Here’s Proof a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Can Hold Its Own Against a Mercedes-AMG GT R

Corvette Z06 versus Mercedes

In case you haven’t heard, sinkholes aren’t the only threat to the Chevrolet Corvette. Sales of the quintessentially American sports car have dwindled recently, leaving some to wonder whether the ‘Vette was headed towards its own extinction level event. That’s probably not going to happen, but it remains true that the C7-generation Corvette is criminally under-appreciated—especially considering how it can stack up against—and even defeat—some of the finest supercars Europe can offer.

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All right, so half of you reading this are rolling your eyes, while the other half are cheering “hell yeah” and high-fiving a bald eagle drinking a Bud Light. But don’t take it from us—instead, check out this head-to-head battle between an $80,000 Chevy Corvette Z06 and a $160,000 Mercedes-AMG GT R staged by Sport Auto on a racetrack in France. Spoiler alert: The Corvette Z06 punches far above its price point.

Despite one costing twice as much as the other, the two have more in common than one might think at first. They’re both two-seat sports cars with big engines sending power to the rear wheels. The AMG is obviously a little fancier and features a dual-clutch transmission and active rear steering, but the 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 (650 hp, 650 lb-ft of torque) in the Z06 is actually more powerful than the smaller twin-turbo V-8 (577 hp, 520 lb-ft) in the Mercedes.

Riding on identical Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires, the two squared off in damp conditions on a track called the Ring of the Rhine in France. In the end, the Corvette actually came out on top by two-tenths of a second with a blistering 0:58.12 flying lap, despite the driver having to wrangle its old-school seven-speed manual transmission. Even more impressively, the ‘Vette is just six-tenths of a second off the time set by a Lamborghini Huracan Performanteon the same track.

There’s just one caveat. In an identical test between the Mercedes and Chevrolet conducted by Sport Auto last year at the Hockenheimring in Germany, the AMG came out on top. So while there’s some variance in the result depending on the track, one thing’s for sure: The Corvette is still one of the better performance deals out there.

One is half the price of the other—and just as quick around a track.

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Jeep ad upsets conservationists

The head of one of the nation’s largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler Super Bowl ads “glorified” the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill seekers.

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It’s the second time ads by the automaker have drawn complaints since the Feb. 4 game.

Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood said Wednesday one ad gave the impression that a Jeep Cherokee was splashing down the middle of a wild stream bed.

Fiat Chrysler is defending the ads but says there are no plans to run them again. It says one spot was shot on a flooded county road and another in a man-made lake with a man-made waterfall on private land.

Wood said many of his group’s 300,000 members and supporters own Jeeps, but the images were upsetting.

“Fish are tough and resilient critters, but they don’t do well with several-thousand-pound vehicles driving over their spawning grounds, tearing up the gravel where they lay eggs,” he said. “Why someone would want to put out the idea that you should buy a Jeep so you could drive it up a creek is incomprehensible to me.”

The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the ad flap last week. Pam Harrington, Trout Unlimited’s Nevada field coordinator, told the newspaper she was upset because she’s worked with ATV clubs in Idaho repairing damage caused by irresponsible drivers.

Stream habitat improvements are part of the decades-long efforts to protect endangered salmon in the Pacific Northwest, where research shows river-bank disturbances and sedimentation chokes off fish eggs.

Wood said he didn’t learn until this week that much of his membership was upset over the Jeep ads. He said he’d already written a personal letter of complaint Feb. 6 to Fiat Chrysler CEO and chairman Sergio Marchionne after Wood’s son noticed the ad during the game.

Diane Morgan, FCA’s head of marketing communication, didn’t identify where the ad was shot on the county road that “experiences seasonable runoff” but said the other was on private land in the southwest United States.

The automaker came under fire last week for another Super Bowl ad featuring a Ram pickup set against audio of “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago.

The 60-second spot included images of the truck with people helping others and hugging loved ones. Critics said it omitted King’s words in the same speech guarding against advertisers exploiting consumers, including: “In order to make your neighbors envious you must drive this type of car.”

A company spokeswoman said that ad “was selling the message of serving in your community.”

Wood said FCA apparently “got some bad marketing advice” on the Jeep campaign. He said there are plans to connect with a Jeep branch representative for a “broader conversation.”

“Hopefully something good will come of this and we can begin a dialogue with Jeep to promote smart use of off-road vehicles as well as conservation of natural resources,” Wood said.

The head of one of the nation’s largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler Super Bowl ads “glorified” the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill seekers.

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Did you know GM has a plant in South Korea?

GM has a plant in South KoreaThe GM Bupyeong facility, sometimes referred to as the Bupyeong Complex, is located in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, Korea (South Korea).

General Motors Bupyeong Plant

Did you know GM has a plant in South Korea?  Seeing as the Olympics are going on in South Korea right now, maybe you would be interested to know the GM Bupyeong facility, sometimes referred to as the Bupyeong Complex, is located in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, Korea (South Korea). It serves as the headquarters and R&D Center of GM Korea and currently produces various Chevrolet, Buick, Opel and Vauxhall vehicles as well as Propulsion Systems.

  • Year opened:
    • Vehicle assembly: 1962
    • Propulsion system assembly: 1971
  • Phone: + 82-080-3000-5000
  • Complex facilities:
    • Propulsion Systems assembly
    • Vehicle assembly plant (2 plants)
    • Knock-Down (KD) vehicle assembly plant
    • Corporate offices
    • Research and Development Center
  • Production shifts: TBD


The Bupyeong facility is a living piece of Korea’s automotive history, as the plant was the first modern automotive factory in the country. It produced the world’s seventh diesel passenger car in 1985.


