The first-ever, mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was named the 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year, marking the third time in its 66-year history that the Corvette has won the award.
The Corvette previously won it in 1984 and 1998. Tadge Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer and Michael Simcoe, General Motors vice president of Global Design, were present to accept the award at MotorTrend’s headquarters in El Segundo, California.
The mid-engine Corvette can reach 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds when it’s equipped with the Z51 Performance Package. It’s also powered by the next-generation 6.2-liter Small Block V8 LT2 engine, which delivers 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. These features make it the fastest, most powerful entry-level Corvette to date.
The reimagined iconic vehicle has exotic proportions and a modern design inspired by racing and aeronautics that brings a raised level of quality, customization, technology and craftsmanship to the Corvette.
It’s tough to live up to such great expectations with such a legendary car, but judging by the 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year award, it’s safe to say such expectations should be surpassed once production begins on the Corvette in February 2020. Expect to see it then at College Chevrolet Buick!
Chevrolet auctioned off the final seventh-generation Corvette — a handsome black Z06 — earlier this year at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The gavel banged at a record-breaking final total of $2.7 million, which is all the more impressive considering that all the proceeds will given to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation builds smart homes for injured service members and pays their mortgages, helping ensure a better life after sacrificing so much for their countries. The foundation also pays off the mortgages of families of first responders killed in the service of others. To date, Tunnel to Towers has 85 homes built or in the process of construction.
“This is going to vibrate across America,” said Frank Siller, chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Foundation. “This donation will build at least five homes for our catastrophically-injured veterans to give them their independence and a better quality of life.”
Over the past five years, General Motors and Chevrolet have helped raise more than $10 million for the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. In 2018, $2.2 million was raised, including $925,000 earned in the auction of the first 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 off the production line.
College Chevrolet Buick is proud to support our community at large and proud to represent a brand that does so much for our nation’s heroes.
This month, we’d like to highlight John Williams! He has been with us for 50 years – If you’re looking for a dealership with experience, we’ve got you covered! He was born and raised here in Albion, and currently resides here as well. College Chevrolet Buick is the perfect place for John to work because he sincerely enjoys meeting and interacting with different people.
When not at work, you’ll find John fishing, bowling, spending time with his grand kids, barbecuing or tinkering with antique cars. You may also find him cheering on the Detroit Tigers. His favorite television shows include Law and Order and 60 Minutes.
Currently, John drives a few different cars including a GMC 1500, Pontiac G6, and a Mercedes Kompressor. His favorite vehicle of all time is a 1966 Chevelle SS 396 (sharp!). His favorite Chevy vehicle is a Chevy Camaro and his favorite Buick is a Regal. John says that the Chevrolet Corvette matches his personality best and the worst car that he’s ever driven was a 1955 Ford because nothing worked on it, but it ran!
We would love for you to stop by and say “Hello!” to John. We’re so thankful that he has been a part of our team for so long.
Meet Albert Golden, a new member of the College Chevrolet Buick team! He’s been with us for 2 months and so far his favorite part has been meeting new people. He loves to be a part of the excitement of helping customers find the perfect new car. Albert is from Flint, but currently resides in Ypsilanti.
Albert’s dream car is a Mclaren F1. He currently drives a 2015 Buick LaCrosse and his all-time favorite car was his Honda S2000. Albert believes that the Chevy Corvette matches his personality best. He claims that the worst car that he’s ever driven is a Chrysler New Yorker.
When not selling cars, you’ll find Albert watching University of Michigan football and auto racing. Speaking of sports, Albert enjoys watching ESPN in his free time and his favorite sports team is anything University of Michigan.
We would love for you to stop by and meet one of our newest Sales Consultants, Albert Golden! We know that Albert would love to help you find the perfect new vehicle!
This December, we would like to introduce a newer member of our team, Brian Butts! Brian works as a sales consultant at College Chevy and currently resides in Jonesville, MI. He is very knowledgeable in the sales word, having 20 years of experience before coming to our dealership.
When Brian has the free time, he enjoys to spend his time outdoors either off-roading or camping. He also enjoys watching his favorite TV show, Gold Rush, and spending time with his children. Brian is originally from Fishers, IN but him and his family now call Jonesville his home.
