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On June 30, 1953, the first Corvette rolled out from the company’s plant in Flint, Michigan. Now, the company decided to mark the 60th anniversary of the Corvette with the introduction of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition. The model will also mark the production launch of the seventh-generation Corvette on June 28, 2013 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The new Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition is limited to only 500 units and is based on the top-of-the-line 3LT trim level. The new limited edition will feature Laguna Blue Tintcoat paint combined with a Brownstone suede interior.

To further identify the model, Chevrolet equipped it with a "stinger" hood stripe, "Stingray" logos on the door-sill plates and wheel caps. It will also come with the Z51 Performance Package with Magnetic Selective Ride Control, a carbon-fiber roof and a variable-tuned performance exhaust system.

Also, each unit will be offered with a custom Corvette branded luggage from Thule. Chevrolet has yet to unveil the pricing on this limited model.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Corvette Stingray.

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The Sonic RS is the new performance flagship for Chevrolet’s mini-car line. Unlike the lower-range Sonics that come in sedan or hatchback bodies, the new Sonic RS is available only with five doors and comes loaded with special equipment that makes the car stand out among the crowd.

Is it any quicker than a Sonic LTZ Turbo? No, it is not. The RS upgrade is more focused on style and driving enjoyment than outright speed, via noticeable exterior, interior and mechanical changes aimed at making this the ideal Sonic for car enthusiasts. Special gear ratios launch the car slightly more rapidly but aren’t enough to move the stats into the low 7’s for 0-to-60 MPH sprints.

Style-wise, things get a lot better with an RS-specific nose, a deeper air dam, chrome-trimmed fog lamp shrouds, sill extensions and a re-profiled rear end with larger spoiler and a big exhaust tip.

The exterior changes dramatically increase the RS model’s road presence versus lesser Sonics. Unfortunately, the bump in price means new competitors materialize that are even more fun and much quicker. The Mini Cooper S and Fiat 500 Abarth both sprint to 60 mph more than a second quicker than the Sonic RS.

The Chevrolet Sonic RS brings a few other tricks to the party and finds a sweet spot in the market by undercutting the more-powerful Fiesta ST and Kia Forte5 Turbo on price.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Chevrolet Sonic RS.

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The Chevy Sonic gets so little coverage from car magazines that it is easy to forget it even exists. Even the Chevrolet team does not seem too excited about the subcompact’s prospects with American buyers. Maybe that is why most of the official images are just renderings of the car inserted into picturesque backdrops via Photoshop…

If Chevrolet can’t be bothered to actually take its mini car to the desert for a photo shoot, why should buyers care?

There are a few reasons that the Chevrolet Sonic is storming up the sales charts recently to become the top-selling supermini in the U.S. for the last few months. Offered in five-door hatchback or four-door sedan body styles, the Sonic line is well-positioned in style, price and interior tech to overcome rivals, like the Hyundai Accent , Kia Rio and Ford Fiesta .

A new-for-2013 RS trim added lower gear ratios to help improve acceleration in the top 1.4-liter turbo engine guise. While relatively exciting versus the bread-and-butter LS, LT and LTZ trims, the 2014 RS deserves a review of its own – published in the near future so check back for more details.

The focus here is on the volume model sedan and hatchback Chevrolet Sonics with highlights of the new-for-2014 features and options.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic.

For all of the supercars and exotics that have appeared throughout the “Transformers” movie franchise, director Michael Bay has also tossed a little love in the direction of compact vehicles.

Remember the Twins in their Chevrolet Sparks from “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen?”

For the fourth movie, Bay is bringing back some hot hatch love with the introduction of the Chevrolet Sonic RS as part of the new cast of cars for “Transformers 4.”

It might seem odd that the Sonic RS is joining a list that includes a Bugatti Veyron, a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray , a Lamborghini Aventador and a fully customized 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS .

But don’t sleep on the Sonic RS, because even though it doesn’t look anywhere near a supercar, it still has some attitude and its racing livery also shows its capabilities rubbing tires in full-fledged competition.

Maybe that’s why Michael Bay felt the Sonic RS had to be part of the “Transformers 4” cast. What it lacks in power and price tag, it more than makes up for in edginess.

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Sonic RS

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Clean diesel models are just starting to make their ways into the North American market, and to everyone’s surprise, they do quite well. For example, in the first quarter of 2012, sales numbers were up 35 percent when compared to the same period of 2011 and things continue to improve.

From all diesel units sold in the USA last year, a total of 44 percent where the Jetta TDI, a pretty astounding result, considering this is about half of a market that offers about 25 clean diesel models, which experts say will double by 2017.

The first step into this direction was made at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show where Chevy unveiled the new Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel - not a big surprise considering Cruze is Chevrolet’s hottest-selling sedan.

The model will be put on sale at a starting price at $25,695, which is about $2,500 more than the Jetta TDI priced at $23,055.

UPDATE 6/12/2013: This review has been updated with the official drivetrain specifications. Surprisingly, they are significantly better than GM originally estimated.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel.

Forgive us for not being aware that June 7th was apparently “National Donut Day.” There’s already a handful of these national (blank) days, so it’s hard to figure out which one is which.

Thankfully, Chevrolet and Lexus didn’t forget that June 7th was National Donut Day. In a pair of fitting tributes to the celebration of the round and treat, Chevy and Lexus decided to take their respective sports cars - the Camaro ZL1 and the LF-A - and give them enough room to do one of the things the two exotics do best in the industry

Creating donuts; lots and lots of smokin’ donuts.

