit again this year so you’ll be sure to see coverage of the 2016 Chevy Volt at its unveiling but I’m sure we’ll hear some more news before then.

Official: 2015 Corvette Z06 Makes 650HP and 650TQ


When GM first unveiled the 2015 Corvette Z06 in Detroit you may have noticed we said the car made 625+ horsepower and 635+ lb-ft of torque. They were holding back the official performance figures until closer to launch and today they have confirmed that the Z06’s LT4 supercharged 6.2L V8 engine makes 650 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm!

“The LT4 Small Block sets a new benchmark for power and torque at GM,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president, GM Powertrain Engineering. “The engine also puts the new Corvette Z06 on par with the most powerful supercars offered in America, while delivering performance with impeccable manners that make it suitable for daily driving.”

Not only is the amount of power staggering, but the torque curve makes many other super cars weep. Just barely above idle the engine is already producing nearly 460 lb-ft of torque. By 2800 rpm it has already skyrocketed to 625 lb-ft of torque. The whole curve is pretty flat, the LT4 maintains 90 percent of its peak torque, or 592 lb-ft, from 2,500 to 5,400 rpm. This is the definition of “passing power” and will certainly bring a smile to many new owners when it goes on sale later this year.

GM To Move Camaro Production to US, CAW Not Happy

General Motors announced today the next-generation Chevrolet Camaro will be assembled at the Lansing Grand River (LGR) Assembly Plant in Lansing, Michigan. Production is currently out of their Oshawa plant but by consolidating the production of rear-wheel drive vehicles under one roof GM hopes to cut some costs and gain some improved production efficiencies–the Camaro is the only rear-wheel drive built at the Oshawa plant.

GM reiterated its commitment to meet the production targets agreed to with the Canadian and Ontario governments during the 2009 restructuring but the Canadian Auto Workers union however is having none of this and are quite understandably upset. The Camaro represents about 25% of the production at the plant and this move will put the plant at risk of complete closure.

“General Motors has once again shown a complete and utter disregard for its workers and also Canadians in general, whose tax dollars kept the company out of bankruptcy,” said CAW President Ken Lewenza.

Production of the current generation Chevrolet Camaro will continue on the flexible manufacturing line at Oshawa Assembly until the end of the current product lifecycle. The Buick Regal continues to be produced there, and GM recently invested $185 million to support the launch of two new products on the flex line as well: the all-new Cadillac XTS and the next-generation Chevrolet Impala scheduled to launch in 2013. In addition, GM recently announced it will add a third shift to support the launch of the new Impala there. The consolidated line at Oshawa Assembly will continue to produce the current generation Chevrolet Impala and Equinox until June 2014. The next-generation Camaro is scheduled for production in October 2015.

Cadillac to debut ELR in Detroit at NAIAS

Cadillac will be showing off the new ELR Coupe at the North American International Auto Show next month in Detroit. Based off of the Converj concept shown at the 2009 NAIAS, the ELR Coupe will be powered by an electric drive unit, as well as a small 4 cylinder engine-generator when battery power runs low, much like the Chevy Volt.

The Cadillac ELR will be built at General Motor’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant right alongside the Volt. It is the only US automotive plant to mass manufacture extended range electric vehicles. The ELR Coupe will be the first 2 door car to be built at this plant since the 1999 Cadillac Eldorado.

“The ELR will be in a class by itself, further proof of our commitment to electric vehicles and advanced technology,” Reuss said in a keynote address at the SAE Convergence Conference in Detroit. “People will instantly recognize it as a Cadillac by its distinctive, signature look and true-to-concept exterior design.”

Production is scheduled to begin in late 2013

More pictures of the ELR Coupe

LA Auto Show Design Challenge Entries – CHP 2025

Every year at the Los Angeles Auto Show there is a Design Challenge with a different theme chosen by the Design Los Angeles Board of Directors. Automotive design studios from around the world are invited to participate and this year studios from Germany, Japan and the USA will compete to design the Highway Patrol Vehicle of 2025.

This year’s Design Challenge asks automotive design studios to create a highway patrol vehicle that meets the challenges of a specific region’s transportation and societal conditions in 2025. The vehicle should empower highway patrol officers to meet new demands and effectively both “protect and serve” the public while considering not just enforcement needs but emission concerns, population growth and transportation infrastructure, among other trends.

See each of the entries for the 2012 Design Challenge at the LA Auto Show

General Motors returns to profit in 2010 first quarter

General Motors Co posted a first-quarter profit Monday and said it is making progress toward a turnaround expected to put it on track toward its first full-year profit since 2004

GM calls 1,200 back to work in Oshawa

General Motors’ plans to add shifts to its Oshawa operations means all laid-off CAW workers in that city will be back on the job by the end of the year, Chris Buckley, president of CAW Local 222, said Wednesday.
In fact, the automaker may have to hire between 200 and 300 additional employees for the production boost, said Buckley.

GM dealer declares war on wind-downs

A year ago, a desperate General Motors Ltd. cancelled the franchises of 2,000 dealerships across the United States, plus about 240 in Canada.

GM to invest $890M at 5 plants

General Motors is to announce Tuesday plans to spend US$890-million to upgrade five North American factories, including facilities in St. Catharines, Ont., for the next generation of V8 engines, the latest set of factory upgrades in the automaker’s recovery, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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