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Chevrolet Introduces First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette

Chevrolet 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.

From front- to mid-engine, in under three seconds

“Corvette has always represented the pinnacle of innovation and boundary-pushing at GM. The traditional front-engine vehicle reached its limits of performance, necessitating the new layout,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “In terms of comfort and fun, it still looks and feels like a Corvette, but drives better than any vehicle in Corvette history. Customers are going to be thrilled with our focus on details and performance across the board.”

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The new mid-engine layout gives the 2020 Stingray:

  • Better weight distribution, with the rear weight bias enhancing performance in a straight line and on the track.
  • Better responsiveness and sense of control due to driver positioning closer to the front axle, almost on top of the front wheels.
  • The fastest 0-60 time of any entry Corvette ever — under three seconds when equipped with Z51 Performance Package.
  • A race car-like view of the road due to lower positioning of the hood, instrument panel and steering wheel. Excellent forward sightlines throughout the vehicle for both driver and passenger.
  • An enhancement of Corvette’s traditional utility strengths, with dual trunks for a total of 12.6 cubic feet of cargo volume, ideal for luggage or two sets of golf clubs

Design inspired by racing and aeronautics

The 2020 Stingray’s exterior has a bold, futuristic expression with mid-engine exotic proportions, but it is still unmistakably Corvette. It’s lean and muscular, with an athletic sculptural shape conveying a sense of motion and power from every angle.

“As America’s most iconic performance nameplate, redesigning the Corvette Stingray from the ground up presented the team a historic opportunity, something Chevrolet designers have desired for over 60 years,” said Michael Simcoe, vice president of Global Design, General Motors. “It is now the best of America, a new arrival in the mid-engine sports car class. We know Corvette can stand tall with the best the world has to offer.”

A supercar level of craftsmanship, premium materials and attention to detail were critical in designing every component of the Stingray. The new location of the engine is truly the focal point for the car’s design. It’s the heart of this next generation Corvette and it sits like a jewel in a showcase, visible through the large rear hatch window. The added attention to detail optimized the appearance of every wire, tube, bolt and fastener, similar to those found in modern track and all-road motorcycle design.

Some additional design touchpoints include:

  • Low profile headlamps designed around all-new projectors.
  • Completely hidden door, hood and hatch releases do not disrupt the sculpted design.
  • Large side air intakes for engine cooling and aerodynamic performance.
  • A-pillar shape that communicates speed and assists in visibility.
  • Large rear hatch that showcases the engine with seven air vents.
  • Quad exhaust tips located on the vehicle’s outboard ends.
  • Dual-element LED taillamps with animated turn signals.

True to its aeronautical and racing roots, the 2020 Stingray’s canopy-forward stance was inspired by F22s, F35s and other modern fighter jets and Formula One racing. Other classic Corvette signatures adapted to the Stingray include a distinctive face that communicates the purpose of the vehicle’s mission, a classic horizontal crease, aggressive front fenders and familiar positioning of the dual-element headlamps.

The interior is further enhanced by:

  • A cockpit that has not only migrated forward by 16.5 inches, but envelops the driver, conveying the high performance and aeronautic theme
  • Vertical climate controls and ultra-thin vents minimize the height of the instrument panel, creating a low, spacious interior.
  • A new, squared-off, two-spoke, small diameter steering wheel that enables an unobscured view of the 12-inch reconfigurable cluster display

The 2020 Stingray boasts premium interior materials executed at a high level of quality and craftsmanship:

  • Hand-wrapped, cut-and-sew leather components with thick press stitching.
  • Generous use of real metal.
  • Stainless steel speaker grilles with Bose Performance Series audio system.
  • Carbon fiber trim on the GT2 and Competition Sport Seats.
  • The choice of either real aluminum or real carbon fiber for console and door trim plates.

Customers can create their own design statement, with the most personalization options ever for Corvette:

  • 12 exterior colors — Torch Red, Arctic White, Black, Blade Silver Metallic, Shadow Gray, Ceramic Matrix Gray, Long Beach Red, Elkhart Lake Blue and Sebring Orange — plus three all-new colors: Rapid Blue, Zeus Bronze and Accelerate Yellow.
  • Six interior color themes: Jet Black, Sky Cool Gray, Adrenaline Red, Natural/ Natural Dipped, Two-Tone Blue and Morello Red.
  • Six seat belt colors: Black, Blue, Natural, Torch Red, Yellow and Orange.
  • Two optional stitch packages: Yellow and Red. Standard black interiors have Sky Cool Gray stitching.

Three seat options:

  • GT1 – a sporty style that emphasizes comfort while providing good support for performance driving situations. Features Mulan leather trim, optional two-way lumbar support and wing adjustment.
  • GT2 – a first for Corvette, these seats have a racing-inspired look with comfort for long trips courtesy of dual density foam. They include carbon fiber trim, a Napa leather insert, Mulan leather bolsters, a jet black-painted seat back, two-way lumbar support and wing adjustment, plus heating and ventilation.
  • Competition Sport – designed for the serious track-focused driver, these seats include aggressive bolsters, full Napa seating surfaces and carbon fiber trim on the headrest, heating and ventilation, along with an all-new durable performance textile inspired by Kevlar vests.
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Engineered to be a true supercar for every day

Corvette’s structure is built around its backbone: the center tunnel. This enables a light, stiff structure to serve as the foundation for the suspension system to perform in an optimized manner. By removing unwanted body compliance, Corvette customers will experience the ultimate in ride performance with outstanding lateral grip capabilities. The car has a solid, connected-to-the-road feel with minimal vibrations at high speeds or on long road trips.

