Chevrolet Wins 2016 Car and Truck of the Year Awards from Motor Trend

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Of course, you are the only critic that really matters when it comes to your car, but knowing that other people love it too, can be extra rewarding. Recently, Motor Trend gave Chevrolet both the 2016 Car of the Year award and the 2016 Truck of the Year award, with the recipients being the all-new Chevrolet Camaro and the Chevrolet Colorado equipped with the new turbo-diesel engine.

This is the second year in a row the Colorado has earned this coveted prize. Now, with the available diesel engine, the Colorado is the most fuel-efficient pickup in the United States with an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway for two-wheel drive models. It also boasts the highest trailering capacity in its segment—up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.

As for the Camaro, Motor Trend editors were impressed with its light weight, which lends to its “world-class sports car performance and dynamics.”

With the all-new sixth-generation Camaro, buyers have six powertrain combinations to choose from, including the standard 2.0-liter Turbo, an all-new 3.6-liter V6, and a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. Each can be had with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you’re looking for a new sports car or truck, stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today and take a look at either of these two award-winning options.

2016 Chevy Camaro Reviews, Praise, & Improved Performance

2016 Chevy Camaro

The Best Has Yet To Come

Been eyeing a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro for a while but wondering how it actually performs? Well, wait no more, because Camaro First Drive reviews are finally out and let’s just say that the reasons to buy this car seem to be piling on faster than ever—and we’re not talking about its smoldering new good looks.

The 2016 Chevy Camaro is stiffer, smaller, and stronger than the outgoing model. The steering feels crisp and well-weighted, with good visibility out of the cabin and a refined interior to entertain your eyes when you’re not looking at the road. As expected, the car goes. The engine and transmission are more refined and ferocious than ever, yet the ride is still smooth and quiet, though the latter is a matter of configuration, as you can adjust resonators for more or less noise.

The best improvement is the effect the stiffer chassis and reduced unsprung mass has had on its cornering ability. The 2016 Chevy Camaro, especially when equipped with performance tires, is surprisingly responsive and quick to transition from left to right corners, even handling bumps in the process with ease.

It’s the best Chevy Camaro yet, and we can’t wait for you to check it out at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC!

New 2016 Camaro is Lighter but Better than Ever

The new Camaro is bringing some new capabilities to market this year—and that’s mostly thanks to an improved body and design. Perhaps we should simply say “all-new” instead of just “improved,” because this 2016 Camaro only shares two parts with its 2015 model sibling. The new design is 200 pounds lighter, has improved rigidity, and as a result, has better steering, suspension, and driving dynamics overall.

“The structural weight savings are compounded by opportunities to reduce un-sprung weight,” says program engineering manager Jim Karlavage.” “The result is a more nimble driving experience.” With the 200 pound diet, the Camaro actually weights less than even the Ford Mustang. Not only does that improve driving dynamics, but it should improve fuel efficiency as well.

You’ll get to see the new Camaro (finally) at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, on Saturday, May 16. For now, though, you can come see us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to learn more about either the current or next-gen model of the Camaro. We’ll be waiting to show off the Camaro to you here, so come by for a test drive today!

 

Upcoming 2016 Camaro Trims Over 200 Pounds

A common tactic to making cars better is reducing their weight. Less weight contributes to improved handling, faster acceleration, and increased fuel economy.

Unfortunately, American muscle cars are often quite heavy compared to their European counterparts. They sound great and go fast in a straight line, but when it comes to maneuverability, their heavy frames hold them back.

Chevrolet is aiming to change that with the upcoming 2016 Camaro, whose engineers focused on reducing mass in all the ways they could. An ounce saved here, a pound saved there, a new architecture, and suddenly you’ve got a car that’s more than 200 pounds lighter than the current Camaro we’re selling at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet!

One of the ways they saved weight was making parts out of aluminum instead of steel, like the beam that supports the instrument panel. It’s a relatively small part that saved them “only” 9.7 pounds, but dozens of these changes add up to make a much lighter and engaging car.

The 2016 Camaro will be revealed May 16 during a special event at Belle Isle Park in Detroit!

The Very First 1967 Chevy Camaro Coming to GM Nationals

A truly one-of-a-kind Chevrolet will be headlining the GM Nationals in Carlisle Pennsylvania this June. It is the origin of a species; the very first Chevy Camaro ever built way back in 1966 by hand as part of a 49 car pilot program. This is the same car that was used for track testing and as the first show car at the Camaro launch in 1967.

