Thursday, August 28, 2014

Chevrolet Silverado HD CNG - 2015

Highlights

  • Available, cleaner-burning CNG-capable 6.0L engine expands to all 2500HD and 3500HD cab styles
  • Can enable fuel-cost savings of more than $2,000 annually
  • OEM-validated CNG system covered by GM’s factory powertrain limited warranty

Product Information

2015 Silverado HDs Run Cleaner, Save Money on CNG

CHICAGO – Chevrolet’s expanded availability of bi-fuel versions of the new 2015 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks give customers and fleet managers more choices for cleaner-burning compressed natural gas-powered models – and savings at the pump.
With CNG currently priced about 62 percent less per gallon than gasoline, a work truck driven 26,000 miles a year can save more than $2,000 annually based on 75-percent CNG usage and comparable efficiency to gasoline.
“With CNG capability to be offered on all Silverado HD cab configurations, customers have a wider range of choices when it comes to selecting the alternatively fueled truck that matches their needs,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, General Motors Fleet and Commercial. “And for companies and municipalities that maintain multiple trucks in their fleet, the fuel cost savings of CNG can really add up in a year.”
The CNG option is available on all Silverado 2500HD configurations and Silverado 3500HD models with single rear wheels. The 2500HD double cab and crew cab models are on sale now, with 2500HD regular cab and all 3500HD models going on sale in July.
With the additional driving range enabled by a separate CNG tank, Silverado HD bi-fuel models have a total range of up to 650 miles, meaning less time needed for fill-ups. When equipped with a 4.10 axle ratio, the maximum conventional trailering rating is 13,000 pounds on gas or CNG.
GM warrants and validates the fuel systems of the 2015 Silverado HD bi-fuel trucks. GM’s five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty covers CNG fuel systems. 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. That’s not the case with some other manufacturers’ available bi-fuel trucks.
“Silverado bi-fuel pickups are available through any of Chevrolet’s more than 3,000 dealerships across America just like any other model,” said Peper. “It’s one of the industry’s most seamless integration of OEM-delivered CNG vehicles.”
The unique version of the 6.0L engine – identified by an LC8 engine code – features special hardened valves and valve seats that enable it to run on CNG or gasoline. It is rated at 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 380 lb-ft of torque (515 Nm) on gas, and 301 horsepower (225 kW) and 333 lb-ft of torque (452 Nm) on CNG.
A separate CNG fuel tank enables the driver to switch between fuels at the flip of a switch. When the CNG tank is depleted, the system automatically switches to gasoline. GM’s tier-one supplier installs the CNG fuel tank and complementing fuel system upgrades at a secondary location. Chevrolet dealers deliver the trucks as they would with any optional content.
CNG is cleaner burning than conventional gasoline or diesel. Today, most of the natural gas used in the U.S. comes from domestic or other North American sources. Depending on their usage habits, many customers can recoup the incremental investment in CNG vehicles within a few years, and the lower fuel cost enables a significant reduction in daily operating costs.
New Silverado HDs
The new 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD are engineered to be stronger and smarter than before, delivering the capability heavy-duty truck customers demand, with greater refinement for more comfort and confidence on the job and on the road.
Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models come in Work Truck (WT), LT and LTZ trims, and are offered in regular cab, double cab and crew cab configurations. The regular cab comes only in WT and LT trims. The new double cab model replaces the previous extended cab and features forward-hinged rear doors, which allow easier access to the back seat, especially in tight parking spaces.
The trucks are available with all-new, stronger 6’6”and 8’ cargo boxes with standard CornerStep bumpers, EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgates, and other features to ease cargo handling. Available updates for 2015 include:
  • All new cabs and interiors with increased comfort and extensive storage space tailored to the way customers use full-size trucks.
  • Chevrolet MyLink, which provides powerful connectivity for work or family with simple, intuitive controls
  • Integrated cruise control and Auto Grade Braking to help make trailering easier
  • Standard StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control on all models, including 3500HD duallys.
  • Models equipped with CNG system add cargo tie-downs on the tank cover and a single fuel gauge that displays fuel levels for gasoline and CNG.
Safety features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning with an Active Safety Seat, and Front and Rear Park Assist are available on the 2015 Silverado HD. Head-curtain and seat-mounted side airbags are standard on 2500 models and available on 3500 models.
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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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pedal Power: GM Shares Bikes with 19,000 Tech Center Employees