“Our mission was to develop a new type of sports car, combining the successful attributes of Corvette with the performance and driving experience of mid-engine supercars,” said Tadge Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer.

The tunnel-dominant approach offers many advantages, including:

  • Improved torsional rigidity with a solid, connected feel on both the road and track.
  • Outstanding ingress/egress for a mid-engine vehicle. Unlike some competitors, there’s no need for oversized rocker panels to bear structural and load weights, making it easier to enter and exit the vehicle.
  • Excellent stability due to a low center of gravity and outstanding handling.
  • Preservation of Corvette’s beloved standard removable roof panel, which can easily be stored in the rear trunk.
  • A front storage compartment that can fit an airline-spec carry-on and a laptop bag.
  • Availability in both left- and right-hand-drive variants — a first for Corvette.
  • Smart packaging with improved cabin comfort, including an additional inch of rearward seat travel and almost double the reclining angle.

The all-new Corvette Stingray is built with a smart mixed-materials strategy, enabling key features such as:

  • A strong, stiff and lightweight main structure of six high-pressure diecast aluminum parts, also known as the Bedford Six, which are manufactured at GM Powertrain in Bedford, Indiana. These minimize the number of joints within the vehicle, making a stiffer structure that aids in handling and track cornering.
  • Industry-first carbon fiber curved rear bumper beam for weight reduction.
  • Front and rear trunk tubs and dashboard molded from ultra-lightweight “float” derived from fiberglass and a proprietary resin. The material is so light that it can actually float in water. It works with other fiberglass and carbon fiber variants to lower mass and reduce noise and vibration.

Handling: core to Corvette’s fun-to-drive DNA

The Stingray is designed for superior ride comfort on the highway and well-balanced handling on the track.

“Thanks to sophisticated suspension geometry, tailored tire technology and exquisite attention to structural details, we have improved ride and handling,” said Juechter. “No Corvette has ever felt so comfortable, nimble and yet completely stable.”

The new Stingray features coil over dampers that create entirely new ride and handling characteristics. The mid-engine architecture allows for a short, straight and stiff steering system, coupled with an updated electronic steering system, making the driver’s chassis input instantaneous.

The new seating position places the car’s center of gravity close to the driver’s inside hip, so the car literally turns around the driver. It completely changes the perception of vehicle handling and responsiveness.

Other ride and handling upgrades include:

  • Steering ratio improved from 16.25:1 to 15.7:1.
  • New eBoost brakes that are more precise and tunable.
  • The first sports car application of Michelin’s all-season performance tire that can corner at nearly 1G.
  • Front suspension lift that raises ground clearance by approximately 40mm at the front bumper in 2.8 seconds, protecting against bumps, potholes, steep driveways and other road disturbances. It can operate at speeds up to 24 mph and be programmed to work automatically through GPS to remember up to 1,000 locations.
  • Launch control aided by the rear weight distribution, enabling the new Stingray to get off the line quicker than any Corvette in history.
  • Z51 Performance Package, which introduces a host of new technology to the 2020 Stingray:
  • Performance suspension with manually adjustable threaded spring seats.
  • Larger brake rotors with Z51 logo on calipers.
  • Enhanced cooling.
  • Specific axle ratio.
  • Front brake cooling inlets.
  • Performance exhaust.
  • An electronic limited slip differential integrated into the transaxle that modulates torque between the rear tires, enabling incredible vehicle stability.
  • A front splitter and open two-piece rear spoiler that add up to a combined 400 pounds of downforce while improving grip when cornering.
  • Available Magnetic Ride Control 4.0, which reads the road better, providing more precise data through suspension-mounted accelerometers. Its improved electronics respond faster and more smoothly to driver inputs and contribute to class-leading ride quality.
  • Available Performance Traction Management. 

The jewel in the center

The 2020 Stingray’s heart is Chevy’s next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment. It will produce 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with performance exhaust — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

“Though now placed behind the driver, the LT2 gives the same visceral experience we all expect from Corvette,” said Jordan Lee, GM’s global chief engineer of Small Block engines. “The LT2 has been designed to deliver excellent low-end torque and high-end power to give thrilling pedal response at any RPM.”

The powertrain’s low position enables a low center of gravity for optimal handling. Perhaps the biggest update is found in the lubrication and ventilation system. For the first time ever, the base Stingray will use an engine-mounted dry sump oil system and three scavenge pumps for improved track performance.

During serious track driving, oil volume remains high to avoid diminished performance. The new Stingray’s lateral capability is greatly improved, so the LT2’s dry sump lubrication system had to be redesigned to provide exceptional engine performance even at lateral acceleration levels exceeding 1G in all directions.

