With only two months left until the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie hits theaters, Chevrolet has confirmed the full lineup of Bowtie-badged vehicles that will be featured in the new installment.
The main star of the new film will obviously be Bumblebee , a futuristic concept based on the fifth-generation Camaro. The Pearl Yellow car will return to the silver screen as the movie’s leading attraction for the fourth time since its debut in 2007.
Besides the Bumblebee, Chevy has prepped four more vehicles for the new Transformers film, ranging from the Corvette Stingray , which will convert to Autobot Crosshairs, to the Trax crossover , and even a heavily modified 1967 Camaro SS . Also included is a Sonic dressed as a rally car will appear in some of the action-packed scenes.
In addition to prepping the aforementioned vehicles and providing them to the production crew, General Motors also allowed Paramount to film at its Warren Technical Center, Milford Proving Ground and even its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.
The highly anticipated "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie is set to arrive in theaters on June 27th, 2014.
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Why It Matters?
By fielding so many vehicles in the latest installment of the Transformers franchise, Chevrolet is pulling yet another successful publicity stunt. Although the new Corvette and the Camaro don’t really need a promotional boost, including the Trax and the Sonic in the cast is likely to have a greater impact than a couple of new commercials.
The Chevrolet Corvette was completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, receiving a brand new exterior that ditched most details seen on the C5 and C6, including the iconic rounded taillights. The interior was also overhauled on a clean sheet of paper, gaining that upscale look customers were demanding for decades.
With a brand-new 6.2-liter V-8 engine under the hood, the Corvette Stingray benefits from 460 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque when fitted with a performance exhaust system. The sports car was launched with a standard seven-speed manual and an optional six-speed auto, but the latter was ditched for 2015, being replaced by a new, eight-speed tranny.
Gallery Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
The current Chevrolet Camaro went into production in 2009, seven years after the previous generation was axed. The pony received an extensive facelift for 2014, the same year when the Z/28 nameplate was revived for a track-prepped, naturally-aspirated version.
The base model is powered by a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine, while the SS is motivated by a 6.2-liter, V-8 unit. The latter is also available with a supercharged on top on the more powerful ZL1 variant. The largest engine, however, a 7.0-liter, V-8 mill, is available in the aforementioned Z/28, which proved quite successful with customers, with all 500 units selling out in just a few months.
Gallery Chevrolet Camaro SS
Chevrolet and a Camaro that converts into the iconic Bumblebee will once again turn heads when the Transformers movie franchise returns to screens around the globe in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” from director Michael Bay, in theaters June 27.
The latest film also features Chevrolets sold around the world including a Corvette Stingray that converts to Autobot Crosshairs, a Trax and a Sonic outfitted as a Rally Car.
The fifth-generation Camaro converted into Bumblebee in the 2007 film “Transformers,” the 2009 film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and the 2011 film “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” The latest edition features two Camaros specifically built for the film, one a heavily modified vintage 1967 Camaro SS and the other a futuristic concept Camaro.
“The Transformers movies have been a great partnership for Chevrolet by allowing us to introduce our vehicles to new fans, young and old, around the world,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. “Now for the fourth time, you’ll see a Camaro as a heroic Autobot, a fitting role for one of the stars of Chevrolet’s lineup.”
Said LeeAnne Stables, executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships for Paramount Pictures: “The Chevrolet partnership with this iconic Michael Bay movie franchise has become one of the longest-running and most innovative movie-brand relationships in film history. This new Chevy campaign will definitely bring new and exciting elements to a global audience of Transformers movie fans around the world.”
In addition to providing vehicles for the production, General Motors’ locations for filming included GM Design at the Warren Technical Center, the Milford Proving Ground and the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.