While working in the automotive industry, Brian has formed his own opinions about the cars he’s experienced in his life. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is his Jeep XJ. This car has sentimental value to him because it is the vehicle that he met his wife in. Although Brian currently drives a Suburban, he says that his favorite Chevy vehicle is the Corvette. The worst car he’s ever driven was his daughter’s F-150 because it’s always breaking down on him!
We invite you to come say “Hi!” and welcome one of our new team members at College Chevrolet Buick. He’s the perfect sales rep to help you find your brand new car!
This month, we’d like to introduce Jimmy Faust! Jimmy is a sales consultant here at the dealership and currently resides in Jackson. Although he has only been with us for a short time, he has worked with auto auctions as a buyer in the past.
When not at work, you’ll find Jimmy hunting, fishing, and snowboarding. His favorite TV shows include Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory. He’s originally from New Orleans, so you’ll catch him cheering for the Saints during football season.
Next, let’s talk cars! His current ride is a 2001 GMC Sierra, but his favorite vehicle he’s ever owned is a 1987 Buick Regal. It was his very first car and never let him down. His dream car is a 1967 Mustang GT 500 (Eleanor). His favorite Chevrolet vehicle is a 2017 Chevy Corvette Z06 (we can’t disagree on that!) If he had to choose a car that best fit his personality, he would choose a 2018 Chevy 2500 Duramax. The worst car he has ever driven was a 1994 Ford F-150 because the bed fell off as he was test driving it)
We would love for you to stop by and meet one of our newest team members, Jimmy Faust! He would love to have the opportunity to help you find the perfect new car!
Rene Gedeon is a Sales Consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick and has been with us since 2007. Rene is a Lansing native and currently resides in Dimondale. He has been working in the automotive business for about 12 years.
If Rene could have any car, he would pick a Corvette. He has owned one in the past and completely fell in love with the performance. Currently, he drives a Chevy Equinox, but he thinks that the Tahoe matches his personality best. He says that the worst car that he’s ever driven was a Chevy Corsica.
When not at work, you’ll find Rene at the bowling alley, hanging out with family, and playing the guitar. He is a big fan of “Impractical Jokers” and “Two and a Half Men”. He also enjoys cheering on the Detroit Lions.
Rene says that his favorite part about working here at College Chevy is meeting people and helping customers solve problems. He also enjoys helping people get what they want. If you’re in the market for a new car, stop by and see Rene! He would be happy to help you find the perfect new ride!
Chevy is the first automaker in the industry to develop this kind of technology, similar to the technology used in a Boeing 787. In the jet, in-flight messages can be sent to ground crews that alert them of parts that need inspection before the plane hits the ground.
OnStar Proactive alerts work similarly, by continuously monitoring the health of the starter motor, fuel pump, and 12-volt battery. If anything isn’t functioning as it should, you’ll get an alert from OnStar instructing you to take your car in for service.
Currently, this predictive technology is available to OnStar subscribers who own a 2016 Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette, and Equinox.
“With Proactive Alerts, we now can offer customers even greater peace-of-mind of taking the guesswork out of when to service their vehicle,” said Steve Hollan, chief technologist for Vehicle Health Management at General Motors.
With these updates, you’ll get alerts on your vehicle’s health every time your car is started, and while you’re driving.
Now behind the wheel, you’ll be able to fix your car before you even notice something’s wrong!
At this point, with the fourth installment of Michael Bay’s “Transformers” movie franchise set to hit theaters on June 27, the Chevrolet brand—and the iconic Chevrolet Camaro which Bumblebee transforms into—is one of the most integral parts of the franchise formula. That won’t change in the newest movie, which is subtitled “Age of Extinction.” Along with the Bumblee Camaro, “Extinction” will also feature a Corvette Stingray, a Trax, and even a Sonic Rally Car.
“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.”
Whether you like giant summer action blockbusters, goofy mythology and dialogue, tons and tons of explosions, or wicked Chevrolet vehicles involved in death-defying stunts, “Age of Extinction” has something for you. Check it out in theaters, then hurry in to get your own “Transformer” here at College Chevy. We can’t promise you that you’ll be involved in any fights involving giant robotic dinosaurs from space—but we think you’ll be having quite enough fun that you won’t really mind that, anyways.