The North American International Car Show

The new Ford GT is pictured at The North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, on January 12, 2015. Ford attempted to land a knock-out blow to its rivals at the Detroit auto show in revealing a dazzling new GT supercar. The annual car show takes place amid a surging economy, more jobs and cheap gas, a trifecta of near-perfect conditions for the US auto industry. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: 531685301

This time of year not only are you looking into fixing up your ride, you are paying attention to what’s new! The North American International Car show opens this week.  This show opened with a long list of announcements including a high-end Lexus coupe, sports coupe from Buick and a big new Lincoln.  

ICC Collision Center understands the excitement of the new class of vehicles.  We are car enthusiast as well and it’s our job to keep up to date on new products coming out.  Sooner or later those new designs of tomorrow will need body work or collision repair and we will be ready. 
One car that on day one may have already taken the NAIAS show was the Buick Avista and it’s not even a real car, yet!  The coupe was well received on day one of the auto show and seems to have generated a lot of excitement about this potential car.  Some of the things that got the attention was the very unique design take on Chevy Camaro’s platform. The rear wheel drive with a 400 horsepower twin turbo V6 would probably get around very well, assuming it comes into production.  The Avista is more into looks than its drivetrain.  A gorgeous vehicle all the way around and not too futuristic to be brought to life relatively soon.  There is talk that this could be the best looking GM product in the entire GM lineup.  One might think the reality could be years away, just keep in mind the Bolt went from concept to drivable production prototype in just one year!
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2016 Chevy Camaro

img_4455-1500x1000Monday was a big day in Lansing Michigan, the 2016 Chevy Camaro rolled off the assembly line for the first time since 1992!  After a twenty year absence Chevrolet moved the assembly of the Chevy Camaro back from Ontario Canada. Mike Green, president of the UAW said “It’s here, The American Muscle Car comes back to Lansing!”
The Camaro hasn’t even hit the dealerships yet and is already on the shortlist for the 2016 American car of the year award.  The new Camaro can hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds and travel a quarter mile in just over 12 second! GM’s North American manufacturing manager says “Our goal is to the put the Mustang in our rear view mirror every day.”
The Camaro 1LT is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylider 3.6L V6 engine.  The starting price comes in at $37,295 and is available in coupe and convertible body styles.  The benefit to the new Camaro is that it’s lighter and more horsepower.  The interior has a fresh new look making this a fun vehicle to drive.
Monday the three cars that rolled off the assembly line are just the first of 100 cars produced for consumers and is expected to be available at dealerships by mid-November.  GM invested $175 million I the Lansing plant to upgrade its tooling and equipment to prepare for the production of the Camaro.  This summer GM addend 450 employees to the second shift to keep up with the production demand.  For the last few months the plant has been producing pilot Camaros for testing purposes, building the excitement for the new arrival. 
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said “For this iconic brand to be made in Michigan puts us on the map. This says we do good work and it’s a stepping point for economic development.”
ICC Collision Centers is excited for Chevrolet and for the new 2016 Camaro coming back to the US!
 If you need any body work on your vehicle we have several locations to serve you! 

2016 Chevy Volt

 

May 22 the new Chevy Volt made it’s big-screen debut.  Although it was just a cameo in the ad for the new Disney movie Tomorrowland, it looked impressive!  In return, General Motors released an ad that is Tomorrowland-themed for the new Volt with a play on the history of innovation!
The ad starts with the Firebird III that debuted in 1959. It was a very fancy prototype with seven short wings, tail fins and fiberglass exterior. Even that model has similarities to the Volt, by allowing drivers to pre-conditioning the interior temps before getting in.
Next came the Firebird IV. Built for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York this experimental car plays a key role in the plot of Tomorrowland.
The Astro II was designed for aerodynamics just and the 2016 Volt. The Astro II was released at the 1968 New York Auto Show.  The 1969 Astro III was sleek, made for two-passengers, experimental car that resembled an aircraft. The Astro III had a low center of gravity and with the batteries the Chevy Volt also has the low center of gravity.  This gives the Volt good traction in inclement weather.
In 1987 Chevy built the Express concept as part of a government project about building roads only for high speed with limited access commuter roads.  The concept is described as “whisper-quiet” again very similar to the 2016 Volt in electric mode. Although the limited access commuter roads never came about, the Carpool lane was a direct result of that project.
The ad goes into detail on how the 2016 Chevy Volt has always wanted to make a electric car that is not only very quiet, efficient but also attainable!
What are your thoughts on this new 2016 Chevy Volt?