Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2012 Camaro ZL1 Video Debut Zeigler Chevrolet Schaumburg

The Ultimate Camaro: 2012 Carmaro ZL1 Debuts

by Chevrolet in the News on February 10, 2011
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This week, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. Launching in early 2012, the new ZL1 features cutting-edge performance systems that makes it the most technologically advanced Camaro ever built.
Motivating this new model is a supercharged V-8 engine producing 550 horsepower. But aside from overwhelming power, Chevrolet insists that there’s plenty of innovative technology that will help the ZL1 really perform. This tech includes advanced and highly refined chassis and suspension systems that will help the ZL1 deliver balanced, track-ready handling and braking power.
“Camaro ZL1 is about high-tech performance and design, and is a type of car no one has ever brought to this segment previously,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “It’s the most technically advanced Camaro ever, so we’ve chosen a name from the most elite and exclusive Camaro in history.”
Although this high-performance Camaro doesn’t carry the iconic Z28 badging, the ZL1 name is derived from a 1960s era all-aluminum racing engine of the same name. A few production 1969 Camaros also carried the ZL1 designation, and went on to achieve mythical status among enthusiasts.
When developing the ZL1, engineers were tasked with creating a vehicle that provided optimal performance for road-racing circuits, while also delivering excellent driving dynamics on the street. In achieving this goal, the Camaro’s existing systems were improved upon, including its electric power steering and Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system.
“Everything about the ZL1’s design is directly related to its technology and serious performance, especially aerodynamics,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, Global Design. “Our designers’ goal was to execute that function-oriented design with beautifully sculpted forms, creating an imposing, powerful persona. Function becomes the aesthetic. The intent is a car that delivers on the attitude it projects.”
Inside, the 2012 Camaro ZL1 will come standard with plenty of creature comforts as well including:
  • Six-way power driver and passenger seats
  • Unique instrument panel and door panel inserts; and ZL1-logo sill plates
  • Steering wheel audio controls with Bluetooth capability
  • Wireless PDIM and USB-port
  • Boston Acoustics premium audio system
  • Rear parking assist
  • Rear camera system (displayed in the inside rearview mirror).
Chevrolet is still developing and refining this model, but it’s currently slated to arrive in showrooms at the beginning of next year. Stay tuned for additional details.


5 Millionth Camaro Sold Zeigler Chevrolet Schaumburg

The Comeback Continues: Chevy Sells 5 Millionth Camaro

by Chevrolet in the News on August 16, 2011
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While the Chevrolet Camaro went away for a few years, demand for the iconic muscle car never did. That kind of passion—combined with the quality and performance offered by today’s Camaro—has kept sales in high gear. In 2010, its first full year on the market, the athletic new Chevy outsold its crosstown rival the Ford Mustang by more than 7,500 units, and attracted 81,299 new Camaro owners. And not only is the car ahead of that pace through the first part of 2011, but it also recently marked a major production milestone when the 5 millionth Camaro was sold to a lucky new driver in Kentucky.
The black-on-black 1LS coupe showcased a “dovetail” spoiler, a six-speed manual transmission and a potent 3.6-liter, 312-hp V6, and it was the 225,844th Camaro sold since the fifth generation launched in March 2009. Of course, Chevy is on track to keep the momentum going, thanks an expanding lineup that now includes the Camaro Convertible, which dropped its top in February of 2011, and the high-performance Camaro ZL1.
Designed to be the most technically advanced car in its class, the Camaro ZL1 will holster a supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 that makes some 550 hp and offer a six-speed manual transmission with a dual-disc clutch, Magnetic Ride Control, a vented carbon-fiber hood insert, and an advanced, track-ready brake system designed collaboratively with the experts at Brembo.
Drivers can expect the ZL1 to debut early next year as the fastest Camaro ever offered by Chevrolet—which will no doubt help the brand get a quick head start toward selling its next 5 million Camaros.

Chevy Camaro ZL1 Delivers 580 Horsepower Zeigler Chevrolet Schaumburg

Chevy Camaro ZL1 Delivers 580 Horsepower

by Chevrolet in the News on September 13, 2011
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It’s official: the 2012 Camaro ZL1 will be Chevy’s most powerful Camaro ever. Featuring a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, the ZL1 will offer 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque.
While the new ZL1 will feature ample power, it’s also complemented by advanced powertrain and chassis technologies, including exclusive Performance Traction Management and third-generation Magnetic Ride Control.
“The Camaro ZL1 delivers supercar performance and technology in the sports-car segment,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “For sheer power, the ZL1 delivers more horsepower than a Ferrari 458, more torque than an Aston Martin DB9 V12, and a better power-to-weight ratio than a Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.”
The all-aluminum LSA supercharged V8 is part of GM’s legendary small-block engine family. Not only will it give the Camaro incredible performance, but it will also meet modern emissions requirements. And, the new ZL1 is backed by General Motors’ five-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The ZL1 is also available with Chevy’s Hydra-Matic 6L90 automatic transmission, which has been developed to handle the engine’s torque and horsepower. It even features three distinct drive modes including:
  • Drive — The shift pattern is calibrated for optimal fuel economy, including second-gear starts, while the shift feel is tuned for a smooth driving experience.
  • Sport — The shift pattern is calibrated for more aggressive driving, including first-gear starts for maximum performance.
  • Manual — In this mode, he 6L90 offers the driver true manual control, with no automatic up shifts.
“The torque is going to make the ZL1 a car you won’t want to get out of,” said John Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer for small block engines. “Not only will the ZL1 have more power and torque than the competition, we’re making it available with an optional automatic transmission, to appeal to a wider group of sports car enthusiasts.”

