Chevrolet Traverses Tote Pie in Celebration of Pi Day

The Chevrolet Traverse mid-size SUV has enough cargo room for more than 50 pies – and that’s just behind the third row.

In celebration of Pi Day, a day noted by math enthusiasts on Friday, March 14, 2014 (3/14) for the mathematical constant Pi, Chevrolet delivered fresh baked Grand Traverse Pie Company ABC pies (with Michigan apples, blueberries and cherries) using 2014 Chevrolet Traverse mid-size SUVs throughout southeastern Michigan.

The Traverse offers a class-leading 116.3 cu. ft. of maximum cargo room and best-in-class space behind the third row – enough space for more than 50 pies. But how many Traverses would it take to carry all the pies that Grand Traverse Pie Company’s shops produce annually? And what about the Michigan apples, cherries and blueberries that go into their ABC pies? Here’s some food for thought:

  • The space behind the third row of 10,000 Traverses would be required to carry the half million pies per year that are produced in all of Grand Traverse Pie Company’s pie shops
  • 49 Traverses would be required to tow the more than 250,000 pounds of Michigan apples that are used*
  • 49 Traverses would be required to tow the more than 250,000 pounds of Michigan cherries*
  • 20 Traverses would be required to tow the more than 100,000 pounds of Michigan blueberries*

All Grand Traverse Pie Company locations offered customers a free slice of pie with any purchase as part of a statewide celebration of Michigan’s food and agriculture businesses that prosper due to the state’s quality education opportunities. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is sponsoring the celebration. All in all, Grand Traverse Pie Company plans to give around 10,000 slices of pie away for Pi Day!

*Based on trailering payload of 5,200 pounds

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Chevy Classics Profile Series: 1 Millionth and 1.5 Millionth Corvettes

Today, we’re sharing the history behind two more of the eight vehicles damaged in the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum – the 1 millionth and 1.5 millionth Corvettes produced.

1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette

The 1 millionth Corvette was built around 2 p.m. on July 2, 1992, at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Like the very first Corvette built in 1953, this one was a white convertible with red interior.

The 1 millionth Corvette was the 304,562nd car produced at the plant, and the 19,614th car of the 1992 model year. During ceremonies marking the production of the 1 millionth milestone, Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones said the Corvette is “not only America’s car, but it’s Kentucky’s car.”

More than a year before the 1 millionth Corvette rolled off the assembly line, it was determined that it would be donated to the Corvette Museum Foundation in Bowling Green, Ky.

The following summer, the nation’s top Corvette dealers were invited to bid on the “million plus one” 1992 Corvette. All proceeds above the sales costs would be donated by Chevrolet to the National Corvette Museum. Chevrolet dealer Marshall R. Chesrown of Denver made the highest bid and received the keys for Corvette No. 1,000,001 from then Chevrolet General Manager Jim Perkins. This car had rolled off the assembly line immediately after the historic 1 millionth Corvette and was nearly identical as it was a white Corvette with black top and red interior.

2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette

The 1.5 millionth Corvette was built on May 28, 2009. While the weakening economy was clearly on everyone’s mind, there was still an excitement in the air at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant as the white Corvette with red interior made its way down the production line. Like the 1 millionth Corvette, this car features a similar paint job and interior to honor the first 300 Corvettes built in 1953.

As the car before the 1.5 millionth Corvette came down the line, GM workers got ready to pose for photos with the history-making car that was just behind it. While they might have been thinking about the economy, at that moment they were standing behind the product they so proudly built. Through 11 presidents, four wars, gas shortages, stock market crashes and rebounds, 1.5 million Corvettes had rolled off the line – all of them built in America.

For information on the efforts being made to restore these historic Corvettes, visit the National Corvette Museum’s website. You also can see a live stream of the Skydome restoration.

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A Look Back at Two Significant Corvettes

Dan Adovasio and Jake Drennon of the Official C5/C6/C7 Registry take a historic look at two of the Corvettes damaged at the National Corvette Museum.
 

On behalf of the Official C5/C6/C7 Registry and its members, we were all stunned by the news that broke last week of eight very significant Corvettes being damaged by a sinkhole in the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum. As GM prepares to oversee restoration of the Corvettes damaged, we wanted to take a look back at how two of these vehicles fit into Chevrolet’s history.

2009 ZR1 “BLUE DEVIL”

Folklore has it that the then CEO of GM, Rick Wagoner, a Duke University graduate, saw the nearly completed C6 Z06 prototype in 2004. He wondered aloud what the Corvette design team could create if it had a mandate to develop a $100,000 Corvette.

At the time, Corvette Chief Engineer David Hill and Corvette Engineer Tadge Juechter took Wagoner’s challenge to heart and went to work to develop a significantly more powerful Corvette that would be called the ZR1. Then Vehicle Line Executive Tom Wallace stated that this project had the code name “Blue Devil” after Wagoner’s alma mater. Wallace continued saying that this prototype test vehicle needed to push the technology envelope into the supercar realm so that this Corvette could take on any production car in the world.

