For the first time, Chevrolet will offer auto show attendees a behind-the-scenes look at vehicle testing through a 4-D virtual reality experience at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opens to the public on Saturday, Jan. 20.
“Chevrolet is committed to delivering high-quality, durable vehicles able to withstand some of the harshest weather conditions and most unique driving situations people encounter today,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “With this new Chevrolet Virtual Dynamics Lab experience, we are offering consumers the opportunity to be immersed in our rigorous testing processes and to better understand the capability built into our lineup of vehicles.”
Auto show guests are invited to visit the Chevrolet display to experience the Virtual Dynamics Lab, a curated 4-D experience that offers a virtual 360-degree, front seat passenger ride through a variety of courses including gravel roads, extreme temperature labs and rock climbs that you would find at GM’s testing facilities.
Testing at a glance:
- The all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado will accumulate 7 million miles of testing and validation before we deliver the first truck.
- GM’s Milford Proving Ground (MPG) test facility comprises 4,000 acres of surfaces that equate to 137 miles of 2 lane road, the distance from Detroit to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- Vehicles are tested in chambers capable of simulating extreme environmental conditions, including temperatures from -40 degrees to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, altitudes from -700 to 12,500 feet., humidity from 10 to 90 percent and wind speeds from 0 to 100 mph.
The Chevrolet Virtual Dynamics Lab 4-D experience will be open during normal hours on public show days, January 20 to 28, 2018. For those under the age of 18, the minimum required height is 48 inches, or 4 feet. For more Auto Show information and hours visit naias.com.
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CR previews the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado ahead of the Detroit Auto Show, revealing new appearance, engines, and features.
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado unveiling was arguably the most important event of this year’s Detroit auto show.
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The Silverado is not only General Motors’ best-selling vehicle, but it’s also the second best-selling vehicle in the U.S., trailing only perennial rival the Ford F-150. And the F-150 was updated recently. Meanwhile, Ram is showcasing an all-new full-sized truck in the Motor City this week, as well.
In boasting about this ground-up redesign, Chevy poked fun at the F-150’s all-aluminum body, with Mark Reuss, GM’s vice president of global product development, saying a good pickup bed is just as important as a good hammer.
While the new Silverado does indeed have a steel bed, its parts that swing open, such as the doors, hood, and tailgate, are now crafted out of aluminum to trim pounds, something automakers do to try to increase fuel economy.
For a V8-powered Crew Cab truck, Chevy estimates that it has cut approximately 450 pounds from the Silverado versus the outgoing model through careful design and use of aluminum and high-strength steel. Chevrolet’s weight loss regimen should help boost acceleration, along with fuel economy.
Despite the hype around the Silverado’s new, svelter self, Chevrolet did not reveal fuel economy estimates during the event.
The new Silverado is designed to appeal to a wide range of customers, thanks to eight distinct trim levels (the same number of trims as before) that range from bare utilitarian to posh urban cowboy, and numerous powertrain options.
Features include not only 4G LTE WiFi capability and a wide range of smartphone apps, but also an industry first: a power tailgate that can be raised and lowered remotely, with a press of a button on the keyfob.
The current Silverado is competitive because of its quiet cabin, and relatively easy access thanks to its manageable step-in height. It benefits from an easy-to-use infotainment system. We expect these virtues will be continued.
The eight trim levels start with the classic Work Truck, a barebones model that targets commercial users. The Custom remains a simple truck, augmented with some cosmetic upgrades.
For those looking for a budget off-road setup, the Custom Trailboss adds a two-inch lift kit, trail-ready suspension, and upgraded tires. The midlevel LT dresses the truck up with chrome details, LED lights, and 8-inch infotainment screen. The LT Trailboss adds the off-road package to the LT, creating an upscale, yet adventure-ready model.
The top High Country has premium features throughout, from an exclusive grille to power tailgate, and everything in between.
A total of six engines will be available, including two V8s (5.3-liter and 6.2-liter) which can run on only a single cylinder to save fuel, thanks to the truck’s dynamic fuel-management system.
A 3.0-liter, six-cylinder diesel also joins the Silverado’s engine lineup for the first time. This engine will come paired to a similarly new 10-speed automatic transmission.
Drivability has been a shortcoming of the current Silverado, especially with the 5.3-liter V8, as it doesn’t always respond quickly when drivers seek more power.
Chevy made space for cargo and occupants a priority in redesigning the Silverado. The bed is wider than before and now features a total of 12 tie-down points, up from four. There is also extra room in the cabin, where the Silverado’s slightly longer wheelbase translates to several more inches of legroom for in the backseat in Crew Cab models.
Look for the 2019 Silverado to go on sale this fall. Exact pricing information and fuel economy figures will be revealed closer to the pickup’s official on-sale date.
