Orders for New Chevy Colorado Exceed Expectations

It seems Chevrolet and GMC dealers, including all of us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, are pretty excited about GM’s new midsize pickups, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. So excited that GM has said dealers have ordered nearly 30,000 of the trucks in just the first few days of ordering.

This number has exceeded GM’s expectations, so much so that they are adding a third shift early next year to the Wentzville Assembly plant where the trucks are built. This will add 750 new jobs to the facility that already employs about 2,600 workers over two shifts.

With the addition of these midsize trucks to the GM lineup, it gives General Motors the broadest truck lineup in the industry. The Colorado and Canyon offer class-leading payload and trailering abilities, a variety of body styles, built-in 4G LTE connectivity, and more. Visit the “build-your-own” site to decide what features you want on your new truck.

The new Chevrolet Colorado will be coming to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet later this fall.

Three Chevy Corvette Sinkhole Cars to Be Repaired

If you’ll recall, a gigantic sinkhole opened in the floor of the National Corvette Museum and claimed eight historic Chevrolet Corvettes at victims. This was a huge tragedy for the automotive world and for a long while it was unknown whether any of the Corvettes would be able to be saved. Now we know that the museum is planning to keep a portion of the Corvette sinkhole intact and that there are plans to restore three of the Corvettes that were swallowed by the hole.

The 2009 Corvette “Blue Devil” ZR1 prototype, a white 1992 convertible that was the millionth Corvette produced, and a 1962 Corvette are the three cars that are getting revamped. While the other five are not being restored, they are going to be on display. As a refresher, those will be: a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, 2001 “Mallett Hammer” Z06, 1984 PPG Pace Car, 2009 1.5-millionth Corvette , and 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette.

“Our goal was to help the National Corvette Museum recover from a terrible natural disaster by restoring all eight cars,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, in a statement. “However, as the cars were recovered, it became clear that restoration would be impractical because so little was left to repair. And, frankly, there is some historical value in leaving those cars to be viewed as they are.”

While costs to repair and restore the Corvettes and the museum are no doubt going to be costly, GM will be providing almost $250,000 to help cover costs. Not that money is scarce. Ever since the sinkhole appeared, visitor numbers at the National Corvette Museum have been on the rise. Everyone wants to catch a glimpse of the damage, so leaving the hole and some of the cars damaged is a good business decision.

Although we don’t have a sinkhole or any damaged cars here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, we do have a gorgeous line of Corvettes that we’d be happy to show you!