Friday, September 28, 2012

Design, Engineering Contribute to ATS Fuel Economy

DETROITCadillac’s award-winning 2013 ATS sport sedan with the new 272 horsepower 2.0L Turbocharged engine today received an EPA fuel economy rating of 21 city and 31 highway mpg, evidence that its lightweight and aerodynamic design marries high performance and fuel efficiency.

The ATS is available with three engine options. The standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 202 horsepower offers an EPA rated 22 city and 33 highway mpg. The top-of-the-line 3.6L V-6 and 321 horsepower offers an EPA tested 19 city and 28 highway mpg.

ATS engines rank near the top of the industry for “power density,” or horsepower per liter. Unlike its European rivals, ATS takes regular unleaded fuel except for the 2.0L Turbo engine. And for that model, it is a recommendation not a requirement.
“ATS is a no-compromise car,” said Don Butler, vice president of Cadillac Marketing. “The traditional sacrifices no longer apply.”

From a design standpoint, the vehicle’s sharp, swept-back
styling allows the ATS to slice through the air with minimal resistance. On its front fascia, the vehicle features active aero grille shutters that automatically close when additional engine cooling is not needed. Underbody aero shields help redirect wind around and under the car, which also contributes to reducing cabin noise. ATS achieves a coefficient drag of .299.

With a base curb weight of 3,315 pounds (1,503kg) ATS is the lightest luxury sport sedan in the world contributing to the car’s quick acceleration and nimble handling. Its lightweight construction also benefits fuel economy.
Attention to detail during the design of its all-new body structure and chassis resulted in an architecture that is strong and lightweight. ATS uses advanced materials in many locations, including:
  • Ultra high strength steels throughout the car.
  • An aluminum hood and magnesium engine mounts.
  • A laminated windshield that is lighter than traditional tempered glass.
  • Door trim panels made from natural fibers are lighter than the standard-issue plastics.
Click here for a complete listing of fuel economy ratings for all ATS drivetrain combinations.
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. In recent years, Cadillac has engineered a historic renaissance led by artful engineering and advanced technology. More information on Cadillac can be found at

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Chevrolet Continues to Support Breast Cancer Fight

Chevrolet Continues to Support Breast Cancer Fight

Grassroots walks across the country in October mobilize employees, dealers, customers


DETROITChevrolet and General Motors employees, dealers and customers are again uniting against breast cancer, hoping to exceed the nearly $1.1 million raised by the American Cancer Society in 2011 through Chevrolet’s nationwide grassroots support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks and other activities.

This October’s events include employee- and dealership-sponsored fund-raising walks; a Chevrolet Certified Service matching rebate contribution program; appearances by a specially themed pink Camaro SS pace car and USAC National Midget Car; and test-drive contributions at selected Southern Women’s Shows. Additional Chevrolet activities will be announced in October.
The towers of GM’s Renaissance Center world headquarters in Detroit will once again be lit with bands of pink to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Even the all-new Chevrolet Spark will join in the fight. A special “Pink Out” Spark is designed to honor breast cancer survivors and supporters. It wears a production Techno Pink exterior finish and is embellished with custom pink elements inside and out. The “Pink Out” Spark will visit selected community walks throughout the month.

Last year with Chevrolet’s support, the American Cancer Society raised $1,079,633 in contributions to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The money helps fund research, wellness and breast cancer awareness education, and support for breast cancer patients and their families.
“The generosity of our employees, dealers and customers shows how everyday heroes can unite to make a difference in eradicating a disease impacting 1.5 million people,” said Don Johnson, vice president, Chevrolet Sales and Service. “For the second year, we are committed to support the American Cancer Society in continuing its fight for more birthdays.”
Johnson will lead Chevrolet’s involvement in Detroit’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 13 in downtown Detroit.

“The American Cancer Society is thrilled to have the support of Chevrolet and General Motors nationwide to help us lead the fight against breast cancer,” said Jill Elder, vice president, American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division. “One in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for support. The contributions of General Motors and Chevrolet help make it possible to do the most for people with breast cancer today and enable us to continue the great work we’re doing to find cures to end the disease tomorrow.”

Here are the Chevrolet-sponsored activities planned in October in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:

· Chevrolet and GM employee walks – All month, General Motors facilities, plants and warehouses across the country will participate in fund-raising walks.

· Chevrolet dealership walks – Hundreds of dealerships have already signed up to sponsor teams in community walks throughout October with more expected to join. These walks alone accounted for more than half of the money raised in 2011 that went to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Those interested in participating in a Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk in their community can visit

· Chevrolet Certified Service – Customers who bring their vehicle to a Chevy dealer for qualifying services in October can contribute part or all of their rebates and Chevrolet will match them, up to a total of $150,000. A $39.95 oil and filter change, tire rotation and 27-multi-point inspection is $29.95 after the $10 mail-in rebate. The $99.95 (per axle) ACDelco Durastop ceramic brake pads service is $74.95 after the $25 mail-in rebate. For more information, visit

· Chevrolet Racing – A Making Strides Against Breast Cancer-themed pink Camaro SS pace car will appear at selected Chevrolet dealers and GM events throughout October. Chevrolet and Tony Stewart Racing will display a specially wrapped USAC National Midget Car at races at Eldora Speedway in Ohio (Sept. 21-22); Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Sept. 28-29); and the New York State Fair in Syracuse (Oct. 5-7). At those races, representatives from the American Cancer Society will distribute brochures with information on local walks, the importance of early detection and ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer. In early September, Chevrolet contributed $6,200 to the American Cancer Society – $200 for each of the 31 caution laps during the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Breast cancer survivors and their families also spent time in the pink Camaro SS pace car with Team Chevy drivers Jamie McMurray and Ron Hornaday, Jr.

