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First Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Sells for $250,000

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is a track-ready monster of a muscle car that isn’t yet available on the public market, but the first model has already been sold. The first-ever Camaro ZL1 1LE went up for sale at a Barret-Jackson auction and sold to the tune of $250,000. This isn’t the first time the buyer has made such a large purchase either.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE - Tom Naquin Chevrolet - Elkhart, IN

The buyer, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, dropped a quarter-million on the most track-oriented Camaro to date without blinking. His past purchases include the first-ever Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which went for $825,000.

Under the hood of the new Camaro ZL1 1LE sits a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a massive 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque for a perfectly-tuned 1:1 ratio. Drivers will also enjoy Brembo brakes, track-oriented tires, a carbon fiber rear wing, and more.

Like all first-ever production models of General Motors vehicles, the money went to a good cause. The United Way charity received all proceeds from the auction. The charitable organizations works to help communities through partnerships with schools and banks.

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE officially hits the market later this year. Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we’re happy to see the first-ever Camaro ZL1 1LE helping a great cause and going to a great owner in one fell swoop!

Still On Top: 2016 Chevrolet Concept Models

2016 Chevrolet Concept Models

Chevrolet’s design game is strong, as evidenced by 2016 Chevrolet concept models that recently debuted at the SEMA Show.

Chevrolet’s design game is strong, as evidenced by 2016 Chevrolet concept models that recently debuted at the SEMA Show…

One of those concepts was Chevrolet Chevelle Slammer Concept, which harkens back to the days when muscle cars reigned supreme, with a slick and classic exterior design that pays homage to the iconic ‘69 Chevelle. The Slammer sits low and features a long hood and classic grille.

But that’s all to hint at what’s under the hood, an aggressive and all-new LT376/535 crate engine, which pumps out 535 horsepower. While we won’t likely see this concept go to production, we can all agree with Chevy that is a “perfect platform to launch the new direct-injected LT376/535 crate engine.”

Chevy also proved its superior design abilities hold true in America’s favorite segment, the crossover. The Chevrolet Trax Activ Concept was made for those living an “adventurous lifestyle.”

Not only is this crossover all-wheel drive, engineers both widened and lifted the suspension, making it easier to get to those hard-to-reach camping spots. The Thule roof rack helps you carry everything you could ever need into the backcountry and the Satin Sandstorm exterior color means you’ll look great as you disappear into the hinterlands. No one questioned the hardiness of the Chevy Trax before, but the Trax Activ Concept proves this model’s ruggedness beyond question.

It’s always fun to see the designers and engineers of Chevrolet “playing jazz” a bit, flexing their creative muscles and letting the world see just what kind of brilliance they are capable of.

The Upcoming 2017 Chevrolet SS Engine Could Produce 600 Horsepower

2017 Chevrolet SS Engine

It’s possible that the 2017 Chevrolet SS engine could be able to produce up to 600 horsepower, making it an attractive option for thrill-seekers.

The popular Chevrolet SS sedan was already quite powerful – fueled by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine, capable of up to 415 horsepower – but now, rumor says that the Chevrolet SS will get even stronger in 2017.

According to GM Authority, the 2017 model will be the last version of the Chevrolet SS, but it will come with a turbocharged engine, making the sport sedan that much more fun to drive. The engine in question is said to be the same one that previously fueled the Corvette Z06 and the Cadillac CTS-V.

If this is true, then the 2017 Chevrolet SS engine should be able to produce up to 600 horsepower, making it an attractive option for thrill-seekers and Chevy enthusiasts alike.

Want to learn more about what Chevrolet is working on? Contact us or visit us anytime at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, where we’ll be happy to set you up on a test drive!

The Chevrolet Silverado’s Steel Bed Proves to be More Durable than Ford’s Aluminum Bed

Chevrolet Silverado's Steel Bed

According to a Chevrolet press release, the Chevrolet Silverado’s steel bed proved to be more durable than Ford’s aluminum bed.

There’s been a lot of talk around town recently about the new aluminum body structure of the Ford F-150. Ford has not been shy about sharing details about this new design. However, it may surprise drivers to learn that Ford’s aluminum body may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

According to a Chevrolet press release, the Chevrolet Silverado’s steel bed proved to be more durable than Ford’s aluminum bed.

