2019 Chevrolet Corvette Will Enter Production on January 29, 2018, Report Says – The Drive

chevrolet corvette will enter productionNew report claims the 2019 Corvette starts rolling off the line that date. But will that be the all-new model?

The next generation of ‘Vettes may be arriving sooner than we thought. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, the 2019 model year version of the Chevrolet Corvette will enter production at the sports car’s Kentucky factory on January 29th, 2018.

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The news came tucked away deep in a longer story regarding the Bowling Green factory’s imminent November 6th reopening, after a multi-month reset designed to retool the plant to build new models. The facility will go back to cranking out 2018 Corvettes for two and a half months until concluding that run on January 22nd, according to the paper, at which point the GM plant will begin the process of switching over to the new model.

The million-dollar question, though, is just what that 2019 Chevy Corvette will look like. The eventual arrival of a mid-engined Corvette is pretty much the worst-kept secret in the automotive universe these days, but it’s entirely unclear just when said mid-engined ‘Vette will make its grand entrance—especially seeing as how General Motors also presumably needs to roll out the C7-based Corvette ZR1 before the new eighth-generation sports car arrives.  (Also unclear: Just where the new DOHC V-8 confirmed for the 2018 Corvette by internal GM paperwork plays into these future plans.)

Regardless of what sort of car it’ll be, if correct, that January 29th date—coincidentally or not—means the 2019 Chevy Corvette will enter production immediately after the Detroit Auto Show wraps. Could that be a sign that GM has big plans to reveal something very, very fast at the next installment of the North American International Auto Show? Guess we’ll have to wait until 2018 to find out for sure.

Source: 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Will Enter Production on January 29, 2018, Report Says – The Drive

Mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette caught making a McDonald’s run

Mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette caught at McDonaldsThe next-generation Corvette is destined to do battle with exotic sports cars like McLarens, but first…McDonalds!

What is almost certainly a camouflaged prototype of the long rumored mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette was spotted pulling into the drive-through of a Michigan Mickey D’s, with two more and a current convertible Corvette parked in the lot nearby.

Despite the heavy cladding and dazzling wrap, the shape of the front of the vehicle exhibits the distinct style of a Corvette, while its long rear deck is a clear indication that its motor is in the middle.

 Mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet hasn’t even yet acknowledged that it is working on such a vehicle, so details are scarce. Speculation is that it will feature a lightweight chassis, however, and may reintroduce an overhead cam engine to the Corvette lineup, along with a hybrid powertrain.

As for when we’ll know for sure, with the prototypes looking nearly complete, a debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January is looking likely, and sales should follow in 2019.

Mid-engine Chevrolet CorvetteThe real mystery is: what were they doing at McDonald’s? Were they just hungry, or making sure a Big Mac could fit through the Corvette’s window?

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Chevrolet Is Running Low On Equinoxes 

Chevrolet Is Running Low On Equinoxes 
Chevrolet Is Running Low On Equinoxes 

1st Gear: The CAMI Assembly Strike Continues To Affect Chevy’s Precious Supply Of Chevy Equinoxes

The strike at the CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, has been going on for weeks now and Chevy is starting to feel the sting in the form of a diminishing stockpile of its popular SUV the Equinox.

From Automotive News:

Stockpiles of the Equinox, GM’s second-best-selling nameplate, are quickly drying up, despite the automaker’s attempts to ramp up Equinox production at two plants in Mexico to supplement Canadian output.

U.S. inventory dropped to 43,453 vehicles, or a 41-day supply, at the beginning of October, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Estimated inventory stood at an all-time high of 74,400 units, or a 66-day supply, in June.

“That’s going to be hard on Equinox to compete on such a limited quantity in such a hot segment,” said Edmunds analyst Jessica Caldwell.

Since the June peak, Equinox inventory has dropped on average about 10,300 units per month. If that pace continues, it would mark the lowest Equinox inventory level since 30,900 vehicles in August 2012.

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GM isn’t playing around this October.  They are serious about moving some iron.

Chevrolet October incentives are big.  Really big.  Like saving over $8,600 on select new 2018 Equinox in stock.  That’s unprecedented!

Financing is low.  Super low.  Like 0% apr x 72 months low.  And, it’s available on our most popular models like 2017 Silverado.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse | In-Depth Model Review | Car and Driver

Read our most comprehensive review of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse’s standard features, trim levels, and available options.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse In-Depth Model Review Overall Rating:

Based on size alone, the Traverse has always excelled at hauling both people and cargo. With its all-new-for-2018 redesign, Chevrolet addressed what might have been the Traverse’s biggest negative: its minivan-esque appearance. The new Traverse is square-jawed and trucklike and loses none of its usefulness in the makeover. It features a new and contemporary infotainment system, a more refined cabin, and available high-end goodies that push the big three-row crossover upmarket. Its V-6 engine proved to be both gutsy and fuel efficient in our testing. The Traverse’s suspension provides a compliant ride while maintaining its composure in corners. The second and third rows can accommodate adults comfortably, and there are plenty of cupholders and USB ports throughout the cabin. Unlike its predecessor, this latest-generation Traverse is more than just a minivan alternative.