· Chevrolet test drives – Chevrolet will contribute $5 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer for every vehicle test drive at these Southern Women’s Shows: Birmingham, Ala. (Oct. 4-7); Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 11-14); and Jacksonville, Fla. (Oct. 18-21).
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

Amanda Bosherz
American Cancer Society

Monday, September 24, 2012

2013 Buick Encore Priced at $24,950

DETROIT – The new 2013 Buick Encore small luxury crossover will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2013 with a suggested retail price of $24,950, including a $750 destination charge. Standard features include QuietTuning with Bose Active Noise Cancellation, 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera and a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display radio with IntelliLink connectivity.

Four trim levels will be available, including a base model with all of the features listed above. An Encore with the Convenience Group adds dual-zone climate control, a 120-volt outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start and fog lights for $25,760.
An Encore with the Leather Group costs $27,460 and includes all of the above features plus leather-trimmed upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power passenger seat and driver’s seat memory functions.

Encore’s Premium Group includes all content from the Leather and Convenience Packages, along with front and rear park assist, Forward Collision Alert with Lane Departure Warning, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system with a subwoofer, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a cargo net and area cargo mat. The top of the line model costs $28,940.

With Encore’s optional Forward Collision Alert, the vehicle gives audible and visual warnings when a collision may be imminent at speeds above 25 mph. Lane Departure Warning alerts drivers when they may have crossed a detected lane marker without using a turn indicator when driving at speeds over 35 mph. This feature can be deactivated with the push of a button.

All-wheel drive is available on all Encore models for $1,500. Standalone options available for Convenience, Leather or Premium Encore models include navigation ($795), 18-inch chrome-clad wheels ($995), a sunroof ($800) and a Bose premium audio system ($595, but standard on Premium Package).

“Encore opens the Buick brand to new groups of customers with a compelling blend of luxury, utility and efficiency,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. “Its versatile shape, agile size and available all-wheel drive invite owners to live active lifestyles while enjoying Buick’s signature style, comfort and refinement.”

Encore will be the most fuel-efficient crossover produced by a domestic automaker, with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway for front-drive models.

Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models, including the Enclave crossover, LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan, Buick Verano sedan and the all-new 2013 Encore crossover. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at, on Twitter @buick or at

Friday, September 21, 2012

2013 Malibu Turbo: A Midsize Sedan with Chevrolet Spirit

  • Chassis engineered for the most challenging global markets
  • Turbo model completes the Malibu U.S. portfolio

