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People looking to boycott Nike-owned companies may want to avoid Converse and Hurley products, but no need to trade-in your Chevrolet vehicle.
In September 2018, many social media users joined in calling for a boycott against Nike after the sports apparel company featured controversial former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a new commercial. As images and videos purportedly showing these protesters burning Nike apparel started to circulate on the internet, a message suggesting that these individuals also get rid of their Chevrolet vehicles — because Nike ostensibly owned that automobile manufacturer — went viral on Facebook:
This simply isn’t true: Nike does not own Chevrolet.
Nike is one of the largest apparel businesses in the world, and over the years they have acquired a number of related companies, such as Converse and Hurley. However, Nike does not own any car companies, let alone Chevrolet. Chevrolet has been a division of the American automobile manufacturer General Motors for about a century now.
The claim that Nike owns Chevrolet was made up out of whole cloth in order to “troll” the individuals who were boycotting Nike over their sponsorship deal with Colin Kaepernick. A similar jape was circulated around the same time which claimed that Ford USA had “followed Nike’s lead” and hired Kaepernick to star in their new ad campaign, but that rumor was also merely a joke aimed at mocking contemporary protests against Nike.
This open-air Chevy gives new meaning to the pre-wedding party phrase “Take your top off.”
Base Price (Price as Tested): $69,495 ($92,605)
Powertrain: 6.2-liter V-8, 460 horsepower, 465 pound-feet; eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission; rear-wheel-drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 15 mpg city, 25 mpg highway
0-60 MPH: 3.6 seconds (manufacturer claim)
Max Speed the Top Can Be Dropped At: 30 mph
Quick Take: This sporty and aggressive-while-topless ‘Vette splits the difference between performance and price point, and it’s perfect for a weekend getaway car.
One Big Question: Corvette owners and drivers often suffer titles like Douchebag, Eternal Bachelor, or Midlife Crisis Guy (or all of the above). So, what does it say about you if you’re driving a new Corvette Grand Sport—and you happen to be a female celebrating a combined bachelorette party with your future wife?
When I asked our fleet manager to help me come up with the perfect car for my bachelorette party weekend—which I was planning to share with my fiancée for a co-ed, multi-friend-group, celebratory mash-up—he suggested an unorthodox ride for an unorthodox party. You can easily picture a bachelordriving a $92,000 Grand Sport to his party, but what about a bachelorette? I like to play with boundaries of all kinds, so I quickly agreed.
Then I let Future Wife know we’d need to ask someone else to drive our dog home from the party.
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My long weekend with this shimmering Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic rocket was my first experience piloting a Corvette. (It’s also my first time getting married, for the record.) When I slid into what can only be described as a cockpit, with the all controls angled toward the driver, I giggled. I revved the beastly V-8 engine, testing out the Grand Sport’s lungs, knowing full well I’d be turning heads my whole time with this vehicle.
I also knew my fiancée might hate it.
Corvettes are an anomaly in the automotive world—cars seemingly without true, direct competitors. You could ostensibly put the Grand Sport Convertible against a Porsche 718 Boxster S, or the 911 Carrera, but they offer very different vibes and personalities. But importantly, performance isn’t lacking in the Grand Sport Convertible, and neither is the truly American flair. If a strong bit of showiness is what you’re seeking, then the Grand Sport Convertible is a fantastic option for a weekend growl machine.
The Corvette Grand Sport Convertible is a visual showstopper that makes the case for Goldilocks power matched with good handling and strong brakes—a case not made as often as you might think, considering we’re living in an age of “horsepower whores.” It’s also still a performance car built to be fairly attainable, considering what it is—one of its most attractive assets. American dreams, and all that jazz.
So, what message did I send cruising to and from my bachelorette getaway in a drop-top Grand Sport? I’d say it said, I was a tiny bit ostentatious…but always up fo a good time. And I can live with that. I’m just not sure I could actually live with this car.
But if anyone’s offering me one for free, I’ll test that theory.
As I exit a corner with my foot nailed to the floor and all the nannies switched off, I can’t help but mutter to myself, “So much grip.” The new 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE oozes it.
As I exit a corner with my foot nailed to the floor and all the nannies switched off, I can’t help but mutter to myself, “So much grip.” The new 2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE oozes it. The car combines the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and the wizardry of the famed 1LE Performance package, which is a thing of beauty, even with the least powerful engine option. The ZL1, SS, and V-6 have had their turn; now it’s time for the base engine to get the track treatment.
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Producing 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, the Turbo 1LE isn’t a straight-line speed brute, though Chevrolet claims a pretty quick 5.4-second 0-60 run. Instead, it shines in the corners. During my time in our former long-term 2016 Camaro SS, power oversteer was a worry when pushing the V-8 version hard through corners. But this isn’t the case with the Turbo 1LE. I found myself eagerly applying full throttle exiting corners, not fearing the worst. If I’d driven the SS that way, the ditch on the side of the road would’ve been my next stop. You might miss the power of a larger engine on a straight stretch of road, but the coupe makes that up with impressive cornering control. Three sports cars with “low” power outputs and superior cornering capability come to mind: the Mazda Miata, Subaru BRZ, and Toyota 86. But the Camaro is quicker and more powerful than those three and has a lower starting price than their top trims. If you’re curious, the above SS hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and produces 455 hp from its 6.2-liter V-8.
