Chevy Tahoe is Top Dog Among K-9 Units

DETROIT – 08.28.2015 – The ability to take the heat off hard-working police dogs helps make the Chevy Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) the country’s most popular police vehicle for K-9 units.

The roomy interior and advanced climate control system are ideal for all three components of a K-9 unit: the police officer, the police dog, and the vehicle they travel in.

“Our K-9s live with our deputies and their families. They are on duty with our deputies every day – responding to calls for service, training, and creating an unbreakable bond,” said Oakland County (Mich.) Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “The K-9 Unit is an invaluable tool that serves our community and the Tahoe PPV is an important part of our operation.”

Because dogs are vulnerable to heat, the Tahoe PPV has more heating and cooling vents in the vehicle’s third-row area than any other police utility vehicle. In the Tahoe PPV, the seat is eliminated to make room for the K-9 unit’s kennel. This allows the industry’s only third-row upper and lower air vents to circulate cooled air into the back of the vehicle.

“Heat exhaustion is one of the top killers of police dogs,” said Michael Werges, sergeant-at-arms, North American Police Dog Association.

Unlike humans, dogs aren’t covered in skin that allows them to sweat when temperatures get too high. The tiny pads of exposed skin on the bottom of their paws are the only way they can remove heat.

There have been a few instances this summer of police dog fatalities because of extreme heat.

“It’s imperative to police agencies that K-9 vehicles are equipped with an air conditioning system that can keep the dog’s entire body cool, from head to toe,”  said Werges.

In addition to K-9 use, state and local municipalities and the federal government use the Tahoe PPV for patrol, first response, tactical, HAZMAT and Border Patrol.

Chevy Reveals Price, Online Visualizer for 2016 Camaro

Gen Six Camaro offers more performance, technology and customization choices

DETROIT – 08.20.2015 – As production of the lighter, more powerful, more advanced 2016 Camaro grows near, Chevrolet revealed more details to help customers tailor their Gen Six exactly how they want it, including pricing information and an online visualizer.

The 2016 Camaro offers higher levels of performance, technology and refinement, starting at a suggested retail price of $26,695 for the Camaro 1LT, while the most powerful Camaro SS ever starts at $37,295 for the 1SS.

The new accessories visualizer allows customers to view many personalization features on the 2016 Camaro, including interior and exterior colors, wheels, stripes, and accessory options.

“The all-new 2016 Camaro builds on what made the Camaro the segment leader for five years,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “It will reset the bar in the segment with even greater levels of performance, new technologies not found on any other car in the segment, and more choices that enable customers to take personalization farther than ever before.”

The 2016 Chevy Camaro is offered in coupe and convertible body styles, and a simplified model lineup with just two models (LT and SS) and four trim levels (1LT, 2LT, 1SS, and 2SS).

“The 1LT trim level has long been one of the most popular for Camaro,” said Christensen. “We expect it will be even more popular as the 2016 Camaro 1LT is priced less than the 2015 model and offers significantly more standard features and technologies.”

New standard features that were either unavailable or optional on the 2015 model include:

  • Chevy MyLink with Apple CarPlay capability
  • OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Driver Mode Selector with Snow/Ice, Tour and Sport modes on all models and Track mode on SS
  • Remote vehicle starter system (with an automatic transmission)
  • Driver information center with color display
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Rear vision camera
  • Automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • Capless fuel filler
  • Variable-ratio electric power steering
  • 8-way power driver, 6-way power passenger seats
  • Electronic park brake
  • Driver and front passenger knee air bags

Additionally, the popular RS package returns for LT models. It features 20-inch aluminum wheels, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with LED signature lamps, LED taillamps, RS-specific grille inserts and a rear spoiler.

The Camaro 1SS builds on the equipment included on the 1LT with the RS package, adding unique front and rear fascias, specific grilles, a vented hood, and specific rear spoiler. Additional performance features included on the 1SS include:

  • Cooling systems for the differential, transmission and engine oil
  • Brembo brakes with four-piston front and rear calipers
  • Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 run-flat tires.
  • Active Rev Matching (manual transmission models only)
  • Limited slip differential (manual transmission models only)
  • Configurable Driver Information Center

Uplevel 2SS models include leather heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, interior spectrum lighting, heated steering wheel, head-up display, Bose premium audio, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert – included on the 2LT with the Convenience and Lighting Package – and more.

“For the fifth-gen Camaro, nearly two-thirds of Camaro SS buyers selected the 2SS trim,” said Christensen. “For those buyers, the 2016 Camaro 2SS comes with practically every available option. The only additional features available are Magnetic Ride Control suspension, a power sunroof, in-dash navigation, dual-mode exhaust system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.”

Visualizer details
The new Camaro Visualizer is the online portal enabling users to browse view how many of the options and accessories will look when installed on a 2016 Camaro. It includes 10 exterior colors, five interior colors and dozens of accessories ranging from wheels, ground effects, stripe packages and interior accents.

“There’s practically no such thing as a factory-stock Camaro and Chevrolet understands how important customization is to owners,” said Christensen. “The wide range of personalization options offers customers unprecedented choices for tailoring their Camaro.”

