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Chevrolet transforms Corvette customer experience

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(July 21, 2019) TUSTIN, Calif. — The first-ever production mid-engine Corvette revolutionizes the iconic vehicle, and the customer experience will be equally transformative. Starting today, interested 2020 Corvette Stingray shoppers will have access to unprecedented levels of information, as well as the ability to customize, visualize and pre-order their vehicle on Chevrolet.com or through their preferred dealer.

2019 Mercedes AMG G63



PHONEX — I’ve always had a soft spot as well as a passion for old vehicles. I guess they are a fresh breeze of the past, blowing through our minds to remind us of truths of times long forgotten. Some of those vehicles were nothing more than shooting stars, debuting to raves then quickly flaring into oblivion, to be completely forgotten. Others, like the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, introduced in 1979, are an immediate conflagration, developing a rock-star presence and a cult-like following that burns on. The word “legendary” could easily preface its name.

2019 BMW 330i



MIAMI — For over four decades, the BMW 3 Series has been considered to be the benchmark in the sport sedan segment as well as serving as the German automaker’s best-selling model. BMW reports that more than 15 million 3 Series models have been sold worldwide since it arrived in the U.S. in 1976 as a replacement for the iconic BMW 2002 sedan.

2019 Jeep Cherokee



MALIBU, Calif. — With 9 million sales worldwide and 2 million in the U.S. alone, the compact crossover utility vehicle is “the largest SUV segment in the world,” says Scott Tallon, director of Jeep Brand. Up against segment leader Nissan Rogue and big sellers like Honda CRV, RAV4 and Ford Escape, the Jeep Cherokee makes up just 9.5 to 10 percent market share in the segment.

Vehicle of the Week

2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross — A stylish crossover



By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Mitsubishi has become a company of crossover SUVs and the strategy has brought it back from the brink of extinction in the U.S. and into some semblance of prominence riding on the back of the Outback and the Outback Sport.

Here's the Thing

Honda named most awarded brand; Jeep Wrangler most awarded vehicle

(July 20, 2019) IRVINE, Calif. — With more than 350 automotive models available in the marketplace and new nameplates being introduced each year, the process of choosing a new car can be overwhelming. To provide shoppers with helpful, bite-sized lists they can use to start their new-car research with confidence, the editors at Kelley Blue Book have named the 10 Most Awarded Cars of 2019 and the 10 Most Awarded Brands of 2019.

Chevy Corvette's journey to mid-engine

(July 19, 2019) TUSTIN, Calif. — The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the culmination of 60 years of mid-engine experimentation. While the eighth generation Corvette marks a radical leap forward in terms of capability from the seventh generation, it also incorporates lessons learned from past engineering exercises such as the Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicles (CERVs) I-III, the Aerovette and others.

Zora Arkus-Duntov, considered the father of Corvette, first encountered early mid-engine vehicles in his youth, including the Auto Union Types C and D Grand Prix racing vehicles.

Car Care Council urges periodic spark plug replacement

(July 17, 2019) BETHESDA, Md. — That little engine part called the spark plug performs a huge job in delivering a vehicle's power, performance, dependability and fuel efficiency and, according to the non-profit Car Care Council, should be replaced periodically.

"Spark plugs are one of the hardest working parts of a vehicle. A spark plug can fire 400 times per minute per cylinder or 1,600 times a minute on a four-cylinder engine," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

Inside the Industry

Chevrolet introduces mid-engine Corvette; 0-60 under 3 seconds

(July 19, 2019) TUSTIN, Calif. — Chevrolet today fulfills the long-term promise of the iconic Corvette with the introduction of the 2020 Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette. The sum of everything that came before it, the 2020 Stingray is re-imagined to bring customers new levels of performance, technology, craftsmanship and luxury.

Hyundai develops world-first active shift control for hybrids

(July 19, 2019) SEOUL — Hyundai Motor Group has developed the world’s first Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission technology. The innovation optimizes transmission efficiency by monitoring gear shifts 500 times per second, precisely adjusting the transmission rotation speed to for faster shift times. The new technology will premiere in the upcoming Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and eventually benefit other upcoming Hyundai and Kia hybrids.

Bentley reveals Flying Spur First Edition; to be auctioned at Elton John gala

(July 19, 2019) CREWE, England — Bentley has announced the arrival of the Flying Spur First Edition at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala, where it will be auctioned in support of the fund-raising charity at the inaugural Midsummer Party, Picozzi’s Villa Dorane, on July 24.

With attention to detail, sculpted surfaces and intelligent technology the Flying Spur First Edition, limited to just 12 months of production, is rare, collectable and incredibly luxurious.

Abandoned Car of the Week

Chevy truck permanently parked



Someone left this post-war (Circa 1947-1950) Chevrolet pickup permanently parked by the side of the road in the Maggie Valley area of western North Carolina. Chevrolet came out with its new "Advance Design" pickups in June 1947, beating Ford to the punch with the first all-new truck following World War II.
(Photo by Nancy Howell)