  • DETROIT – Throughout its history, Chevrolet has offered stylish, affordable and dependable family cars with a little something extra.
    In the case of the 2013 Malibu, that something extra is an all-new 2.0L turbocharged engine designed to infuse the new Malibu midsize sedan with real Chevrolet spirit.
    “The all-new turbocharged engine showcases just how capable the new Malibu is, and the turbocharged Malibu is perfect for customers who want a midsize sedan that is fun to drive under a wide range of real-world conditions,” said Mark Meyers, GM global vehicle performance manager.
    The Malibu turbo can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph. Even with this performance delivered by its 259-horsepower (193 kW) engine, the Malibu turbo has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 city and 30 mpg highway.
    With its peak torque of 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) sustained between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm, the turbocharged engine also gives Malibu excellent response under a broad range of driving conditions. This added performance comes with greater refinement as the enhanced torque reduces downshifts and helps quiet the buzz sometimes found in four-cylinder engines.
    Malibu turbo includes a four-wheel-independent suspension system, hydraulic ride bushings, premium electric steering gear and more.
    “With its global pedigree and European tuning, the new Malibu has a robust body structure, premium steering and suspension, and substantial four-wheel disc brakes,” said Meyers.
    Performance and value
    The Malibu turbo goes on sale this fall, available as both a mid-level LT model with a suggested retail price of $27,710 and as a more luxurious LTZ model with a suggested retail price of $30,925. Both prices include a $995 dealer freight charge.
    Standard content on turbo LT models includes:
    • 18-inch aluminum wheels
    • Chevy MyLink, with a seven-inch color touch-screen radio, Bluetooth, and USB port
    • Dual-zone automatic climate control
    • Remote start
    • Eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar
    • Tilting and telescoping steering column with steering wheel controls for audio and cruise control
    • Ice-blue ambient lighting.
    Malibu turbo LTZ models add:
    • LED tail lamps
    • Leather-appointed seats
    • Heated front seats
    • Available 19-inch aluminum wheels.
    Technically advanced engine
    A host of technologically advanced elements contribute to the Malibu turbo’s performance, including dual-overhead camshafts with continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and more:
    • Twin-scroll turbocharger that virtually eliminates turbo lag and generates maximum boost of 20 psi
    • Air-to-air intercooler that reduces the pressurized air charge’s temperature for optimal performance
    • A356T6 aluminum cylinder head cast with Rotocast process – similar to the Corvette ZR1’s heads – for greater strength and improved airflow
    • Sand-cast aluminum engine block that features cast-in iron liners and structural enhancements to enable higher power with reduced noise and vibration
    • Aluminum pistons with jet-spray cooling, which enhances performance and longevity
    • Modular balance shaft system in the oil pan for greater refinement
    • Two--stage variable-displacement oil pump that enhances the overall operating efficiency of the engine
    • Specially tuned exhaust for reduced backpressure and improved sound quality.
    The advanced, electronically controlled turbocharger’s twin-scroll design optimizes power. Each of two scrolls on the turbine is fed by a separate exhaust passage – one from cylinders one and four, the other from cylinders two and three – to virtually eliminate turbo lag at low engine speeds, giving the engine immediate throttle response.
    Because direct injection cools the intake process, compared to conventional port injection, the engine can operate at higher boost and a relatively higher compression ratio of 9.2:1, which increases both output and efficiency. Also, each piston has its own directed jet that sprays oil toward its skirt, coating its underside and the cylinder wall with an additional layer of lubricant. That cools the piston, reduces friction and operational noise and bolsters the engine's durability.
    The 2.0L turbo engine is matched with the Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission, with TAPShift control.
    Driving experience
    Sold in more than 100 countries, the new Malibu benefits from a global development process that prepared the car for everything from unimproved roads in developing countries to the Autobahns and mountain switchbacks of Europe.
    “You feel connected to the road in the Malibu turbo, while also being isolated from wind noise and imperfections in the pavement,” said Meyers. “Behind the wheel, the new Malibu turbo feels responsive. The steering is precise on center, with a confident steering effort build-up as the driver turns into a curve. The chassis feels great in the corners, with excellent body-motion control.
    “The Malibu is a fun car to drive, and the power of the turbo engine makes it even better,” said Meyers.
    A solid body structure, as stiff as any in the global midsize market, helped engineers dial in a refined degree of control in the front and rear suspensions, while an isolated engine cradle reduces noise transmission to the cabin. Chassis and suspension highlights include:
    • MacPherson-strut front suspension with dual-path mountings, which separates the transfer of spring damper loads to the body to a smoother-feeling ride and an enhanced feeling of control. New for the turbo model are internal rebound springs for the front struts that give the Malibu improved body motion control and roll damping in handling maneuvers
    • Side-load-compensated strut modules are designed to reduce the sliding friction caused by the bending load on the strut that is common in most suspension geometries, for more precise suspension tuning
    • Aluminum steering knuckle/strut carriers and control arms are used to minimize un-sprung weight, optimize weight distribution throughout the front suspension and intended to foster a more nimble driving feel
    • A direct-acting front stabilizer bar enables a more direct and immediate feeling to steering inputs. It is mounted to the rear portion of the engine cradle, with each end of the bar connected to the front struts
    • Isolated lower A-arms, with integrated ball joints, are attached via two mounting points on a sub-frame that, in turn, is mounted with four isolators to the body structure. This provides a firmer foundation for the A-arms, which helped engineers tune the suspension more precisely, while also reducing noise and vibration
    • Hydraulic ride bushings in the front control arms are designed to deliver a higher degree of ride isolation, quieter performance and more controlled transfer of road inputs
    • Rack-mounted electric power steering gear by ZF Steering Systems. This dual-pinion system – one for steering and the other to move the rack – is designed to deliver excellent response and on-center characteristics, with almost perfect linear response. It also helps save fuel because engine doesn’t have to turn a conventional hydraulic steering pump
    • A four-link rear suspension intended to contribute to the car’s controlled feel, with a direct-acting performance and precise calibration, thanks to its mounting directly to the stiff body structure. The four links include an upper camber link, two lower links and a trailing link
    • Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels are standard on Malibu Turbo, while 19-inch wheels are available. They’re used with 235/50R18 or 245/45R19 all-season tires, respectively.
    Chassis control systems
    Malibu’s electronic chassis controls are designed to enhance overall ride and handling qualities of the car, and also help make for a safer journey. All are part of the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, which also incorporates full-function traction control.
    When a situation requires a higher level of electronic intervention – signaled by inputs detected by a yaw sensor mounted in the center of the vehicle – StabiliTrak modulates the brakes at the individual wheels, reduces power or does both to help the driver remain in control. The system incorporates advanced braking features to assist in a variety of conditions, including:
    • Cornering Brake Control is activated when the car is braking while cornering. Brake pressure is individually varied among all four wheels to keep the car stable.
    • Brake Assist helps the driver in emergency braking situations, giving the driver a higher deceleration gain than would be possible from the regular brake system booster.
    The Malibu turbo’s brake system consists of four-wheel discs, featuring 11.7-inch (296 mm) vented front discs and aluminum calipers in the rear. A four-channel anti-lock system is tied in with StabiliTrak to provide more control in wet and icy conditions.
    The 2013 Malibu Turbo also offers 10 standard air bags, as well as an available rearview camera system, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. It is also the first 2013 midsize car to earn double honors for safety, including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
    All models are covered by a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.
    Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than four million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at


    Models:2013 Chevrolet Malibu LT and LTZ
    Body style / driveline:4-door, 5-passenger front-engine transaxle (front-drive)
    Construction:steel body-frame integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders, hood, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel and trunk lid
    Global vehicle class:midsize sedan
    Manufacturing locations:Fairfax, Kansas and Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan
    Key competitors:Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima


    Type: Ecotec 2.0L DOHC I-4 VVT DI Turbo
    Displacement (cu. in. / cc):122 / 1998
    Bore & stroke (in. / mm):3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86
    Block material:cast aluminum
    Cylinder head material:cast aluminum
    Valvetrain:DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
    Valve lifters:hydraulic roller finger follower
    Ignition system:coil-on-plug
    Fuel delivery:high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
    Compression ratio:9.5:1
    Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):259 (193 kW) @ 5300 rpm *
    Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):260 (363 Nm) @ 1700 - 5500 *
    Recommended fuel:premium recommended but not required
    Max. engine speed
    (fuel cut-off):
    7000 rpm
    Emissions controls:close-coupled, catalytic converter, positive crankcase ventilation; evaporative system
    Additional features:extended-life spark plugs; extended-life coolant
    EPA-estimated fuel economy:21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, 24 mpg combined


    Type: Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic
    Gear ratios: (:1):
    Final drive ratio (:1):2.77


    Front:independent, MacPherson strut-type with dual-path mountings and internal rebound springs, specifically tuned coil springs, direct-acting stabilizer bar (hollow); hydraulic ride bushings
    Rear:four-link independent rear; hollow stabilizer bar
    Traction control:all-speed using engine torque reduction and brake intervention
    Steering type:rack-mounted electric rack-and-pinion power steering
    Steering wheel turns lock-to-lock:2.68
    Turning circle, curb-to-curb (feet / meters):37.4 / 11.4
    Steering ratio:15.2:1


    Type:four-wheel disc w/ABS (w/ESC)
    Brake rotor diameter – front
    (in / mm):
    11.7 / 297 vented; single-piston, cast iron caliper
    Brake rotor diameter – rear
    (in / mm):
    11.5 / 292 solid; single-piston, aluminum caliper