A lightweight, 3.2mm-thick glass panel on the rear hatch allows owners to show off the engine. This panel features a cantilevered trailing edge to evacuate heat from the LT2 engine compartment.

Other notable engine characteristics include:

  • Jewel-like setting in the rear compartment, visible through the rear glass hatch.
  • Every part, including the exhaust system’s wires, tubes, routing fasteners, coolant hoses, exhaust manifold and even the bolts and fasteners, is built with appearance in mind. All engine components were given careful consideration just like the exterior, and even the heat shields are textured.
  • A brand-new block and vent system. The centerline of the crankshaft sits an inch lower to the ground where it mates to the transaxle for better handling.
  • Low-profile oil pan that reduces mass.
  • Oil cooler capacity increased by 25 percent.
  • Standard edge Red valve covers.
2020 Corvette Stingray

A shift of a different kind

The next generation LT2 is paired with Chevrolet’s first eight speed dual-clutch transmission, which provides lightning-fast shifts and excellent power transfer. This transmission is uniquely designed with TREMEC to provide the best of both worlds: the spirited, direct connected feeling of a manual and the premium driving comfort of an automatic. The double-paddle de-clutch feature even allows the driver to disconnect the clutch by holding both paddles for more manual control.

Paddle shifters allow drivers to choose a specific gear. “The performance shift algorithms are so driver-focused, they can sense when you’re doing spirited driving — regardless of driving mode — and will hold lower gears longer for more throttle response,” said Juechter.

The new Small Block V-8 has a torque curve optimized to take advantage of the bespoke DCT’s lightning-fast shifts. Engineers set the DCT up with a very low first gear to leverage the additional traction to get the car off the line quickly, and its close-ratio gears 2 through 6 keep the engine near the power peak on track. Tall seventh and eighth gears make for easy long-distance cruising with low mechanical stress and excellent fuel economy.

The DCT is mated to a new Electronic Transmission Range Selector. With this electric shifter there’s no mechanical interface between the shift lever and the transmission. The Corvette’s electric shifter incorporates two pull toggles for Reverse and Drive and push buttons for Park, Neutral and Low/Manual. The shifter has been designed to be more attractive and compact than a standard shifter.

All-new technology improves performance and usability

Driver mode choices have been expanded from four to six, allowing drivers to tweak the feel of their Corvettes to their personal preference. The familiar Weather, Tour, Sport and Track modes remain, and there are two new modes:

  • MyMode, a configurable setting for preferred driving style that can remain between key cycles.
  • Z mode, named after the famed Z06, ZR1 and Z51 Corvette performance packages, is activated through a “Z” button on the steering wheel. This is a single-use mode that takes MyMode configurations one step further, allowing drivers to adjust the engine and transmission as well.

The 2020 Stingray benefits from GM’s new digital vehicle platform, an all-new electronic architecture that enables the adoption of the company’s next generation of technologies. The architecture minimizes wiring while allowing for faster signal transmission between different vehicle systems and the higher resolution screens. The platform enables continuous vehicle improvements through over-the-air updates and enhanced cybersecurity measures.

Other new technology features include:

  • Corvette’s next-generation infotainment system is faster and simpler, with a higher resolution display.
  • Chevy-first one-touch Bluetooth pairing with Near Field Communication.
  • Wireless charging.
  • Learn-as-you-go voice recognition.
  • Improved real-time traffic.
  • A new, 12-inch customizable instrument cluster tailored to all six driver modes.

New electrical features include:

  • Driver and passenger seat memory.
  • Heated steering wheel.
  • Tire fill alert warns the driver when tire meets maximum pressure.
  • Two new Bose audio systems: a 10-speaker standard premium system and available 14-speaker Bose Performance Series system. Speaker grilles are integrated into lower door trim for a refined look that also helps guard against damage from footwear.
  • The industry-pioneering Performance Data Recorder, an advanced driving analysis tool upgraded with high-definition resolution camera and a new, in-vehicle user interface. Customers can record both circuit and point-to-point road courses. The PDR can be set to auto-record like a dash cam that starts a recording every time the Corvette is running, or configured to only start when the car is set to Valet mode.

Attainability remains a hallmark

Corvette has always represented iconic American design, performance, technical ingenuity and attainability. The entry 2020 Stingray continues that tradition as a no-compromise value proposition.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019. Additional pricing and packaging information will be shared at a later stage.

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Brains with Brawn: Cutting-edge technology meets performance in 2018 Tahoe

Chevrolet Tahoe 2018 - Arab Motor World

The Chevrolet Tahoe ’s legendary on- and off-road capabilities have made it one of the most loved large SUVs in the region. For 2018, the iconic model boasts an increased breadth of technological capabilities and advanced safety features that complement the performance of its 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 engine.

As a family SUV that can carry as many as nine passengers, safety was paramount for Chevrolet engineers when building the 2018 Tahoe. With as many as 11 available active safety features, including a host of cameras, radars and sensors, the 2018 Tahoe monitors the surroundings of the vehicle in real-time, scanning for potentially dangerous situations and actively preventing collisions by warning the driver ahead of time and even intervening if they fail to respond.

