Chevrolet Adds Trax to Growing Small-Vehicle Lineup

2015 Chevrolet Trax

NEW YORK – At the New York International Auto Show today, Chevrolet announced it will add the Trax, a new small SUV, to its portfolio. The 2015 Trax will offer versatility, connectivity and turbocharged performance in an efficient package. 

Sporty and modern, Trax blends small-car agility with the utility of an SUV, including up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of cargo space. It’s Chevrolet’s seventh small-vehicle launch in less than four years. During that time, the brand’s share of the small-, compact- and mini-car segments has more than tripled – up 221 percent.

“Trax offers customers another option in the Chevrolet family and will be a strong competitor in the emerging small-SUV market, which is expected to grow more than 80 percent by 2016,” said Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president, Global Chevrolet. “Trax also leverages our global resources and builds on Chevrolet’s strong SUV heritage.”

When it arrives in dealer showrooms early next year, Trax will accommodate customers’ increasingly connected lifestyles with available OnStar 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as MyLink technology featuring the segment’s only seven-inch color touch screen. Trax also will be the first in its class to offer Siri Eyes Free.

Trax technologies also enhance passenger safety, with more standard air bags than its competitors, a standard rearview camera and available rear park assist.

Additional vehicle highlights include:

  • Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine that delivers the efficiency of a small-displacement engine with the power of a larger engine on demand
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink
  • Ten standard air bags, including side-curtain and knee air bags – and the segment’s only rear seat-mounted thorax air bags
  • Clever and convenient storage areas, including upper and lower glove boxes – with a USB port and auxiliary jack in the upper glove box for plug-in media
  • 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat and fold-down front passenger seatback for storing and transporting items up to eight feet long
  • Standard remote keyless entry and available remote start.

Trax will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

A Chevy inside and out

With its signature dual-port grille, prominent bowtie emblem and swept headlamps, the Trax is immediately identifiable as a contemporary Chevrolet. Its grille design – with chrome accents – emulates other Chevrolets and provides a more cohesive appearance across the brand’s lineup of crossovers and small cars.

Available cues such as front fog lamps and simulated front and rear skid plates lend a sportier presence, while vertical tail lamps flank the tailgate, accenting taught body lines and pronounced wheel arches that give the Trax a confident stance.

The 10 exterior are: Brilliant Blue Metallic, Orange Rock Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, White Pearl Tricoat, Black Granite Metallic, Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Deep Espresso Metallic and Blaze Red.

Inside, Trax’s distinctive styling carries over to a dual-cockpit instrument panel. In the center, it houses a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display for the standard MyLink voice-activated infotainment system. It also features displays for available SiriusXM satellite radio and standard rearview camera, as well as the available GPS-enabled app navigation system that customers can download.

The instrument cluster is inspired by the bold design in the Sonic, featuring a large, performance-style analog tachometer combined with a prominent digital display for the speedometer and other readouts. A small-diameter, thick-rimmed steering wheel enhances the sporty ambience. The wheel is leather-wrapped on LTZ and some LT models.

LS models feature standard cloth seating, with deluxe cloth standard on LT, along with an available cloth/leatherette seating trim. LTZ models feature standard full leatherette trim. Interior colors are Jet Black, Jet Black/Light Titanium and Jet Black/Brownstone.

For versatility, the 60/40 flat-folding rear seat features a fold-down armrest with cup holders, storage in all four doors, four bins in the dash, pockets in the seatbacks and bins under the rear load floor and a hidden storage drawer under the front passenger seat. It also offers 18.7 cubic feet (530 liters) of storage behind the split-folding rear seat and 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) with the rear seat folded. The front passenger seat also folds flat to extend the cargo length and accommodate items up to eight feet long.

Connectivity and infotainment details

Available Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users enhances connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity so customers can keep phones stored and their hands on the wheel.

Additional standard and available features include:

  • Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen and additional USB ports
  • Available Chevrolet connected by OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink
  • Available BringGo navigation app
  • Available SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three months of trial service), SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Tune Select (requires XM subscription)

·         Supports playback of MP3 files stored on USB flash memory drives.