WARREN, Mich. – General Motors’ Warren Technical Center is implementing a bike share program – the first of its kind from any U.S. automaker – that will enable its 19,000 employees to commute more easily both on and off campus.
GM is working with Zagster, a private bike sharing company that has developed similar programs for other businesses. Employees can use Zagster bikes stationed throughout the Tech Center to travel between its 61 buildings covering the 330-acre campus.
“GM is investing not only in the long-term health and productivity of its workforce, but sending a strong message to other employers around the country that bike sharing is a mainstream transportation option for employees,” said Timothy Ericson, co-founder and CEO of Zagster.
Posting on GM’s internal website OverDrive, engineers and designers expressed enthusiasm for riding bikes at a car company, where walking, driving and timed shuttle buses are the typical ways employees get from one part of campus to another.
“This is an awesome idea,” said John Waechter, designing engineer at the Tech Center. “I can’t wait to quickly get to meetings without walking to a car and finding parking. This is good for exercise, good for on-campus mobility and a nice way to actually learn more about non-auto transportation.”
To participate, an employee registers online, then reserves a bike through text message or a smart phone app that provides an access code to unlock the lock box mounted on the bike. Zagster’s geofencing technology installed at each bike station, is powered by solar energy panels – an energy feature comparable to the large public bike share systems, and unique to the GM/Zagster partnership. It is also the first private bikeshare system to employ this technology.
Each bike comes equipped with a basket to safely transport a laptop, notebook and other small belongings. Riders must wear helmets and use bells to alert pedestrians when they are approaching.  
“GM is transforming transportation with our products, plants, people, and partnerships,” said GM Director of Sustainability David Tulauskas. “This bike sharing program is a great example of engaging our employees through this first-of-its kind partnership and also helps them look at transportation in a different way than we traditionally have.”
GM’s program expands Zagster’s existing service in Detroit – which has been used by more than 2,750 users in the last year.
“Private enterprises in Detroit, like General Motors, have stepped up to provide bike services to their employees,” said Ericson. “By funding and implementing these resources in a way that the local government can’t, these companies are making Detroit a better place to live, work and play.”
GM began a pilot program of the bike share for 50 Tech Center employees at the end of July. After the successful trial and mounting enthusiasm from employees, everyone on campus can now participate.
 
Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to interview GM Sustainability Director David Tulauskas and employees who piloted the bike-share program from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the front of the Vehicle Engineering Center, accessed via the Van Dyke Gate 11 entrance to the Warren Technical Center at 30001 Van Dyke Ave. Photo and video opportunities will be available.
 
About General Motors Co.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’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. 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.
About ZagsterFounded in Philadelphia in 2007 as CityRyde and now headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is one of the nation’s first bike sharing companies. Zagster is uniquely focused on contracting with property managers, hotels, businesses, and universities across North America to make bike sharing programs available to tenants, employees, guests and students. This highly efficient and unique model allows Zagster to offer services in areas that traditional city-wide bike sharing systems can’t reach. More information about Zagster is available at Zagster.com
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Monday, August 25, 2014

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Chevrolet Performance LSX376 Crate Engines

Stronger LSX™ Bowtie Blocks are Foundations for Boost-Ready Chevrolet Performance LSX376 Crate Engines