The 2018 Tahoe has several available features that help keep occupants safe in the event of a potential forward collision. Starting with Adaptive Cruise Control, which allows the driver to automatically follow a vehicle ahead at a selected following gap; the system can brake and accelerate automatically to maintain a pre-set safe distance at all times. The available Forward Automatic Braking system takes things a step further and applies the brakes if the system determines a front-end collision is imminent with a detected vehicle ahead. The system can help reduce the collision’s severity and potentially even altogether avoid it at very low speeds.

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Another available feature that warns the driver in advance of a potential danger is Forward Collision Alert. The system can help identify vehicles ahead and warn the driver if they are on collision course or are driving too close to the vehicle in front.

Naturally, there are a suite of available features that monitor the rear of the vehicle, too. For instance, Rear Cross Traffic Alert makes reversing out of a parking bay safer by warning the driver if the system detects an approaching vehicle. Other features that make progress safer include Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Driver Seat, Intellibeam Headlamps and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. Rear Vision Camera is also standard across all models.

Being a family SUV, the 2018 Tahoe is also loaded with a host of connectivity features and entertainment technologies. Powered by Chevrolet’s award-winning Chevrolet Infotainment system, the 2018 Tahoe features Apple CarPlay as standard, allowing users to carry out tasks such as music streaming, making phone calls and sending text messages with simple voice commands. Also available, is Rear-Seat Blu-ray®, with HDMI connection and Wi-Fi to ensure back-seat passengers are entertained and that there are no “Are we there yet?” moments during long drives with the kids.

Despite a bouquet of sophisticated technology, the 2018 Tahoe hasn’t compromised on its hallmark brawn. The standard 5.3L V-8 churns out 355 horsepower and 520 Nm of torque while returning a frugal highway economy of 10.3 Km/L, making it one of the most efficient full-size SUVs on the market.

Despite its substantial dimensions, the 2018 Tahoe is remarkably poised around corners. Thanks to the Corvette-inspired Magnetic Ride Control suspension available on Tahoe Premier and standard on the 400 hp, 6.2L V-8-powered Tahoe RST, the vehicle can read the road surface up to 1,000 times a second and adjust the damping accordingly in as little as 10 to 15 milliseconds.

The Tahoe’s off-road capability is the stuff of legends, and the 2018 iteration continues that trend. With its available Z71 package the Tahoe will dominate the biggest of dunes and the most daunting of wadi passes with ease. Furthermore, when properly equipped the Tahoe can tow up to 3,858 Kg – that’s more than adequate to haul jet skis, quad bikes or medium sized boats. All the while retaining exemplary ride comfort and refinement to ensure smooth progress.

All in all, be it around town or in the great outdoors, the 2018 Tahoe mixes the rough with the smooth and brains with brawn.

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV joins the Dubai Police fleet

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV is the latest electric vehicle to join the prestigious Dubai Police fleet of cars, with the first eight units patrolling the roads as of today. With an impressive line-up of hybrid and electric vehicles in the police force already, the Chevrolet Bolt EV offers long-range practicality of up to 520 kilometers on a single charge – unprecedented in its segment.

Dedicated to being a key driver in the region’s motoring landscape, General Motors’ EV efforts fall in line with the Dubai Government’s vision for more sustainable and smart mobility solutions.

Brigadier Dr. Muhammad Nasser Al Razooqi, Director of Transport and Rescue: “This partnership with Chevrolet is part of our ongoing commitment to better serve the citizens and residents of Dubai while also leading the way in Dubai’s green initiative. The addition of eight Chevrolet Bolt EV cars to our Dubai Police electric fleet will make a big impact in our mission to raise awareness around the benefits of electrification within the Emirate.”

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Already a game changer in the electric vehicle space, the Chevrolet Bolt EV brings together a long history of automotive manufacturing with cutting-edge green technology to produce one of the most practical electric vehicles in the market today.

Speaking on the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s addition to the Dubai Police fleet, John Roth, President & Managing Director of General Motors Africa & Middle East said: “We are proud to support the Dubai Government in its vision to make the Emirate a greener city. The Dubai Green Mobility Initiative has set some ambitious targets, including a 10% penetration of alternate propulsion vehicles in government fleets by 2020. This is a bold target, and we look forward to being equally bold in General Motors’ role as a reliable partner, with the Chevrolet Bolt EV forming the backbone of these fleets, starting with the world-famous Dubai Police fleet.”

General Motors is leading the charge toward a fully-electric future, both regionally and internationally as part of the company’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, ideals that are well-aligned with that of the Dubai Government.

Delivering the fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs to the Dubai Police, Mark Jenkins, CEO of Al Ghandi Auto, one of the brand’s official dealers in the UAE, commented: “As one of the Emirate’s leading dealerships, we have a strong relationship with the Dubai Police and remain firmly committed to supporting them in creating a sustainable landscape in future mobility. We are extremely proud to be handing over these Chevrolet Bolt EV units, signifying our dedication to bringing innovation that complements the direction of the Dubai government.”