With Chevrolet’s connected by OnStar 4G LTE connection, Trax provides an available Wi-Fi hotspot that allows passengers to connect multiple personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet.

Turbocharged performance

Trax is powered by a power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine backed by an efficiency-enhancing six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is expected to be rated at an SAE-certified 138 horsepower (102 kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm.

The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps it deliver a more confident driving experience, with a strong feeling of power across the rpm band. The turbocharger’s on-demand performance also contributes to efficiency because it enables greater power when needed with the lower fuel consumption of a small-displacement engine when it’s not.

The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and greater packaging flexibility. A solid cast crankshaft and forged connecting rods deliver additional durability to support the engine’s pressurized power and torque.

A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift control is matched with the 1.4L turbo engine. It has a unique design, with the planetary gearsets positioned on the same axis as the engine crankshaft centerline, making the entire powertrain unit shorter fore-to-aft. This design enables a shorter overall vehicle length, increased interior space, enhanced safety crush zones and lower weight.

A “steep” first gear and a “tall” overdrive top gear to achieve a wide ratio spread of 6.14:1. This allows Trax to achieve robust acceleration, as well as fuel efficiency and lower engine noise at highway cruising speeds.

Refined ride and handling

Trax is built on a robust global platform and engineered with precise suspension tuning to deliver one of the segment’s quietest and most refined driving experiences. Available all-wheel drive seamlessly shifts power to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling.

A 100.6-inch (2,555 mm) wheelbase and wide stance – 60.6-inch (1,539 mm) front and rear tracks – contribute to a confident driving experience, while a strong structure enables greater suspension precision and a quiet ride.

A MacPherson strut front suspension is used with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar and side-load-compensated front strut modules.

The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, with a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile with gas-charged twin-tube shocks. It combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control. Noise-damping urethane spring isolators improve ride isolation and dampen noise.

Trax also features a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power steering system that saves fuel compared to a conventional engine-driven power steering pump.

Sixteen-inch wheels are standard on LS and LT (aluminum wheels on LT). LTZ has standard 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Built to protect

Trax incorporates technologies that help avoid crashes and protect occupants in case one occurs. Crash-avoidance technologies include:

  • Standard rearview camera
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, incorporating traction control and rollover mitigation features
  • ABS and electronic brake force distribution
  • Cornering brake control and brake assist

The body structure forms a protective cage around the passenger compartment, with 66 percent of the structure composed of high-strength steels, including ultra-high-strength steel. That structural protection is complemented with 10 standard air bags:

  • Driver and front passenger frontal air bags
  • Driver and front passenger knee air bags
  • Front and rear thorax air bags for all outboard positions – including the segment’s only rear-seat-mounted thorax air bags
  • Side curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers.

Trax’s safety and security features also include exclusive OnStar technology with Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.

Global Trax

Chevrolet Trax was launched in late 2012 in Mexico and Canada as a 2013 model; about 90,000 have been sold in more than 60 global markets. In addition to the United States, the 2015 Trax will also go on sale in China, adding the small SUV to Chevy’s two largest markets. Trax is named after a 2007 concept vehicle.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Overview

Model:

Chevrolet Trax

Body style / driveline:

small SUV, front-engine/front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive

Construction:

body-frame integral

EPA vehicle class:

sport utility vehicle

Key competitors:

Kia Soul, Nissan Juke, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Manufacturing locations:

Bupyeong, South Korea and San Luis Potosi, Mexico

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Engine

 

1.4L turbocharged DOHC I-4

Displacement (cu. in. / cc):

83.2 / 1364

Bore and stroke (in. / mm):

2.85 x 3.25 / 72.5 x 82.6

Block material:

cast iron

Cylinder head material:

cast aluminum

Valvetrain:

dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, double continuously cam phaser intake and exhaust (DCVCP)

Ignition system:

coil on plug

Fuel delivery:

sequential multi-port fuel injection with electronic throttle control

Compression ratio:

9.5:1

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):

138 / 103 @ 4900 (SAE certified)

Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm):

148 / 200 @ 1850 (SAE certified)

