Chevorlet Press Conference at SEMA Show 2013
During the SEMA Show we had the opportunity to attend the Chevorlet Press conference started off by Chris Perry, the Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing releasing some very facinating statisitcs: 4th largest global brand, Growth for 12 straight quarters, New Chevy sold every 6.3 seconds, 10% of retail sales in the USA. Shortly after he introduced 15-time AMA Champion and Nascar Racer Ricky Carmichael to introduce the specs on Chevy's new All-Activity Sonic.
The lineup of Chevy vehicles that premiered:
Spark EV Tech Performance Concept: Pure electric mini-car; Easy Ownership; Estimated 82 miles on a single charge, 0-60 mph in 7.1-7.6 secs.
2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Concept: 264 lb.-ft. tourqe, 46 hwy mpg, 717 mile range
2014 Camaro Spring Edition: V6 & V8, Blue Accent Leather w/white trim, 21-inch wheels, ZL1 spoiler
Corvette Atlantic Convertible Concept: Costal Cruiser, New level of luxury, Blade Silver paint, Carbon Fiber accents, Corvette-exclusive accessories
Chevrolet Pacific Coupe Concept: West Coast Influence, Street legal Stingray concept, Torch Red, Carbon Fiber Hood, Z51 Performance Package, Aluminum wheels
Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo Concept: Celebrates release of Gran Turismo 6 on Dec. 6th, Blue, Racing Wing, Authentic game performance
Silverado Volunteer Firefighter Concept: Inspired by the courage & dedication of the Nation's Firefighters, Double Cab 271, Emergency Equipment, Partnership with NVFC, Chevy Performance Accessories
Brad Paisley Silverado Concept: Racing-inspired, Crew cab short box, Custom blended paint with treatment, Signature graphics, Chevy Accessories, Kicker subwoofer sound system
Jim Campbell, the US VIce President of Performance Vehicles, Motorsports & Accessories talked about the following concepts:
Jeff Gordon Chevrolet SS Concept: Upscale touch to racing, Unique Exterior satin paint & graphics, 20-inch wheels, unique custom grill
Camaro V6 Peformance Concept: 323 HP V6, 1LE suspension, SS Brembo brakes, performance exhaust, 20-inch wheels, 5th generation Camaros
Camero Z/28: Ultimate Track Camaro, Hand-assembled 7.0L LS7 V8, 505 HP, 481 lb.-ft torque, Light Weight, ready to race
Camaro V8 Performance Concept: Z/28 Concept Performance Parts, Exhaust & Headers, Front Ride Link, Upper Control Arms, Stabilizer Bars, Ground Effects, Rear Spoiler, Decals & Paint
2014 COPO Camaro: 4 engines including 350 cu. in. LS-based V8, 2.9L Whillple Supercharger, Only 69 units
Silverado Cheyenne Concept: Lightweight Technology, Carbon Fiber, High performance durability, 6.2L V8 with auto transmission, 420 HP, 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds
As if getting us all hyped up about their new line of vechicals and concepts wasn't enough, Chevy's grand finale was a cameo of their top performance race car drivers like Danica Patrick and Ricky Carmichael, not to mention some automotive celebrities, such as Transformer's Bumblebee! Here's to a very exciting year for Chevy!