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First Bolt EV Deliveries Begin across Chevrolet Showrooms in the UAE

In line with unprecedented demand since its regional reveal at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show late last year, the highly anticipated Chevrolet Bolt EV has finally arrived to the brand’s dealerships across the UAE.

Offering an opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, customers in the UAE can now visit showrooms to book a test drive and experience Chevrolet’s revolutionary way to drive electric.

Liberty Automobiles, one of the official Chevrolet dealers in the UAE, kick-started deliveries this month as they handed over the keys to the first Bolt EV customer, Mr. Saeed Obaid Juma Al Leem Al Ali. An Emirati National, Mr. Saeed aspires to live more sustainably and his Chevrolet Bolt EV purchase is serving as a huge step on his journey to achieve this personal goal.

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Commenting on his purchase, Mr. Saeed said: “Having been a Chevrolet fan over the last few years, I always keep a close eye on their new model introductions however the Chevrolet Bolt EV was one that I was particularly excited about due to its green credentials. This car is the product of exceptional electric engineering with zero compromise on performance or comfort and I’m looking forward to finally driving it on the roads. I feel very strongly about investing in a more sustainable future, constantly making adjustments to my lifestyle, and the Chevrolet Bolt EV is a big step in the right direction.”

The Chevrolet Bolt EV is the brand’s first electric vehicle in the region and the first electric vehicle ever to combine clean technology with an anxiety-free range of over 500km on a single charge.

Molly Peck, Chief Marketing Officer at General Motors – Middle East said: “Since its reveal to the region in November of last year, our Chevrolet Bolt EV has received an overwhelmingly positive response and we have no doubt this will increase as vehicles continue to arrive across our showrooms in the region. Seeing the Chevrolet Bolt EV delivered to customers like Saeed who is dedicated to driving change forward is extremely rewarding for our teams. We would encourage anyone who has any questions about electric vehicles to visit one of our showrooms to experience the future of mobility for themselves.”

To celebrate the first Bolt EV purchase, Chevrolet’s strategic partner, GreenParking, also offered Mr. Saeed a Level 2 Charger to install in his house, ensuring easy and speedy charging for the Bolt EV at all times. Sam Alawiye – CEO at GreenParking said: “Electric vehicles are the future of transport and they are becoming a common sight on the roads of the UAE. We are excited to join forces with General Motors to lay the foundations for a revolution in transport in the Middle East and beyond.”

The Chevrolet Bolt EV

Already a game-changer in the electric vehicle space in the US, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is suited to all lifestyles and makes no compromise on performance. Whether it is zipping through the city or tackling longer road trips down to Oman, the Chevrolet Bolt EV delivers spacious comfort and reliability paired with a 204 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque delivering speed and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds.

Additionally, with the reduced service requirements of its electric drive, the Chevrolet Bolt EV offers an exceptionally low cost of maintenance. Likewise, government initiatives offering free parking, free registration for EVs, free Salik tags as well as free charging at DEWA-approved stations until end of 2019 add to the cost benefits of owning an electric vehicle.

Rimoun Hanouch, Group General Manager of Liberty Automobiles, commented: “The Chevrolet Bolt EV will be at the forefront of the regional electric vehicle movement and will usher in the shift towards a sustainable future, in line with the strategy of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment that aims to promote environmental health and the transition to a green economy. With exceptional reliability and range, the Bolt EV reflects our ongoing strategy to raise public awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles and pave the way for customers to conveniently make the switch.”

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Al Ghandi Auto brings Chevrolet Bolt EV to the UAE

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Following its recent release in the US, the innovative electric vehicle, Chevrolet Bolt EV, is now available in the UAE market, announced Al Ghandi Auto, the leading General Motors automotive dealership that sells Chevrolet and GMC vehicles in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

The launch of the most affordable electric vehicle in the UAE market is aligned with the Dubai government’s sustainable mobility strategy, as envisioned and outlined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“We remain firmly committed to creating a sustainable landscape in future mobility, and the launch of the Chevrolet Bolt EV in Dubai and the Northern Emirates signifies our relentless efforts to bringing innovation that complement the direction of the Dubai government in building a Smart City and in increasing the availability of zero emission vehicles in the UAE,” commented Mark Jenkins, CEO, Al Ghandi Auto Group.

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He added, “First to welcome the arrival of the Bolt EV was the Dubai Police, who added a fleet of electric vehicles and translated the commitment of the Dubai government for having 10 per cent of the government’s fleet electric by 2030.”

The all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV is set to be the go-to vehicle for customers who are on the lookout for a sustainable car that combines a spacious interior for five passengers and up to 1.27L of cargo space, with a host of advanced technologies designed to help them along their journey.

“In addition to Al Ghandi Auto’s 8-years/160,000 kms battery/motor warranty, the new Chevrolet Bolt EV comes with the electric vehicles incentives that include: exemption from SALIK tag fee, unique number plate sticker, free assigned parking spots in 40 locations, and free e-car charging at over 200 stations until the end of 2019,” emphasized Mr. Jenkins.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV makes no compromise on performance, delivering 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds, an estimated 520 kilometers on a single full charge, and 204 horsepower.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse: Rough with the Smooth

With styling inspired by Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs, enhanced 4×4 capabilities and cutting-edge technologies, the new Traverse is a masterclass in the art of balancing form and function

With their commanding driving position and authoritative stance, SUVs are about making a statement on the road, as much as they are about venturing into the great outdoors. However, designing a great looking SUV is a bigger challenge than most would imagine.

