Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chevrolet Honors America's Military

GM Military Discount Expanded

From May 1st - 31st, 2011, the GM Military Discount is being expanded to include Military Retirees and their spouses. So for May, Active Military, Reservists, National Guard & Spouses plus Retired Military Members & their Spouses will be eligible for the special Military Discount toward the purchase or lease of a new Chevrolet - It's simply the best Military Discount of any car company!

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Honor Badge to Recognize Your Service

In addition, every eligible Military customer that purchases, leases or orders a new Chevrolet during Chevrolet's Military Appreciation Month (May 1st-31st) can also order a complimentary Honor Badge which can be placed on your new Chevrolet vehicle at no additional charge. This honor badge will be shipped to you separately after you take delivery of the vehicle. You may contact your Chevrolet dealership's service department to schedule a convenient appointment to have your Honor Badge installed.

For each Honor Badge that is ordered with a vehicle, Chevrolet will make a $100 donation to "Cell Phones for Soldiers", enabling troops far from home to keep in touch with their loved ones. The charity collects used cell phones and recycles or resells them. The proceeds of these sales are used to purchase prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas.

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2012 Chevrolet "Honor & Valor" Limited Edition Camaro SS

To honor the service of the men and women of America’s armed forces, Chevrolet is proud to announce the exclusive 2012 Chevrolet Honor & Valor Limited Edition Camaro SS – a vehicle whose rare combination of power, performance and precision exemplifies the indomitable spirit of our troops, and is ready for action as America’s 21st century sports car.

In recognition of Chevrolet’s 100th birthday, only 100 units of the “Honor & Valor” Limited Edition Camaro SS will be built and are only available to eligible members* of the military (the first unit will be auctioned with net proceeds going to Cell Phones for Soldiers). Orders are now being accepted and will be prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis. Production of this special 2012 Camaro SS military model begins in July, and deliveries are scheduled for August.

“Honor & Valor” Limited Edition Camaro SS Coupe Highlights:
• Available in three colors: Victory Red, Summit White or Black (all models feature a black leather appointed interior)
• Available with 2SS trim level and RS Exterior Appearance Package(RPO: WRS)
• Available in either Six Speed Manual or Six Speed Automatic Transmission
• Legendary SS Performance: 6.2L V8 with 400+ horsepower and torque
• Surprising Fuel Economy: Estimated 25 MPG Highway with 6-speed Automatic
• Prominent Heritage Grille
• Unique Painted Ground Effects
• Distinctive Side Stripe
• Premium Floor Mats
• Two Special “Honor and Valor” Limited Edition badges
• One-Year Subscription of XM Satellite Radio
• License Plate Bracket
• Chevrolet will make a $100 donation to Cell Phones for Soldiers

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Corvette Performance Reaches Higher in 2012

Interior enhancements, new performance packages highlight upgrades

Chevrolet announced today that it will once again elevate Corvette’s performance capabilities with a series of improvements for the 2012 model year that enhance on-track performance and on-road comfort. They include enhancements to the high-performance Z06 and ZR1 models as well as interior upgrades across the Corvette lineup.

Sports car fans will get their first look at the 2012 models – including the racing-inspired appearance of the Chevrolet Centennial Edition – at a special event this weekend at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Production begins in July.

“We constantly strive to make the Corvette a better car on the road and the track,” says Tadge Juechter, Corvette vehicle line director and chief engineer. “For 2012, the Corvette lineup achieves its highest performance level ever, while at the same time being easier to drive and enjoy thanks to several changes and new features inside the car.”

New Michelin Cup ZP tires elevate Z06/ZR1 performance Corvette’s greater performance for 2012 begins with the new, optional Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Zero Pressure tires, which are available on the two highest-performing models, the lightweight, 505-hp (377 kW) Z06 and the maximum-performance, 638-hp (476 kW) supercharged ZR1. They are competition-oriented tires, optimized for warm, dry conditions to increase cornering and handling capability.

When combined with the Corvette’s exclusive Performance Traction Management (PTM) technology – which manages torque delivery for maximum performance – the tires are expected to help set new benchmarks for Corvette performance. Engineers estimate an 8-percent gain in maximum lateral acceleration, to more than 1.1g, and improved braking distance. Testing at Virginia International Raceway has demonstrated improvement of approximately three seconds per lap.

The Cup ZP tires were developed by the same Michelin engineers who develop tires for Corvette Racing in the American Le Mans Series and are essentially streetlegal versions of a racing tire. They are included in the optional Z07 performance package on the Corvette Z06 and a new PDE performance package on the ZR1. The 285/30-19 (front) and 335/25-20 (rear) tires are matched with all-new aluminum Cup-style wheels in satin black or machined finishes. They are about five pounds lighter (2.2 kg) and stronger than the 20-spoke wheel offered in 2011.

Performance Traction Management (offered on the Z06 for the first time in 2012) is an advanced system that optimizes traction for greater and more consistent on-track performance.