Recommended fuel:

regular unleaded

Max engine speed (rpm):

6500

Emissions controls:

close-coupled and underfloor catalytic converters; pre- and post-oxygen sensors

EPA fuel economy (city / hwy):

26 / 34

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Transmission

 

Hydra-Matic 6T40 6-speed automatic

Gear ratios (:1)

 

First:

4.58

Second:

2.96

Third:

1.91

Fourth:

1.45

Fifth:

1.00

Sixth:

0.75

Reverse:

2.94

Final drive:

3.53

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Chassis/Suspension

Front:

MacPherson strut with coil-over spring; direct-acting stabilizer bar; steel 6-point rigid attachment front cross member

Rear:

compound crank (torsion beam); coil springs with twin-tube shock absorbers

Steering type:

column-mounted electric power steering; rack-and-pinion gear (straight ratio)

Steering ratio:

16.1:1

Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:

2.7 (16-inch wheels)
2.6 (18-inch wheels)

Turning circle, curb-to-curb
(ft / m):

36.7 / 11.2

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Brakes

Type:

FWD: front discs with ventilated rotors, rear drums; standard ABS

AWD: four-wheel disc with ventilated front discs and solid rear discs; standard ABS

Brake rotor diameter x thickness (in / mm):

front: 11.8 x 1.0 / 300 x 26, ventilated discs (FWD & AWD)

rear: 10.6 x 0.5 / 268 x 12, solid discs (AWD)

Drum diameter (in / mm) :

rear: 9 / 230 (FWD)

Anti-lock braking system:

Mando MGH60 Chassis Controls: ABS / TCS / ESC with rollover mitigation

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Wheels/Tires

Wheels:

16 x 6.5-inch steel with wheel cover (std.)
16 x 6.5-inch aluminum (opt.)
18 x 7-inch aluminum (opt.)

Tires:

P205/70R16 ALS (std.)
P215/55R18 AL3 (opt.)

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Dimensions

Exterior

Wheelbase (in / mm):

100.6 / 2555

Overall length (in / mm):

168.5 / 4280

Overall width (in / mm):

69.9 / 1776

Overall height (in / mm):

65.9 / 1674

Track (in / mm):

front: 60.6 / 1540
rear: 60.6 / 1540

Curb weight (lb / kg):

FWD: 2805 / 1293 (est.)
AWD: 3208 / 1455 (est.)

Minimum ground clearance
(in. / mm):

front: 6.2 / 157
rear: 6.2 / 157

 

Interior

Seating capacity (front / rear):

2 / 3

Headroom (in / mm):

front: 39.6 / 1005
rear: 38.8 / 985

Legroom (in / mm):

front: 40.8 / 1037
rear: 35.7 / 907

Shoulder room (in / mm):

front: 54.1 / 1374
rear: 52.8 / 1340

Hip room (in / mm):

front: 51.7 / 1313
rear: 50.2 / 1274

Passenger volume (cu ft / L):

92.8 / 2628

Cargo volume (cu ft / L):

18.7 / 530 (behind rear seat)
48.4 / 1371 (rear seat folded)

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Capacities

Fuel tank (gal / L):

14 / 53

Engine oil (qt / L):

4.75 / 4.5

Cooling system (qt / L):

6.9 / 6.5

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Note: Information shown is current at time of publication

Chevrolet and GMC Announce CNG Pricing Options

2015 Silverado 2500HD Bi-Fuel

DETROIT  Bi-fuel options, allowing either compressed natural gas or gasoline to power the 2015Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD pickups, will start at $9,500. A dedicated CNG option on the 2015 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana cargo and passenger short-wheelbase vans starts $10,825 for the three-tank system and $12,090 for the four-tank system.

“Based on current average fuel prices, CNG is more than a dollar cheaper than an equivalent gallon of gasoline, giving drivers and businesses an incentive to use CNG to power their vehicles,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, General Motors Fleet and Commercial. “Given the consistent cost savings and expanding infrastructure, both commercial and individual interest in CNG vehicles continues to grow.”