When put to the test, the high-strength steel bed of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado withstood 90 joules of impact energy without showing any signs of damage. When the Ford F-150 and its aluminum bed underwent the test, it cracked after only experiencing 40 joules of energy!

“Obviously, any material can be pushed to the breaking point if you subject it to enough impact energy,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet truck marketing director. “If a customer does manage to puncture the high-strength steel bed of the Silverado, they have the added peace of mind knowing steel tends to be easier to repair than aluminum — potentially saving money and minimizing time without their truck.”

Other brands can claim to have the toughest truck in the industry. However, there is only one truck that is truly the toughest: the Chevy Silverado!

New 50th Anniversary Camaro SS to Serve as Pace Car for Indy 500

50th Anniversary Camaro SS

A new version of the 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will hit the track for the Indianapolis 500, serving as the pace car for this iconic race.

A new version of the 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition will hit the track for the Indianapolis 500, serving as the pace car for this iconic race. Driven by motorsports legend Roger Penske, the 50th Anniversary Camaro SS is designed to show how far the muscle car has come.

This will be the ninth time the Camaro has served as a pace car for the Indianapolis 500, and the 27th time for Chevrolet. The Camaro SS has 455 units of raw horsepower, making it one of the few pace cars to require no additional performance modifications.

“Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 have a long, storied history and it’s an honor to mark the respective milestones of the Indy 500 race and the Camaro simultaneously,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “It’s also a privilege to have Roger Penske perform the driving duties, as his team has helped Chevrolet earn four consecutive IndyCar manufacturer titles since 2012.”

The Camaro will feature 20-inch 50th Anniversary Wheels, a unique grille and chrome accents, a body-color front splitter, orange brake calipers, a black leather and suede interior, and truly one of a kind 50th Anniversary badging.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Achieves Best-in-Class Fuel Efficiency

Best-in-Class Fuel Efficiency

The stylish, high-tech, 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has received a best-in-class fuel efficiency rating from the EPA, getting a 46 mpg combined rating.

Not too long ago you had to choose between having a car that was efficient, high-tech, or stylish. Now, however, you can have it all at the same time and it won’t cost a fortune. If you don’t believe it, just take a look at the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.

This stylish, high-tech, mid-size sedan has received a best-in-class fuel efficiency rating from the EPA. The 2016 Malibu Hybrid should give drivers 46 mpg combined. The hybrid system in the Malibu borrows some technology from the Volt to allow it to use electric-only propulsion in certain driving scenarios.

“The Malibu Hybrid offers outstanding fuel efficiency and integrates the latest technology to give customers a world-class hybrid,” said Steve Majoros, marketing director of Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers, in a statement. “Combined with a number of available, leading safety and connectivity features, it’s a great choice for those who want exceptional efficiency with Chevrolet’s signature value.”

In addition to its excellent efficiency, the Malibu Hybrid delivers stellar good looks along with great technology, including the available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi that allows up to seven devices to connect at once. And, perhaps one of its best features, it has a starting price of only $28,645.

Chevrolet Celebrates Camaro’s Birthday with 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro

50th Anniversary Edition Camaro

Chevy celebrated the Camaro’s 50th birthday on March 8th with an anticipated special-edition model, called the 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro.

A lot of automakers have been celebrating their anniversaries lately. Chevy joined by celebrating the Camaro’s 50th birthday on March 8th with an anticipated special-edition model, called the 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro.

You can get this commemorative Camaro as a coupe or a convertible. The model features nightfall gray metallic paint accented by an orange and black stripe that runs down the hood and down the trunk lid. A model-specific “Fifty” emblem is featured on both front fenders. This edition comes standard with the RS package that include HID headlights, LED tail lamps, and a trunk-mounted spoiler.

The interior looks promising, too, with black leather upholstery with orange contrast stitching on the seats and dashboard. Plus, the “50th Anniversary” badge is featured on the instrument panel, seatbacks, and steering wheel. Illuminated door sills make this Camaro extra-special.

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition will be offered in two trim levels called the 2LT and the 2SS when it goes on sale this summer. Now you definitely have something to look forward to!