The Bupyeong plant currently produces the following vehicles and Propulsion Systems:

  • Vehicles:
    • Chevrolet Aveo
    • Chevrolet Trax
    • Chevrolet Malibu
    • Chevrolet Captiva
    • Buick Encore
    • Opel Mokka
    • Vauxhall Mokka
  • Propulsion Systems:
    • Engines
    • Transmissions
  • Knock-down kits:
    • Produces Knock-Down (KD) kit for export into various global markets

GM has a plant in South Korea assembly line

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January Cruze sales down 45 percent

Cruze sales in JanuaryThe new year did not change the shift consumer preference.


The new year did not change the shift in consumer preference.

“This is a global phenomena,” said Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist for Cox Automotive. “Consumers love crossovers and aren’t interested in cars anymore.”

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The Chevrolet Cruze, a compact car built at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Complex, saw a 45.5 percent drop in sales down to 9,245 from 17,278 sold in January 2017, GM said Thursday.

A hatchback version of the Cruze built in Mexico had 1,433 sales in January 2018, down from 2,671 sales in January 2017.

Cruze production at the Lordstown plant is down today because of an unspecified supplier issue. Production will resume Monday.

General Motors reported a 20 percent year-over-year gain in the crossover segment in January and a 7 percent increase in truck deliveries.

Before advancements in fuel technology, consumers’ concerns over gas prices led them to buy cars.

“There’s really no savings to be had [now],” Chesbrough said.

The road will remain tough for cars, he said.

“I don’t see them coming back anytime soon,” he said.

What also affects Cruze sales is GM’s move to pull back on fleet sales, said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for Autotrader.

In total, GM sold 198,548 vehicles in January, up more than 1 percent year over year.

Chevrolet crossover sales were up 40 percent. The all-new Equinox and Traverse, and the Trax and Bolt EV, all posted their best-ever January sales, the automaker noted.

While the strength of the economy has benefitted the industry, the expected rise in interest rates will result in higher interest rates on auto loans, Chesbrough said. But the increase in take-home pay from the tax reform should benefit the industry.

“The expectation is that consumers this week will start to see more money in their take-home pay [and] in theory that will be a big plus for the economy because people will have more spending money,” Chesbrough said. “Whether it will be a home run for everybody, we don’t know.”

Ford posted January U.S. sales of 161,143, down 6.6 percent from the previous year.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC reported January sales of 132,803 vehicles, a 13 percent decrease compared with sales in January 2017.

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. reported January sales of 104,542 Honda and Acura vehicles, a decrease of 1.7 percent.

Toyota Motor North America reported January 2018 sales of 167,056 vehicles, an increase of 16.8 percent.

There were 25 sales days in January 2018 and 24 sales days in January 2017.

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Source: January Cruze sales down 45 percent |

Chevy Trax Sales Numbers January 2018

Chevy Trax sales numbers for January 2018
Chevrolet Trax sales numbers for January are impressive!

The Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover. It slots below the Equinox as Chevrolet’s smallest CUV and rides on the GM Gamma 2 platform shared with the Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo and Buick Encore. The model was Chevrolet’s first offering in the subcompact (B segment) crossover space and the second (after the Nissan Juke) to launch in its segment in the U.S. market.

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Having launched for the 2015 model year in the U.S., the Trax received a refresh for the 2017 model year that consisted of all-new front and rear fascias, the replacement of the LTZ trim by the new range-topping Premier model, revised interior, a new infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and more. The 2018 Chevy Trax represents the fourth model year of the first-generation Trax and receives several changes including three new exterior colors, a new Trax Redline Edition model, and several equipment-level changes.

Chevy Trax sales numbers for January 2018 rear Trax viewThe Trax is built at two assembly plants — the GM Bupyeong factory operated by GM Korea and the GM San Luis Potosi factory operated by GM Mexico. The vehicle is called the Chevrolet Tracker in some markets, including South America and Russia.

Read more: Chevy Trax Sales Numbers January 2018 | GM Authority

Take delivery of a new Chevy this Valentines Day

Take delivery of a new Chevy this Valentines DayWhy not take delivery of a new Chevy this Valentines Day?  After all, what’s better than a presenting a sweet, new ride to your better half on the most romantic day of the year?

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Get 3 Years of Onstar Connectivity at No Cost

Get 3 Years of Connectivity at No Cost

Get 3 Years of Onstar Connectivity at No Cost

If you drive an eligible 2011 or newer pre-owned vehicle equipped with OnStar, you can get 3 years of connectivity to:

  • Select features of the vehicle mobile app through OnStar Remote Access: Remotely start your vehicle (if factory installed), send a destination to your in-vehicle navigation screen, and lock or unlock your doors — all from your smartphone. Not just near your vehicle, but anywhere you have a wireless connection.
  • Advanced Diagnostics: Every month, your vehicle can run a check of your engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more and email you the results in your Diagnostics Report. You can relax knowing your vehicle is checking up on itself and updating you on a regular basis. Plus, Diagnostic Alerts help take the guesswork out of day-to-day vehicle maintenance by informing you of any immediate vehicle issues.
  • Dealer Maintenance Notification: Is it time for an oil change? A 60,000-mile checkup? You’ll always know because OnStar will email your vehicle Diagnostics Report to your dealer or preferred service professional, and the dealer will contact you to set up a service appointment.

You’ll receive a 3-month trial of all OnStar services when you push your blue button. After your trial ends, Emergency, Security and Navigation services are available with a paid service plan.

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