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2015 Corvette and Silverado Atop Comerica Park Fountain This Baseball Season

For the past six years, the Chevrolet brand has sponsored the home run fountain above the outfield in Comerica Park in Detroit. It’s the perfect sponsorship for the Detroit Tigers, the baseball team of the Motor City. This year, models of both the 2015 Corvette and Silverado sit atop the fountain, which goes off with water displays and tiger growls after each Detroit home run.

2015 Corvette and Silverado Featured at Comerica Park

The Midnight Edition of the 2015 Chevy Silverado (shown) is featured at Comerica Park.

The Midnight Edition of the 2015 Chevy Silverado (shown) is featured at Comerica Park.

The specific models on display are a Velocity Yellow Corvette Z06 and a Midnight Edition Silverado, both of which were placed on the fountain by a crane. The process of installing each car via crane took about three hours. “As the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball, what better way could Chevrolet show our love of the game than by giving our vehicles a bird’s eye view of our hometown team?” asked Paul Edwards, vice president, Chevrolet marketing. “We like to think of these vehicles as the Chevrolet cheering section to drive those centerfield home runs.”

If these Comerica Park vehicles spark your interest, you might want to check out the new 2015 Silverado Custom Sport HD truck versions. These new trims, which debuted at the Denver Auto Show, give customers a new monochromatic look to consider when it comes to the Silverado. Come see us here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet to learn more about the Silverado and Corvette in all their trims today!

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s 1955 Chevy Bel Air and 1999 Corvette Sell for Big Bucks

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. recently turned to eBay to sell his 1955 Chevy Bel Air and 1999 Corvette, and the final bids did not disappoint. According to foxsports.com, the 1955 Chevy Bel Air sold for a whopping $90,100, and the 1999 Corvette went for an impressive $77,000.

The 1955 Chevy Bel Air is a one-of-a-kind car, built by Funkmaster Flex’s Team Baurtwell on a chassis modified by Jim Meyer Racing Products. The Bel Air features a 434 small block V8 engine that puts out 500 horsepower, a five-speed Hurst shifter with an 8-ball grip, and chrome wheels adorned with Earnhardt, Jr.’s former #8. Perhaps most unusual about the car is the fact that the odometer remained at zero miles. Apparently, Earnhardt, Jr. never bothered to drive the updated classic.

Both winners have the option of travelling to Little E to have the keys handed over personally, and receive an autograph on the vehicle itself. No word yet if either purchaser will take him up on the offer. (But seriously, who would pass that up, especially after spending that kind of money to own one of his cars?)

Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we think it’s safe to say we’re a bit jealous. Did you miss out on the opportunity to bid on one of Earnhardt, Jr.’s cars? Stop by today – we’ll get you into a much newer version.

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 shipping

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Shipping Has Begun

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 shipping The Chevrolet Corvette has been thrust into the spotlight once again after it’s original introduction earlier this year. The current reason is 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 shipping has begun. Vehicles are being delivered to early customers who paid at least the $78,995 base price for the coupe or $83,995 for the convertible.

Alert Santa Claus – 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Shipping Has Begun!

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 shipping

We would have been good all year if we knew the Corvette Z06 was on its way!

This price is humble when you look at the powerful 6.2-liter V8 supercharged drivetrain under the hood. It creates 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. It’s an awe-inducing vehicle. The supercar is super, indeed, with a 2.95 second acceleration from 0-60.

The Corvette Z06 can make a quarter mile loop in 11.2 seconds in manual and 10.95 seconds in automatic. It reached top speeds of 127 mph at the end of that loop.

Santa, we have been good this year, and we promise you never have to bring us anything again. If you could just slip a Corvette Z06 under the tree this year, we would be the happiest people alive!

From Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we wish you holidays as super as the Corvette Z06.

Chevy Already Hard at Work on C8 Chevrolet Corvette

C8 Chevrolet CorvetteThe Chevrolet Corvette is currently enjoying a banner year; the C7 Corvette Stingray, now in its second model year, continues to rack up the accolades. It was named the 2014 North American Car of the Year and sports a 9.3 out of 10 customer rating on KBB.com. Then there’s the 2015 Corvette Z06, which is the “most track-capable” and performance-oriented Corvette ever produced.

These cars already compete favorably with the world’s greatest supercars—and the Corvette is much more affordable than those cars, anyhow—but Chevy knows that when it comes to supercars, there’s no time to rest on your laurels. That’s why Chevy engineers are already hard at work on the C8 Corvette, and there are already rumors that the future Corvette will feature a hybrid assist system to boost both performance and efficiency.