HIGHS
Huge cargo capacity, excellent connectivity features, room for up to eight.
LOWS
Garage-hogging size, greatly obscured rear visibility, run-of-the-mill warranty coverage.
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Whether navigating the burbs or hitting the open road, the Traverse is a family-friendly hauler with a long list of talents.

What’s New for 2018?

Chevrolet has completely redesigned the Traverse for 2018—and not a moment too soon—with new, more masculine styling, modern connectivity technology, nicer interior materials, more efficient powertrains, and additional safety features. It has retained the previous generation’s mammoth size, interior spaciousness, and family friendliness, all the while reducing the big crossover’s weight.

Trims and Options We’d Choose

The $35,495 midrange Traverse LT is the best place to start, as it adds features such as 18-inch aluminum wheels, fog lights, roof rails, second-row captain’s chairs, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and more to the list of standard features. To this, we’d add the Convenience and Driver Confidence package for $1795, which includes:

• An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a 4.2-inch gauge-cluster information display
• Heated front seats
• Remote start
• Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
• Rear parking sensors and power rear liftgate

All in, our front-wheel-drive Traverse LT would roll out of the Chevrolet showroom at $37,290. All-wheel drive is available, but it adds about $2000 to $3800, depending on trim.

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What’s the financial break-even point for the Chevrolet Bolt and Volt?

Chevy Bolt and VoltWith today’s energy costs, recouping the initial price premium the Chevy Bolt EV carries over its hybrid Volt brethren will take quite a bit of time.

is the Bolt the best green vehicle in a Chevy portfolio that also includes the second-generation Volt hybrid? The answer to that question depends on a number of variables, but there’s no denying that the Volt also possesses strong green credentials with 53 miles of all-electric driving range. When factoring in the gas engine, a total range of up to 420 miles is possible, according to the EPA.

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Setting aside environmental factors, when it comes down purely to the dollars and cents, does the Volt or the Bolt make better financial sense?

Making up the difference

The technical advances in the Bolt are extraordinary, and the fact that Chevy is offering it at a base price of $37,495, which includes destination charges, seems reasonable. However, that’s still at a $3,400 premium over the Volt’s $34,095 MSRP. Since both cars qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit, buying Chevy’s full electric vehicle over the hybrid will still cost you $3,400 more in most states, but final transaction prices can vary wildly with dealer discounts or mark ups depending on location.

How long will it take you to recoup the additional investment in the Bolt? For the sake of simplicity, we will forgo taking into account maintenance costs, where the Bolt holds an upper hand over the Volt, as those will differ from dealer to dealer. Instead, we’ll focus on cost per mile deduced from EPA estimated figures.

Based on the EPA’s combined estimates, which factor in 45 percent highway and 55 percent city driving, the Volt costs 4.3 cents per mile to operate with today’s average $2.42 per gallon price of gas and 13 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity. In the Bolt’s case, 3.7 cents of electricity is required to travel one mile, meaning the full electric car saves you 0.6 cent per mile over the Volt.Chevy Bolt and Volt comparison chart

Taking that into account, the Bolt and Volt need to cover 566,667 miles before the $3,400 price premium is recouped with today’s energy prices. To put it another way, for folks who drive an average of 15,000 miles per year, the break-even point will take nearly 38 years to occur. After that, the energy cost savings is all gravy!

Chevy Bolt a stronger case in California

In states that offer tax incentives on electric and hybrid vehicles, the Bolt’s financial case can get a little more appealing. For example, in New York the Volt receives a $1,700 tax credit, while the Bolt gets a slightly more generous $2,000 incentive to bring the beginning cost difference to $3,100.

California helps the Bolt makes its strongest case against its gas/electric sibling with the EV getting a $2,500 incentive, while the hybrid only receives $1,500 to drop the initial price gulf to $2,400. Breaking even in the Golden State will take 400,000 miles, or about 27 years for those who drive 15,000 miles per year.

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Source: What’s the financial break-even point for the Chevrolet Bolt and Volt? – Roadshow

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R Race Car is Now For Sale

Chevrolet Camaro GT4.RThe public can now buy the race-ready Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R that features a race-bred, dry sump 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 small block.

A cool $259,000 is the starting price of the race-ready Camaro GT4.R, now available for sale to the public. Based on the Camaro ZL1 production car, the GT4.R is built to meet global GT4 regulations thanks to Chevrolet’s technical partner Pratt & Miller Engineering, who constructs and sells the race car.