ORLANDO, Fla. – A revised version of Chevrolet Performance’s LSX™ Bowtie cylinder block is the foundation for new, boost-capable LSX376 crate engines designed to support up to 1,000 horsepower. The new LSX376-B15 crate engine features a durable, all-forged rotating assembly that supports engines making up to 15 pounds of boost – or up to about 1,000 horses. A more economical version – LSX376-B8 – is rated for eight pounds of boost and is designed for lower-output combinations.
The LSX Bowtie engine block is the latest design from the Chevrolet Performance engineering team. This durable iron-block casting is based primarily on GM’s production LS7 block, but it is designed with more material in critical areas – including a thicker deck and cylinder bores – to support displacement of 454 cubic inches or more. Unique six-bolt cylinder head provisions provide clamping capability for power-adder combinations greater than 1,000 horsepower. Although designed with racing in mind, each LSX block is machined to stock LS dimensions to accept stock LS components as well.
“We have continually improved the LSX Bowtie block to make the best foundation for high-performance LS engine builds,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The new LSX376 boost-capable crate engines take it to the next level, delivering strength and capability in an assembled base that only requires the builder to add the power adder of his or her choice.”
The LSX Bowtie block casting is made of 400mPa tensile-strength iron, for great overall strength, and the casting is available in four versions:
  • Standard deck, semi-finished – part number 19260093
  • Tall deck, semi-finished – part number 19260100
  • Standard deck, finished block (4.065-inch bores) – part number 19260095
  • Standard deck, finished block (4.185-inch bores) – part number 19260099
Additional LSX Bowtie block features include:
  • LSX specific six-bolts-per-cylinder head bolt pattern 
  • Accommodates all LS-series oil pans and oil pumps
  • Billet-steel six-bolt dowel-located main bearing caps                        
  • Accommodates wet-sump or dry-sump oiling systems          
  • Extra-thick deck for maximum clamping force                                   
  • Maintains production exterior accessory mounting provisions
  • Extra-thick cylinder walls allow increased bore capacity                   
  • Maximum 4.200-inch bore still allows 0.200-inch minimum wall thickness
  • True priority main oiling system                                                         
  • Main web bay-to-bay breathing holes reduce crank windage                        
  • Orange powder coat finish
  • Machined bore at 3.880 is ready for final boring/honing.
The LSX bare blocks and the new LSX376 crate engines are available from the new 2013 Chevrolet Performance catalog, which is available from Chevrolet Performance retailers or online at www.chevroletperformance.com.
Crate engine details
Built for boost is the best way to describe Chevrolet Performance’s new LSX376-B15 (part number 19299306) and LSX376-B8 (part number 19171049) crate engines. Each is engineered to provide a durable, ready-assembled foundation onto which the builder can finish with the forced-induction system of his or her choice.
For the all-new LSX376-B15, Chevrolet Performance engineers started with the LSX Bowtie standard-deck block, added a forged steel crankshaft, forged H-beam rods and forged aluminum pistons (9.0:1 compression), then topped off the short-block assembly with high-flow, rectangular-port, six-bolt LSX-LS3 heads for supercharged and turbocharged combinations producing up to 15 pounds of boost and up to about 1,000 horsepower.
The LSX-LS3 aluminum cylinder heads feature 260cc L92-style rectangular intake ports and are fitted with 2.165-inch hollow-stem intake valves and 1.590-inch solid-stem exhaust valves. They provide excellent airflow capability that optimizes the power-building advantages of forced induction.
Chevrolet Performance delivers the LSX376-B15 without an intake manifold and other accessories, allowing the builder to tailor the induction system and other features to suit the forced-induction setup of choice.
The LSX376-B8 is a more economical version that is capable of approximately 8 pounds of boost, for engine producing approximately 600 horsepower. It is designed for production-style supercharger and turbo systems used without enhancements or modifications. Like the LSX376-B15, it features 9.0:1 compression and is delivered without an intake manifold and other accessories.
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 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Camaro Z/28.R Sends Historic Name Back to the Track

