The Camaro has long been a pony car that many love to buy and makes for a great sports car that can be driven daily. With the new 2016 model just around the corner, there are some items from the 2015 model that hopefully will have been addressed to create a much better overall driving experience. Understandably the Camaro has never been a car that was advertised as being a comfortable ride with sport and performance as its main components, but some of the items that need to be changed for the new version have to do with the performance, others simply have to do with improving the overall driving experience in the car. Continue reading
Chevrolet has undergone so many changes over the years it’s hard to keep track of what has taken place. When the economic crisis hit in 2008 Chevrolet seemed to be offering products that were basically gas-guzzling models and with the huge price increase for gas the lineup was going to have issues continuing to sell. With the government intervention and the dissolving of some brands, GM gained a great position and the focus needed to turn Chevrolet into the brand we see today which offers some of the best cars and trucks we have ever seen. A few examples of these are: Continue reading
Chevrolet was founded by William C Durant and Louis Chevrolet on November 3, 1911 and in 1912, Louis Chevrolet’s Series C Six Class, which was a luxurious high-performance six cylinder model hit the streets of Detroit for $2150. In 1913, Louis Chevrolet exits the company, but gives Durant the rights to use his name and the Chevy bowtie logo appears in an ad for the first time. The first car to wear the Chevy bowtie logo was the Royal Mail Roadster in 1914, and in 1915, the Chevy model 490 debuts as a 1916 model year vehicle with a list price of $490 to match competitor Ford’s Model T. Billy Durant regains control of Chevrolet in 1916 after being forced out of the company and in 1918 the first Chevrolet truck based on the Model 490 chassis is introduced. Chevrolet also becomes a part of GM this year.
In 1924, a Chevrolet plant is opened in Copenhagen, Denmark and is the first Chevrolet plant outside the US. 1927 brings the first time that Chevrolet overtakes Ford for the first time with sales of more than 1 million vehicles. The Chevrolet six debuts in 1929 and is called a “six for the price of four” since six cylinders were offered for the price of four. 1934 introduces revolutionary engineering for a value priced car when they introduce the knee action independent suspension in the 1935 Model Master Series. The Suburban Carryall, the original SUV was introduced in 1935 and is the longest running SUV. It creates a new segment in the market. In 1942, production of trucks was geared toward the war and halted for civilians and in 1945, civilian production resumes.
After vacating the mid-sized truck market for a few years, Chevrolet has come back with a new Colorado that is a stronger and more fuel efficient offering than ever before. This highly capable and enjoyable truck shows up with a size that fits into any garage, the versatility of having an Extended Cab or Crew Cab, rear or four-wheel drive, and a five or six-foot bed make the Colorado a truck that has an option for just about any truck lover to find the right choice. Leading the way in towing capacity in this class, the Colorado offers towing capacity of 7,000 pounds giving owners a leg up on the competition when hauling the workload or the fun toys.
Offering a better fuel efficiency along with more refinement than the competition gives a hint as to why Chevrolet had gone away from the mid-sized truck segment for a few years. The all-new Colorado comes in ready to lead the way in this segment and make a statement to the competition that Chevrolet is once again the leader in this market.
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic offers more size than its smaller sibling the Spark and is still small enough to be classified as a subcompact. This car comes in with quickness, great handling, an excellent fuel efficiency and truly fun experience behind the wheel. Carrying the badge as the quietest in its class the Sonic brings a lot to the table to entice anyone shopping in this class.
Offering nimble handling and a reasonable amount of road absorption, the steering and suspension of the Sonic are built to please any driver. This car can be set up with a load of great technology to make all the techies smile and improve the overall fun of the drive ahead. Any owner of the Sonic will seek out the curviest canyon-style road they can find in order to have the most fun possible behind the wheel if this great car. Offering a couple different engines and transmissions, this vehicle can be set up to save fuel or add power to the agile handling, either way this is a vehicle anyone could fall in love with.
As the largest in the Compact- Crossover Class, the Chevrolet Equinox actually has some experts stymied as to what to do with the vehicle. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) saw fit to put it in the mid-sized SUV class and award it with a Top Safety Pick Plus Award for that class. The Equinox however, is a bit small for the mid-sized SUV class and instead belongs in a category with the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4.
Giving up some cargo space in favor of passenger comfort the Equinox when powered by the V6 engine is able to tow up to 3,500 pounds, enough to make this a great choice to bring along the weekend toys or head to the hardware store and buy what is needed for a small project in the yard. Offering a fairly standard ride with decent road control and adequate steering the overall feel of the ride in this SUV is pretty much what is expected. The one place the ride is better than the competition is in quietness of the cabin. The Equinox offers such a quiet ride the occupants feel like they are riding in a much more upscale vehicle than a simple SUV.
What does the name Camaro mean to you? Do you think of the years gone by of the Great American Muscle Car, with a huge engine, awesome power, killer skids off the line, and the rumble and shake from under the hood that meant others better back away? If so, the new version of the Chevrolet Z28 Camaro is sure to bring those nostalgic memories back to the front of your mind for you.
At the 2013 New York Auto Show, Chevrolet stole the show when instead of revealing just another new Camaro a fully powered, ferocious looking Z28 roared onto the stage and wowed the crowd. The new Z28 is so amazing it actually performs the ZL1 in many regards, which is quite an accomplishment as the ZL1 was supposed to put the Z28 in its grave, but here it is, back and better than ever.