The debut of the new Camaro convertible and coupe, the German premiere of the all-new Corvette Stingray, the expansion of the Chevrolet MyLink connected radio offering, as well as many new features for multiple passenger cars are Chevrolet's highlights at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show.
Whether you are a sports car fan, an early adopter of new connectivity technology, or a driver intent on getting more value for your money, the Chevrolet stand (B03 in hall 9) at the IAA 2013 offers plenty of relevant themes and attractions. Spread over nearly 1800 square meters, it includes a store offering branded and product-specific merchandise as well as a meeting point where visitors can try out fun activities and obtain give-aways.
During the press days (September 10 and 11, 2013), representatives from Chevrolet's app partners TuneIn, Stitcher and BringGo will be available on site to explain the functionality and wide range of benefits their systems offer to drivers.
New Camaro features enhanced aerodynamics
Boasting a low-slung silhouette and Chevrolet's newest MyLink connected radio, the latest model of this famed American muscle car represents the most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept vehicle in 2006.
It also features improved high-performance aerodynamics for more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds. The front fascia has a wider lower grille and a narrower upper grille, while the functional hood vent helps reduce heat and aerodynamic lift. At the rear, a sculptural deck lid, horizontal lamps and a diffuser complete the new design.
Power is supplied by the proven 6.2L V8 engine which is mated to a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission. The manual transmission version churns out 432 hp (318 kW) at 5,900 rpm and delivers a torque of 569 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Zero to 100 acceleration is 5.2 seconds for the manual coupe and 5.4 seconds for the manual convertible.*
Remote keyless entry is standard as are a new color head-up display, the new Chevrolet MyLink connected radio, and a rearview camera.
Corvette Stingray takes performance and customization to new level
Shown for the very first time at an auto show in Germany, the new Corvette Stingray will be equipped and tuned to meet the needs of customers in the highly competitive European market. It will feature the Z51 performance pack and the latest magnetic ride control suspensions as standard.
While sales of the Corvette Stingray will kick off in the U.S. shortly, select Chevrolet dealerships across Europe are gearing up for the arrival of the coupe toward the end of this year. In Germany, prices for the coupe and convertible variants start from €69,990 and €72,990, respectively. The convertible will be available in Europe as of early 2014.
The new 6.2L LT1 V8 engine provides 460 hp (343 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft) of torque at 4,600 rpm with the performance exhaust system (SAE-certified data). In fact, the Corvette Stingray has achieved the highest standard power ratings ever for the Corvette; performance figures include 0-100 km/h acceleration of 4.2 seconds and more than 1g in cornering grip.
The host of advanced technologies incorporated in the new Corvette Stingray includes:
a new 7-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching, which anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time
Active Fuel Management, which enables the Corvette Stingray to cruise on only four cylinders during light load conditions such as highway cruising
an all-new aluminum frame that is 57 percent stiffer and 45 kg lighter than the steel frame used in the predecessor model
dry-sump oiling system, differential and transmission cooling
a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to fit the driver's environment
launch control: available in Track mode, for maximum off-the-line acceleration
an entirely new exterior design that boasts race-track-proven aerodynamics, a new interior offering genuine carbon fiber and aluminum trim, as well as hand-wrapped leather materials.
A new tablet-inspired state-of-the-art Chevrolet MyLink connected radio allows drivers to personalize a host of their car's functions to match their ride every day, from relaxed highway cruising to high-performance laps at the track. The system consists of two eight-inch liquid crystal (LCD) display screens with a screen personalization option, USB port, SD card as well a center screen that lowers for device storage.
Chevrolet is one of Europe's most connected car brands
Its innovative technology and ease of use have won the Chevrolet MyLink connected radio many fans since it was introduced in Europe in summer 2012. This autumn, Chevrolet is launching two new versions of the system, with enhanced capabilities and even greater appeal to consumers.
Chevrolet MyLink technology has a lot to offer to modern connected consumers, whether these are drivers who want to mirror the functions of their smartphone in the car or tech aficionados who wish to customize their individual ride experience.
Built around a 7 or 8-inch high-resolution full-color touch screen, Chevrolet's MyLink radios allow users to easily access media, including specialist apps, from their portable device. This includes phone books, personal playlists, photo galleries, and other stored data. Mass storage devices, including MP3 players, iPods and iPads can be connected through USB, Bluetooth or aux-in jacks.
The system currently on offer is available on select trims of the Chevrolet Aveo, Trax, and Cruze. It has a 7-inch high-resolution full-color touch screen and can store the pairing information of up to 5 smartphones at one time. Owners of a compatible iPhone are able to use Siri Eyes Free, an intelligent assistant that helps get things done just by asking. The radio also enables users to take advantage of three dedicated smartphone apps – BringGo, TuneIn and Stitcher.
