2017 Chevrolet Special Edition SUVs

Chevrolet recently announced the highly anticipated arrival of their latest special edition SUVs! The 2017 Equinox Midnight & Sport Editions, Traverse Graphite Edition, and the Tahoe & Suburban Midnight Editions are the newest additions to a growing portfolio of special edition vehicles from Chevy.

“Special Editions give consumers an opportunity to buy something outside of the mainstream trim designation . . . spend a little more for a unique model, one that often provides a higher resale value when it’s time to sell or trade the vehicle for their next purchase.” – Karl Brauer, Senior Director of Automotive Industry Insights, Kelly Blue Book

2017 Chevrolet Equinox Midnight & Sport Editions

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The 2017 Chevy Equinox features premium accents, wheel designs, and the latest in available safety features. Drivers can also enjoy the new standard features of a color touchscreen radio and rear-vision camera. The 2017 Equinox Midnight Edition is offered in Mosaic Black Metallic and the Sport Edition is offered in Summit White. Other features include:

black grille & Chevrolet bowties | black 18-inch aluminum wheels | jet black perforated leather-appointed seats | driver memory settings for front seats & side mirrors | black mirror caps & roof rack crossbars

2017 Chevrolet Traverse Graphite Edition

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The 2017 Chevy Traverse is the perfect crossover SUV for those seeking a roomy interior and the latest in advanced vehicle safety technology. With seating for up to 8 passengers, the Traverse offers more cargo-carrying capacity than any other vehicle in its segment. The 2017 Traverse Graphite Edition comes in Mosaic Black Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat exterior colors and offers the following features:

20-inch Dark Charcoal wheels | dual exhaust | black Chevrolet bowties | integrated assist step

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban Midnight Editions

Both the Tahoe and Suburban Midnight Editions come in the Z71 Midnight package and the LT Midnight package

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The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe & Suburban models come updated with features such as Teen Driver, enhanced aerodynamics, Chevrolet MyLink, and rear seat reminder customization. New features include low speed forward automatic braking. Both the Tahoe and Suburban offer the following features:

off-road tuned suspension | off-road tires | off-road tubular assist steps | tow hooks | hill descent control | high capacity air cleaner | Z71 badging | 18″ black painted Z71 wheels | roof rack cross rails | black grille insert | black Chevrolet bowties

“The Midnight Editions allow us to further deliver on the premium expectation that our customers already have for these class-leading full-size SUVs.” – Mike Weidman, Marketing & Advertising Manager, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe

The 2017 Equinox and Traverse Special Editions are currently available, while the Tahoe and Suburban models are arriving in showrooms later this year.

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GM Introduces Take 2 Internship for Women

“. . . you’ll polish your skills, acquire new ones, and restore the confidence you need to launch a new phase in your professional journey . . . Your comeback story begins now.” – GM Website

Earlier this year, General Motors announced that they would be introducing a pivotal and innovative internship program to their line-up. Aimed at experienced women in the field of engineering, the program offers women a chance to re-enter the workforce after a 2, or more, year hiatus from their career.

Take 2 is a 12-week internship program for women  with technical backgrounds in vehicle engineering, manufacturing engineering, or manufacturing operations. Women involved with Take 2 will receive quality training, professional development, and the chance to network with other technical leaders to gain a better understanding of GM’s functional areas and structure.

To increase STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) – a larger initiative powered by the Society of Women Engineers and iRelaunch – Take 2 provides participants with the opportunity to “refresh their workforce skills and rebuild their network,” all while being able to work with actual engineering situations at GM.

“GM is proud to be a founding member of the STEM Re-entry Task force, and understands there are many high-caliber, technical women who have taken a break from their careers and are ready to come back to work but may feel out of touch with their former professional network.” – Kristen Siemen, executive director Global Thermal Engineering and executive champion of the program.

Take 2 began on April 1, 2016 and sought out talented and capable women who were looking to tackle challenging opportunities in the vehicle workforce. John Quattrone, Senior VP of Global Human Resources explains that Take 2 is a “win-win opportunity for women and GM”, stating that the opportunity is one of the many of the commitments GM has made to support women’s careers in the car industry.

Learn more about the Take 2 internship and other career re-entry opportunities at General Motors through their website.