The bi-fuel CNG option will be available on all 2015 Silverado and Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD single-rear-wheel models. The Express and Savana vans have fully dedicated CNG fuel systems – available in three- or four-tank models on cargo vans and exclusively with the three-tank design on passenger vans. 

GM warrants and validates the fuel systems on all of its CNG trucks, vans and the upcoming bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala sedan through its five-year/100,000-mile – whichever comes first – powertrain limited warranty. All major components associated with the CNG system also carry GM service part numbers for availability throughout the largest dealer network in the United States.

CNG versions of the Silverado and Sierra 2500HD double cab and crew cab and the full-size Express and Savana vans are on sale now. The Silverado and Sierra 2500HD regular cab and all 3500HD pickups go on sale in July.

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About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


About GMC
GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry’s healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and the Sierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups

 

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Two GM SUVs score ‘good’ ratings in new crash testing

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DETROIT — Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain survived the challenging new small-overlap crash test for mid-sized SUVs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with a “good” rating.

The Equinox, Terrain and Toyota Highlander earned a top safety pick+ award in the test. But the Highlander received an “average” rating from the group.

Introduced in 2012, the small-overlap test re-creates conditions in which the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or object. During the test, the front quarter of the driver side of the vehicle collides with a barrier at 40 mph.

The test differs from a head-on collision because the front-end crush zone is bypassed, which can result in the passenger compartment collapsing.

“When it comes to mid-sized SUVs, General Motors is showing the way forward,” David Zuby, IIHS vice president, said in a statement. “The Equinox and Terrain score well in all components of the small overlap test — structure, restraints and kinematics, and injury measures for four body regions.”

The IIHS said that the Equinox and Terrain were able to outperform the other SUVs tested because of modifications on 2014 models to the front structure and door-hinge pillars. In the Equinox, the crash test dummy’s movement was controlled and the airbags worked as expected.

The worst-performing mid-sized SUV was the Honda Pilot, in which the driver’s space was “seriously compromised by intruding structure” during the crash. In the worst impact, the parking brake moved 16.5 inches inward, the steering column shifted 5.2 inches to the right and the dummy suffered injuries to the left hip, knee and lower leg.

Also receiving a poor rating was the Mazda CX-9, which had its hinge pillar intrude 17 inches, bringing the left driver-side wheel even with the dummy’s knee. The door frame was so damaged in the crash that the dummy’s head struck it after impacting the front airbag.

The Ford Explorer had its door hinge pillar nearly severed from the door sill in the impact, which led to a moderate overall rating from the group, but a poor structure rating. The Kia Sorento earned a poor overall rating due to poor structure and lower leg and foot scores.

You can reach Sean Gagnier at sgagnier@crain.com.

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Chevrolet Revs Up Cute ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Campaign

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Senior Editor@marcgraser

General Motors has turned to Marvel’s star-spangled superhero Captain America to help promote the launch of Chevrolet’s line up of vehicles, including the newest version of its Corvette Stingray.

The first part of the multi-platform campaign built around “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” out in theaters April 4, launched over the weekend, with kids playing the characters in the sequel, before one climbs into a Chevy Traverse SUV when his mom picks him up from school.

The spot was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who also helmed ”The Winter Soldier” and will return for a third “Captain America” installment planned for 2016.

After having teamed up mostly with Michael Bay and Paramount’s “Transformers” franchise in the past, and TV series like “Hawaii Five-O” and “Nashville,” Chevy wanted to pair up with Marvel because it felt the “Captain America” franchise was a natural way for it to grow the brand around the world, especially as Marvel’s films continue to captivate audiences worldwide. It also wanted a film that offered up strong action sequences for Chevrolet’s line up of cars and trucks.

In addition to the Corvette, the Chevy Tahoe SUV is also featured in the sequel.

“Core brand values such as innovation, young-at-heart, heroism, can-do-spirit and authenticity intersect very well with Captain America’s values,” said Steve Tihanyi, general director of marketing alliances and branded entertainment for General Motors.

In “The Winter Soldier,” the Corvette is mostly associated with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character. Harley-Davidson has aligned with Captain America in the first film and “The Avengers.”