    Wheel size and type:18 x 8.0-in. aluminum (LT, LTZ – std.)
    19 x 8.5-in. aluminum (LTZ – opt.)
    Tires:P235/50R18 all-season
    P245/45R19 all-season


    Wheelbase (in / mm) :107.8 / 2738
    Overall length (in / mm):191.5 / 4865
    Overall width (in / mm):73 / 1854
    Overall height (in / mm):57.6 / 1462
    Front track (in / mm):62.2 / 1579
    Rear track (in / mm):62 / 1575
    Coefficient of drag (cD):.29

    Seating capacity (front / rear):2 / 3
    Headroom (in / mm):39.0 / 991 (front)
    37.5 / 953 (rear)
    Legroom (in / mm):42.1 / 1069 (front)
    36.8 / 935 (rear)
    Shoulder room (in / mm):57.5 / 1461 (front)
    57.1 / 1450 (rear)
    Hip room (in / mm):55.0 / 1397 (front)
    54.3 / 1380 (rear)
    EPA passenger volume (cu ft / L) :100.3 / 2837
    EPA interior volume (cu ft / L):116.5 / 3299
    Cargo volume (cu ft / L):16.3 / 462


    Fuel tank (gal / L):18.5 / 70
    Engine oil (qt / L):6.3 / 6.0
    Curb weight (lbs / kg):3635 / 1649 (LT)
    3660 / 1656 (LTZ)

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Mini Car Myths Debunked

    DETROIT – Mini cars have been populating international streets for decades, and are now building a solid presence in the United States. The segment is characterized by some misconceptions that the newest entries, like Chevrolet’s all-new Spark, can confidently refute.
    The 2013 Chevrolet Spark, a four-passenger, five-door hatchback, was designed to challenge what’s possible in the mini-car segment. Here’s a look at how Chevy’s newest addition to its small car line-up is tackling some of the common misconceptions surrounding today’s mini-cars.

    Myth: Mini cars aren’t Safe         Reality: Spark features the same advanced safety technologies available on the rest of the Chevrolet passenger car lineup

    The Spark protects both driver and passengers with 10 standard air bags, including dual-stage frontal air bags, seat-mounted side air bags and side curtain air bags that extend over the front and rear seating rows. A strong body frame made of high strength steel makes up more than 62 percent of the Spark’s underbody and 42 percent of its upper body.
    Myth: Mini cars are cramped and uncomfortable
    Reality: Spark’s interior is spacious with room to fit four adults comfortably

    The Spark offers more space for people and stuff than its competitors in the mini car segment. Its cargo area of 11.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat is 20 percent more spacious than the Fiat 500 and 225 percent more than the Scion IQ. With the rear seats folded down, drivers have 31.2 cubic feet of space. That is enough space to hold a Samsonite laptop backpack, DKX 25” rolling luggage bag, 30” Hardside Upright suitcase and Calloway golf bag.

    Myth: The smaller the vehicle the better the aerodynamics
    Reality: Mini-cars are not as aerodynamic as they appear

    You can change a lot, but you can't change physics and despite popular belief, mini cars aren’t as aerodynamic as you may think. Mini cars short and tall design creates higher aerodynamic drag. However, engineers designed the Spark to maximize a driver’s urban lifestyle, making it maneuverable, easy to park and achieving the lowest estimated fuel cost of any Chevy small car, except for the Volt electric car with extended range capability.

    Myth: Mini cars handling and vehicle performance leaves something to be desired
    Reality: Spark doesn’t just look fun to drive, it actually is

    Electric power steering and MacPherson strut front suspension are designed to deliver taut, tight handling characteristics that better connect the driver with the road and provide outstanding overall stability. Spark also has a tight turning circle of only 32.5 feet (9.9 meters), which enhances its maneuverability in urban areas.
    The Spark is the only mini car covered by a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, which includes roadside assistance and courtesy transportation. In addition to powertrain coverage, Spark is backed by a three-year/36,000-mile comprehensive warranty and a six-year/100,000-mile rust-through warranty.

    Myth: The design and features of mini cars are boring
    Reality: Spark dares to stand out in a crowd with the newest color trends and latest technology

    With a color pallet that includes Salsa Red, Jalapeno, Denim, Lemonade and Techno Pink, the Spark seeks to attract attention.

    The Spark is the first Chevy without a factory-installed CD player, which was ditched in favor of the Chevrolet MyLink system – standard on 1LT and 2LT models. The MyLink system is designed to integrate with the driver’s Smartphone via Bluetooth or USB. Once connected, the system becomes an extension of the user’s device, giving them access to stored music and applications such as Pandora internet radio, Tune-In and Stitcher. MyLink also includes the recently introduced BringGo application – an embedded smartphone app that delivers full-function navigation.

    Launched in Korea in 2009 and now available in almost every country in the world, the Spark’s journey to the U.S. market is in response to the recent popularity of mini cars among U.S. consumers. The Spark has sold more than 600,000 vehicles globally, and is gaining momentum with American drivers. It was the fastest-selling vehicle in July 2012 with an average four days-to-turn – the time from its arrival on a dealer lot to sale to a customer.

    For more information on the 2013 Chevy Spark, please visit
    Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    2014 Impala Engine Gets a High-Tech Lift

    DETROIT – Drivers of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala coming early next year can get improved fuel economy over the competition due in part to a new advanced valvetrain technology on the Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine.

    Chevrolet’s redesigned flagship sedan uses new Intake Valve Lift Control (IVLC) technology that enables variable intake valve lift, duration and timing over a wide range of engine operation. When the technology operates in low-lift mode, the engine pumps only the air it needs to meet the driver’s demand. The system switches to high-lift mode at higher speeds or under heavy loads, providing the full output capability of the engine.

    “Intake Valve Lift Control works so seamlessly drivers aren’t likely to notice it at all,” said Mike Anderson, GM global chief engineer for Ecotec engines. “What they will notice is a fuel savings of up to one mile per gallon.”

