Only 30 Percent of Chevy’s Dealerships will Offer the 2014 Corvette Stingray at Launch

2014 Chevrolet Corvette StingrayGeneral Motors has informed roughly 900 of its over 3,000 Chevrolet dealerships that they qualify to sell the 2014 Corvette Stingray when it launches. This means that when it becomes available this summer, fewer than one-third of the Chevrolet dealerships will be eligible to sell the new Stingray, however, the dealerships that are eligible can begin ordering the sports car in the coming weeks. Causing it to limit allocation and inventory to its highest-volume Corvette dealerships, Chevy expects the demand for the Corvette Stingray to outstrip supply.

“Chevrolet provided dealers with guidance and requirements early in 2012 so dealers would know well in advance whether they would likely receive Corvette models during the initial six to nine months after launch,” Russ Clark, Chevrolet marketing director for performance cars, said in a statement.

The 900 dealerships chosen account for 80 percent of Corvette sales last year and other dealerships won’t be allocated any inventory until at least six to nine months after the new Stingray’s launch. To be eligible to receive the 2014 Corvette Stingray in their inventory, the dealerships had to sell at least four Corvettes last year.

Still, the dealerships picked will have to meet several other requirements including having Stingray specialists in both sales and service. All of these specialist then must attends a 1.5 day training session at the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Dealer Sales Academy at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Nevada. Excluding travel expense, the cost is $2,000 per person to attend this session.

GM Offers Camaro Rolling Chassis in Limited Run

Starting today, Chevrolet will offer a limited run of NHRA-certified rolling chassis designed for drag racing. The chassis will cost $55,000, and will join the COPO Camaro in Chevrolet’s drag racing family, which will be hand built in the same Oshawa, Canada facility that builds COPO.

camaro chassis“This is a great opportunity to buy a factory-built foundation for a competitive Camaro race car, saving racers the time of building their own from the ground up and offering them the opportunity to compete with a piece of Chevrolet history, because we’re only going to build a few of them,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Add your powertrain assembly and you’ve got a race car that’s ready to tackle the drag strip.”

Since Chevy is selling just a rolling chassis, the unit it sold without an engine, transmission and other necessary drivetrain components. This gives buyers the ability to choose what powers their drag car, but Chevrolet will also sell all the needed parts separately. On the other hand, it does come with racing seats, factory glass, head and tail lights, an NHRA-approved roll cage, production-style gauges a racing switch panel a headliner and carpeting.

Things you may not know about the Chevy Volt

In my free time searching around the net for more car information to fill the mushy little noodle in my head with I came across Chevy’s beloved Volt. I started reading into it and I wanted to know why the Volt was so much more different from the rest of the Hybrid cars on the market; I soon found out why. The volt is a zero emission out of the tail pipe vehicle with a battery that will last about 35 miles. There is a gas engine under the hood that is basically a generator to charge the battery on long trips over 35 or so miles. So like the Nissan Leaf the Chevy Volt is a pure electric vehicle per se. I don’t see it as pure electric because it still needs gas to run the gas engine to charge the battery on trips over 35 miles.

 

Basically this works  when the battery hits a certain point the gas engine turns on and starts to re charge the battery. The car can go a total of about 380 miles on a tank of gas and charge. This is quite interesting considering if I only drive 35 miles a day and recharge it every night what happens to the gas in my tank that I don’t use? Yes gas can go bad if left in a tank for so long. Chevy solved this by warning the driver after some time that the gas may be getting old the car will also run the gas engine from time to time to cycle the gas. Chevy states the gas will stay good for one year in its pressurized tank. Same thing with the engine, the car will run it at least every 6 months to make sure the oil keeps the cylinder walls and everything else lubricated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Volt also has great electronics to help keep you notified and the car efficient. The center stack has a screen at the top to tell you things like charge level, battery usage and other mileage information. It also gives you normal information like climate control and radio. You can also set up your charging schedule so that the car will start charging during certain times so it will be ready  when you leave in the morning. You can also enter your utility rates for summer and winter and only have it charge when you want it to while it is plugged in. Also through on star you can download an app to your smart phone so you can check charge levels and mileage. You can also have the car turn on the AC and turn the heat on, before you get into your car so it is ready to go and comfortable once you step into it.  So far the technology Chevy has put into this car seems pretty impressive and makes me want to buy one!

 

I know what your asking yourself… What about charging times? Well with a normal 110 volt outlet it takes the Volt about 10 hours to charge. With a professionally installed 220 volt outlet the car charges itself in 4 hours. Chevy claims the price is about $1.50 a day to charge the car. They do recomend charging it during non peaks times which is estimated between 9 p.m. to about 7 a.m. Also like most Hybrids the braking on the car also helps charge the battery a bit, the center cluster will tell you if your braking to hard or accelerating to fast so you can get the most fuel economy.

So after searching through Chevrolet’s website and reading about the Volt I am thoroughly convinced on this car being a pretty good electric car to drive. Personally I like  it more than the Nissan leaf just because of the more range and it is a little bit easier on the eyes. I have lost faith in american cars for a long time and maybe this is what Chevy needs to put  some faith back in the people who lost faith in buying american. I can’t wait to see what the future will bring and what the next gen electric cars will be like. Hopefully we will have a battery that can go 400 miles on a charge and not need a gas engine for back up.