For a start, the large proportions don’t necessarily lend themselves well to sleek styling. Aerodynamics is a serious consideration, too, as air flow around the vehicle severely affects factors such as refinement in the cabin and, more importantly, fuel economy. A handsome SUV, then, is the result of carefully considered decisions that are a meticulous balance of design and engineering.

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Styled by the Chevrolet truck design studio, the new Chevrolet Traverse is the perfect example of great SUV design; it brings the crossover formula closer to Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs. Design-wise, it is more upright, giving it a decidedly imposing stance — a nod to its bigger 4×4 siblings such as the Tahoe and the iconic Silverado. The sheet metal is more chiseled than before and the bold new front-end features a larger hexagonal grille lending an air of authority to the front fascia. The purposeful proportions are further complemented by premium cues such as chrome accents, LED signature lighting and available D-Optic LED headlamps.

The immense attention to detail is further evident in the spacious interior, which is appointed in high quality materials and premium wood and leather in the High Country model. The quality of the cabin is further enhanced by an array of available connectivity and safety technologies unprecedented in the segment.

“The all-new Traverse blends Chevrolet’s characteristic SUV cues with capability and refinement,” says John Cafaro, Executive Director, Global Chevrolet Design. “Inside and out, it offers style with a purpose.”

Things are no less impressive on the performance front and the new Traverse’s handsome looks are backed by a potent powertrain that delivers amply in both on- and off-road driving situations. Propelled by a comprehensively reengineered 310 hp 3.6L V-6 engine, mated with an all-new, state-of-the-art 9-speed automatic transmission that provides virtually indiscernible shifts, the new Chevrolet Traverse is as exciting on the move as it is standing still.

While the new drivetrain delivers about 30 horsepower more than the previous iteration, it also returns a truly remarkable combined fuel economy of 11.9 Km/L in FWD guise. On the road, not only is the new Traverse composed, comfortable, quiet and refined, the stellar on-road performance is complemented by suitably boosted off-road ability and a gusty trailering capacity of up to 2,268kg when properly equipped.

While all available models have an available all-wheel drive variant, the top-end High Country variant benefits from an exclusive system with twin-clutch technology. The computers in the High Country variant can channel torque to the wheels with the most available grip to optimize traction in virtually every driving condition nature can throw at it. It’s meticulously engineered to enhance road holding in wet conditions, as well as, loose dirt and grass to ensure safe, unimpeded progress despite the driving surface.

The off-road capability is further bolstered by a New Traction Mode Select function, which is available for the first time in the Traverse and is standard across the range. With up to four driving modes on offer, the system allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicles performance, based on the driving condition. In FWD mode, the system disengages the AWD components for improved fuel economy, while in Off-Road setting (available only in AWD models) more torque is channeled to the rear wheels for improved driving on gravel, loose surface or grass. The Tow/Haul mode helps keep the vehicle in lower gear, offering more torque, while towing a trailer.

The depth of engineering gone into the development of the 2018 Traverse is also evident in the drastic loss of mass over the previous model. Spec-for-spec, the new Traverse is a substantial 136kg lighter than its predecessor, which, coupled with the new variable-assist Electric Power Steering and a new 5-link independent rear suspension, allows for nimbler, more confident handling.

With an overall new design and best in class interior volumes, the new Chevrolet Traverse delivers everything that’s expected from Chevrolet in an exceptional family SUV and some…

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The Shark, Camaro SS

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Photos By K8 Car Photography

Make : Chevrolet
Model : Camaro SS
Year : 2010

Owner : Khalid Ghalayini
Country : Lebanon
Member of : Camaro Club Lebanon
Customized by : AutoFashion

Exterior

  • Custom Front Carbon Fiber Design PVC Lip
  • Custom Polycarbonate Hood Vents and Scoop with Shark Aggressive Design
  • Inside Hood Airbrush Shark Design
  • DJ Grille Black Matt and Carbon Fiber Design
  • Custom Side Fenders with Engraved Red LED Camaro Logo
  • Custom Side Fenders Air Vents
  • Camaro Stealth Wicker Bill for 5th Generation ZL1 Style Rear Spoiler
  • Custom Rear Diffuser with 4 Exhaust tips & Rear Lower Lip Carbon Dipping Design
  • Unique Stripes Kit Special Design for The Shark Camaro
  • Custom Shark Design Airbrush for Inside Trunk
  • Vertical Doors Kit (by House of Tuners)
  • ZL1 Bumper Conversion Package (by House of Tuners)

Engine & Upgrades

  • OBX Big Block Down and Forward Headers with 3.5” V-Band
  • IPE Valvetronic Rear Muffler with Carbon Fiber Tips
  • Engine Bay Custom Red and Carbon Dipping Design
  • ECU/ECM/PCM Tuning by Phastek Performance Diablo
  • K&N Cold Air Intake (by House of Tuners)