Not the tasty, fried variety, but the rubber-burning kind that everyone in the auto industry never gets tired of seeing.

So to those who had a wonderful time downing three donuts in 90 seconds, consider this video as a perfect way to cap off the festivities, despite being a few days behind.

Click past the jump to watch Lexus’ National Donut Day tribute courtesy of the LF-A

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The full-size van segment is facing a big shakeup at the moment. Mind you, the standards for improvement are pretty low – these vans skipped all the manners and refinement courses undergone by their pickup-truck siblings, like the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado .

New competition from the Nissan NV , Ram CV, Mercedes Sprinter and the upcoming full-size Ford Transit means the Express will have to work harder than ever to maintain its huge 44-plus-percent market share in the segment.

In addition to far more modern options from Dodge and soon Ford, the full-size segment is under assault from above via pricier pickup trucks and from below via the Ford Transit Connect and other urban commercial runabouts. Despite the challengers, the Express logged nearly 77,000 sales in the U.S. in 2012.

So, the Chevrolet Express is long past its glory years where it represented the most sophisticated and modern full-size van available in the U.S. Despite seeming like it’s been around for eternity and beyond, the Express debuted in 1996 to rave reviews by thousands of contractors, conversion van companies and Church groups happy to have (slightly) more refinement than the previous models and the competition of the time.

No one will argue that 17 years is a long time on the market, but its tenure on dealer lots means the Express is both super affordable and also mechanically customizable with four engines, passenger or cargo setups, multiple wheelbases and a myriad of other options.

How does the Chevrolet Express stack up to the latest buyer priorities, and comfort and safety demands? Can its low price and spray-clean cargo area overcome the harsh ride, unbelievably bad seats and almost complete lack of modern interior tech?

Click past the jump for the full review of the Chevrolet Express.

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The revised Chevrolet Malibu is now better positioned to compete in the hyper-competitive mid-size sedan arena with a restyled nose, refreshed engine choices and a bump in performance for the Malibu Turbo.

The advertising spend for the launch of the 2008 Malibu was the largest in General Motors’ history, and even today, the memories remain of that cherry red Malibu plastered on every billboard, print and broadcast media outlet. A critical mistake when launching the 2013 model was a press car painted the same red color. The color and ultra-subtle styling evolution meant consumers simply didn’t notice the change and flocked to more distinctive competitors like the new Ford Fusion , Hyundai Sonata and a broad range of crossover SUV models.

The Chevy Malibu also faced stiff competition on dealer lots from the previous model that was now packing huge discounts in order to clear inventory. For buyers contemplating a new Malibu, the larger back seat of the previous model and a pile of cash on the hood were enough to convince them to go for the older, nearly identically styled model.

Fighting to re-gain attention, the 2014 Malibu packs real interior and exterior updates into the long-running ‘Bu nameplate. The nose marks out the biggest change and shows a new take on the split-bar grille appearance of Chevy sedans. Perhaps most critically, Chevy’s press images show a car in dark grey metallic paint that significantly enhances the perceived value of the car. Anything but cherry red, right?

So how does the revised 2014 Malibu lineup compare with the top sedans in the segment for value, comfort, performance and style? Offered in standard, Eco and Turbo trims, the Malibu is finally out of the fleet-sales doldrums and firmly a contender for the top domestic midsize sedan.

Click past the jump for the full review and image gallery.

Rumors have been swirling since 2011 regarding the Chevrolet SS and we were amongst the first to start discussing it . The rumors cooled off up until a few weeks ago when after 40 years of using the “SS” logo, GM finally decided to trademark it. Later the rumors became even more certain, as OnStar, GM’s in-vehicle communication system, mistakenly put the 2014 model lineup on its site. Within that lineup was a model dubbed the SS Performance.

This all adds up to a solid case that the Chevrolet SS Performance is on its way to the U.S. According to the rumormill, this would also result in the Holden Commodore SS , which was once used as the Pontiac G8 , becoming the vehicle that dons the 2014 SS Perfomance badges.

With this release, Chevy would finally have a performance sedan to stack up against the likes of the Charger R/T and the Ford Taurus SHO .

UPDATE 06/04/2013: Chevrolet announced today prices for the 2014 SS. See more after the jump.

Click past the jump to read our full review of the anticipated SS Performance and how it stacks up against the competition.

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Chevrolet Corvette served as an Indianapolis 500 pace car for the first time back in 1978 and Chevrolet has sent a total of 11 models to pace "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." The 2013 model year will be the 12th time a Corvette model will pace Indianapolis, and as rumored two days ago , it will be the new Corvette Stingray .

The model will be equipped with the track-capable Z51 package, which adds a limited-slip differential for reduced under-steer while cornering, improved aerodynamics and ride tweaks to help it handle corners more effectively. The Stingray Pace Car is painted in a Laguna Blue Tintcoat exterior combined with official Indianapolis 500 graphics on the doors.

The technology features and powertrain will be identical to the standard version, except that the Pace Car will be equipped with track-mandated safety features and strobe lights.

Updated 06/03/2013: Chevrolet unveiled a new video (above) showing the Stingray Indianapolis 500 Pace Car in action at the 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. GM President North America, Mark Reuss, also talks about what it’s like to drive the pace car, his favorite parts of the track and what driving the 2013 Corvette Stingray Pace Car means to him.

Click past the jump to read more about the Corvette Stingray and the Corvette’s history as an Indy 5oo pace car.

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