    The engine achieves variable valve lift using an innovative all-new rocker arm that switches between low and high lift intake cam profiles. The mechanism is actuated by an oil control valve through a dual-feed stationary hydraulic lash adjuster. It is the first of its kind for low friction roller-type finger-follower valvetrains in gasoline engines. The engine’s computer continuously selects the optimal lift profile based on conditions such as engine speed and load.
    Impala’s three powertrains all feature fuel-saving direct injection and lightweight components.
    • Impala’s Ecotec 2.4L engine works with the eAssist system to provide electrical assist in certain conditions to help save fuel. It is GM-estimated at 182 horsepower (134 kW) and 35 mpg on the highway.
    • The Ecotec 2.5L is one of a new family of four-cylinder engines developed with increased efficiency and greater refinement. Output is estimated at 195 horsepower (145 kW).
    • Output for the 3.6L V-6 is estimated at 303 horsepower (226 kW).
    All of Impala’s engines are matched with six-speed automatic transmissions.
    The powertrains are the force behind Impala’s responsive driving experience, tuned for a spirited yet comfortable performance. A MacPherson-strut front suspension and four-link rear suspension underpin the Impala with an isolated front cradle and hydraulic ride bushing that help deliver a smoother, quieter ride. All models feature an electric variable-assist steering system that helps save fuel by drawing energy only when the steering wheel is turned.

    Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Small-Block V-8 is the Heart of Chevrolet Corvette

    DETROIT – For 58 of its 60 years, the Chevrolet Corvette has been powered by the legendary Chevrolet V-8 engine. Technological advancements have increased output threefold – from 195 hp in 1955 to 638 hp today – as well as reliability, refinement and efficiency.
    However, the fundamental architecture of the Chevrolet “Small Block” remains the same today as it was in 1955: a 90-degree V-8, with overhead valves actuated by pushrods, and a 4.4-inch on-center bore spacing.
    “The brilliance of the Chevrolet V-8 is its elegant, efficient design,” said Jordan Lee, global chief engineer for Small Block Engines. “The Chevy V-8 has fewer reciprocating parts, and is very efficient and has one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any engine family in the industry. The design is incredibly compact, enabling the Corvette’s signature sleek profile and low hood line.”

    Despite a sporty appearance, the early Corvettes’ performance didn’t match their good looks. The car launched in 1953 with the “Blue Flame” inline six-cylinder engine and a two-speed automatic transmission – not exactly the stuff on which to build a sports car legend. That changed in 1955, when the new small-block V-8 engine became available and was ordered by 99 percent of Corvette buyers.

    Not only did the new and significantly more powerful engine breathe new life into the Corvette’s driving experience, it could be linked to a three-speed manual transmission that gave the driver an even greater connection to the car. The result made the Corvette a proper sports car, and enthusiasts responded. Sales nearly doubled from 1954 and by the end of the decade, they nearly tripled.
    Immediately after the V-8 was introduced, the small-block began a steady march upward in displacement, power and technological advancement.

    The Corvette’s first 4.3L (265 cu. in.) small-block engine in 1955 produced up to 195 hp with an optional four-barrel carburetor. Today, the LS9 6.2L (376 cu. in.) supercharged small-block in the Corvette ZR1 is rated at 638 hp (476 kW), delivering about 230 percent more power than the original small-block engine from only 42 percent greater displacement.

    Today’s small-block is also remarkably fuel efficient. For example, the 430-horsepower (476 kW) LS3 version of the Gen-IV small-block helps the 2013 Corvette accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about four seconds, run the quarter-mile in just more than 12 seconds and achieve a top speed of 190 mph – all while achieving EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 26 mpg.

    That fuel economy compares favorably to vehicles more commonly associated with daycare drop-off vehicles than road-course lap times. Indeed, the Corvette’s highway fuel economy is better than the 2013 Hyundai Equus (23 mpg), Volvo XC90 AWD (23 mpg) or Subaru Legacy with the 3.6L flat-6 (25 mpg) – and it matches the Toyota Venza (26 mpg). It also matches or beats other sports cars with smaller engines, including the Nissan 370Z (26 mpg/3.7L V-6), Porsche 911 Turbo (24 mpg/3.8L flat-6) and BMW Z4 (26 mpg/3.0L straight-6).

    Here is a look as some of the most significant small-block engines in Corvette’s history:
    1957 283 “Fuelie” – Almost 30 years before the widespread adoption of fuel injection, the Corvette offered it on the newly enlarged 283-cubic-inch small-block, resulting in 283 horsepower – and the one-horsepower-per-cubic-inch benchmark that is still considered a noteworthy performance achievement for modern engines.

    1969 350 – The small-block’s displacement grew throughout the Fifties and Sixties, but when it settled at the 350-cubic-inch mark in 1969, an icon was born. Many enthusiasts equate the small-block with the classic 350, which remained the Corvette’s standard engine through 1996.
    1985 “L98” Tuned Port Injection – Although electronically controlled fuel injection was introduced on the Corvette in 1981 (the early “Fuelie” engine featured mechanical fuel injection), it was the 1985 introduction of the L98-code engine and its Tuned Port Injection system that launched the modern era of performance. Its basic port-injection design is used on the 2013 Corvette and almost every other gas-powered vehicle sold in America.

    1997 LS1 – The third generation of the small-block debuted in the C5 Corvette. Completely redesigned, it introduced a new aluminum “deep skirt” cylinder block, high-flow aluminum cylinder heads and more – all while retaining the basic 4.4-inch bore-center design of the original small block.

    2006 LS7 – Co-developed with the C6.R racing program, it is the highest-performance naturally aspirated production small-block in Corvette history, rated at 505 hp, with a 7,000-rpm redline. It was introduced in the C6 Corvette Z06 and is also included with the 2013 427 Convertible Collector Edition. It is hand-built at GM’s Performance Build Center near Detroit.