PTM also integrates traction control, active handling and selective ride control systems to enhance race track driving consistency and overall performance. When full throttle is applied upon exiting a corner, it automatically manages acceleration dynamics.

A full-width racing style spoiler for improved aerodynamics is also included in both the ’12 Z07 and PDE packages. The Z06 model will now offer Magnetic Selective Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension technology – an innovation Corvette pioneered several years ago.

And as before, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes will be a part of the Z07 chassis package (they are standard on ZR1). Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires remain standard on the ZR1.

A carbon fiber hood will be an available option on 2012 Z06 models, while the standard manual transmission for ZR1 will include taller gearing in fifth and sixth gears, for a 2-mpg improvement in highway fuel economy.

Interior and feature changes All 2012 Corvette models will include a new seat design and a new steering wheel. The seats feature improved appearance and larger bolsters on the seat back and cushion areas, which provide better driver support, especially in high-performance driving while remaining comfortable for daily street driving. Microfiber suede seat inserts are optional and improve tactile feel, as well as add additional support.

The new seats are complemented by the revised steering wheel, featuring model-specific badges, streamlined switch trim and wrapped spokes. Padded center console and armrests for all models are now included for 2012. An additional visual touch inside the car is contrasting color stitching – in red, blue and yellow – which is available with the custom leather wrapped interior.

Also coming in 2012 is a new Bose uplevel audio system, which includes nine speakers (compared to seven in 2011) for improved audio quality that is more precisely tuned to the cabin’s acoustics. New tweeters located in the instrument panel and improved Bose Nd next generation bass performance are the main benefits that Corvette drivers will hear.

A new Technology Package (2LT trim level) brings together many of the Corvette’s popular infotainment features and makes them available for more models. The package’s equipment includes the navigation radio, head-up display, Bose premium audio system, Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity and a USB port.

Wrapping up the new features for 2012 is the availability for customers to select brake caliper colors, for more personalization of their Corvette. The calipers are offered in the red, yellow, silver or gray.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Replica 'General Lee' Part of 14 Vehicle American Muscle Car Exhbiit

Kelly Ransom has been a Dukes of Hazzard fan since he was five years old. “That was the one night a week Mama would let us eat dinner in the living room,” Ransom said. In fact, Ransom has been dreaming of owning his very own General Lee, a 1969 Dodge Charger, for years, but it wasn’t until 2009 that he started seriously looking into purchasing one.

In July 2010 he ran across one for sale on eBay and the car happened to be in Hendersonville, TN. Ransom said the owner had fallen onto some hard financial times and needed to sell. The owner, Gary Dull, had taken a soft top and slowly transformed it into a replica of the General Lee. The car has the same motor – a 383 – as the real cars used in the show. It also has a three-speed 727 Torquefite transmission, 383 Richmond gears, 8-3/4 sure grip rear axle and “official issue” decals from the Confederate General Lee Fan Club.

Ransom said only 12 General Lees survived the popular late 70s-early 80s show… the rest are replicas.

Ransom, being very community-minded, brings the General to kid’s birthday parties, schools, fundraisers and other public events. “I like to have fun with it,” he said. And unlike other General Lee owners, Ransom doesn’t charge a fee to bring his car out… but he said he won’t turn down gas money! The car gets a whopping 12 miles per gallon.

Monday, April 18 the General found a temporary new home at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The car is part of a 14 vehicle ‘American Muscle Car’ exhibit which runs through Father’s Day weekend in June, however the General Lee will only be on display until May 26. Several hundred Allen County school children will be awaiting its arrival back to Scottsville on May 27 for an event, and Ransom doesn’t want to disappoint the kids.

The 1969 Charger is the first Dodge to be displayed in the Museum. Ransom said “I’m so happy, yet so sad… I’m gonna pretend it is like summer camp.”

Other cars on display include a 1970 Buick Grand Sport Stage 1, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Rally Sport Convertible, 1970 Pontiac Ram Air IV Trans Am, 1968 Pontiac GTO, 1968 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible, 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS, 1968 Shelby GT 500, 1969 Javelin SST, 1970 Dodge Challenger, 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and 1966 Plymouth Belvedere. The display is in the Museum’s Exhibit Hall.

The National Corvette Museum is open daily, 8am-5pm Central Time and is located at 350 Corvette Drive, just off I-65 exit 28 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more information call 270-781-7973 or visit

Friday, April 15, 2011

Race Fans Can Register to Win a Corvette Starting April 15

Grand Prize: 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible, Trip to Le Mans Race fans can enter for a chance to win a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible and a trip to Le Mans, France, for the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans by entering the “Race To Win Corvette” promotion at now through June 30, 2011. “‘Race to Win Corvette’ is a tremendous opportunity for a race fan to win one of the most iconic sports cars ever produced, and watch it compete in the oldest and most famous endurance race in the world,” said Terry Dolan, Manager, Chevy Racing. “Team Chevy is proud to partner with the American Le Mans Series, AutoWeek, Michelin and Mobil 1 to help make this racing experience a reality.” No purchase necessary. See official rules for details at