“The Corvette represents technology, sophistication, intelligence, performance and beauty just like the Black Widow character,” Tihanyi said. “Being able to align the two made for a great opportunity to include the Corvette in the film.”

Brands typically don’t know how their products will be featured in the final cut of a film.

But Chevy wasn’t disappointed with its presence in the “Captain America” sequel. The Corvette is prominently featured in the first 10 minutes of the movie, with Black Widow pulling up in the American muscle car, impressing Evans’ Steve Rogers.

“Our Chevy products are represented very well and are positioned in wonderful heroic roles and situations,” Tihanyi said.

Chevy developed the marketing campaign with Creative Artists Agency and ad shop Commonwealth, as well as the automaker’s global media agency Carat. Chevy already had a longstanding relationship with Marvel-parent Disney.

Tihanyi said the concept for the ad came from a visual he sent of a little boy in a super hero costume to CAA’s marketing group.

“I asked them to use it as the inspiration for a spot that focused on the imagination of children at play,” he said. The Russos ended up directing the final result, “Rich Imagination.”

“They were always our first choice,” Tihanyi said. “This gave us a true, authentic approach to the development of the spot by placing the kids directly into the role of the actors from the film in the exact same environments. The Russos provided this wonderful take on the scenes from the film with children in an imaginary world of play.”

Chevy’s campaign began rolling out over the weekend, with the spot bowing on YouTube. The tie-in to “The Winter Soldier” will be pushed across key global territories.

The carmaker’s last major movie tie-in was around DreamWorks’ NASCAR-themed “Turbo,” an animated film which wound up disappointing at the box office. Its vehicles will also be prominently featured in this summer’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” with the character of Bumblebee once again played by a Camaro.

From Variety…(http://variety.com/2014/film/news/scarlett-johansson-marvel-chevrolet-revs-up-cute-captain-america-the-winter-soldier-campaign-1201134901/#)

GM Wins Six ‘Best Family Car’ Awards

DETROIT – General Motors’ brands took home six awards in the 2014 Best Cars for Families from U.S. News & World Report. Ranging from small cars to SUVs, GM’s award winners have the best combination of quality, safety, features and space for families:

  • Chevrolet Impala: Best Large Car for Families
  • Chevrolet Tahoe: Best Large SUV for Families
  • Buick Enclave: Best 3-Row SUV for Families
  • Buick Verano: Best Upscale Small Car for Families
  • Cadillac CTS: Best Luxury Large Car for Families
  • Cadillac ATS: Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families

GM received more awards than any other automaker, and it is the second year in a row GM has the best family vehicles in six different vehicle segments.

The award criteria include top marks in professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume and family-friendly features.

“At GM, everything is about providing our customers with the best overall experience in the industry,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president GM Global Customer Experience and Product Quality. “Our cars and trucks deliver on all ingredients that create a winning formula for our customers.”

 

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General Motors Co.
(NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

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Chevrolet Designs for Pothole Perseverance

DETROIT Spring hasn’t arrived, but the potholes have. While no one plans to hit them, they are inevitable and in many cases unavoidable. More than an uncomfortable nuisance, they can damage tires, wheels and suspension components.

Chevrolet helps combat the effects of potholes by taking them head-on, testing vehicles such as Malibu and Silverado on carefully engineered roads within the General Motors Milford Proving Ground that are laced with manufactured potholes ranging from mildly annoying to chassis-rattling. The intentionally poor road conditions help engineers thwart the bumps a vehicle takes and tune suspensions to minimize discomfort to passengers.

“We have a wide variety of road surfaces that simulate real-world road conditions around the globe,” said Frank Barhorst, who supervises the Product Usage Measurements and Applications group at the Proving Ground near Detroit. “The range of test road surfaces goes from good to bad, so that we can find the most balanced condition for each vehicle we develop – and believe me, we’ve created some of the worst potholes you’ve ever seen.”

Potholes are most prevalent in the spring because the moisture in the small holes and cracks in the road during the winter alternates between freezing and thawing as temperatures change, causing expansion and contraction of the road surface. Then, the pavement breaks up under the weight of normal vehicle traffic.