The first of the two new Chevrolet MyLink radios will be offered to buyers of the latest models of the Chevrolet Cruze, the Orlando family car, and the new Camaro. It features an enhanced icon-based display menu on its 7-inch touch screen. In addition to voice recognition for select languages, this system has text-to-speech capability, which allows users to listen to text messages from their smartphone**.
A rearview camera provides improved vision during parking maneuvers. Depending on the carline, trim level and market, the package may incorporate an integrated navigation system with coverage of all of Europe.
Owners of a Corvette Stingray will be able to use a tablet-inspired state-of-the-art system featuring two 8-inch liquid crystal (LCD) display screens.
The screen above the integrated center stack offers full capacitive control with an animated human machine interface. The liquid crystal display screen in the center of the instrument cluster can provide up to 69 unique sources of information, ranging from an interactive performance timer to a tire tread temperature display.
It is organized into sport, tour and track themes that can be changed using the Driver Mode Selector. Each display theme is designed for a specific driving scenario and can be configured through applications found in the “app tray.”
The Corvette Stingray's MyLink connected radio, too, enables voice recognition and text-to-speech**. Up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled devices can be paired and several of them connected at one time; connectivity is also possible through USB and aux-in jacks. A rearview camera is standard, and customers can opt to add an integrated navigation system.
As is the case for all Chevrolet MyLink connected radios, owners of the new systems will be able to upgrade their device with specialized apps once they become available.
More value for the money: fresh design, new powertrain options and enhanced safety
With the new model year, one of Chevrolet's most successful European cars, the Spark, will provide improved safety, thanks to standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and meet Euro5+ emission criteria. Inside, the instrument cluster and trims have been restyled. A new radio with Bluetooth connectivity, CD player, USB and aux-in jacks is standard on most trim levels.
In select European markets, customers can order the new Spark Bubble, a special edition of the popular city car. It carries a sporty bumper, side rocker moldings, 15-inch white painted alloy wheels as well as frisky white or pink Bubble decals on the front fenders.
Customers buying an Aveo with the Chevrolet MyLink connected radio will get a standard rearview camera. In addition, higher trims of the Chevrolet Aveo will have stylish LED turn signals mounted in the outside mirrors.
Starting this autumn, a choice of four gasoline engines will be available on all body styles of the Cruze – a naturally aspirated 1.4L (100 hp/75 kW), a 1.4L turbo (140 hp/103 kW), a 1.6L (117 hp/86 kW) and a 1.8L (141 hp/104 kW) engine. The diesel line-up, currently consisting of a 1.7L (130 hp/ 96kW) and a 2.0L (163 hp/120 kW) unit, will be complemented by a 110 hp (81 kW) variant of the1.7L diesel. The latter has the smallest carbon footprint of all engines offered on the Cruze – with just 99 g of CO2 per km.
The Cruze's outside rearview mirrors sport integrated LED turn signals. On higher trims of the Cruze family, Chevrolet is introducing Side Blind Zone Alert, a safety feature that spots approaching vehicles in the side blind zone by means of radar.
The Orlando is available with Side Blind Spot Alert and Advanced Parking Aid with the new model year. The former has ultrasonic sensors that detect approaching vehicles in the blind spot and warns the driver through an illuminated icon in the outside rearview mirrors. The Advanced Parking Aid identifies suitable parallel parking slots at low speeds and gives the driver instructions on how to steer the vehicle.
Changes to the exterior include LED turn signals in the outside rearview mirrors as well as new 16-inch wheel covers and 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels. Under the hood, the Orlando's proven 1.4L turbocharged gasoline engine can be now matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The turbocharged gasoline variant (1.4L) of Chevrolet's small SUV, the Trax, will become available with a front-wheel-drive layout as of this autumn. When matched to a six-speed manual transmission, this variant of the Trax is capable of zero to 100 acceleration in 9.5 seconds. Fuel consumption on a combined cycle is 6.0L/100 km with Start/Stop, which translates into 139 g of CO2 per km. An automatic gearbox is also available for this powertrain option.
Chevrolet dealerships across Europe have started offering the upgraded version of the 2.0L diesel-powered Malibu. The manual transmission variant has standard Start/Stop, and a reduced fuel consumption of 4.7L/100 km on a combined cycle. CO2 emissions are 125 g per km. Further enhancements include a rear view camera on upper trims as well as an emergency stop signal that is activated on all variants during emergency braking.