    2009 LS9 Supercharged – It’s the most powerful automotive production engine ever from Chevrolet and its 638 supercharged horses help push the Corvette ZR1 to a top speed of 205 mph. Like the LS7 engine, it is built by hand at the Performance Build Center.

    Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Car material from GM becomes coats for homeless

    One car’s trash is another man’s coat.
    Excess material from the production of two General Motors vehicles was donated to a Detroit nonprofit called Empowerment Plan, which is using the material to make coats that turn into sleeping bags for the homeless.
     The material, a special sound-absorbent called Sonozorb, is stuffed into door cavities and other parts of the Chevrolet Malibu and Buick Verano. Leftover material was then reprocessed by automotive supplier GDC into a “quilt-like material,” said John Bradburn, GM’s manager of waste-reduction efforts, in an interview. About 2,000 yards was donated to the nonprofit.Empowerment Plan, which is located in the Pony Ride building in Detroit’s Corktown, has turned the material into more than 800 waterproof coats that turn into sleeping bags for the homeless. Funded by donations from corporations and individuals, Empowerment Plan donates all the coats for free to homeless people.Empowerment Plan founder Veronika Scott originally developed the transformer coats about two years ago as a student at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. She has since hired eight previously homeless women to make the coats. They can produce about 100 to 150 a month, Scott said in an interview.“The biggest challenge we faced is getting the best materials,” she said.That changed when she met Bradburn while they were both involved in a video series called “Detroit In Overdrive.”“I had heard about her,” Bradburn said. “I approached her and said, ‘What do you think of this material?’”Bradburn said the project was an example of the creative thinking that has allowed GM to go landfill-free at 102 of its facilities worldwide.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Chevrolet Spark MyLink to Turn On TuneIn

    LOS ANGELES – The Chevrolet Spark, on sale in more than 100 countries, became a bit more worldly today with the announcement that early next year, Spark’s MyLink Radio will add the capability of a free smartphone app that can connect Spark owners with streaming audio powerhouse TuneIn and its global network of more than 70,000 stations.

    “The TuneIn app for MyLink gives Spark buyers a truly global, personalized infotainment solution,” said Sara LeBlanc, global program manager for Chevrolet and General Motors infotainment. “Soon, Spark buyers around the world will have the ability to listen to electronic music from Europe, a talk show in Africa or classic rock in L.A., all controlled through the car radio. For our customers, it gives a whole new meaning to the question, ‘What in the world are you listening to?’ ”
    Based in Palo, Alto, Calif., TuneIn has connected 40 million people across 230 countries and territories to global audio content via mobile apps for all smartphone and tablet platforms, smart TVs, smart radios, connected vehicles and online at
    To access TuneIn through the Spark’s MyLink Radio, an owner simply downloads the free TuneIn app to a compatible smartphone and connects the phone with MyLink for safe, seamless connectivity to live local, international and Internet radio. Users can search for programming by location, genre, sports team name, station type or call sign.
    TuneIn integration with the Spark’s MyLink Radio is enabled by Livio Connect technology, developed by Livio of Ferndale, Mich.
    Chevrolet said it expects TuneIn will be available for Spark in the first quarter of 2013. In addition to Spark 1LT and 2LT models, MyLink Radio is standard on the Chevrolet Sonic RS, which goes on sale this fall.
    “When we announced our BringGo full-function navigation app earlier in the year, we said the beauty of MyLink Radio for Spark was the ease of expanding and updating the system with new smartphone apps,” said LeBlanc. “Now, TuneIn adds another dimension to Spark infotainment.”
    How MyLink Radio for Spark works
    The Spark’s MyLink Radio functions as an extension of the owner’s Android, BlackBerry or iPhone smartphone. MyLink also supports phones with the Symbian operating system from Nokia and phones with the Windows Mobile operating system from Microsoft.
    Owners connect their customized music libraries, contacts, videos and photos with the radio using their smartphones, and the vehicle’s Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB. Then, they select from options projected onto the seven-inch color touch-screen: Audio, Pictures & Movies, Telephone, Smartphone Link and Settings.
    Each menu selection takes the user though a list of easy-to-select functions while the smartphone is safely stowed.
    Spark’s MyLink Radio launched this summer with two embedded apps: Pandora internet radio and Stitcher Smart Radio. When owners with these services connect their compatible smartphones via Bluetooth, or by plugging in, they can access these and other functions:
    • Personal playlists of stored music
    • Hands-free calling with Bluetooth-enabled voice activation from the customer’s smartphone when the steering wheel button is depressed. (Visit for a list of compatible smartphones)
    • Ability to project video via USB while the vehicle is parked
    • Ability to project a photo album in “slideshow” mode via USB while the vehicle is parked, with the last music selection playing in the background. Once the vehicle is moving, a single photo is viewable.
    BringGo adds full-function navigation, traffic updates
    The BringGo embedded smartphone app for MyLink will be available in the fourth quarter and provides:
    • Emergency information such as police, fire and the nearest hospital
    • Thousands of points of interest, such as the nearest department store, restaurant by type, repair shop, etc.
    • Local Search via Google
    • Where am I? locator
    • Live traffic functionality provides crash reports and lane closures and alternative routes
    • 3-D maps
    • Ability to calculate remaining miles of range
    • Ability to store native maps to the customer’s smartphone, giving them access to locations and turn-by-turn directions even when phone signal quality is poor. Many GPS-enabled apps do not do this
    About Chevrolet
    Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at
    About TuneIn
    TuneIn lets people listen to the world’s music, sports, talk and news from wherever they are, with over 70,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations and more than two million on-demand programs streaming from every continent. To date, TuneIn has raised venture funding from General Catalyst, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures and Jafco Ventures and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.
    About Livio
    Metro Detroit-based Livio was built in the guest bedroom of Livio Radio founder and CEO Jake Sigal’s home in 2008 on the foundation of “More Music, Less Work.” Today, it’s a philosophy, a way of life that drives Livio employees and a growing list of breakthrough products. Whether they’re moving technology forward with products sold under the Livio Radio consumer brand or creating common-sense solutions for business customers through Livio Connect, a day’s work at Livio means everybody hustles. More information can be found at and