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The two race teams that have purchased the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R have competed in and won races in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTS Drivers, Manufacturers, and Team championships and the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series.Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R now available to the general public

Chevrolet Racing developed and validated the Camaro GT4.R’s race-bred, dry-sump 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 engine that routes power through an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with a pneumatic paddle shifting and an Xtac Salisbury-type differential. The V-8 features direct fuel injection, a custom carbon fiber intake, a custom camshaft, a Motec data acquisition system, a customized Bosch Motorsport MS6 ECU, and can be tuned to up to 480 hp. Added to the ZL1’s body are wider front fenders, a hood extractor, aerodynamic side skirts, lightweight carbon fiber doors and front fascia, a custom GT4 spec carbon fiber rear spoiler, GT4 spec front dive planes, and a GT4 spec carbon fiber front splitter. Keeping the Camaro on the track are 18-inch Forgeline one-piece forged alloy wheels shod in 305 tires front and rear, Brembo Motorsport six-piston front brake calipers, Brembo four-piston rear calipers, custom adjustable front and rear antiroll bars, and two-way adjustable Ohlins TTX-46 thru-shaft front struts and TTX-36 rear dampers.

The Camaro GT4.R’s minimum weight is 3131 pounds and all aerodynamics have been developed and tested on a full-scale rolling road and wind tunnel.

Those lucky enough to afford the price of the Camaro GT4.R now have the chance to flog a real race car around their favorite race track, hopefully with a big smile on their face.

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Source: The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R Race Car is Now For Sale – Motor Trend

Chevrolet Equinox strike update

Chevrolet Equinox strike dashboard

The longer the Chevrolet Equinox strike at the Ontario, Canada, plant goes on, the more it will hurt sales of the Equinox

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DETROIT — Workers at General Motors’ assembly plant in Ontario, Canada, say they want a resolution to the contract impasse that has them on the picket line this week.

But GM also has an incentive to make this a short-term work stoppage — fickle car buyers.

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A long-term shutdown at the plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, could mean that consumers looking for a Chevrolet Equinox — one of GM’s hottest-selling vehicles — might not be able to get what they want. Workers in the Unifor union in Canada went on strike late Sunday after union and company negotiators failed to reach agreement on a new contract.

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Analysts predicted the situation would put pressure on General Motors.

“They build the Chevrolet Equinox at two other plants in Mexico, but they are still ramping up in those facilities,” Joe Langley, associate director of North American automotive production forecasts at IHS Markit. “It is our expectation GM will want to get a deal done quickly since the new Equinox is one of the rare GM vehicles in lower supply and in demand.”

Langley’s firm estimated that GM would lose the ability to make another 872 Equinox SUVs a day, a significant hit and one not likely to be covered by the two Mexican facilities — Ramos Arizpe and San Luis Potosi. The company sold 28,245 Equinoxes last month.

Consumers who want particular colors or options might not be able to get what they want and might be prompted to consider other compact SUVs, such as the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue, Kristin Dziczek, director of the industry, labor and economics group at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich. The longer the strike goes on, the worse the shortage becomes.

“When you start drawing down inventory levels, you might lose sales because of the lack of choice and the delay in getting exactly what the customer wants,” Dziczek said.

Mike Van Boekel, Unifor Local 88 GM Unit chairperson, said union members had tried to research that on their own recently, being told that it would be an eight- to 10-week wait to get a specific Equinox. He was skeptical that the strike would end quickly, but he said the union is hopeful because the pressure is on both workers and GM.

“We don’t want to lose customers and they want their vehicles so …the clock’s ticking on both sides,” Van Boekel said.

He noted that many workers have families and will struggle financially if the strike lasts for a long time.

“Our members are feeling it, but the clock’s ticking on GM, too,” Van Boekel said.

Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for AutoTrader.com, said job security appears to be the major concern for the union, which has said it is seeking new investment from the company. When production of the GMC Terrain was moved from the plant to Mexico earlier this year, it “shook the union,” she said.

But Krebs noted that while concerns about moving production to Mexico have been an issue, the plant is likely to face competition for new products from plants in Michigan and Ohio that make passenger cars but could be retooled to make SUVs, such as the Equinox. GM, like other companies, is grappling with a consumer shift away from cars and toward SUVs and trucks.

“There’s definitely going to be some adjustments in car production,” Krebs said. “The union’s clearly looking out into the future, and it’s going to have more competition.”

Specific details on what each side had been seeking in the negotiations have not been released, but the union has said it is seeking improved wages and benefits in addition to a new investment from GM.

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Source: GM plant strike could create shortages of hot Chevrolet Equinox SUV