Chevrolet SS Sets the Stage for the 2013 Daytona 500

Daytona500QualifyingPatrick04The debut of the 2014 Chevrolet SS Sprint Cup race car made a big impression last weekend at the Series time trials in Daytona. After winning the first and second place poles, Danica Patrick of the No. 10 Go Daddy Chevrolet SS and Jeff Gordon of the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet SS will start side by side and will lead the pack of 43 cars to the start line for the Great American Race this Sunday, February 24th.

Not only is this Danica Patrick’s first NASCAR pole win, but it is the first time in 64-years that a woman will lead the field to the start of the Great American Race.

“We are so proud of Danica Patrick, Tony Gibson and the entire Stewart-Haas team on putting the No. 10 Chevrolet SS on the pole for the 2013 Daytona 500,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Danica was focused and drove a great line to secure the pole. She gave tremendous credit to her entire #10 team for this accomplishment. She is a determined racer, a team player and we’re proud to have her on Team Chevy.”

“With the all-new Chevrolet SS race car, Danica and her team have put hours in testing, driving and living and breathing with this new car. Her determination both on and off the track put her in the leadership position for this weekend.”

282745-mediumThe rear wheel drive Chevrolet SS has an Iron Block/Aluminum Head V8 engine, 850 horse power, and 550 pounds of torque. And with a curb weight of 3,400 pounds, it packs a punch on the racetrack.

After Patrick’s lap of 45.817 seconds – 196.434 – she earned the top qualifying spot.

“All I have to do is think about going out there, being smooth, not letting the car bind up, running on that yellow line,” said Danica Patrick about the Daytona 500 race this coming weekend. “Outside of that, I think it shows how well prepared Tony and everybody was, how strong the Hendrick engines are, how good the new Chevy SS is. We’ve been fast since practice in January.”

Daytona500QualifyingPatrick03-mediumIn addition to Patrick and Gordon, Ryan Newman, No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS (fourth), Tony Stewart, No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS (fifth) and Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet SS (sixth) will round out the additional 5 Chevrolet drivers in the top 6 spots. Not a bad debut for the new Chevrolet SS.

ChevroletSSRaceCar07-medium“I saw Jim Campbell sneak in over there,” said Tony Stewart. “He should be proud. Chevy has done an awesome job. It’s easy today to talk about the engine builder, talk about the chassis builders, the people at the shop. Today we actually get to thank our manufacturers for building us a car that is a fast race car; it’s not just a car with stickers on it. We actually have an SS, a production car, that’s fast. That was proven today.”

2014ChevroletSSDaytonaReveal03-mediumGeneral Motors Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Jim Campbell introduces the new 2014 Chevrolet SS performance sedan (right) during its world debut press conference at the Daytona International Speedway

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Sonic, Camaro and Equinox Named 2013 Automotive “Best Buys” by Consumers Digest

Consumers Digest Best Buy award - 001At Chevy, we’re proud to say that each and every vehicle we build is designed to offer the best possible features at the best possible price. But it’s not just us saying that. Consumers Digest thinks so, too.

The 2013 Consumers Digest Automotive “Best Buy” picks are out, and three Chevy vehicles – Camaro, Sonic, and Equinox – made the list.

Consumers Digest chooses its “Best Buys” based on which cars in each segment provide the most value for the price. Vehicles are driven under a variety of conditions and evaluated based on the standards of an average car buyer. Experts then assess each model on both design (including styling, ergonomics, seating and cargo space) and performance (including shifting, steering, braking, acceleration, ride quality and fuel economy).

“Value, as we see it, is based on purchase price and ownership costs relative to quality, performance and subjective factors, such as comfort and design,” says Randy Weber, publisher of Consumers Digest.

Weber and his colleagues saw plenty of value in the Chevy fleet.

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The Equinox was honored with a Compact SUV “Best Buy” title for its fourth year in a row, owing to its stylish appointments, class-leading legroom, versatile MyFlex® rear seating, meticulous craftsmanship and money-saving 32 MPG highway.

Consumers Digest Best Buy award - 003Camaro zoomed ahead of the pack in the Sporty Cars category, and picked up its fourth consecutive “Best Buy” award. The legendary Camaro is known for its sexy exterior, powerful engine, and for taking drivers on an exhilarating ride.

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In the Subcompact category, the Chevrolet Sonic made quite an impression on the Consumers Digest judges, picking up its very first “Best Buy” title. It’s no surprise why, either. The Sonic is the first and only car in its class to come with 10 standard air bags.  It’s also the only car in its class to receive a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from NHTSA. Not only that, but the Sonic is the only small car that’s built right here in America and the only car in its class with an available turbocharged engine – offering up to 40 MPG highway.That’s a lot of ‘only’-s!

So whether you want to head up to the cottage with kids, dog and skis in tow; zoom down the highway in high style; or just zip across town in comfort and safety – it’s good to know there’s a tested and approved Chevy for every driver, at every price point.

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