New era begins at Daytona with IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 returns to its racing roots this week when the all-new Camaro Z/28.R race car debuts in a 2.5-hour endurance race ahead of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. It will be one of the most production-based competitors on the track, sharing aero, engine and even axle components with the new 2014 Camaro Z/28.
Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport will campaign Z/28.R race cars in the GS class of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge. The Daytona race begins at 1:45 p.m. EST, on Friday, Jan. 24, kicking off the 12-race 2014 season.
“The original Camaro Z/28 was designed for racing and became an iconic performance car through its hard-fought victories,” said Mark Kent, director of racing for Chevrolet. “A new chapter in racing begins this week, as the new Camaro Z/28 makes its competition debut in one of the most hotly contested series in motorsports.”
Developed alongside its production counterpart, the Z/28.R  incorporates the same performance elements that make the 2014 Camaro Z/28 the most track-capable Camaro ever. To enhance grip, for example, the Z/28.R’s body shares the same downforce-generating aero package as the production model, including:
  • Front splitter
  • Rear spoiler with wickerbill
  • Hood extractor vent
  • Rockers, wheel-house extensions and front tire deflectors
  • Belly pan.
The Z/28.R is also powered by the same LS7 7.0L V-8 engine as the production Z/28 and employs the unique, helical-gear limited-slip rear differential found on the production model. It is standard in the Z/28, helping the driver put down more power to the pavement when exiting corners.
“Apart from series-mandated equipment and the specialized suspension components needed for endurance racing, the Z/28.R is as close to a production-spec race car as you’ll find,” said Kent.  
Advancing the Z/28 legacy
As Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport kick off a full season of racing in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with their new Camaro Z/28.R race cars, they’ll advance the legacy of Camaro endurance racing that dates to the original Z/28’s 1967 introduction, when it was developed for the Trans-Am series. More recently, the Camaro GS.R won six races from 2011 to 2013 in the Continental SportsCar Series Grand Sport class, helping Chevrolet achieve a runner-up finish in the GS championship last season.
“The new Camaro Z/28.R is a significant advancement from the GS.R that won multiple races in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge the last three years,” said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet program manager for the Continental Tire series. “We expect the new engine package, suspension components and aerodynamic improvements to help our teams to further successes in the 2014 GS class. The GS class is full of great competitors, and we believe the performance level of the new Z/28.R will provide us the opportunity to contend for a championship.”
The 2014 Camaro Z/28 goes on sale this spring.
EDITORS: High-resolution images of Corvette Racing are available on the Team Chevy media site for editorial use only.
About Chevrolet
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. 
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

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Chevrolet Volt Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick + Award

Chevrolet Volt Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick + Award

Only small car of 12 in recent testing to earn distinction


DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Volt with available Forward Collision Alert was the only vehicle out of 12 small cars tested to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2014 Top Safety Pick + award. It also received an acceptable overall score in IIHS’ challenging small overlap front crash test.
The results in the most recent round of testing put it ahead of its competitors, both in the electric and small car segments.  
“The Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts it in the top tier for small car safety,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research. “GM should be commended for the Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced.”
The Volt earned a “good” rating – the highest the IIHS awards in its tests – in four of the six categories monitored during the small overlap front test. In the Structure category and the Restraints & Kinematics category, the Volt earned an “acceptable” rating. Altogether, the scores gave the Volt an overall acceptable rating in the test.
“These outstanding results demonstrate our commitment to the highest levels of safety performance in our vehicles,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety. ”Achieving the IIHS Top Safety Pick + is a key endorsement which is valued by our customers.”
According to IIHS, the small overlap front crash test is considered the most difficult of any of the head-on tests performed by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the IIHS. It was introduced in 2012, and replicates a collision with another object, such as a tree, on the very front corner of the vehicle at 40 mph.
This means the vehicle’s front bumpers and crumple zones are avoided, making the rest of the car distribute crash energy.
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