Posts tagged with "General Motors"

Chevy designs 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible with hard, retractable roof

October 4, 2019

When Prince released his chart-topping song, Little Red Corvette, in 1983, Chevrolet already was gearing up for its 1984 C4 model—which would sell more units (51, 547) than in any year since 1979 (53,807); and would not be topped again.

In fact, just 18,789 Corvette C7 units sold in 2018; and fewer than 10,000 have left dealerships this year so far, according to the website CorvSport.

Now, the automaker intends to revive and expand the cult audience for its sports car with some unique tweaks to its design, Bloomberg reports. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible, which the company launched on October 2 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is the first Vette in history to have a hard, retractable roof, rather than one made of canvas. Chevy is hoping that younger drivers will find the design appealing—creating a whole new generation of loyal buyers.

The hardtop on the new mid-engine Corvette Stingray Convertible folds “seamlessly” into the body, as Bloomberg describes it—maintaining the fighter jet-inspired lines of the coupe version, providing a quieter cabin; and offering the same storage space as the coupe, even with the top down.

That’s 12.6 cubic feet, or enough to stow two sets of golf clubs in the trunk during open-air driving. An additional storage compartment in the front of the car, like those found in Lamborghinis, fits a single, carry-on roller bag and laptop case.

“Our goal from the beginning was to make sure customers didn’t have to sacrifice any functionality, performance, or comfort when choosing the hardtop convertible,” Josh Holder, Corvette program engineering manager, said in a written statement to the business news outlet about the new car.

Indeed, Bloomberg says, by transplanting the engine to the middle of the car, evening out its center of balance, General Motors is positioning it to handle better on the track and take on the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini.

Pricing on the entry-level 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe starts at $59,995. The starting price on the entry-level convertible is $67,495. Whether car collectors and new fans will be willing to shell out that money for a Chevy rather than a luxury brand is yet to be seen.

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Trump’s new limo is a road warrior

September 27, 2018

James Bond would be jealous: His tricked-out Aston Martin had nothing on President Donald Trump’s new set of wheels, nicknamed The Beast by the Secret Service.

Intended to look like a stretched version of a Cadillac XT6 sedan, NBC News reported on September 25,  the $1.5 million limo was rolled out for the first time to take the POTUS from his New York City Trump Tower home base to the United Nations, where he delivered speeches to the General Assembly and the Security Council earlier this week.

It’s one of a dozen that make up a contract initially estimated at $15.8 million and designed to protect the commander-in-chief from virtually every form of attack, the network news outlet said. And, if the president is injured, the Beast has an extensive range of medical supplies on board, including a refrigerator full of the president’s own blood type.

Protecting a president is never easy, especially in a modern era when POTUS could face any manner of threat, from handguns to rocket-propelled grenades. The latest version of the Beast, which was commissioned by the Secret Service in 2014, is believed to combine a variety of different technologies, starting out with an extensively modified platform from a Chevrolet Kodiak, a heavy-duty General Motors truck. And we do mean heavy: The truck weighs in at somewhere near 20,000 pounds.

The Beast is sealed against biochemical attacks, and equipped with run-flat tires inside extra-large wheel wells so it can keep going in an emergency. In addition, the bells and whistles include a night vision system , and the ability to eject a smokescreen, fire tear gas, and lay down an oil slick to send vehicles chasing it out of control. Even the door handles can be electrified to shock those who might try to get inside.

The “Trumpmobile” also contains an expansive array of communications technologies including, among other things, the ability to dispatch the codes necessary to fire nuclear weapons.

The president reportedly showed off the outgoing presidential limo to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un during their summit meeting in Singapore. Kim, himself, got his “street cred” from a decade-old, luxurious, and heavily armored Mercedes Pullman Guard, NBC News said.

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