Chevrolet Debuts Full-Size Silverado Trail Boss Built Entirely of Lego at Detroit Auto Show

Have you ever looked at the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Trail Bossand thought, “yes, but what if it was made out of Lego?” Well friends, wonder no more. Debuting at this year’s Detroit Auto Show is a full-size Lego reproduction of the new pickup truck from the General.

The replica Silverado is constructed from 334,544 bricks that were each hand-selected by a specially trained builder. When assembled, the truck weighs 3,307 pounds. For reference, the base weight of a Silverado crew cab is 5,008 pounds. It took 18 builders over 2,000 hours to assemble the truck, which is longer than it takes for a Silverado to roll down the assembly line in Fort Wayne. The most common component used in the assembly of the model was a red 2×8 stud brick.

It’s like the real thing, just with interlocking plastic bricks instead of steel and aluminum.

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Is This The Return Of The Chevrolet Trailblazer Name?

At the General Motors Capital Markets day, a little piece of nugget has been caught, and it looks like a teaser sketch of the upcoming Trailblazer.

Chevrolet Trailblazer prototype picture

It might suffer the same fate as the Blazer nameplate, though.

Car manufacturers bringing dead names back from the grave isn’t relatively new these days. Mitsubishi is among the latest to recycle old names, although absurdly, by re-using Eclipse on a crossover and butchering the Evolution nameplate on an all-electric performance SUV. It’s a huge move for the Japanese brand and frankly, we’re not sure how to feel about it.

Chevrolet followed the trend of reincarnating dead car names with the Blazer. Although, just like Mitsubishi, the Bowtie brand reused the name differently, as the Blazer is now a midsize crossover, far from the full-size, body-on-frame SUV that it once used to be.

But Chevrolet doesn’t plan to stop there – at least that’s what the latest rumor says. It looks like Chevy is bringing back the Trailblazer name with the latest sketch teaser below. And yes, it’s going to be a crossover.

Caught by MotorTrend, this sketch teaser was taken from a slideshow that was presented during the General Motors Capital Markets day. According to MotorTrend, this teaser is indeed the new Trailblazer and it coincides with their sources pointing towards the return of the nameplate.

The car magazine also had the chance to talk to Chevrolet marketing director Steve Majoros and ask him about the Trailblazer sketch. The executive answered with a smile and refused to comment.

While we don’t have the Chevrolet Trailblazer in stock yet…we do have the all new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. 

You are welcome to visit us online or in person.  Our dealership is located in beautiful Aurora, IL near Oswego, Plainfield and Naperville. 

Thanks for reading about the upcoming Chevrolet Trailblazer.

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10 things about the 2019 Chevy Blazer

1. Unibody foundation: Unlike the previous-generation Blazers, the new 2019 Chevy Blazer will not be an old-school body-on-frame SUV. Instead, it’s based on a unibody platform that’s also used for the GMC Acadia.

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2. Three trim levels: Entry-level versions will simply be known as Blazer. The sportier-looking RS will occupy the middle of the lineup, while the Premier will be the most luxurious, range-topping example.

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3. Two engine options: A 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque will be the Blazer’s base engine, while customers will be able to upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6 making 305 horses and 269 pound-feet.

4. Nine-speed transmission: Both the four-cylinder and V6 will be mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

5. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the 2019 Chevy Blazer will be offered.

6. Towing: Chevy says a V6-equipped Blazer is estimated to have a 4,500-pound tow capacity.

7. Sporty looks: Design influence from the Camaro is evident in the new Blazer with a big grille, tall hood, skinny headlights, sculpted sheetmetal, high beltline and strong rear haunches. Inside, the center stack and round air vents are also taken from the Chevy muscle car.

8. Cabin features: Sliding rear seats and dual-zone climate controls are standard. A panoramic roof and hands-free power liftgate will be options on the Blazer.

10 things about the 2019 Chevy Blazer
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9. Technology: Chevy’s latest MyLink system will handle infotainment with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bose audio, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and offer up to six USB ports. Available safety technologies include adaptive cruise control and rear camera mirror.