One of the major reasons vehicles sustain damage when they hit a pothole is because load is not transferred properly. The engineered potholes at Milford help experts re-create load conditions that occur when a vehicle hits one on a non-controlled surface. GM has collected that data for the past 40 years, using it to design and engineer new vehicles better able to absorb pothole abuse.

The extreme durability tests extend beyond pothole-cratered pavement and includes terrain such as construction sites and off-road-driving environments for Chevy’s trucks and SUVs.

“Every Chevrolet built globally goes through this type of testing. And we design our vehicles to absorb the load when they hit a pothole,” said Barhorst. “The data we collect on our test course helps us to integrate loads between interconnecting parts, and capture and fix potential problems as we design Chevrolets.”

While no technology will help drivers avoid every pothole, Chevrolet models share traits – such as robust body structures – that reduce vibrations generated by sudden, harsh impacts. The strong body structures also enable engineers to tune the suspensions more precisely, for smoother, more controlled driving experiences that help mitigate the effects of smaller and moderate potholes.

Chassis and suspension updates inspired by the all-new 2014 Impala also contribute to the a dynamic driving experience in the 2014 Malibu, including rebound springs in the struts on 2.5L-equipped models. More refined calibration of the dampers results in a smoother overall ride and improves body roll control and weight transfer during acceleration or turning. That helps keep the wheels planted, contributing to a more precise, controlled feel – especially while cornering.

Tire and wheel design and construction also play a vital role in managing potholes. GM engineers its tire technology specifications with an eye toward fuel economy, quietness, tread wear, braking distances and the ability to withstand potholes.

“On the wheel side, we’ve developed a premium process for flow-formed rims,” said Dave Cowger, GM Tire & Wheel Systems Engineering. “On the tire side, we’ve made improvements to the body side including the cords in the tires, which make the tires stronger and allow the vehicle to withstand impact better.”

The team that engineered the new Silverado went to extremes to ensure it would exceed the demands of truck customers. GM’s new full-size trucks underwent more than 6 million miles of durability testing at Milford, over the deserts and mountains of Nevada and across the frozen flats of Kapuskasing, Ontario. That’s equivalent to 240 trips around the earth. In addition, the trucks accumulated more than 7 million real-world miles during final testing, bringing total test miles to more than 13 million.

Chevrolet Certified Service offers these tips for avoiding and managing potholes:

  • Always inflate tires to the number on the tire inflation placard on the inside of the driver’s door opening
  • Tire inflation should be checked cold, before driving
  • Each 10-degree F change in ambient temperature changes the effective inflation pressure by 1 pound. This means during the course of a winter day going from 40 degrees F at noon to 0 degrees F at night, tire pressure can drop 4 pounds, enough to affect its ability to resist pothole damage
  • Use winter-rated tires
  • Watch for street hazards
  • Remember that dirty headlamps and worn wipers hamper visibility
  • If you hit a pothole, visibly check your wheel and tire for obvious damage and have your Chevrolet dealer check to see if the vehicle needs a re-alignment or if there is suspension damage.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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GM Foundation Donates More than $1.45 Million to Aid Habitat for Humanity

DETROIT – The General Motors Foundation is donating more than $1.45 million to Habitat for Humanity to fund at least 10 new-home builds and 15 neighborhood revitalization projects across the United States, as well as a special veterans’ program in partnership with up to 50 Habitat affiliates.

“An important factor in building stronger families and communities is the stability of a permanent home,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “This constancy is particularly important for our veterans and military service members, and we are committed to helping them – and the Habitat partner families – realize home ownership and take advantage of programs designed to move their lives forward in positive ways.”

This commitment from the GM Foundation will help give U.S. military service members and veterans access to programs that will help them become homeowners or improve their current living conditions. It will help fund the development of training programs enabling affiliates to better engage and serve their local veteran community. Additionally, it will support construction and revitalization projects in the following cities:

Partner Affiliate

City

Date

Habitat Bowling Green/Warren County

Bowling Green, Ky.

