A Chevy C8 Corvette Shooting Brake Definitely Needs to Happen
Everybody seems to be writing these days just about the Chevrolet Corvette C8, the first production Corvette with the engine positioned behind the cabin and in front of the rear axle. Everyone is raving about the performance figures of the base Stingray model and about the crazy tech that GM poured in its halo car, a car that’s already got its hallowed place in the history books. That’s why we’re already seeing digital artists play around with the C8 and modify it, this being a prime example of computerized freedom: a shooting brake C8. Yes, the engine is still supposed to be in the back there somewhere.
The Chevy Corvette C8 spearheads a new generation of Corvette-badged supercars that try to bridge the gap between a usual supercar and what the Corvette used to be up until the seventh generation, namely a grand tourer. The front-engined layout allowed Corvette owners to carry quite a lot of stuff in the hatch of the car that’s now, essentially, gone since there’s an engine in the same area. While Chevrolet did equip the C8 with a pair of trunks like you usually find on EVs, it’s still not as practical as the C7, and this is where a shooting brake version may be able to amend the situation. It’ll never happen but, if it did, would you want one?
Chevy fans who would wish to buy the Holden Commodore Ute with a Chevrolet Bowtie badge are in for a good surprise.
Via a little snooping by GM Authority, it has dug up that GM has renewed the "El Camino" and "Nomad" trademark for future branding. These names were last used in 1987 and 1972 respectively, where they served great for people looking for a robust, V-8 powered utility vehicle. With GM fighting with everything it has to keep it and Holden’s heads above water, it is no surprise that bringing back these two icons back to America, even if they are simply a case of swapping badges.
With Chevy teasing the anticipated Chevrolet SS, it doesn’t hurt assuming that Chevrolet will import the Commodore Ute and Commodore Sportwagon as its modern versions of its Chevy El Camino SS and Nomad SS. This makes even more sense since we are all but assured that the Chevrolet SS is nothing more than a badge-doctored Holden Commodore.
A spokesman for Holden in Australia said that the automaker has not taken a decision on further exports, but the free trade agreement between Australia and the U.S. has been renewed. With all the legal processes almost completed, Chevy may decide to announce the two. So, fingers crossed!
Keep in mind, however, GM teased us before with the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck concept, which was a Holden Commodore Ute in Pontiac garb. So this whole thing could mean absolutely nothing…
With the launch of the C7 Corvette and SS, and now the slim possibility of the El Camino and Nomad coming back, the future is starting to brighten up for Chevy. Hope that reflects in the sales figures as well.
The run-up leading to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is becoming fast and feverish and now, Chevrolet is joining the party with preparations for the unveiling of the Chevrolet Cruze Wagon.
They’ve just offered the first look at the vehicle, although it’s not much of a look considering that it’s one image of the rear end of the car. Nonetheless, it does give us a good idea of the extended wheelbase of the Cruze Wagon, as well as the accompanying new rear styling of the vehicle.
Not much has gone in the way of details, but the wagon variant does follow in the footsteps of the sedan and hatchback versions, which have become popular sellers since the model was launched a few years ago.
As far as aesthetics go, the Cruze Wagon measures 4,675 mm (184.1 inches) in length, with a total storage space of 500 liters (146.5 cubic feet) to the window line and nearly 1,500 liters (424.5 cubic feet) up to the roof top with the rear seats folded down. In terms of design, the Cruze Wagon has a remodeled front fascia, modified head-lamp interiors and fog lamps, new wheel styles, and as with most wagons go, there’s also the presence of roof racks. For the interior, Cruze models get refinements to the center console and a greater choice of seat finishes, as well as keyless entry and MyLink, a brand-new Chevrolet infotainment system. MyLink connects with your smartphone to display personal playlists, photo galleries, phone books, videos, and other stored media and data to a seven-inch diagonal high-resolution full-color touch-screen.
The Chevrolet Cruze Wagon, as with all of the Cruze variants, will be powered by a range of engines, including the current 1.6L and 1.8L gasoline engines, a new 1.4L turbo gasoline, a new 1.7L diesel, and an improved 2.0L diesel engine.
All the official numbers, as well as the full details surrounding the Cruze Wagon will be divulged at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!
Over 50 years after it hit the streets of America, this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon looks like it just rolled out of the plant two weeks ago. That’s what happens when people go to great lengths in preserving priceless vehicles like this one. Not only do they look better than most cars out on the streets these days, but the ride is equally – if not better – than its contemporaries.
This ’55 Nomad has been around for half a century yet is still considered by many as one of the finely restored Nomads in existence. Even before it was restored, the car was deemed as spotless: no scratches, no benders, and no rust. Such was the care for this car that only a few reproduction items were ever used on it, meaning that most of its parts – including the original 265ci V8 and power glide transmission – remain intact and, better yet, fully operational. The car’s underside remains coated with the same brown/red oxide primer it has had since 1955 with no undercoating and the rear cargo area still has its original linoleum – which if you know your cars, has been obsolete for the longest time.
One of the few things done to this car was repainting it with its original Gypsy Red and Polo White colors, and even after doing so, you’d be remiss to think that it actually had a paint job. This Nomad is as near to flawless as any other restored car you can ever find in the world today.
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Commissioned by Dave Hall of Phoenix, Arizona, this very special automobile underwent total bottom-up construction taking over 22,000 man-hours to build. The foundation is a totally custom chassis featuring 2000 Corvette suspension, 500 cubic inch aluminum big block engine and 4L80 E transmission. The body is channeled and lengthened. Most of the sheet metal is hand fabricated along with all chrome trim. All glass is custom "one-off". The interior is of selected leathers fashioned by Paul Reichlin, done in-house.
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It will be ‘D-Day’ for Chevrolet at this year’s Bologna Motor Show (December 7-17) as the company takes the wraps off its first ever diesel engined car for the UK. Set to go on sale in the first half of 2007 and distinguished by a new, chrome finished radiator grille, the new Lacetti TCDi comes with an all-new 2.0-litre common rail turbodiesel engine, developing 121 hp at 3,800rpm and 206 lbs-ft of torque at 2,000rpm.
The Malibu Maxx SS is powered by a sophisticated 3.9L V-6 that uses variable valve timing and variable intake technology to help produce 240 horsepower (179 kW). Unique interior and exterior appointments, along with sport-tuned suspensions and segment-largest 18-inch flangeless wheels, complete the SS packages.
Malibu Maxx deliver the performance and versatility of the best midsize sedans with the dependability and value that customers expect from Chevrolet. It’s body styles is adaptable to different individuals and lifestyles, with flexible interiors and a full range of driver personalization features.
Corvette owners know all about the wave. It’s the acknowledgement to fellow Corvette drivers that you’re both members of the fraternity, sharing and participating in the dream.
There are other vehicles like that: cars, SUVs and even motorcycles with a charisma that speaks to the young and young at heart - an instantly recognizable character that rolls with you like an extension of your personality.