Chevy didn’t release details on what advanced safety equipment the new Silverado will get, saying it will be announced later this year.
We look forward to pitting the new Silverado against the new Ram and see how they fare against CR’s current top-rated full-size pickup, the Ford F-150.
WASHINGTON — Uftring Chevrolet is moving next door temporarily.Six days after the dealership at 1860 Washington Road was destroyed by a massive fire, officials announced Thursday that sales and service operations will move to a building 400 yards away at 1750 Washington Road that was home to Walmart and then Tractor Supply Company.Uftring is leasing a 25,000-square-foot portion of the building from Connect Church.
WASHINGTON — Uftring Chevrolet is moving next door temporarily.
Six days after the dealership at 1860 Washington Road was destroyed by a massive fire, officials announced Thursday that sales and service operations will move to a building 400 yards away at 1750 Washington Road that was home to Walmart and then Tractor Supply Company.
Uftring is leasing a 25,000-square-foot portion of the building from Connect Church, which planned to move into the space this year and celebrate its fifth anniversary in the fall.
The dealership also is leasing parking from Connect Church and A&J Storage, which owns the rest of the building.
The building is vacant. It’s been that way since Tractor Supply Company closed its doors in October 2015.
“Connect Church has been unbelievably gracious and compassionate to our needs,” said Mark Weston, chief executive officer for the Uftring Auto Group.
The church was launched in September 2013 and has been holding services at Washington Middle School since then.
It purchased the space in the old Walmart/Tractor Supply Company building late last year with plans to hold services there and have spaces for activities and offices after renovation work was done.
About 500 attend the church’s two services each Sunday. Services will continue to be held at the middle school while the dealership occupies the church’s space.
“We want to impact the community. That’s our vision, that’s why God put us here, and that’s more important than owning a building,” said the Rev. Dave Jane of Connect Church.
“We’ll be in that building one day. Right now, we want to help the dealership and help good people keep their jobs,” Jane said.
Jane said he doesn’t need convincing the church is doing the right thing by leasing its space, but that happened Thursday when he was in the building and an Uftring service department employee who was looking around gave him a hug and said, “Thank you.”
Uftring officials contacted Jane on Saturday, a day after the fire, to see if he’d be interested in leasing the church’s space. Details for the lease were worked out at a Monday morning meeting.
Weston said the dealership’s goal is to be in a rebuilt facility at the site of the burned-out facility in a year.
In the meantime, he’s anticipating the service department will open in the temporary dealership in about 30 days.
A permit from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is needed for vehicle sales to take place in the leased space. Weston is hoping to have the permit as early as Monday.
Uftring salespeople are working out of the Uftring Used Car Outlet in Washington, with all of the inventory parked at the temporary dealership.
A location is being sought for the Uftring Chevrolet body shop. Until then, body shop work is being done at Uftring body shops at Uftring Weston Chevrolet Cadillac in Peoria and the Uftring Automall in East Peoria.
Weston called the outpouring of support for Uftring Chevrolet “humbling.”
Caterpillar Inc. and the city of Peoria have donated office furniture and partitions for the temporary dealership, he said, and the city of Washington “has been fabulous. They’ve provided security (at the burned-out dealership) and Mayor Gary Manier has reached out to us every day, asking if there’s anything the city can do for us.”
Uftring Chevrolet has been at the Washington Road site since 1986. It was the Uftring Auto Group’s first dealership.
All of us at Ron Westphal Chevrolet with the Uftring Group a speedy and full recovery from this devastating event.
Chevrolet C-10 from Fast & Furious Is up for Auction on eBay
Cars are the stars of The Fast and the Furious franchise. In such a heavily car dominated franchise when a truck appears it makes a lasting impact. One of the trucks from the opening scene in the fourth installment of Fast & Furious popped up for auction on eBay.
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The opening scene of the movie, which was released in 2009, features the character Dominic Toretto played by Vin Diesel and his team of drivers attempting to hijack an oil truck train in the Dominican Republic. To attempt the hijacking the crew brings two heavily modified trucks. The truck which is up for auction is an orange 1967 Chevrolet C-10 driven by the franchise favorite character Han played by Sung Kang.
The auction states that the build was commissioned by Universal Studios and built by Dennis McCarthy. McCarthy has been building cars for The Fast and the Furious franchise since its third installment, The Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift. It mentions parts of the truck that are of a movie prop nature such as the 10-speed tractor gear shifter, the smokestacks, and the air tanks bolted under the bed of the truck. The truck features a 502 big block V-8 engine matted to a three-speed automatic gearbox, MSD ignition, Holley Performance four-barrel carburetor, and Hedman headers.
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