10. On sale: The all-new 2019 Chevy Blazer will go on sale in January and will start at $29,995. That puts it on par with the Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano.

LS3 V8 Camaro And Its Lumpy Cam Sound Absolutely Demonic: Video

LS3 V8 Camaro: If there’s one thing you don’t have to tell GM Authority readers, it’s that General Motor’s highly regarded line of Small Block V8 engines sound absolutely incredible. This is true for stock Small Block’s, but becomes even more true when the V8 in question has a big, lumpy camshaft and a few other upgrades.

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So while this video of a 416 stroker LS3 V8 powered Chevrolet Camaro drag car doing an performing an extremely loud dyno pull probably won’t be a surprise to you, we know you’ll appreciate it.

Road & Track initially turned us onto this video, which comes courtesy of the guys over at R.P.M. Motorsports in Garner, North Carolina. R.P.M. is home to some of the fastest LSX cars in the country, it says, offering dyno tuning and other work for anything with a GM Small Block. Whether it’s an Escalade, or a Camaro, R.P.M. can probably give it a ridiculous amount of power and cut seconds off its quarter-mile time.


The LS3 Camaro in the video is a stroker with 416 cubic inch engine – or 6.8-liters for those of you in the commonwealth and elsewhere. It also has a nitrous kit and a number of other upgrades, giving it an untold amount of power and an absolutely demonic idle and exhaust note. If you can believe it, this Camaro is still street legal, R.P.M. says, although we’re sure the owner’s neighbors (nor the police) appreciate the his insanely loud V8 race car.

This Camaro has won a handful of NMCA races as well, so it doesn’t just sound good – it can race, too. We’d love to see this wild, mean-sounding Camaro in action, but for now, you can check it out in the video above. Oh yeah, you’ll want to plug your headphones in for this one. What. A. Noise.

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Last day for GM Employee Pricing

Today is the last day for GM Employee pricing on many of our most popular Chevrolet models.

Last day for GM Employee Pricing

Not only do you receive a super-low GM Employee price, we are giving you a generous discount you can use ON TOP OFF other incentives. But, all that ends today at 9 pm.

Available on 2018 models and 2019 Equinox, Traverse, Colorado and Silverado 1500 LD, excluding select base trims. Not available with fleet sales and some other offers. Dealer fees are extra and will vary. You must take delivery by 1.2.19 to take advantage of GM Employee Pricing.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox, 2019 Silverado and 2019 Traverse are currently our best sellesr and all are offering Gm Employee pricing. That’s amazing savings for our clients!

Don’t hesitate to stop by and visit our showroom. After all, it doesn’t cost anything to look. Sales is open from 9 am to 9 pm and we are looking forward to serving you.

Happy New Year from Ron Westphal Chevrolet

Happy New Year from all of us at Ron Westphal Chevrolet

We would like to thank all our clients for helping us continue to grow.

We are looking forward to serving you in 2019 and beyond.

All departments will be closed on New Year’s Day. Normal hours resume on January 2nd, 2019.

Supercharge Your Collection With This Lego Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

lego corvette zr-1Lego finally shows some love for red-blooded American high performance.

There’s two kinds of car enthusiasts: those that still enjoy playing with Lego, and liars. Lego’s newest Technic kit is sure to garner interest from both parties. Following a successful run of European performance cars from the likes of Bugatti, Ferrari, and Porsche, Lego is now bringing things stateside with a Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 kit.