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Turnovers snowball as Bills flattened in opener

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - So much for six months of anticipation for the Buffalo Bills' football season.
    "It hurts, it's no fun, it's awful, all of the above," said coach Chan Gailey after the Bills' 48-28 loss to the New York Jets.
    "It's unacceptable, it's embarrassing, and unfortunately it happened in the first game," said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
    "I want everybody to feel like crap for the next 24 hours, and then turn this thing around," said linebacker Nick Barnett.
    The new and improved Bills were missing in action, as the team suffered its biggest opening-day defeat since 1997 and allowed its second most points ever in a season opener.
    Fitzpatrick resembled "Bad Fitz" of the second half of last season, throwing three interceptions.
    The Bills' pass rush looked a lot like last year's 29th-ranked unit, never sacking Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and knocking him down only twice.
    The defensive backs looked a lot like last year's group, which ranked 21st on third-down defense. New York converted a phenomenal 10 of 14 third-down situations.
    The Jets led, 27-7, at halftime and 41-7 midway through the third quarter.
    Making matters worse, the Bills suffered two key injuries. Running back Fred Jackson has an apparent sprained knee and looks like he's out for the short term (weeks). Slot receiver David Nelson suffered a serious knee injury and looks like he's out for the season.
    Fitzpatrick, who led the NFL in interceptions last season, was primarily responsible for the Bills' early hole. On the Bills' fourth play from scrimmage, Fitzpatrick hitched then threw to the left sideline for Stevie Johnson. All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis easily stepped in front for an interception that gave the Jets the ball at their 39-yard line.
    "I was late on the throw," Fitzpatrick said. "Versus a great player, especially someone of Revis' caliber, you can't be late on a throw."
    Fitzpatrick threw an interception on the second drive, too. It was a pass in the short middle for Nelson that was a step behind the receiver. Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson, near Nelson's inside hip, grabbed it and gave his team possession at its own 48.
    It wasn't a case of a Jet dropping back in a zone blitz and surprising Fitzpatrick.
    "That's the frustrating thing of the day," Fitzpatrick said. "They were probably more vanilla than they've been in the past, in terms of they weren't running crazy schemes. They were out there just playing us. The one to David was just man coverage. It was one where I just threw it behind him before he came out of his break. As he comes out, the ball's behind him and Wilson picks it."
    Fitzpatrick's third pickoff, on the third play of the third quarter, was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by Antonio Cromartie. On that one, it's likely Nelson didn't break the way Fitzpatrick expected. But the damage had been done in the first half.
    "He was really bad early," Gailey said of Fitzpatrick. "Some of those I put him in bad situations with some play calls. But after we got past a couple of those bad situations he did some decent things. Overall it was not a good day, a bad day for him."
    The Bills' defense could not bail out its quarterback.
    After the first pickoff, the Jets drove 61 yards in eight plays, capped by a 12-yard TD catch by second-year slot man Jeremy Kerley. Sanchez threw a perfect pass to the left side of the end zone, over the arms of Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin, who also gave up a 21-yard catch to Kerley on the drive.
    "It was just a nice thrown ball by Sanchez," McKelvin said. "He put it in a high space where I couldn't get the ball. It was in the right spot for him to get the ball. But I could have played through his hands [tried to knock the ball out], and it would have been better for me."
    After the second Fitzpatrick pick, the Jets drove 52 yards in just five plays, capped by a 33-yard Sanchez throw to 6-foot-4 rookie Stephen Hill down the left sideline. Bills rookie Stephon Gilmore bit on Hill's fake 10 yards downfield and was two steps behind.
    "I think I coulda made two plays out there," Gilmore said. "The one play he gave me a double move and I tried to jump it. On the other play [a 27-yard, third-quarter flea-flicker pass], I was over the top, and I was in good position, but the quarterback threw a good ball."
    Even the Bills' special teams got in the bumbling act. Brian Moorman, great in preseason, hit a low, 3.4-second hang-time punt that Kerley returned 68 yards for a score that put the Jets ahead, 21-0.
    Sanchez finished 19 of 27 for 266 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Bills back C.J. Spiller rushed for 169 yards, 110 in the second half.
    The Bills relied mostly on their four-man pass rush on third downs. It didn't work.
    "You get a mixture of max [protection] on their play-action stuff, and they're getting the ball out quick," said defensive tackle Kyle Williams. "It's a combination of things."
    "He definitely got the ball out on time," Barnett said. "We've gotta play a little more aggressive. We've got the talent. But we've got to play some aggressive on those guys out there and make him pull that thing down just a second and we can get to that quarterback. - I'm kinda just talking out of one ear, but we'll watch the film and then see."
    The Bills will try to figure it out by Sunday's home opener against Kansas City.
    "I don't think the sky is falling," Gailey said. "Everybody's gonna say it is. . But I don't believe it in a million years."

    Friday, September 7, 2012

    Chevrolet and MTV Iggy Partner to ‘Cover the World’

    DETROIT – To celebrate the stateside arrival of the globetrotting 2013 Chevrolet Spark mini car, Chevrolet is partnering with MTV Iggy, a multiplatform brand elevating global artists and pop culture trends, to launch “Cover the World” – a new online music showcase that will bring the hottest, breaking artists from abroad to North American shores.

    Launching today, “Cover the World” connects music fans with global artists to reimagine one of the world’s most-recognizable pop songs. Four musical acts from around the world will each cover one iconic song chosen by fans. Each will perform its cover versions of the song and fans will vote for their favorite.

    Fans who vote will earn a chance to win a custom-wrapped Chevy Spark, as well as a VIP trip for two to see one of the featured acts perform live. Fans can also create, upload and share their own cover version for a chance to win a Chevy Spark.

