Chevrolet is getting ready for the 60th birthday of one of their signature vehicles, the Corvette. While they’re getting ready let’s take a peek at some of the history of the iconic Chevrolet Corvette.
On January 1953, the GM Motorama show, held at the world re-known Waldof-Astoria in New York City. In front of a room full of onlookers lay the bell of the showroom, and the first of what would eventually become one of the globe’s most recognizable cars, the Chevy Corvette.
Let’s jump forward ten years. After the Corvette was introduced, the Chevrolet design team saw fit to shake things up again with an innovative new design. 1963 showcased the Corvette Sting Ray. The unique design was inspired by General Motors design chief Bill Mitchell. The Sting Ray was the first modern American car to feature an independent rear suspension.
Here’s a quick fun fact for Corvette fans, 1983 is the only year no Corvettes were produced for public sale. The only place to see on of the restored 83 Vette’s is the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.
Chevy produced the 1 millionth Corvette in 1992. The flagship of the Corvette’s, the ZR-1 with a V8 engine, first hit the streets in 1990.
January of 2012 let loose the 60th Anniversary 2013 Convertible Collector Edition. This model has been promoted as the fastest convertible in the Corvette’s history. For the speed obsessed driver, Chevrolet created the 2013 Corvette ZR1 equipped with a handcrafted LS9 638-horsepower supercharged V8 engine and a test track top speed of 205 mph. This ZR1 is the fastest car Chevrolet has ever produced.
Want some additional history on the Corvette? Take a peek at the video below.
Here’s to 60 more years for Chevrolet and the Corvette.
Thanks to a new parts distribution center in Lansing, MI, General Motors has reached its 100th landfill-free facility to date. GM has taken great steps toward reducing its waste worldwide. No other automaker has as many zero waste to landfills facilities as GM.
GM not only reduce waste, they also recycle and reuse the waste they do make. In 2011 alone, 2.6 million metric tons of waste was recycled or reused at General Motors facilities—that’s more than 38 million trash bags!
GM started reducing the amount of waste they produced 15 years ago, when they began to track how much waste they produced. Each year improvements have been made and resulted in 90 percent of waste from worldwide facilities being recycled and reused.
More than half of GM’s global manufacturing facilities are landfill-free. GM hopes to have 25 more landfill-free sites and reduce total waste by 10 percent by 2020. After hearing about GM’s waste-reducing efforts, you might think twice before not recycling that candy wrapper.
General Motors isn’t just an internal advocate for recycling and waste reduction, they’re sure to share the message. Steve Hellum, executive director of Suppliers Partnership for the Environment, says, “their team facilitates conversations, connects companies, and even showcases creative recycling examples for others”.
With the companies like GM leading the way for recycling, we can reach new heights in what we can do with recycled and reused materials.
Mothers know all about safety, comfort, and style, so when it came to car creation, the Malibu Moms were ready to take the wheel. The Malibu Moms are a group of four moms who also happen to be brilliant engineers. For the 2013 Chevy Malibu these ladies combined their areas of expertise to make one amazing automobile.
One of the things that the Malibu Moms wanted to make sure they built into the 2013 Chevy Malibu was a quiet and smooth ride – so that they would be able to hear their kids talking in the background.
Rebecca Lindland, director of research at IHS Automotive, believes that women engineers offer a different perspective to the design and engineering process because they often have a more innate sense of safety and are generally more aware of family needs compared to men.
These views and other ideas from the Malibu Moms contributed in creating the all-new Malibu. The 2013 Chevy Malibu will be in dealership in 100 countries over six continents. Stop in to Stalker Chevrolet to find out what the Malibu Moms already know…mothers do know best.
In year three of its production, the Chevy Volt gets a nice boost in range when running in its all-electric mode. The 2013 Chevy Volt will offer 38 miles on a full charge compared to the 35 miles in previous Volt.
The Volt will also get a nice boost on its EPA efficiency rating, jumping from 94 to 98 MPGe, or Miles Per Gallon Equivalent–a measure of how far the vehicle can travel on electricity with the energy content of 1 gallon of gasoline.
To find the culprit for the increase battery life, look no further than to the enhanced battery pack. The battery pack in the 2013 Volt is able to hold 16.5 kilowatt-hours of energy, up from 16, and the car can draw on 10.8kWh compared to the 10.3kWh on the 2011 and 2012 Volts.
With the increase in energy for the Volt, drivers can expect the time to a full charge to also increase.
Once the Volt’s battery pack is depleted it switches to it’s 1.4L gasoline range extender to power a generator that distributes electricity to the 149-hp electric motor that actually turns the drive wheels.
The 2013 Chevrolet Volt is expected to have a total range 380 miles, factoring in electric plus gasoline.
Another added feature for consumers a 2013 Chevy Volt is the addition of a “Hold Drive” button that allows owners to conserve battery-pack energy for use at a particular time or when it will help make the car more efficient.
Chevrolet also plans to outfit the low-emission package, standard on later 2012 Volts sold in California, to those 2013 Volts sold in New York state as well, making them eligible for High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access with only a single occupant.
Ryan Briscoe, the pole sitter for the 96th Indy 500, takes the Chevy Corvette ZR1 around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Briscoe offers some insights into the performance and handling of this 6th generation Corvette.
The 96th running Indianapolis 500 will take place Sunday, May 27th at noon.