New Corvette Design Will Influence Future Chevrolet Vehicles

The new Corvette is influencing future Chevrolet vehicles design
2015 Corvette Z06

Chevrolet received a lot of criticism for launching a new Corvette with squared-off headlights rather than round ones, but that hasn’t seemed to have much of an effect on sales in the long run. In fact, the new ‘vette is one of the most decorated cars of the year, and one of the most sought-after at Gjovik Auto.

And so, backlash or no, the automaker is sticking to its styling decision. According to GM design boss Ed Welburn who talked to Automotive News, future Chevrolet vehicles will feature styling influenced by the Corvette’s controversial design.

“As Malibu and Cruze and Volt come to market, you’ll be able to see a subtle link between some of the form vocabulary for all of them and Corvette,” he said. “I always look at the hood of the Corvette and the sectioning, the way it’s taut, very lean, very sporty. That will be a part of really everything we do for Chevrolet.”

Edmunds.com awards given to 7 Chevrolet models

2014 edmunds.com awardWhat kind of award show gives nine awards and the winners don’t give speeches?  One of the best awards shows ever, especially for Chevrolet.

The Edmunds.com awards were presented during the 2014 New York International Auto Show.  Chevrolet received 9 Edmunds.com awards for 7 different models.

“Today’s Chevrolet lineup is the best in the brand’s history and these awards from Edmunds.com are further proof that we are delivering the expressive designs, easy-to-use technologies, safety and performance that consumers want,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet.

Two Edmunds.com awards for Top Rated

The coveted Top Rated Vehicles Awards were given to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Chevrolet Traverse during the
2014 New York International Auto Show.

Of course the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is known for its V8 performance engine and power on the road.  The Top Rated Award for the coupe also took into account its spacious cargo area, upgraded electronic features and impressive handling.

2014 Corvette Edmunds.com Awards for Corvette - Top Rated

The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse was recognized as a Top Rated SUV for meeting nearly all of the ‘wants’ a large family is looking for in a large crossover SUV.  Its spacious interior is assumed – plenty of cargo room and seating for 8.  The interior isn’t just big, its also attractive and comfortable with plenty of technological features.

2014 Chevrolet Traverse Edmunds.com Awards for Traverse - TopRated

Both the Traverse and Corvette Stingray also won in their Most Popular categories.

7 Most Popular Edmunds.com Awards presented to Chevrolet

Chevrolet vehicles won Most Popular Awards across 7 vehicle classes:

 

See why the 2014 Chevrolet Impala is known as #TheNew Sanctuary:

 

How does Edmunds.com choose the winners?

Apparently, Edmunds.com has a lot of time on their hands.

Edmunds.com recently tested 200 cars to find the Top Rated Vehicles being sold today.  Using their standardized road-test loop and test track, the cars are subjected to controlled conditions and each vehicle is assessed against its rivals.  Once the rankings are decided, a grade is assigned in relation to other vehicles in its class and price range.  The cars that perform the best are given an “A” rating and awarded the Top Rated Vehicle Award.

Another honor – the Most Popular Award – is related to the number of unique visitors that visit the model’s pages and reviews at Edmunds.com. The three models in each segment with the most number of distinct visitors win the Most Popular Award.

Chevy releases 3 new models at 2014 NYIAS

Chevrolet introduced 3 new models – including one model new to the US – during the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this week.

Updated version of Chevrolet Cruze compact car

The Chevrolet Cruze was one of the best selling cars in March 2013 as well as Chevrolet’s best-selling car worldwide.

The 2015 Cruze will include new exterior styling, but the updated cabin technology is exciting:

  • 7-inch touchscreen with USB ports
  • A text message alerts feature that reads incoming texts to you through the car speakers
  • Remember Siri, the disembodied voice of your iPhone?  She’s in your car now; the Cruze has Siri voice-controlled connectivity for iPhone
  • Option OnStar compatibility with in-car Wi-Fi hotspot

“We’ve simply made a great, versatile car even better,” Steve Majoros, Chevrolet’s director of passenger car and crossover marketing, said in a statement. “Along with Spark, Spark EV, Sonic and Volt, Chevy’s lineup of efficient, technologically advanced small cars is one of the industry’s most compelling.”