2012 Chevy Sonic Earns Top Safety Pick Zeigler Chevrolet Schaumburg

2012 Chevy Sonic Earns “Top Safety Pick” Status

by Chevrolet in the News on September 14, 2011
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The all-new subcompact 2012 Chevy Sonic has just earned the coveted Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick award. Thanks to two more air bags than its competitors, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, and a host of safety features, it excelled in the Institute’s testing.
The IIHS tests vehicles to determine how well they protect occupants in front and side crash tests, in rollovers via a roof strength test, and in simulated rear impacts to evaluate seat and head restraints for protection against neck injuries. In all of these areas, the Sonic achieved “good” scores.
Safety was a priority for engineers, and the “Top Safety Pick” award didn’t come as much of a surprise. In addition to 10 air bags, the Sonic offers a body structure incorporating a single welded side ring unit. Also, more than 60 percent of the vehicle safety cage consists of high-strength steel.
“We developed Sonic to exceed our customer’s expectations of the subcompact market, both in the fun-to-drive performance characteristics and the segment-leading safety features,” said Joaquin Nuño-Whelan, Sonic vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer. “This designation by IIHS confirms that Chevy customers can buy a subcompact with top safety performance.”
Other unique safety features on the 2012 Sonic include:
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children)
  • Six months of complimentary OnStar Directions and Connections service, including stolen vehicle assistance and automatic crash response
  • Power-assisted front disc and rear drum brakes with panic brake assist technology
With this rating the Sonic joins the Volt and the Cruze, two other small cars that recently received a 2011 IIHS Top Safety Pick award.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Consumers Vote Volt No. 1 At Edmunds.com Zeigler Chevrolet

Consumers Vote Volt No. 1 At Edmunds.com

by Chevrolet in the News on September 2, 2011
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In addition to being one of the nation’s premier resources for online vehicle research, Edmunds.com also provides a key opportunity for owners themselves to review their vehicles, creating a unique—and important—measure of quality from consumers who know those vehicles best. And this year, it was the Chevrolet Volt that came out on top of its class in the website’s 2011 Consumers’ Top Rated vehicles list, besting all other vehicles in the “Hybrid” segment. (Note: As Edmunds.com admits, the Volt “isn’t really a hybrid like the Toyota Prius,” but the site didn’t have another category in which to put the unique Chevy!)
Comments from new Chevy Volt drivers included:
  • “I have owned my Volt since mid-March, and have used exactly 20 gallons of gas over 3,100 miles. I also own a Prius and feel that the Volt, though a bit smaller, is a big leap forward over that fine car. The Volt is quicker, handles better, is quieter, has much lower operating cost/mile (I pay only $0.10 per kWh), and has been totally glitch-free. It’s an astonishing achievement.”
  • “The Volt is my first American car, ever. I currently also have a VW and SAAB. The ride and handling to me are very much like a European vehicle. The fit and finish are impressive. This is an extremely well-thought-out vehicle.”
  • “My Volt is incredible. My lifetime mpg is 112 and rising. I’ve driven over 1,000 miles without any gas. I didn’t buy any gas the first month I owed it. It has a sport mode that makes it fun and sporty to drive with speed to jerk your head back. It’s as powerful as a V6. I’m loving it.
  • “The car, the concept, everything about it is game changing. My other car is a CTS-V and it has been parked ever since I got the Volt. Saving gas $$ is not my objective—using the cutting-edge technology and proving it in everyday use is the fun part.”
  • “The Volt is absolutely the best car I’ve ever driven. It’s quick, nimble, stylish, and simply incomparable from a technology standpoint.”
  • “Now in my second month and still have not used more than 2 gallons of gas. The car is surprisingly responsive, feels solid and has had no bugs, defects or annoyances that sometimes accompany new purchases. My average battery range is about 42 miles, but with the range-extending on-board generator, there is no anxiety whatsoever about ‘getting there.’ Moving from my prior Mercedes S 430, I find the Volt to be a remarkably well-engineered product.”
Perhaps even more remarkable: When the 2012 Volt goes on sale later this year, it will have a starting price that’s more than $1,000 below that of the 2011 base model. Showcasing an MSRP that begins at $39,995, and a net cost to consumers of just $32,495 (after a full $7,500 federal tax credit), the 2012 Chevy Volt is available for ordering now—at Chevrolet dealerships in all 50 states.