Accessory highlights include:

  • Three aluminum wheel designs, in multiple finishes
  • Grille kits with six body-color inserts for LT and SS models; inserts are also available in chrome-appearance or primed versions for custom painting
  • A blade-style rear spoiler and a ground effects kit, each offered in 10 colors
  • Four exterior graphics packages, offered in multiple colors, including a body-side “spear” design; rally stripe design; front-fender “hash mark” design; and a racing stripe design
  • Interior trim kits, offered in multiple colors, including knee pads and door accent trim

Based on the 2016 Camaro model and trim selected, customers can also select alternate-finish versions of existing features such as smoked taillamp lenses and blacked-out or LED-illuminated Chevrolet bowtie emblems.

“The range of features, colors and other options ensures that customers will be able to build a Camaro quite unlike any other,” said Christensen. “Better still, these accessories can be installed at the dealership during the purchase process, allowing customers to hit the street in a customized Camaro the moment they take delivery.”

Chevrolet’s Camaro accessories are designed and tested to the same standards as regular-production components, offering peace of mind and uncompromising quality. Chevrolet Accessories are warranted and backed by Chevrolet, something no aftermarket company can offer.

About the 2016 Camaro
The Gen Six Camaro provides a faster, more nimble driving experience, enabled by an all-new, lighter architecture that weight more than 200 pounds less than the Gen Five Camaro depending on the model and its broad powertrain range.

A new, double-pivot MacPherson strut front suspension complements the lighter architecture and provides a more precise feeling of control, including more linear and communicative feel from the quick-ratio electric power steering system.

The all-new interior integrates class-leading control technologies, including a new Driver Mode Selector, configurable instrument cluster with an eight-inch-diagonal display and the available, customizable interior spectrum lighting feature that offers 24 different ambient lighting effects on the dash, door panels, and center console.

LT models feature an all-new 2.0L Turbo engine rated at 275 hp (205 kW), enabling 0-60 performance of less than six seconds and more than 30 mpg on the highway (GM-estimated). An all-new, more-powerful 3.6L V-6 is available in the 2016 Camaro LT. Rated at an SAE-certified 335 hp (250 kW) and 284 lb-ft of torque (385 Nm), it offers highest specific output of any naturally aspirated V-6 in the segment.

The 2016 Camaro SS features an all-new 6.2L LT1 V-8, SAE-certified at 455 horsepower (339 kW) and 455 lb-ft of torque (617 Nm), making it the most powerful Camaro SS in history. And with improved handling and performance, it delivers better lap times than the fifth-generation’s track-focused Camaro 1LE package. Available Magnetic Ride Control active suspension enables even higher levels of capability, control and refinement.

The 2016 Camaro is produced at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River assembly plant in Lansing, Mich. Coupe models with V-6 and V-8 engines will arrive at dealers by the end of 2015, while convertible models and 2.0L Turbo models will arrive in the first quarter of 2016.

Editors: Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price includes destination charges ($995) but excludes tax, title, license, and optional equipment and dealer fees.

Chevy to Celebrate American Ingenuity on Woodward Dream Cruise

DETROIT – 08.13.2015 – Chevy is marking its fifth year as the presenting sponsor of the Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest single-day car enthusiast event, drawing more than 1.5 million enthusiasts annually from around the world.

Chevrolet will have displays in key locations along the famed Woodward Avenue including:

  • Chevrolet is hosting Volt owners and their guests for a Volt Silent Cruise on Tuesday, August 11. Owners will meet at the Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield Hills at 6 p.m. and depart to silently cruise Woodward Avenue at 7 p.m. Representatives from marketing and engineering will attend to talk with customers and show off the next-generation Volt.
  • GM Design will host the sixth annual Design on Woodward car show on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Northwood Plaza on the southwest corner of Woodward and 13 Mile Road. The show will feature more than 100 personal vehicles owned by members of the GM design team.
  • The Chevrolet Performance display, located at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road, will be open on Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, August 15 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Multiple performance vehicles fresh off the Hot Rod Power Tour, a selection of Chevrolet Performance parts and accessories, and an IndyCar vehicle will be on display. Linda Vaughn, ambassador and promoter of various forms of American motor racing, will sign autographs Friday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m., and Saturday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.
  • On Saturday, Aug. 15 – the official day of the Cruise – Chevrolet’s display at the junction of Woodward Avenue and Old Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, Mich. will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The display will have Chevrolet’s full line of vehicles, including:
    • The all-new 2016 Camaro coupe and convertible
    • The 2016 Volt with an all-new second-generation Voltec extended-range electric propulsion system that delivers 53 miles of pure EV range, based on EPA testing, a nearly a 40-percent improvement over the first-generation Volt.
    • A coupe and convertible version of the 1955 Bel Air celebrating the iconic design’s 60th anniversary

Chevrolet will also sponsor the Camaro Corral at the Pleasant Ridge City Hall, 23925 Woodward Ave. Up to 150 Camaros owned by Camaro Club members will be on display starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

For those making their rounds up and down the strip, the Chevrolet Certified Service Rescue Squad will be on duty for the fourth year in a row. Six Chevrolet Silverados will cruise Woodward to lend assistance to any make of classic cruiser that stalls, overheats or runs out of gas. The trucks are supported by the Metro Detroit Chevrolet Dealers, who provide ASE-certified technicians.