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

National Corvette Museum Recognizes Other Area Non-Profits

Museum provides non-profit volunteers free admission April is marked as “Volunteer Appreciation” month and in an effort to recognize fellow non-profit organizations’ hard work and community efforts the National Corvette Museum provided complimentary admission passes as a gift to the volunteers, employees and other members of those organizations. The passes offer a free admission to the “living” Museum which features ever-changing displays and a new Muscle Car exhibit. “As a non-profit organization, we understand the importance of community support,” said Marketing & Communications Manager Katie Frassinelli. “The hard work and dedication that each and every one of the area non-profits unselfishly provides is vital to our community. These passes are a way of saying ‘thank you’ for their contributions that impact so positively on our community.” In 2010, volunteers provided 5,396 hours of service to the National Corvette Museum. In order to “pay it forward”, the Museum provided complimentary passes to over 60 non-profit organizations within Warren County. The National Corvette Museum is dedicated to the mission of celebration, education and preservation, and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT - located at 350 Corvette Drive, just off exit 28 on I-65 in Bowling Green, KY. For more information contact the Museum at 270-781-7973 or visit

Thursday, April 7, 2011

2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Celebrates Racing Heritage

Z06 Centennial Edition to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale

Chevrolet, founded by a racing pioneer 100 years ago, celebrates its performance heritage with the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette, which features a sleek black color scheme, unique design elements and Corvette’s trademark sports car technology.

The 2012 Centennial Edition package will be available on all Corvette models – including Grand Sport, Z06 and ZR1 – starting this summer.

The special package was inspired by Chevrolet’s racing-bred foundation, which continues with Corvette’s international racing excellence and production sports car prominence.

“Racing and performance are the roots of Chevrolet, a tradition carried forward today by Corvette,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “The Centennial Edition not only celebrates our 100 years, it once again pushes Corvette forward for a new generation of sports car fans.”

Chevrolet will auction a Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction, in West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 9, with the proceeds to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. It will be the 100th 2012 Corvette off the assembly line, with a vehicle identification number ending in “00100.”

The Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette expresses racing heritage, but does so with a sleek, modern, even sinister-looking appearance. The Centennial Edition package comes exclusively in Carbon Flash Metallic, with satin-black graphics and unique Centennial Satin Black wheels and red brake calipers. The wheels are constructed of lightweight cast-spun aluminum and include a thin red outline around the perimeter of its surface on the Z06. The wheels are specific to the respective Corvette models, including 18-inch/19-inch for Coupe, Convertible and Grand Sport; and 19-inch/20-inch for Z06 and ZR1.

Magnetic Selective Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension and a technology advance initiated by Corvette, is included on all Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette models.

The Centennial Edition also features special badges that signify Chevrolet’s racing history. A graphic logo featuring an iconic image of Louis Chevrolet appears on the B-pillars, the center caps of the wheels, and the center of the steering wheel. The seat headrests also carry an embossed centennial logo.

Aficionados will note one other small detail: The historic crossed flags badge contains a small adaptation, with “100” in place of the traditional fleur-de-lis symbol, only for the Centennial Edition.

The exterior color scheme is reinforced inside the car, with the Ebony leather-wrapped instrument panel and doors complimented by red stitching also on the steering wheel, seats, console and shifter. The seats feature microfiber suede accents on seats, steering wheel, shifter and armrests, which were first used on the 2011 Z06 Carbon Limited Edition.

The Chevrolet Centennial Edition will be available on all Corvette models via order code ZLC. Pricing will be released this summer prior to the start of availability. “Louis Chevrolet was a fearless racing pioneer who also designed our first car,” Scheidt said. “Corvette is a natural fit to honor that legacy, while creating a compelling new package for sports car drivers.”

Barrett-Jackson auction details

Chevrolet chose to debut the Centennial Edition Corvette at Barrett-Jackson to enable the auction proceeds to go to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. The foundation supporting children and families dealing with cancer is a key partner with the American Le Mans Series, in which Corvette Racing is an integral participant.

The 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 (VIN 100) to be auctioned is based on the production 3LZ model with the Z07 performance package, new Z06 carbon fiber hood and CFZ carbon fiber package, which includes:

• Bose premium sound system, with one-year XM subscription, navigation and USB

• Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity

• Power-adjustable and heated seats

• Memory package, home remote, Head Up Display and power-telescoping steering wheel

• The Custom Leather Wrapped Interior Package, with leather-wrapped upper instrument panels, upper door trim panels and console storage cover and red contrasting stitching

• Z07 performance package, including Brembo ceramic brakes, Magnetic Ride Control and 19-inch/20-inch wheels and Michelin tires

• CFZ package includes carbon fiber rockers, front splitter and roof

• New Carbon Fiber raised hood option for Z06, which was introduced on the 2011 Z06 Carbon Edition.

The winning bidder will also receive the Corvette Engine Build Experience program – which allows Z06 or ZR1 buyers to build their own engine alongside expert technicians – as well as the opportunity to take delivery of the car at the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky.