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Chevy Spark compared to America’s 1970′s Sedans

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Chevy Spark compared to America’s 1970′s Sedans

Posted on 01 April 2013 by Grace

GM compares the Chevy Spark with the average American sedan in the early 1970s.

Here’s how the city car stacks up:

  • Exterior - The mini-car is 50 percent smaller than the typical ’73 American full-size sedan.
  • Height - New subcompacts like the Chevy Spark are actually 6 inches taller than the 1973 sedan.
  • Wheels - The wheels on the new 2013 mini cars and the 1973 full-size cars are equal – both maintain their poise on standard 15-inch rims.
  • Interior - The 2013 subcompacts have front and rear headroom and front legroom that match the average 1973 American full-sized sedan.

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Europe Gets a Cruze Wagon

Posted on 01 March 2013 by Grace

GM has just unveiled a sporty wagon version of its beloved Chevy Cruze. Unfortunately, this highly anticipated vehicle will not be hitting showrooms in the U.S. anytime soon. GM fallowed the announcement of the new  Cruze Wagoon with a statement saying there are no plans to bring this car to the States.

In this video featuring the Cruze Wagon the front-end has a slight facelift, including a new grill. While we may not get the Cruze Wagon we can hope that the mid-cycle Cruze sedan will feature this stylish new facelift.

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2013 Sonic RS – Portland OR

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2013 Sonic RS – Portland OR

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Grace

The sporty Sonic will be available in an even sportier version, the RS. This high performance car made it’s debut at the North American International Auto Show.

The Sonic RS will be stocked with a turbocharged 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine, tuned exhaust, tighter suspension, 17-inch wheels and an upgraded, leather-trimmed interior. Its grille, fog lamps and other body parts have been redesigned. Unlike most subcompacts, this car is designed to be not only fuel efficient, but fun to drive.

“The new Chevrolet Sonic RS pushes Chevrolet’s performance heritage in a new direction, for a new generation of drivers,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Global Chevrolet Marketing. “It takes the Sonic’s great design and latest connectivity features and combines them with a more performance-oriented look and feel.”

Though the existing Sonic is a blast to drive, the Sonic RS takes fun to a whole new level.

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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.

To view the entire album from the Portland Auto Show, visit our Facebook Fan Page. If you have questions about any of the Chevrolet vehicles at the Portland International Auto Show please feel free to contact us via email at chevyinfo@tonkin.com or visit our website at www.tonkinchevrolet.com.

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Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

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Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

Posted on 12 January 2012 by Grace

Chevrolet is celebrating Corvette’s 60th Anniversary in the best way possible, by releasing a powerful special edition Vette.

The Corvette 427 is a convertible with 427-cubic-inch engine under the hood. The special edition’s name pays homage to the 427 block that powered Vettes in the past.

This Corvette will pack a punch that will surely earn the respect of car enthusiasts. It’ll offer 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is the only available gearbox, and the driveline and rear axle are borrowed from the Z06, too.

Also this car is loaded with features like Magnetic Ride Control, a trunk-mounted battery, special wheels (19-inchers up front, 20s in the rear), to name a few.

This beauty is scheduled to hit dealerships early this summer. Visit Ron Tonkin Chevrolet to see their wide selections of Corvettes.

 


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Chevrolet Stretch

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Chevrolet Stretch

Posted on 08 December 2011 by Grace

Have you ever heard of the Chevrolet Stretch? Well neither had GM until the concept was revealed by Taylor Langhals at a Detroit’s College for Creative Studies design competition.

The Chevy Stretch makes city-commuting easy, even in the dense populations. It offers a sporty experience for the driver but can “stretch” to carry up to 4 passengers, if needed.

The innovative design and asetic appeal ultimatly capturured the approval of the design competition’s judges, who named the Langhals’ design the winner.

So will there be a Stretch in Chevy’s future? We will have to wait and see.

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Centennial Corvette Z06

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Centennial Corvette Z06

Posted on 29 November 2011 by Grace

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet, GM released the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Z06. This Vette was a century in the making and worth the wait! This 100th anniversary sports car pays homage to Chevrolet’s performance heritage with a package inspired by Chevrolet’s daredevil racing spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sleek sports car commands attention with carbon flash metallic paint, large wheels and red accents on both the brake calipers and wheels.

Inside, the exterior theme is reflected with black leather seats and red stitching. Badges of Louis Chevrolet are featured on the B-pillars, wheel center caps, and steering wheel.

Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 is now available!

 

 

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NADAguides ‘Car of the Year’

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NADAguides ‘Car of the Year’

Posted on 18 November 2011 by Grace

NADAguides.com an online provider of new and used vehicle pricing information, announced that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze has been awarded the NADAguides ‘Car of the Year’.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze beat out ten highly qualified competitors. The 11 cars were considered based upon performance, styling and design, fuel ratings, safety features and cost of ownership.

The Cruze was named the ‘Car of the Year’ because it’s an overall fantastic value.  It combines comfort, fuel economy and safety in a stylish package.

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Chevy Spark World Debut

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Chevy Spark World Debut

Posted on 08 November 2011 by Grace

At this month’s LA Auto Show, the Chevrolet Spark is set to make it’s world debut. Lucky visitors to the LA Auto Show will have the first peek at the all electric Chevy.

This new micro-compact will add a youthful edgy-feel to the Chevy lineup. The Spark is equipped with an all electric motor, 114 hp and optional touchscreen radio. The Spark is expected to have superior speed, space and style to any car in it’s segment.

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Sonic Boom

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Sonic Boom

Posted on 02 November 2011 by Grace

Move over Corvette there is a new race-inspired Chevy in town!

The Sonic Super 4 Concept roared into this years SEMA show equipped with SCCA-approved chrome roll cage, SCCA-approved window nets, racing gauges and a racing seat with a five-point harness. The engine remains the same fierce 1.4L Ecotec turbo mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Check out this and the other Sonic designs that rolled through SEMA this year!

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