Tom Naquin Celebrates #DayItFoward

Tom Naquin Chevrolet

Tom Naquin Chevrolet took Chevy’s challenge to #DayItForward this past Leap Day and did something special for the Elkhart Fire Department.

Chevrolet celebrated Leap Day this year in a new kind of way, with their #DayItForward campaign. They promoted kindness and a giving spirit with the question, “What would you do, to do something nice for someone who doesn’t expect it?”

Chevy teamed up with several athletes and celebrities for this campaign, including Eva Longoria, Kevin Spacey, Sofia Vergara, Luke Bryan, and more. But celebrities aren’t the only ones who are practicing #DayItForward.

Dealerships all over the country are participating, too, and Tom Naquin Chevrolet is one of them! We took Chevy’s challenge to #DayItForward this past Leap Day and did something special. Representatives from Tom Naquin Chevrolet went to Elkhart on a Leap Day and bought lunch for the entire Elkhart Fire Department. Chevrolet and Tom Naquin wanted to say “thank you” for all the risks the Elkhart Fire Department makes on the daily basis.

Chevy challenges you to #DayItForward for the remainder of the year, too. You do just about anything to #DayItForward so get started now!

Chevrolet Reveals New Concepts for the Indian Market

Concepts for the Indian Market

The Indian market continues to grow, and GM wants to create loyal customers for life, so the automaker has created some new concepts for the Indian market.

India has been referred to by General Motors as the last great automotive frontier to conquer. The Indian market continues to grow, and GM wants to create loyal customers for life.

GM is using Chevy as the initiative to crack the Indian market and appeal to consumers. Chevy revealed the Chevrolet Essentia and the Beat Activ, two new concepts for the Indian Market, at the New Delhi’s Auto Expo.

The Chevrolet Essentia is a sub-compact entry level sedan. The concept is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Beat, but does not have the hatchback design. It instead has a shorter front fascia, short rear decklid, and prominent wheel arches.

Although only the concept model has been revealed, it is believed that the production-spec model will remain almost identical except some small modifications.

The Essentia will come standard with ABS, a rear-view camera, and dual airbags. There will also be an infotainment system that will incorporate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Chevrolet also unveiled the Beat Activ which has been created as an “off-road” variant of the Beat hatchback. This concept has widened wheel arches, roof rails, and playful coloring paint schemes. No specs have been released about this model yet.

President and managing director of GM India Kasher Kazem states that, “The Essentia and Beat Activ were created in direct response to the growing Indian market and signal Chevrolet’s commitment to the maturing Indian A-segment market. Both evolutions of the proven Beat platform, these two important vehicles give us the opportunity to speak to a wider audience.”

We at Tom Naquin Chevrolet are excited for Chevrolet’s growth into new markets and are looking forward to seeing the future of Chevrolet vehicles in the Indian market.

Chevrolet to Release Trax Midnight Edition Crossover

Trax Midnight Edition

Chevrolet is going to produce a vehicle that is practical, contemporary, and attractive in the form of the new Chevy Trax Midnight Edition.

General Motors is hard at work implementing strategies to accomplish two goals for the company—further infiltrating the crossover market to capitalize on the segment’s current popularity and appealing to the upcoming generation of younger buyers looking for something practical and contemporary but still attractive. The Chevrolet brand specifically will be taking a step in both directions with the new Chevy Trax Midnight Edition, which company execs believe will fill a space in their lineup for a crossover while appealing to young professionals.

With an edgy new paint job recognizable by the black body, black wheels, and black accents, the new variant of the Chevy Trax has a modern, sleek, minimalist look to it, and the interior has a similar look but includes a contrasting gray piping. And with nearly 60,000 Trax crossovers already on the road, the introduction of special editions like the Midnight Edition is crucial in order to give the Trax more leverage over the competition. After all, no one wants to drive a car that looks like all the other cars on the road.

The Chevrolet Trax Midnight Edition crossover is set to debut in the United States this February at a sticker price of $26,625 including taxes and destination charge. The special edition will see a limited run of only 1,000 units. Several other vehicles in Chevy’s lineup, including the Silverado and Impala, have also gotten to Midnight Edition treatment.