Monthly Archives: June 2015

GM Executive Drives Corvette Z06 Pace Car in Detroit Grand Prix

Detroit Grand Prix

Mark Reuss, who happens to be a big motorsports fan and a certified test driver, got to pace the new Corvette Z06 for the Detroit Grand Prix.

Sometimes it pays to make your hobbies and interests known at work. Sometimes it means you might be the one who gets stuck organizing work potluck dinners for special occasions. Other times, it means you’ll get to pace the new Corvette Z06 for the Detroit Grand Prix. At least that’s what happened for Mark Reuss, General Motors’ executive vice president of Global Product Development and Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. He also happens to be a big motorsports fan and a certified test driver.

The race took place on May 30 and 31, and featured Reuss leading the way in the Z06. He didn’t even have to travel far to perform his duties because the track is located less than three miles from Chevy’s headquarters in Detroit.

“I’m thrilled to drive the Corvette Z06 pace car at this year’s Grand Prix,” said Reuss of the honor. “Growing up here and having the opportunity to help bring this great event to racing fans in Detroit has been very exciting, and the privilege of driving the pace car makes it even more special for me.”

The Corvette Z06 graced the track with all of its 650 horsepower, dressed in the Arctic White exterior and Adrenaline Red interior. You can purchase the same model, minus the safety strobe lights and exclusive graphics, right here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet.

$175 Million Allocated for Production of All-New Chevy Camaro Six

All-New Chevy Camaro Six

General Motors is revamping the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant and planning to re-hire 500 employees to help produce the all-new Chevy Camaro Six.

General Motors is cutting a check for $175 million dollars. The funds will be used to revamp the Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant and to re-hire 500 employees to add a second shift. Why? Because the all-new Chevy Camaro Six is coming to town. Actually, it’s being built in town.

When it comes to America’s best-selling performance car for the past five years, Chevy is committed to building the next-generation model right. Using the allocated funds, the plant will receive the necessary equipment for three paint systems producing Camaro-specific colors: Summit White, Bright Yellow, and Red Hot. In addition, the money will assist in adding two robotic framers to ensure a “more precise drive experience.”

“With this investment in tooling and equipment, we will continue to do our part to build on the high-quality reputation of this iconic car,” said Scott Whybrew, GM’s North American Manufacturing Manager. “These investments in the Lansing plants are proof of the teams’ quality commitment, to put the customer at the center of everything we do!”

The all-new 2016 Camaro was recently introduced on May 16 and the $175 million in improvements to the Lansing plant are part of General Motors’ larger plan to invest $5.4 billion over the next three years to improve U.S. facilities.