The $4,500 1LE package (available on all LT trims) gets you Camaro SS suspension components, including larger-diameter front and rear stabilizer bars, uniquely tuned dampers, stiffer rear cradle bushings, and upgraded rear toe links designed to improve lateral stiffness. The goodies continue with lightweight 20-inch forged aluminum wheels shod in Goodyear Eagle F1 Run Flat summer tires (245/40R20 front, 275/35R20 rear), a mechanical limited-slip differential, track cooling package (engine oil, differential, and transmission coolers), short-throw shifter, dual-mode exhaust system, an upgraded fuel system borrowed from the SS (for high-load cornering), and Touring, Sport, and Track drive modes. If that’s not enough, Competition mode enables launch control and displays performance instrument readouts and shift lights. Recaro seats, a suede-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, and a suede-covered gear shifter are extra. Outside, you won’t find “Turbo” or “1LE” badging. Instead, the hood, front splitter, and three-piece spoiler are wrapped in satin black, distinguishing the Turbo 1LE from other, less track-focused Camaros.
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The facelifted 2019 Chevrolet Camaro has certainly been controversial thanks to its polarizing styling. We also recently learned that some trims are less efficient than the outgoing model. It’s not all bad news, however, because the 2019 Camaro will be cheaper than last year’s model.
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Autoblog has discovered the online configurator for the updated Camaro has gone live. There are no photos of all the different options yet, but the pricing is plain to see. At the bottom of the range, the turbocharged four-cylinder 2019 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT has an MSRP of $26,495, including the $995 destination. That makes it $405 cheaper than last year’s base model, the Camaro 1LS.
Opting for the Convertible version adds another $6,000, but it’s still $405 less than the 2018 Camaro Convertible 1LS. Oddly, the 1LS trim is still listed, but the configurator says “See dealer for pricing” when selecting this option. Autoblog speculates the 1LS could be a special-order trim for fleets since there’s only one wheel design available and it can’t be equipped with an automatic.
New to this year’s range is the 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE, which isn’t listed in the configurator but Chevrolet has announced it starts at $30,995. The 2019 Camaro V6 also now starts at $27,990, which is $405 less than the 2018 version. Adding the 1LE package adds $4,500 to the price, and selecting a convertible adds $6,000.
Chevrolet has renewed its longstanding relationship as the “Official Truck of NHRA.” Since 2014, Chevrolet has provided the Silverado trucks and Suburban vehicles utilized by the Safety Safari presented by AAA
Since 2014, Chevrolet has provided the Silverado trucks and Suburban vehicles utilized by the Safety Safari presented by AAA that are necessary at each of the 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events to provide emergency response and track preparation. The dependability and capability of Chevrolet trucks are imperative to this legendary safety group as they perform their trackside duties.
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“The Chevrolet products NHRA uses during race weekends allow the NHRA Safety Safari to do their jobs with flawless precision at each event,” said Graham Light, senior vice president of racing operations for NHRA. “Their continued support of NHRA and the durability of the vehicles is invaluable to our racers.”
The Safety Safari, the first full-time team devoted to safety in North American Motorsports, is known as the finest in racing. The Chevrolet vehicles are a major component of the group’s success as they perform their trackside duties at any given moment.
“Chevrolet is proud to be the ‘Official Truck of NHRA’ said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “This partnership lets us connect with NHRA fans and racers to showcase Silverado and Colorado, from the family of the most dependable, longest-last pickups, as well as Suburban which, along with Tahoe, have been the best-selling full-size SUVs for the past 43 consecutive years.”
NHRA will provide Chevrolet with recognition in National DRAGSTER as well as on NHRA.com, in addition to fan engagement opportunities and brand presence at all NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.
Chevrolet also has a presence with the sport of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing as the Chevrolet Camaro brand is represented in the Funny Car ranks as John Force, his daughter Courtney and 2017 Funny Car world champion Robert Hight race their 10,000 horsepower vehicles at events across the country. Bo Butner, the 2017 Pro Stock world champion, is one of many Pro Stock racers who compete in a Chevrolet Camaro.
The 2019 Chevy Silverado Power Tailgate is finally here!
This awesome power tailgate has an electric motor and gear reduction in the bottom of the tailgate (replaces a torsion bar) and a pair of power-assist closure latches similar to Corvette doors closed once you close them.
There are 4 easy ways to use this new feature.
And yes, it IS still possible to remove the tailgate. Just unplug the power and camera connection near the middle of the base of the tailgate, then undo a retaining bolt at the right-side pivot (the motor reacts against this solid mount when raising and lowering the gate). The left side is a free rotating pivot. The change to aluminum for the tailgate saves way more weight than the motor and power latches add back in, so you’ll have an easier time manhandling this gate off and on. Loads on the tailgate are carried by the same cable straps you find on any pickup.
In addition there are safety features that won’t allow the tailgate to shut if fingers etc. are in the the way, or if items are resting on the tailgate.
