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America’s Favorite Sports Cars

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America’s Favorite Sports Cars

Posted on 28 February 2012 by Grace

The Chevrolet Camaro has taken the sports car segment by storm since the introduction of it’s  fifth-generation in 2010. Camaro outsold its biggest rival the Ford Mustang this year, for the second year in a row.

Camaro isn’t the only Chevrolet that boasts impressive sales numbers for 2011. Twice as many Corvettes sold this year than its nearest competitor, the Porsche 911. See full press release below.

Official Press Release

DETROIT – Chevrolet is America’s favorite performance brand, with Camaro and Corvette accounting for one out of every three sports cars sold in the United States in 2011.

Chevrolet accounted for 37 percent of the sports-car segment last year, selling 88,249 Camaros, which surpassed its nearest competitor, the Ford Mustang, by more than 18,000 units. That lead is expected to increase when the new Camaro ZL1 goes on sale this month.


Chevrolet accounted for 28 percent of the luxury-sports-car segment in 2011, selling 13,164 Corvettes. Currently the only domestic car in the segment, Corvette more than doubled the sales of its nearest competitor, the Porsche 911.


Top 5 Sports Cars by
2011 Total Sales and Market Share
Top 5 Luxury Sports Cars by
2011 Total Sales and Market Share
1. Chevrolet Camaro 88,249 37% 1. Chevrolet Corvette 13,164 28%
2. Ford Mustang 70,438 29% 2. Porsche 911 6,016 13%
3. Dodge Challenger 39,534 16% 3. BMW 6-Series 3,903 8%
4. Honda CR-Z 11,330 5% 4. BMW Z4 3,479 7%
5. Hyundai Veloster 9,284 4% 5. Mercedes  SLK 3,220 7%


“With the addition of the Camaro ZL1, there are only a handful of brands in the world with two cars that can match the performance, technology, and excitement of Corvette and Camaro,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “Unlike many competitors’ performance cars, the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1 are appropriate for both daily drivers and track use from the factory – with standard coolers for brakes and drivetrain.”


“And we challenge any company to bring two cars to compete with the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1, dollar for dollar,” Reuss said. “They will discover what enthusiasts already know – that Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette are the world’s best performance cars for the money.”


To demonstrate the capabilities of the Corvette and Camaro, Chevrolet recently tested full-production models with no performance modifications on the “Grand Course” at Virginia International Raceway. The Grand Course configuration is a challenge for production cars because it requires prodigious power, precise handling and tenacious grip to record a fast lap.


In a 2012 Corvette ZR1, equipped with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, Corvette engineer Jim Mero lapped the Grand Course in 2:45.6 – faster than the published lap time for any production car.


In a 2012 Camaro ZL1, Camaro engineer Aaron Link lapped the Grand Course in 2:52.4 – more than six seconds faster than the published lap time of a 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 on the same track.


Car and Driver Magazine, which conducts the annual Lightning Lap shootout at Virginia International Raceway, called the track “the nearest thing to the Nurburgring’s fabled Nordschleife.”


“The Grand Course at VIR is an excellent test of all-around vehicle performance,” said


Reuss.  “Like the Nurburgring, a single lap at VIR tests every aspect of a car, including power, brakes, steering, tire grip and chassis balance.  To break a three-minute lap on the four-mile Grand Course is an incredible accomplishment for any car.”


The Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful vehicle Chevrolet has ever produced, with a supercharged, 6.2L, LS9 V-8 delivering 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. Of all mass-production companies, Chevrolet is the leader in carbon fiber use, with the lightweight material used for structural components on the ZR1 including the front fenders, hood, roof, front splitter, rocker panels and floor pans. With a curb weight of 3,353 pounds, the ZR1 features a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.2 pounds per horsepower. As a result, the ZR1 is also the fastest Chevrolet ever produced, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 205 mph. The Corvette ZR1 starts at $112,575, including destination.


The Camaro ZL1 is the most-powerful Camaro ever produced, with a supercharged, 6.2L, LSA V-8 delivering 580-horsepower, and 556 pound-feet of torque. It is also the most-sophisticated Camaro ever, with exclusive performance technologies including Performance Traction Management and Magnetic Ride suspension. Other standard performance features include six-piston Brembo brakes, and coolers for the rear differential, brakes, and transmission. As a result, the ZL1 is also the most-capable Camaro ever, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 184 mph, and lapping the famed Nurburgring in just 7:41.27. The Camaro ZL1 starts at $54,995, including destination.


Both Corvette and Camaro have also recently been recognized by IntelliChoice as the best overall value in their segments – further evidence that consumers get more performance for their money from Chevrolet.





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Portland Auto Show

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Portland Auto Show

Posted on 18 February 2012 by Grace

The Portland International Auto Show took place January 26-29, 2012 at the Oregon Convention Center. The event attracted major global automakers and guests from all over the Northwest. The emphasis this year was on green technology, fuel efficiency, and economy. It was the second year that the show featured the largest Eco Center in the nation, showcasing eco-friendly vehicles. Chevy’s lineup of fuel efficient vehicles included the Volt, Cruze Eco, Sonic, and 2013 Spark, to name a few. The Volt once again drew crowds for its unsurpassed technology and sporty style.

In the main GM area the entire Chevy lineup was on display. Guests were allowed to sit in cars ranging from the new Chevy Sonic to the limited addition 100th Anniversary Corvette. Chevrolet service vehicles were also present, including the Caprice,released in the US exclusively for police use. An awe worthy Silverado was on display, commemorating the first responders of 9/11.

Crowds flooded into the luxury vehicle section where they could see, among others, Callaway Cars. A Corvette, Camaro, and Tahoe were supercharged using Callaway’s state of the art technology and onlookers admired the superior engines and asked questions to the Callaway Specialist on site.

The Auto Show rapped up January 29th and boasted higher than ever attendance. We look forward to next year.

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