    "Music is a universal language. The Chevrolet Spark is a global car with global roots. So it makes sense to share the Spark's journey through emerging artists," said Chris Perry, vice president of global Chevrolet marketing. “The ‘Cover the World’ music showcase allows us the opportunity to engage next-generation customers through a shared passion of music."

    The Spark is reaching a new generation of customers through online and offline experiences including Cover the World, The Color Run and Importing Our Export video series. Spark sold a monthly record 2,630 units in the United States in August.

    To learn more about the artists, songs and how to upload user-generated videos, visit

    Follow the Chevy Spark and “Cover the World” at @ChevyLife, and #sparkworld. More information is available at

    The Spark, which went on sale in mid-July in the United States, is a sporty four-passenger, five-door hatch. It is designed for first-time buyers and city dwellers with bold styling and colors, affordability, the safety of 10 standard air bags, fuel efficiency and maneuverability. Spark also is the only car in its segment to provide a seven-inch color touch screen radio capable of displaying smartphone-based music, videos, photos and contacts for hands-free calling.

    About Chevrolet

    Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

    About MTV World

    MTV World connects globally minded millennials with music and pop culture trends and creates original programming for targeted audiences across multi-platform brands.  The division includes MTV Iggy, featuring emerging music from around the world, MTV K, devoted to global K-Pop, and MTV Desi, focused on South Asian music and pop culture. It also creates innovative content and programs for advertising partners. MTV World is a unit of Viacom Inc.

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    Chevrolet Statement on Merger of GRAND-AM Road Racing and American LeMans Series

    DETROIT – The following statement can be attributed to General Motors North America President Mark Reuss on today's announced merger of GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series:

    “This is an exciting moment in sports car racing. This merger combines the best attributes of GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series to create a singularly focused series. Congratulations to Jim France and Dr. Don Panoz on having the passion for sports car racing and the vision to take it to the next level. The joining of these two series will provide a foundation for Chevrolet to develop technologies and race cars with tremendous relevance to the production vehicles we sell today and in the future.”
    Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Four Chevy Passenger Cars Set Monthly Records in August

    DETROIT – Chevrolet passenger car sales were up 25 percent in August, with the Spark, Sonic, Cruze and Volt all posting their best-ever monthly sales.
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    New Sales Record
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    “The single message Chevrolet communicated this summer was ‘confidence’ and it rang true with customers when they saw how our product lineup is being transformed,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations.
    Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

    GM, Chevrolet Enlist in War of 1812 Bicentennial Events

    DETROIT – General Motors and Chevrolet are gearing up for Detroit’s War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration Sept. 5-9, with many free, public events in and around GM’s Renaissance Center World Headquarters.
    Five days of festivities – part of Navy Week – are sponsored by a nonprofit coalition led by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard. Activities include ship tours, technology displays, search and rescue and rifle drill team demonstrations, and daily performances by U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps bands.

    “Because Detroit played such a key role in the War of 1812, we’re supporting these events at our beautiful headquarters on the Detroit River. We hope the community can come share our country’s history and thank our military men and women for their service,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet global marketing.
    Detroit is one of several strategic port cities where War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations are taking place through 2015. Others include New York; Baltimore; Norfolk, Va.; New Orleans; Boston; Chicago and Cleveland. The war that saw the capture and return of Detroit and the eventual burning of the White House also inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner” – the American national anthem since 1931 – as Fort McHenry successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from a British naval attack in 1814.
    GM’s Military Discount program will sponsor a free concert by country music artist Darryl Worley from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, on the RenCen plaza stage. Worley has performed for troops here and overseas. A 2002 visit to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Uzbekistan helped inspire his No. 1 hit “Have You Forgotten?” He has returned to perform for troops nine times since then.
    Worley has been honored with the VFW's Americanism Award, the USO Merit Award and the U.S. Army Appreciation Award.
    Before Worley takes the stage, the GM Foundation will present Operation Homefront with a $25,000 grant to help it provide emergency financial and other assistance to Michigan families of service members and wounded warriors.
    All week, active, reserve and retired military members and spouses can learn more about GM’s military discounts and enter the Seize the Keys Camaro Sweepstakes. They and members of the public can be photographed with specially painted military vehicles and test-drive a new vehicle.
    Free public tours of four Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships at the Renaissance Center, Port Authority and Nicholson Terminal include:
    • US Brig Niagara: A Tall Ship replica of the original that played a decisive role in the Battle of Lake Erie (Renaissance Center)
    • USS Hurricane: The third Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship, commissioned in 1993 (Port Authority)
    • USCGC Katmai Bay: A 140-foot Bay-class icebreaking tug used for Homeland Security patrols and law enforcement (Port Authority)
    • USS De Wert: A Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate named after Hospitalman Richard De Wert, posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism while serving with the 7th Marines during the Korean War. It was reported last year that the USS De Wert – during anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean – helped rescue the Italian vessel Montecristo from Somali pirates (Nicholson Terminal, with required shuttles from the Port Authority).
    A fifth ship, the HMCS Ville de Quebec, will dock in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It is a Halifax-class frigate serving in the Canadian armed forces.
    Ongoing events
    GM Showroom on the ground floor of the RenCen will feature a collection of vintage Corvettes honoring the iconic sports car’s 60th birthday. Other RenCen activities include:
    • GM Wintergarden military technology display – including two flight simulators – designed to encourage students’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects
    • Reproduction gun deck from a 1800s Coast Guard cutter, including a 200-pound replica cannon, surgical equipment, cooking supplies and navigation equipment. Coast Guard volunteers in period-style dress will answer visitors’ questions.
    Outside the RenCen, activities include:
    • SeaPerch, an underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and enter it into competitive SeaPerch Challenges
    • Test-drives of 2013 model year cars, trucks and crossovers from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac
    • Coast Guard demonstrations that include precision rifle drills and search-and-rescue operations (Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8)