The full power tailgate will be standard on High Country models and optional on LTZ models.
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At first glance, it might appear as though the 2018 Chevy Silverado vs. 2018 Nissan Titan have much in common. Unfortunately, critics and testers of these newer vehicles found out otherwise. The Titan attempts to strike a balance between luxury and heavy-duty, however, it misses the mark. Critics gave the Titan an overall rating of 2.5 stars which falls way below the 4.5 Silverado rating.
Critics consider the body of the Titan to be too bulky. It seems Nissan engineers were trying too hard to make it look “beefy.” So, even though it might appear powerful, performance levels are lacking and inferior, which might leave the customer feeling as though they were duped by a bait and switch.
Compared to the Silverado’s engines, the Titan’s Cummins V-8 diesel operates crudely. Certainly, the 2018 Nissan Titan has a few selling points with the cargo bed options and comfortable seating. But while still lacking in powertrain, towing capability and infotainment, a comfortable cabin barely makes up for it.
That’s what makes the 2018 Chevy Silverado a better choice for a pickup truck. The towing capacity is still unmatched by its competitors, and critics prefer the Duramax diesel engine combined with its Allison transmission to the Cummins V-8.
Put to the test, the 2018 Silverado seems to win out over the Nissan Titan on every count. Some ratings for the Nissan Titan are 2-3 stars less, and the safety and crash test ratings do not even exist. Between the two, the 2018 Silverado is by far the better choice to make, but you be the judge!
With an overall interior rating of 3 stars, it’s already not looking good for the Titan, even though the interior and cargo room are supposed to be its selling points. The most exciting things Nissan has to offer are its standard Zero Gravity seats, which look unique and stand out amongst a boring plastic interior. Critics do like the appearance of the new Midnight Edition package, saying it looks nice paired with the black and charcoal color scheme.
There is cargo room, but critics say the back seating is still lacking in space. Cargo space gets an overall rating of 4 stars from critics, which is the highest rating the Titan will see. This is due to its low lift-over height, and interior storage space which is useful but still identical to the Silverado when it comes to available cubby space.
The Silverado saw a 4-star rating, so it’s already ahead of the game. The interior is both spacious and functional, and space around the seats both in front and in back is substantial. It also has two bed lengths: the 6.6-foot and 8.0-foot which is great for extra cargo room beyond what the interior has to offer. The interior has more than enough space, both under and behind seats as well as a huge console, and gigantic door pockets.
Titan also only racks up 3 stars in infotainment. That’s not great. Silverado scored a 5-star rating among critics, by comparison. Though responsive, NissanConnect is not everyone’s favorite display. It’s also incompatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The NissanConnect touchscreen display is 7.0-inches, same as Silverado. And though easy to navigate, the menus are not as comprehensive as the Silverado. The screen also washes out when hit with direct sunlight.
It might even seem silly to compare the two since Silverado received a 5-star infotainment rating. That rating is mostly due to 3 things: response times, compatibility, and connectivity. It should go without saying that the Silverado is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and has all the volts, and USB ports car buyers are looking for. Critics by far prefer Silverado’s 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen due to its visibility and interactivity, that and its intuitive menu.
The 2018 Nissan Titan scored one of the lowest ratings in its class, 2.5 stars, for its engine and transmission rating. Critics prefer the Titan’s V-8 gas engine paired with the 7-speed automatic transmission to the Cummins diesel, which they consider unrefined. Though they prefer the V-8, it only gets up to 390 hp. Still, the Cummins diesel gets only 310 hp, which is more than 100 hp less than what the Silverado diesel gets, and it’s noisy too!
Getting up to 445 horsepower with 910 lb-ft of torque, with its diesel engine, it’s no surprise that the 2018 Silverado gets a 4.5-star rating from critics. Critics are pleased with all of the revisions that Silverado made to its engines, making the components more refined, more capable, and even less noisy. Once again, Silverado engineers achieve the necessary enhancements that truck enthusiasts want in a top-of-the-class work vehicle. It also manages to beat out the Nissan Titan in fuel economy.
One of the reasons that Silverado was able to beat out the Titan in fuel economy is because the Titan hasn’t even been tested. Since the Titan qualifies as a heavy-duty vehicle, the EPA is not required to test its fuel economy. In fact, the EPA made an exception and tested the Silverado based on the fact that its diesel engine was more refined than the competition. Suffice it to say, even the Titan’s optional diesel engine wasn’t compelling enough to warrant exception, and critics don’t have much hope for it scoring high with real-world economy numbers.
So once again the Silverado beats the competition with another 4.5-star rating. To be fair, most other vehicles in its class have not been tested, and so, of course, it would have the highest rating. However, against prospective fuel economy numbers of other models, the Silverado still scored surprisingly high with a 19 mpg highway rating that is at least 2 points higher than what was expected. It’s clear that Silverado has bested the competition and has blown the Nissan Titan completely out of the water.
Although the 2018 Chevy Silverado seems to outshine the 2018 Nissan Titan in several categories, ultimately it is up to you to decide which vehicle works best for you. To make your final decision, visit your local dealerships and see these pickup trucks in person.