General Motors Emphasizes Its Commitment to Customer Safety

Customer SafetySafety is and always has been a top priority for General Motors and for us here at Gjovik Auto, whose customers are our family, friends, and neighbors. We are pleased to tell you that GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, recently appointed Jeff Boyer as the new Vice President of Global Vehicle Safety, effective immediately.

Though the position is a new one, Boyer’s long-standing reputation is not. For almost 40 years Boyer has worked in various engineering, safety, and process leadership positions within the company.

“Jeff’s appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the Board of Directors on critical customer safety issues,” Barra stated in a press release.

“This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them.”

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers in the vehicles they drive,” said Boyer. “Today’s GM is committed to this, and I’m ready to take on this assignment.”

We sure like this guy all right.

First 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Up for Auction

Corvette Z06Have you ever wondered who gets to buy the first car in a new model? This year, the owner of the first 2015 Corvette Z06 will be determined at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in April. The highest bidder will drive home in the “most track-capable Corvette” ever, and the Karmanos Cancer Institute will benefit from the proceeds.

Funds raised from the sale will specifically help finance the renovation of Karmanos’ infusion center, which offers a comfortable haven of sorts for patients receiving chemotherapy.

“Chevrolet’s donation of the first 2015 Corvette Z06 produced is yet another way that we are showing our continued support of the Karmanos Cancer Institute,” said Dan Ammann, president of General Motors. “The funds raised from the auction will help further the exceptional patient care that Karmanos is known for in our community and across the country.”

If you’re interested in becoming the first owner of the 2015 Corvette Z06 and supporting the cause but won’t be making the trek to Palm Beach, you can bid online as well. Otherwise, we expect you’ll be able to check out the newest ‘Vette at Gjovik Auto early next year.

Chevrolet Creates Flowtie to Improve Performance of the 2014 Camaro Z/28

FlowtieHow do you optimize performance of the legendary Camaro? By examining every inch of the car and every detail of its design, Chevy engineers discovered even the brand’s logo could be modified to improve performance.

Now dubbed the “Flowtie,” the 2014 Camaro Z/28 features the chrome outline of Chevrolet’s signature bowtie.

“There are engineers in our team that race as a hobby,” said Richard Quinn, Powertrain Cooling Development engineer, “and we used that racer’s mindset to look for ways small or large to get better performance out of the Z/28. Even the smallest details on the Z/28 were weighed for cooling benefit, and this is one that stuck.”

Believe it or not, eliminating that little chunk of metal from the front grille allows enough air to flow through and lower the temperature of the engine oil and coolant by 2ºF. Those two degrees matter as the racecar clocks longer drives around the track.

“The Camaro Z/28 has more than 190 unique parts, compared to a Camaro SS,” the Camaro’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, said. “Like the Flowtie, each of these parts were changed with one objective: to deliver incredible performance on the track – not just for the first lap, but lap, after lap, after lap.”

The Camaro Z/28 is expected to arrive here at Gjovik Auto this spring in all of its Flowtie-glory.

Chevrolet and GMC Offer Increased Fuel Economy for Full-Size SUVs

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Chevrolet and GMC Offer Increased Fuel Economy for Full-Size SUVs

Full-size SUVs have their pros – seating, versatility, cargo space. Fuel economy, however, is generally not one of the features automakers highlight…until now. Both Chevrolet’s and GMC’s full-size SUV models now boast increased highway fuel efficiency by close to 10 percent for the 2015 model year.

The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are two-wheel drive utility vehicles equipped with a standard 5.3-liter engine that earns 23 mpg on the highway. Cruising through city streets, the SUVs get 16 miles per gallon, a seven percent increase over the previous model year.

The 2015 Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali vehicles are equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Even with the segment’s best power and handling, these vehicles deliver 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

Contact us here at Gjovik Auto for more information on purchasing a 2015 Chevy or GMC full-size SUV when they become available later this year.