Brakes, Suspension & Chassis

  • Carbon Fiber Strut Bar
  • Shark Red Design on Brake Calipers
  • 6-Piston Ceramic Brembo Brake Kit

Wheels & Alloys

  • 20” ZL1 Alloys
  • 275/40/20 Momo Tires
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Lighting

  • RGB-W Color Shifting for Headlight and Fog Light Kit
  • LED Fog Lights (Philips) 90W Laminate
  • Custom Tail Sequential LED Flashers
  • Custom Reverse LED Lights
  • Custom Illuminated Camaro SS Door Handles (by House of Tuners)
  • Illumined Camaro Door Sills (by House of Tuners)

Interior & Infotainment

  • Heads Up Screen Display
  • Carbon Paddle Shifters
  • Leather Custom Steering Wheel with Red Stiches
  • All in One Touch Screen with Navigation
  • A/C Control Touch Screen
  • Red Seatbelt
  • Steering Wheel by Phastek USA

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Tuned Cars

SuperNova Camaro Transformers

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Image Credit : Jad Karam

Make : Chevrolet
Model : Camaro
Year : 2012

Owner : Jad Karam
Country : Lebanon
Customized by : House of Tuners
Member of : Camaro Club Lebanon

Engine & Performance:
Stainless Works Longtube Headers
1′ 7/8 Performance Connect
Custom Made CatBack 3.0 Inch Tube
Cold Air Inductions Air Intake
Yank 3200 Stall Torque Converter
Stage 2c Livernois Cam Package
DOD Delete Kit
Snow Performance Methanol Kit
GM 1LE Ring & Pinion 3.91 Gear Ratio
Full Valve Train Upgrade
MSD 8.5MM Spark Plug Wires

Performance:
0-100 Km/h: 3.6s
Top Speed: 300Km/h
Horse Power: 650
Weight: 1650Kg

Chassis:
Bilstein B6 High-Performance Adjustable Shocks
Brembo 6-Piston Disc Brakes

Wheels and Tires:
Wheels: Transformers Special Edition 20”
Tires: Front:245/45 R20 Rear:275/40 ZR 20

Exterior:
Custom Made Hood
VDI Vertical Doors Kit
ZL1 Bumper
GFX Side Skirts
GFX Diffuser
Transformers Limited Edition Carbon Fiber Stripes
Transformers Limited Edition Rear Spoiler
Transformers Limited Edition Fuel Cap
Custom Roof Fin Antenna

Interior:
Transformers Limited Edition Door Kick Plates
Custom Illuminated Dash and Footwell
AEM AFR and Methanol Boost Gauge
Custom Stitched Velour Floor Mats
Scosche Touch Color Screen Dash Kit

In-Car-Entertainment (Audio and Video):
Pioneer AppRadio 3
Alpine Surround System
ICE Modifications done at: Green Car Audio

“Supernova was built to be unique and there’s a lot to appreciate about it. It’s a strong performer that blends speed with precision and enjoyment in a way your heart will always skip some beats and be happy about it. The exhaust note is just incredible you’ll always want more. For me she’s more than four wheels and an engine, she’s Home.” – said Jad Karam

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Automotive news

Chevrolet Introduces Restyled 2019 Malibu and Spark

Chevrolet Middle East announced the launch of the restyled Malibu and Spark models, with new design cues to complement their expanded range of abilities.

Ahmed Soudodi, Head of Brand at Chevrolet Middle East said: “The Malibu and the Spark are great looking cars in their own right, however, this styling upgrade ramps up their visual appeal even further. The Malibu benefits from sportier design reflecting its performance credentials, while the Spark’s styling is further refined with the use of stylish appointments. With these updates I am confident, the Malibu and the Spark will retain their position as firm favorites in their respective segments in the region.”

2019 Chevrolet Malibu

Updated styling on the 2019 Malibu model year introduces additional choices and improves its presence.

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The Malibu’s front fascia, grilles and headlamps are all-new. The headlamps are integrated with the upper grille and the larger, bolder lower grille, giving the car a more powerful presence. High-performance LED lights are integrated into the headlamps for Premier models, and new LED signature daytime running lamps for LT and Premier. There’s greater attention to detail in the grille and headlamps, with bold chrome accents reinforcing Malibu’s premium appearance.

A new rear valance pushes the dual-exhaust outlets farther toward the corners, emphasizing the car’s width, while new taillamps deliver a more dramatic execution of Chevrolet’s signature dual-element design and feature LED taillamps on the Premier. The 2019 Malibu also offers a range of exciting new exterior colours.

2019 Chevrolet Spark

The Spark, Chevrolet’s small-car champ, now sports a fresh front-end styling, which takes its cues from the rest of the Chevrolet line. The new styling boosts Spark’s premium appearance with a rich use of chrome in the grille.

Available projector-style headlamps further enhance Spark’s chic styling. The available LED daytime running lamps are moved lower, giving Spark a more powerful presence and a family resemblance to the rest of the Chevrolet car lineup.

At the rear, dual-element taillamps further the signature brand cue. Spark continues its tradition of offering customer personalization through bright and distinctive exterior colors.