While not as large or complex as some of its other car kits, Lego’s Corvette ZR-1 comes in at just $49.99, considerably cheaper than the Porsche 911 GT3 kit ($299.99) and the Bugatti Chiron kit ($349.99). Just like in real life, the Corvette my be simple compared to its peers, but it gives its European counterparts a run for their corvette zr-1 in the box

The Lego Corvette ZR-1 still has awesome features that will endear it to enthusiasts, like working steering and a V-8 with pistons that move. Interestingly enough, the Lego Corvette ZR-1 has a feature not shared with its larger Porsche and Bugatti siblings: an alternate set of instructions. Per a press release, the Corvette ZR-1 kit will include an additional set of instructions to build a classic hot rod.

lego hot rod

The hot rod build actually looks pretty neat, considering that it only uses the pieces that came in the box to build a modern Corvette. For the price, we might be persuaded to pick up two. We’ll have to wait just a little bit longer, though, as the Lego Corvette ZR-1 won’t be available to order on Lego’s website until New Year’s Day. What a great way to start 2019.Source: Supercharge Your Collection With This Lego Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

Get Your Game On In Future GM Vehicles

The GM Innovation Group is a 2-year-old R&D unit where the mission is to re-imagine transportation with an eye 10 years down the road but sharply focused on fattening the bottom line.

WARREN, MI – Perhaps out of fear of backlash from regulators and consumer groups, automakers generally have trod lightly over the outlandish idea of taking a nap or working on a laptop in an automated vehicle.

But in a demonstration of its confidence in autonomous technology and quite likely with the hopes of convincing investors it is remaking its business model for the future, General Motors shows off a few crazy ideas of its own such as playing video games on the commute home from work, sitting campfire-style with friends on the way out for the evening and even reclining in a seat BarcaLounger-style to catch a few winks.

Those ideas come from the GM Innovation Group, a 2-year-old unit occupying a tiny corner of the automaker’s sprawling R&D center here, where the mission is to re-imagine transportation with an eye 10 years down the road but also sharply focus on fattening company profitability.

“What we do here is very deliberate, very intentional and we can pivot quickly,” says Nate Fitzpatrick, who leads the team.

The GM Innovation Group oftentimes works with mature companies similar to GM, such as Exxon and Microsoft, to learn non-automotive approaches to innovation.

But the group itself operates with a startup mentality, Fitzpatrick says, and employs a tactical development process. Speed is the word, he adds, and there is no fear of dismantling even the most promising idea if it does not make a business case.

Fitzpatrick says the group also is guided by GM’s vision for zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra outlined the strategy last year, and it is underpinned by the launch of 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023. GM wants to sell 1 million all-electric vehicles by 2026 and believes someday all its cars and trucks will be electric.

The genesis of the EV offensive began at the GM Innovation Group with its engineers and scientists brainstorming how to improve the ownership experience. Their focus is across 10 technical domains ranging from electrification to materials science and infotainment to safety.

Other ideas to germinate within the group include a campfire-seating arrangement, where occupants of an AV face each other for conversation rather than sitting in rows. A skeletal buck of the idea shown during a tour of the group’s offices was put together in one of the three wood and metal shops at its disposal.

“Be lean, and get to the crux of something quickly,” Fitzpatrick preaches.

The GM Innovation Group also brought to life the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, an extreme off-road-capable fuel-cell electric vehicle based on the popular midsize pickup’s platform and undergoing field testing by the U.S. Army. It went from a sketch to the military in 20 weeks via cross-collaboration with other GM functions such as design and engineering.

SURUS, or Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, also came from the GM Innovation Group. Unveiled last year alongside GM’s zero-emissions plan, SURUS is a fuel-cell-powered, four-wheel-steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that’s driven by two electric motors.

SURUS has other emissions-free industrial possibilities, too, such as moving intermodal shipping boxes around dockyards or as the basis for an emergency services vehicle.

The innovation group also researches alternative materials and manufacturing and is home to a newly announced collaboration between GM and software specialist Autodesk using generative design techniques to lighten future vehicles.

A mixed-reality section of the group examines future infotainment, including the possibility of bringing video games to an AV. A demonstration here projects the game onto the windshield of a Cadillac XT5 CUV.

Fitzpatrick says GM executed the gaming idea because 59% of Americans play video games and 44% of U.S. homes have at least one dedicated game console. It also is a $36 billion business, according to the Entertainment Software Assn.

“Instead of layering entertainment over the car, why not layer the car over infotainment?” Fitzpatrick offers.