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Sources: Made for More – General Motors | GM Corporate Newsroom 

Chevy Dealers in MD Can’t Beat the BellCare Advantage

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Visit Bob Bell Chevrolet today and let one of our friendly sales associates tell you all about the BellCare Advantage.The BellCare Advantage is our way of saying “Thank You” for choosing us as your Maryland Chevrolet source for sales and service. When you buy a new or certified pre-owned vehicle from Bob Bell you can buy in confidence, knowing that your Bob Bell Chevrolet of Bel Air serviced engine is guaranteed for life. You’ll also enjoy free oil changes and tire rotations for the life of your vehicle.Contact us and schedule to test-drive a new Chevy today! And don’t forget to ask about the BellCare Advantage!

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Chevrolet Racing

2014-chevrolet-MOSPO-indycar-mh-1480x503When Chevrolet decided to return to IndyCar racing three years ago, the manufacturer deemed three factors critical:

  • An engine package – small displacement (2.2L), higher performance (V6) with turbocharging and direct injection – relevant to current and future production models
  • Fuel efficiency through renewable fuels
  • Brand identity using Chevrolet engineers to design an aero kit specific to Chevrolet-powered cars

With the first two factors in place, Chevrolet returned to the series in 2012 and promptly won back-to-back-to-back manufacturer’s championships and two driver’s titles.

This year, Chevrolet-powered Verizon IndyCar Series race cars have a decidedly different appearance: they feature a Chevrolet-developed aero package, which was allowed for the first time under series rules.

“The aero kit gives us the ability to differentiate the Chevy-powered cars from the rest of the field, and take responsibility for a larger portion of the performance of the car via aerodynamics,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing program manager for Verizon IndyCar Series. “This also provides additional opportunities for two-way tech transfer between the motorsports group and production vehicle engineering.”

Chevrolet introduced its road-course aero kit to the media recently at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“This is an important milestone in Chevrolet’s involvement in IndyCar racing,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “We focused on developing an aerodynamic package that delivers an optimal balance of downforce and drag, along with integrated engine performance. It’s a total performance package.”

“This new aero kit provides Chevrolet drivers the capability to enter and exit corners faster, while maintaining high speeds on the straights,” said Berube.

With such a strong focus on speed and cornering, it was no surprise when the series’ teams got together for a preseason test at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, Will Power – the 2014 series champion and driver of the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet – recorded the quickest lap. Power covered the 17-turn, 2.38-mile course in 1:07.3118 (123.010 mph) as Chevrolets turned in the top six fastest speeds.

“The Promoter Test at Barber Motorsports Park is always an exciting moment in the IndyCar season when our Chevy engineers get to see the fruits of their off-season labor in the hands of our Team Chevy racing partners,” Berube said.

“This year, the culmination of multiple years of effort into the Chevrolet aero kit was rolled out during this two-day test and so far, the results were in line with our expectations. Together with our teams, we learned more about the strengths and weaknesses of our road-course configuration and engine installation.”

The first race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series was March 29 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Chevrolet swept the top six finishing positions. For more information about the all-new Chevrolet IndyCar aero package, visit the GM Media Site.

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Chevrolet Introduces the 2014 Camaro Z28

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Chevrolet introduced the restyled 2014 Camaro line at the New York Auto Show, including the return of the Z/28, the most iconic model in Camaro history.  A refreshed Camaro for the 2014 model year. Most importantly, with the new Camaro comes the resurrection of the Z/28 moniker, which will be powered by the amazing 7.0L LS7 V8 engine mated to a six-speed Tremec TR6060 manual transmission. This puts the output of the Z/28 at 500 howling horsepower, and 470 pounds-feet of torque, fitting perfectly between the 426 horsepower Camaro SS, and the 580 horsepower Camaro ZL1. In many track-oriented circles, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is perhaps the most capable Camaro ever.

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Chevy claims that the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is an average of three seconds faster per lap than the more powerful ZL1. This is thanks to chassis revisions that allow the Z/28 to grip at up to 1.05 lateral G forces. Then there are the Brembo brakes, which provide 1.5G of stopping force. And last, but certainly not least, is the fact that the Z/28 is 300 pounds lighter than the mighty ZL1, thanks to several incremental tweaks, ranging from thinner rear window glass, to lighter wheels. And it still has its second row of seats.

2014 Camaro Z28 - 005Inside, the Z/28 is treated with Recaro racing seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and seat cut outs that seem ready for five-point harnesses.