The refreshed Spark is joined by the 2019 Malibu as part of Chevrolet’s updated car portfolio, which offers new styling, new technologies, more choices and value.

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Chevrolet Introduces Bold 2019 Camaro

Chevrolet today introduced a reinvigorated 2019 Camaro lineup with distinctive designs.

“The Camaro has attained iconic status in the region and the restyled 2019 model will continue to impress and gain new followers with its sharper design and supreme balance of driving fun, refinement and value. With the 2019 Camaro we are giving our customers more design choices than ever before,” said Ahmed Soudodi, Head of Brand at Chevrolet Middle East. “It’s a performance car with few equals and we are proud to introduce it to the region as part of Chevrolet’s energized car lineup.”

Performance-driven design

The 2019 Camaro’s updated designs are not only striking but also help to improve performance. For instance, the grille details and hood and fascia vents were designed for optimized air flow, either to cool components or help minimize drag or lift. Camaro designers follow the mantra that all elements must not only be beautiful but also enhance performance.

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Design highlights include:

  • New front-end styling with distinct differences between LT, RS and SS, including the fascia, grille, LED dual-element headlamps and reshaped hood (ZL1 retains its airflow-optimized front-end styling)
  • SS-specific front fascia with “flowtie” open bowtie grille emblem and aero-enhancing air curtains, specific headlamps with new LED signature and extractor-style hood
  • RS Appearance Package available on LT adds unique polished black grille with Galvano Chrome lower inserts, new LED headlamps with LED signature light bar, specific rear fascia with rear diffuser and 20-inch wheels
  • New rear fascias for all models, with specific diffusers on RS and SS when equipped with Dual Mode Exhaust
  • New LED tail lamps with a more sculptured evolution of Chevrolet’s signature dual-element design; red lenses are featured on LT, with RS, SS and ZL1 featuring dark-tinted neutral-density lenses
  • New 20-inch wheel designs on RS and SS

 

The 2019 Camaro joins Malibu and Spark as part of Chevrolet’s revitalized 2019 lineup of cars.

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Automotive news

Chevrolet Launches Revolutionary Selfie Steering Wheel

In line with its commitment to safety and continuous innovation, Chevrolet has created a cutting-edge product feature directly addressing the shifting landscape of distracted driving culture.

As the dangerous practice of driver-selfies continues to rise, Chevrolet has come up with a hands-free solution to keep drivers’ focus on the road while capturing the perfect driving selfie – the Selfie Steering Wheel.

Designed and developed by an expert team at Chevrolet’s Advanced Technology and Innovation Center, the Selfie Steering Wheel features a hands-free, high-resolution, 4G-equipped camera attached to the steering wheel for flawless selfies while driving.

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The adjustable camera, placed in the driver’s line of sight uses eye recognition technology and a simple button press allowing drivers to strike a pose without having to take their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road.

Images will automatically upload to popular photo sharing apps with support from a voice recognition system that can even add a caption!

The Selfie Steering Wheel is suitable for any post-2005 Chevrolet vehicle and is likely to cost less than USD 200.

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The Chevrolet Bolt EV: Going the distance

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Chevrolet’s electric vehicle turns the phrase ‘range anxiety’ on its head

While many drivers love the idea of never refilling a fuel tank again, ‘range anxiety’ can hold some potential customers back from an electric vehicle. However, with the all-new Chevrolet Bolt EV, Chevrolet is all but rendering the term meaningless, thanks to its cutting-edge battery technology.

Built around a 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the largest in its class, the Chevrolet Bolt EV offers a best-in-class driving range of over 500 km* on a single charge. To put that into context, a conventional petrol-powered car would deliver a similar driving range on a full tank of fuel, making the Chevrolet Bolt EV just as practical and useable in daily driving situations. Considering that a majority of people do not have to refuel their vehicle every single day, the Chevrolet Bolt EV presents a compelling case for its utility as a practical family car.

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Over the years, the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s range capabilities have been put to the test in real-world conditions both in the US and now in markets across the globe, proving that it is the best-in-class affordable long-range EV.

Recently, the Chevrolet Bolt EV demonstrated its incredible 500+ km range* as part of the 2018 Global Electric Vehicle Road Trip in the Middle East. This was a nine-day event that covered over 1,750 km across the UAE and Oman where the Chevrolet Bolt EV performed excellently, proving it can tackle both daily driving as well as regional travel.

Mounted along the vehicle’s entire floor, the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s battery pack contributes to a low center of gravity, vehicle stability and interior spaciousness.

“The Chevrolet Bolt EV brings together superior electric range, space and fun-to-drive characteristics,” said Michael Lelli, vehicle chief engineer. “Our team aimed to deliver not only a great electric car, but a great car overall.”

Further reinforcing the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s credentials is the data recorded since the launch of the vehicle. Through January 2018 approximately 23,000 Chevrolet Bolt EV owners in North America have travelled a cumulative 209 million kilometers.

Tackling real-world conditions of city driving as well as long highway cruises, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is accomplishing the once conceptual idea of long-range, affordable battery electric mobility.

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