Pictures of the new 2015 Chevrolet Cruze are available via Autoblog.

2015 Chevrolet Trax is new for US, announced at 2014 NYIAS

2015 Chevrolet Trax compact SUV finally comes to the US late this year. The compact SUV market continues to grow in the US (spurred by rising gas prices) prompting the Chevy Trax’s debut here.

Its interior technology includes in-car Wi-Fi hotspot to which up to seven devices can connect – handy when you have a car full of family or friends and all their devices.

There’s plenty of cargo space, and the four-cylinder turbocharged motor generates 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.

New ZO6 edition of the Corvette

Not a dream!  Not an imaginary story!  Chevrolet has announced a new edition of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6.

Available in either coupe or convertible trim, Chevy will begin taking orders for the coupe Fall 2014 and for the convertible Winter 2015.

With its wide backend and aggressive front end, this latest supercar is designed to bridge the gap between competition and the street with a focus on the driver’s experience.  Its V8 engine is expected to generate 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque.

The coolest feature?  The optional Performance Data Recorder which documents your drives with high-def video overlaid with telemetry.  See an example in the video below.

 

While these cars are only available viewing at NYIAS for now, check with Gjovik Auto about when the 2015 models will be available.  And why not come in and test drive the 2014 models while you’re waiting?  Gjovik customers are always welcome!

 

The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray Does It All, Even Snowstorms

Corvette StingrayYou’ve been navigating your vehicle through snow-laden roads all winter wishing spring would hurry up and get here. Imagine swapping your weather-beaten car for the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Let’s just say that according to automotive journalist, Jeffrey Jablansky, the sports car lives up to all those awards it’s received in both the good weather and the bad.

Like much of the U.S. this winter, the snow came fast and at the perfectly wrong time for Jablansky, who was scheduled to test drive the Stingray. He was in the middle of his trip (which may or may not have involved taking his little brother back to college), when the snow began to fall.

Wisely, Jablansky slowed his speed; but in the Stingray, he was still able to truck along at 55 mph through the accumulating snow. He touted the sports car’s ability to confidently handle the slushy roads and the ice, which he later encountered and mastered with the help of the vehicle’s winter tires.

“We were going no faster than 55 mph, but most everyone else was doing 30… That’s the best part about a car so powerful. In one case, where I executed a 1-2-7 shift, the ample low-end torque made highway merging a seamless event.”

When Jablansky and his brother arrived on campus to unpack the Corvette’s surprisingly spacious trunk, the only signs of the hazardous trip were remnants of snow splashed on the Stingray’s yellow body.

There’s nothing like the Chevy Corvette Stingray to turn a mid-trip snowstorm into a winter playground. We at Gjovik Auto love to hear successful road trip stories like this one. Where would you drive the 2014 Corvette Stingray on a snowy day?

Chevrolet to Produce Premiere Edition Stingray Convertible

Premiere Edition Stingray Convertible
Chevrolet to Produce Premiere Edition Stingray Convertible

If you drive a Corvette, you’re sure to stand out from the crowd. If you drive a Corvette Convertible, you’ll turn even more heads; but, if you’re driving a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible, you’ll be one of only 550.

Chevrolet recently announced this limited edition run of the Stingray Convertible. What makes this stand out from the crowd will be its unique paint job—a dark green called Lime Rock Green. It also has an exclusive Brownstone suede interior and sporty carbon fiber accents.

Giving the Premiere Edition some extra punch is a Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, and a variable tuned performance exhaust system. Under the hood, the engine is the same as the rest of the Corvette lineup; however, in the trunk you’ll find a set of Corvette branded luggage from Thule.

This limited edition Corvette will arrive early next year. Want to get yourself behind the wheel of a Premiere Edition? Come visit us at Gjovik Auto and we’ll let you know how to get one.