The first of the five generations of Camaro wears VIN N10001 and the color Grenada Gold metallic paint that it did those many years ago. Since its previous life as a show car, it was sold and used as a daily driver and then an NHRA drag racecar. Believe it or not, the historic car was purchased for its original sales price of $2,500 in 2010, was restored, and has returned to its previous life as a show car.

2015 Chevy Camaro

2015 Chevy Camaro

Much of the original equipment remains on the first 1967 Chevy Camaro, like its 230 cubic-inch straight-six engine and its three-speed automatic transmission. You can see the car that captured America’s heart in its earliest form at the 2016 GM Nationals this summer, or see its essence in the most current Chevy Camaros today at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Much Cheaper Camaro Z/28 vs. Porsche 911 GT3 – Who Wins?

Comparisons have been drawn between the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and the Porsche 911 GT3 since the vehicles’ births, both sporting a minimalist vibe while absolutely slicing the track. There’s only one major difference between them: The Camaro is $55,000 cheaper.

Given that amazing price drop and the cars’ similarities, could the Camaro Z/28 actually be a better option than the Porsche 911 GT3? Motor Trend attempted to settle this score, putting the vehicles head-to-head. You can watch the video here.

Camaro Z/28 vs. Porsche 911 GT3The results are pretty easy to guess, since the Camaro’s specs are slightly inferior to the Porsche’s down-the-line. For example, while the Porsche can hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, it takes the Camaro about 4 seconds – still an astonishing number.

Even though the Camaro loses this tight race – Camaro Z/28 vs. Porsche 911 GT3 – the fact that it’s a full $55,000 cheaper makes one wonder which model really has won.

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The 2015 Euro Camaro Gets a First Glance

It’s always fun to glance across the ocean and see what our European brothers and sisters are doing to change up the auto scene. While some design choices don’t creep back over to the states due to the different buyer’s markets, the innovations made overseas inspire or are integrated into future cars in the states. The Chevrolet Camaro’s sneak preview for its 2015 model year has certainly caught our interest!

The new Camaro is stylistically keeping to tradition. It’s distinct and retro shape makes it stick out even in its camouflaged concept form. There are some aspects of the Camaro’s front end that are being slimmed down, but the overall look of the Camaro will only be all the more intimidating when it is out on the highway.

No engine has been announced, but Auto Express believes there is a chance that this new Camaro will have a V8 engine. Despite this, Chevrolet is bound to give a second engine option for better driver customization and cost control.

The rest of the car’s aspects are mere speculation, though there sadly is a low chance we’ll be seeing this new Camaro here in the USA. With European designs growing in popularity within our borders, though, we might see aspects of the official 2015 Euro Camaro brought back to us in the US. Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet will be the first to tell you the exciting details of this car and our many future US models right here on our blog!

Volt and Camaro Named “Most Dependable” by J.D. Power

If you are lucky enough to have even ridden in a Chevrolet, then you know that the automaker has earned its reputation for only producing excellent and reliable products. For those of you who need an expert’s opinion to cement your own, then J.D. Power has definitely come through for you. The results of the 2014 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study have revealed that both the Chevy Camaro and Volt earned top rankings in their segments. The Volt is listed as the most dependable Compact Car and the Camaro is noted as the most dependable Midsize Sporty Car.

Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, summarized the inherent value in each of the winning vehicles, both of which can be found here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet. “The Volt has redefined how Chevrolet’s electrification technology is helping our customers save fuel and reduce emissions without compromising style, comfort and performance,” said Edwards. “The Camaro continues to bring new buyers to Chevrolet, and we expect the introduction of the Z/28 will further heighten enthusiasm for America’s favorite sports car.”

The Z/28 mentioned by Edwards, a supercar with an engine capable of producing 500 horsepower, is already being heralded as the fastest Camaro ever produced. The 2014 “most dependable ranking” makes it the second straight year on top for the Camaro.

The Volt was already a decorated car before this latest win—it’s listed at number 1 on the Sierra Club’s list of plug-in hybrids and it was named Leader in Strategic Vision’s 2013 Total Quality Award for Best Midsize Car. Plus, this is the third straight year it’s been named the most dependable compact by J.D. Power.