The final component of GM Innovation Group is Studio Y, an incubator for ideas from across the organization. It is a space where employees can work out their innovations, pitch promising ones to executives and perhaps win seed money to grow their project into a working prototype.

Studio Y also is home to iHub, which provides professional guidance and resources to incubating an idea, and gave legs to an annual 3-month, GM-wide innovation challenge called SYNAPSE. A Shark Tank-like challenge, teams of innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs within the company worked together on an idea before pitching it to senior leadership including Barra.

Studio Y and SYNAPSE helped put several employee ideas on the road to production. GM plans to reveal the innovations later.

“The power of this group is its alignment, from the grass roots all the way up to the CEO,” Fitzpatrick says.


GM Director of Additive Manufacturing and Generative Design Kevin Quinn (right) shows Amend 3-D printed, proof-of-concept seat bracket.

GM Director of Additive Manufacturing and Generative Design Kevin Quinn (right) shows Amend 3-D printed, proof-of-concept seat bracket.

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GM Employee Pricing. Is that a real thing?

GM Employee Pricing.  Is that a real thing?

In short, yes.  It is a real thing.  In fact, it’s a real good thing for both consumers and dealers.

During the GM Employee pricing for everyone sale offered in December 2018, consumers can purchase many new Chevrolet models at or below GM Employee pricing.  In the past dealers were not allowed to sell below GM Employee pricing.  Those limitations have been lifted for this December’s sale, allowing dealers to sell well below GM Employee price.

Many dealers stick to the GM Employee price and won’t dip below, but at Ron Westphal Chevrolet we are going the extra mile and taking additional discounts off the already low GM Employee price.  These are definitely the best values of 2018.  Feel free to shop online or call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 for details.   We are known for our honest, up-front answers and complete transparency.  

GM Employee Pricing available at Ron Westphal Chevrolet

What’s in it for the dealer?

While the dealer may not make as much money per vehicle, the hope is they sell more vehicles than usual.  So, in the end the dealership still makes a nice profit.

What if I’m a real GM or Dealer Employee?

Don’t worry.  In addition to receiving the GM Employee price, GM is giving you additional cash back if you are a true GM Employee.

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Chevy Tahoe With 62 Speakers

Chevy Tahoe With 62 Speakers This custom Tahoe has a complete overhaul to carry 62 speakers capable of producing a deafening 160 decibels.

Not only is it loud, this Tahoe has images of the Joker all over the interior and exterior, too.

Jay Jones, who goes by the nickname Joka, has one loudest rides on the road both in terms of its styling and the sound that this machine can make. His 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe features vibrant green paint, Joker-themed accents, and 62 speakers throughout the cabin that can really get a party bumping.

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Joka didn’t just slap the dozens of speakers in basic enclosures and hit the road. The ones in the back and in the door panels feature LED-laden, infinity-effect surrounds that make them appear to go on forever. Flashing lights only add to the mesmerizing effect.

Joka just needs to twist the head of a Joker figure to boost the bass. He says the whole sound system can produce upwards of 160 decibels, and the video shows that it’s capable of making a woman’s hair go crazy if she sits inside when things are thumping. For reference, this volume is akin to standing next to a jet at takeoff and can be enough to cause someone’s eardrum to burst.

Even without the killer sound system, Joka’s Tahoe would still be a sight to see on the road. It features a ghost-effect image of the Joker on the rear hatch and matching pinstripes adorn the rest of the SUV. The machine rides on a set of 30-inch wheels, and a strip of LEDs around the brake discs adds even more color to the ostentatious rig.

On the inside, a massive, custom screen is on the center stack, and its default display shows a cartoon Joker running. The stereo equalizer incorporates into the LED-lit console and displays Pac-Man chasing ghosts when not in use.

Even if such a wild ride is too showy for your personal style, the clip shows that people get a kick out of seeing Joka’s thumping Tahoe at car shows.

Source: Chevy Tahoe With 62 Speakers Is Your Neighbor’s Worst Nightmare