We now know that this “Blue Devil” was built to test the engineering standards necessary for the ZR1 to achieve astronomical performance characteristics – including the ability to be the fastest production automobile that GM has ever built. Never in the history of GM has a production automobile been produced with a 638 HP and a top end speed in excess of 200 mph. So, we’d say that the “Blue Devil” is certainly one of the most historically significant Corvettes ever on loan by GM to the National Corvette Museum.

2001 MALLETT HAMMER Z06 CORVETTE

Chuck Mallett was one of the premier tuners of the C5 era. Mallett is credited as being one of the first tuners to apply his craft and customize the C5 Corvette for superior handling and performance.  When the Z06 was introduced in 2001, Mallett quickly grabbed hold to engineer and develop the “Mallett Hammer” Z06 Corvette. Historically, this Z06 is significant because it was one of the first Mallett Hammers engineered to take the 2001 Z06 to a whole new performance level with outstanding handling characteristics never felt before on the race track.

Kevin and Linda Helmintoller of Tampa, Florida recently donated the Mallett Hammer Z06 that was swallowed by the sinkhole to the museum.

Mallett set the benchmark with the Z06 Hammer for a whole army of tuners to follow, thus beginning the legendary C5 Z06 Tuner Era. From this point forward, Mallett and others pushed the Z06 Corvette to limits well beyond the standard factory package. The Helmintoller’s raced their Z06 on tracks all over the east coast, just as many of the Mallett Hammer Z06 owners did. This Mallett Hammer’s significance lies in the fact that it was a forerunner of the C5 tuner experience. We feel these were track cars designed to give you the kind of performance required to win races at the track.

For more information on all eight vehicles affected by the sinkhole and the efforts being made to restore these historic Corvettes, visit the National Corvette Museum’s website. You can also see a live stream of the Skydome restoration here.

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2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is Most Fuel Efficient Car on the Market

In its 2014 Fuel Economy Guide, the United States Environmental Protection Agency puts one car at the top of the list when it comes to fuel efficiency: the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV.

With an EPA-estimated 82 miles of driving range and a fuel economy equivalent of 119 MPG, the average driver can save $9,000 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle.

2014-Chevrolet-SparkEV-040-mediumLast year’s top ten list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles was comprised entirely of electric vehicles, so it’s not surprising that this year’s ranking is also packed with EVs.

The Spark EV, sold in California and Oregon, is also the first vehicle in the U.S. to offer the SAE International fast-charge connector as a vehicle option. The new combined AC and DC charging, or combo, connector is accessible via a single charge port on the vehicle and allows electricity to flow at a faster rate.

How much faster? DC fast charging charges 80 percent of the Spark EV’s battery in just 20 minutes for over 65 miles of range. By comparison, AC 120V charging, which can be done using a conventional household outlet, takes around 17 hours to fully charge. AC 240V charging reduces recharging time to less than seven hours for a full charge, but it requires a dedicated 240V charging station.

Many major automakers have announced they will adopt the SAE combo fast charge connector standard. Adopting an industry standard for EV charging is an important step in growing the public charging infrastructure.

GM is committed to leading the charge in the U.S. to develop energy alternatives like EVs and biofuels that help reduce dependency on petroleum, improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.

ChevySparkDCFastCharge01-mediumIt’s why we were part of the unveiling of the very first public SAE combo DC fast charging station last year at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego.

And it’s why our engineers work tirelessly to bring greener vehicles like the Spark EV, Chevrolet Volt,Chevrolet Cruze DieselCadillac ELR and the bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala to market.

If this year’s list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market tells us anything, it’s that EVs are continuing to grow in popularity. And as more and more hit the market, choices for potential buyers will only increase, which means good things for the wallet and the environment.

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Rob Dyrdek Drives Chevy Sonic Backwards Off Ramp, Sets World Record

Television star and former professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek snagged another GUINNESS WORLD RECORD® this morning, nicely complementing the 21 he’s previously earned. What did he do? Oh, only an 89-foot reverse ramp jump.

In a Chevy Sonic.

The official length of the jump was 89 feet 3.25 inches and your exclusive first-look video is above.

This is the second time that Dyrdek, star of MTV’s “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,” has gotten behind the wheel of a Sonic. In 2011 he performed a 360-degree kick flip. Also off a ramp.

“The Sonic is a great car for firsts,” said Dyrdek.  “I have always been a Chevy guy, so when we decided we wanted to set a Guinness World Record for the finale of “Fantasy Factory,” using the Sonic again just made sense.”

Dyrdek performed the stunt before spectators at Six Flags Magic Mountain, while MTV filmed the jump for the Season Finale of “Fantasy Factory,” set to air on March 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on MTV. In order to qualify for the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement, Dyrdek had to successfully land the Sonic on the catch rampand be able to drive away from the stunt. He did both.

Despite the implied madness of the stunt, safety was a priority. The Chevy Sonic offers 10 standard air bags and high-strength steel as part of its body structure, making it a strong choice for this challenge.

“We take extra care and precautions with each and every stunt we create,” said Elia Popov, owner of J.E.M. F/X Inc. “Rob is always willing to try anything once, and for this backwards jump, we felt confident that the Sonic would keep him safe.

To learn more about the Chevrolet Sonic, visit the Chevy Sonic Facebook page or follow on Twitter at @ChevyLife.

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