March 25

Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County

Lordstown, Ohio

April 24

Heartland Habitat for Humanity

Kansas City, Kan.

May 21

Huntington County Habitat for Humanity

Roanoke, Ind.

May 22

Habitat for Humanity of Snohomish County

Seattle, Wash.

June 19

Habitat for Humanity of Buffalo

Tonawanda/Lockport, N.Y.

July 30

Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pa.

July 31

Habitat for Humanity Detroit

Detroit, Mich.

Aug./Sept.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

Aug. 8-9

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan

Flint, Pontiac and Warren, Mich.

Sept. 8-12

Carter Work Project
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity & Trinity Habitat for Humanity

Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas

Oct. 6-10

Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino Area

Fontana, Calif.

Nov. 21

General Motors’ teamGM Cares volunteers, from the company’s operations across the country, will volunteer for each project.

In February, the GM Foundation announced a $400,000 pledge to Habitat for Humanity Detroit in honor of former GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. It also provided a $50,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity of Michigan to fund volunteer projects in Warren, Pontiac and Flint, Mich., as well as help the Habitat State Support Organization fund its operations.

With this new commitment, the GM Foundation is providing more than $1 million through its national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International to support U.S. Habitat affiliates. This is the second consecutive year the GM Foundation has provided national funding to Habitat for home building and revitalization projects.

The Foundation also provided $500,000 to the organization in May 2013 to assist with cleanup, repairs and new-construction efforts in five Texas counties following devastating tornadoes. Combined, the GM Foundation’s total support of Habitat for Humanity is more than $3 million since 2013.

“Habitat is grateful for the continued support of the General Motors Foundation,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This new funding will provide opportunities for many families — and veterans in particular — to partner with Habitat affiliates across the U.S. to build or repair their homes. The donation demonstrates a deep commitment from the General Motors Foundation to help Habitat change lives and transform communities.”

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit http://www.gm.com/gmfoundation.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.

From GM News

Modified Chevrolet Bowtie Makes Z/28 Even Cooler

Traditional badge modified in the name of all-out track performance.

2014 Camaro Z/28 "flowtie"

DETROIT – In developing the 2014 Camaro Z/28, the team scrutinized every component looking for ways to improve track performance, lap after lap. Even the iconic Chevrolet bowtie faced audit.

During aerodynamics testing, Powertrain Cooling Development engineer Richard Quinn noticed that the bowtie on the Z/28’s grill was displacing air away from the radiator, which can impact engine cooling – an important aspect for all vehicles, especially track-oriented cars.  

Removing the bowtie altogether did not seem to be an appropriate solution. Instead, Quinn took a cut-off wheel to the gold fill of the bowtie, leaving the silver outline intact. He installed the prototype on the grill and retested to see the results.

“There are engineers in our team that race as a hobby,” said Quinn, “and we used that racer’s mindset to look for ways small or large to get better performance out of the Z/28. Even the smallest details on the Z/28 were weighed for cooling benefit, and this is one that stuck.”

The “Flowtie,” as the engineers now affectionately refer to it, is just the chrome outline of the traditional bowtie, with the center removed. This simple solution alone was enough to allow three additional cubic meters of air into the engine per minute. Engineers found the Flowtie dropped the temperatures of engine coolant and engine oil by 2°F (1.2°C) during extended track sessions. That seemingly small improvement was enough to justify making the Flowtie standard on every new Z/28.

“The Flowtie is just one example of the team’s focus on track performance,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “That same attention to detail is evident throughout the cooling systems for the LS7 engine, as well as the carbon ceramic brakes and the differential.”

The naturally aspirated Z/28 weighs 300 pounds less than the supercharged Camaro ZL1 and 55 pounds lighter than the Camaro 1LE – with changes ranging from lightweight wheels to thinner rear-window glass.

“The Camaro Z/28 has more than 190 unique parts, compared to a Camaro SS,” Oppenheiser said. “Like the Flowtie, each of these parts were changed with one objective: to deliver incredible performance on the track – not just for the first lap, but lap, after lap, after lap.”

The 2014 Camaro Z/28 arrives in dealerships this spring.

From GM News