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To keep the Z/28 stable on the track, it features a full aerodynamic package consisting of a front splitter, underbody panel, fender flares, extended rocker panels, and a rear spoiler and functional diffuser. The 20-inch wheels used on the SS and ZL1 were swapped for 19-inch wheels, which reduce total unsprung weight by a total of 42 lb and lower the car’s center of gravity 33 millimeters. Rather than utilizing different-sized wheels and tires front to rear, all four corners of the Z/28 are shod with 305/30ZR-19 Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires — the ultra-high-performance tire’s production debut — that are believed to be the widest front tires on any production car.

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“As the ultimate track-capable Camaro, this car restores the mission of the original Z/28, and serves as a testament to the expertise of Chevrolet as the best-selling brand of performance cars,” said Mark Reuss, president, GM North America. “The build sheet is the wish list of any racer: lightweight, high-revving, dry-sump LS7 engine; carbon-ceramic brakes; integrated coolers for track use; true aerodynamic downforce, and a significant reduction in curb weight. This car could only come from Chevrolet, and could only be called the Z/28.”

It’s a beauty!

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“Beta” Cars

Beta cars - 001In the introduction to a January 2009 BusinessWeek excerpt from his book “What Would Google Do?,” author Jeff Jarvis extolled the idea that the Detroit automakers should start releasing cars in “beta” form, much the way the Silicon Valley tech giant had been doing with its software products. Despite the obvious dangers of open public beta testing in the car business, it seems that a number of automakers, including Tesla, Fisker, BMW, Ford, General Motors, have been doing exactly that to varying degrees over the past several years.

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The concept of structured alpha and beta testing of software has its origins with IBM. Back in the 1950s, the computing pioneer defined alpha testing as the internal product verification before a public announcement. Beta testing was the verification of the product by users before it got released to production.

Until Google went all-in on publicly releasing software that was labeled as beta in the past decade, beta releases were mostly restricted to select groups of testers who committed to providing regular feedback about problems in the product. Google’s GMail was the stereotypical example of an open beta, retaining that status for more than five years from its initial release in April 2004 until July 2009.

In the automotive realm, with a few notable exceptions, manufacturers have generally kept their equivalent of beta testing strictly in-house, using engineers and test drivers to evaluate new vehicles and systems. Even the final stage of evaluation before vehicles go on sale to the general public has been restricted to employees. For example, at General Motors, anywhere from several dozen to several hundred production-representative examples are distributed to managers and other employees in the final months before the on-sale date in what is known as the captured test fleet.

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Perhaps the best-known early example of a public beta test in the car industry was the Chrysler Turbine car program. Between 1963 and 1965, Chrysler built 55 turbine-powered coupes and loaned them to more than 200 drivers around the United States for three months at a time to gather real-world data and driving impressions.

When automakers make it clear that they are running a test program like Project Driveway or BMW’s EV evaluations, customers can go in with their eyes open and know that they might experience some problems. Even if customers pay for the privilege of participating, they probably won’t mind, and the engineers can learn a lot.

On the other hand, when paying tens of thousands of dollars for a regular production vehicle, mass-market customers expect it to work from the start, whether they are buying from startups like Tesla and Fisker or century-old stalwarts like Ford, GM, or BMW. Every one of these companies regularly market their new technologies as features that will make customers’ lives better, but sometimes they don’t.

Perhaps the solution is for auto manufacturers to develop ways to do more real-world beta testing of new technologies so they can find out what doesn’t work before they commit to production, making sure everyone involved knows exactly what to expect.

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The source for this blog is from an article in Motor Trend.  If you wish to read the full article go to this link:

http://blogs.motortrend.com/should-automakers-be-selling-beta-cars-28191.html#axzz2MrwudjZg

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Chevy Parts & Accessories

I read a study a few weeks ago that said, “The average age of cars and light trucks now in operation in the U.S. has increased to 10.8 years”. It was written by Polk, a leading global automotive market intelligence firm.

This study tells me it’s important for Chevrolet drivers to take care of the vehicles they buy. And you take care of your Chevy by purchasing parts and accessories specifically designed, made and tested to keep your Chevrolet vehicle running at OEM (original equipment from manufacturer) peak performance and appearance—after all, they’re the ones it was born with.

Each part works with the others to produce a single output. Many non-genuine parts may claim to be reliable, but they are not produced to meet GM’s engineering and material specifications. Compromise one part and you may unknowingly compromise a whole system.

Whether you’re restoring an old favorite or personalizing your new baby, count on Chevrolet to provide genuine replacement dependability.

Visit us online to order parts & accessories, or stop by the dealership… either way, let us give you peace of mind knowing you’re taking care of your Chevy.

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