The C7 is already the most powerful and efficient Corvette generation, but apparently it’s soon to be upstaged by the C8. We don’t know anything else about the C8 yet here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, but we promise to bring you that news as soon as we have it. If you’re looking to nab a C7, though, you’d better hurry, because these things are selling faster than we can get them in here to the showroom.

Chevy Announces Performance Transmission for 2015 Chevy Corvette

The famous Corvette crossed-flags badge

The famous Corvette crossed-flags badge

If you enjoy performance driving, then you will like the latest news from Chevrolet. The automaker has announced that the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray will offer a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission that will be designed specifically for performance driving.

(The 2014 model recently won the North American Car of the Year!)

Bill Goodrich, an assistant chief engineer for automatic transmissions at General Motors, says, “It was designed to enhance the Stingray’s driving experience, with performance on par with dual-clutch designs, but without sacrificing refinement.”

The new eight-speed automatic is designed to be paired with the Stingray’s 6.2-liter V8 engine. Chevrolet predicts a 5% increase in fuel economy with the new transmission, as it is eight pounds lighter than the six-speed transmission it replaces.

Offering paddle shifters and full manual control over gear changes, the eight-speed automatic should be able to complete wide-open-throttle upshifts up to 8/100ths of a second quicker than the new Porsche 911 Carrera’s gearbox.

While you eagerly await the new 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray and its eight-speed transmission, why not stop by Tom Naquin Chevrolet today to test drive the six-speed version?

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Corvettes Damaged by Sinkhole to be Restored by Chevrolet

Corvettes Damaged by Sinkhole to be Restored by Chevrolet

Corvettes Damaged by Sinkhole to be Restored by ChevroletWhen a sinkhole opened underneath the National Corvette Museum, not only was the building damaged, but eight Corvettes as well. Thankfully, no one was in the building when it happened.

Two of the Corvettes that were damaged by the sinkhole were the one millionth and 1.5 millionth Corvettes ever produced. Even though the National Corvette Museum is independently owned and supported by charitable donations, Chevrolet has offered its help in restoring the iconic vehicles.

“The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of General Motors Global Product Development, in a press release. “There can only be one 1-millionth Corvette ever built. We want to ensure as many of the damaged cars are restored as possible so fans from around the world can enjoy them when the Museum reopens.”

We may not have the iconic Corvettes that they do at the National Corvette Museum, but Tom Naquin Chevrolet still has plenty of Corvettes for you to choose from.

2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible Premiere Edition

Early next year, Chevrolet will be offering the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible Premiere Edition, but it will only be offered in a limited quantity. Chevrolet will produce 550 Premiere Edition models and they will be available at a price of $77,450 including shipping. The vehicle will also only be available in a paint color of Lime Rock Green.

An adjustable magnetic ride suspension, performance exhaust, and electronic limited-slip differential are some of the high-performance additions to this Corvette. It will also include some added luxury, including suede interior and Thule Corvette-branded luggage.

The Premiere Edition will have either a seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and will have the same 6.2-liter V8 engine as the standard Corvette. The engine produces plenty of power as it generates 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque.

If you would like to learn more about the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible Premiere Edition, visit us today at Tom Naquin Chevrolet.

Road & Track Names 2013 Performance Car of the Year

Recently, 13 new and updated performance cars were pitted against one another in the first annual Road & Track Performance Car of the Year test. After much deliberation on the track, the top six vehicles were then moved on to a road test before the 2013 Performance Car of the Year was finally named.

The list of cars that were part of the comparison test include: Audi R8 V10 Plus; BMW 435i; BMW M6 Competition Package; Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51; Ferrari F12 Berlinetta; Ford Fiesta ST; Jaguar F-Type V8 S; Jaguar XFR-S; Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model Wagon; Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series; Mini John Cooper Works GP; Nissan GT-R Track Edition; and Porsche Cayman S.

With so many vehicles to test, choosing the best performance car could not have been easy. Eventually, however, a decision was made. Tom Naquin Chevrolet is excited to share that the winner of the 2013 Performance Car of the Year is…the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51.

How do you feel about the decision on the 2013 Performance Car of the Year?

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition

The Chevrolet Corvette officially celebrated its 60th anniversary on June 30.

Chevrolet appropriately hosted a celebration at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky.

As if the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is not enough to celebrate the Corvette heritage, Chevrolet proceeded to unveil its Premiere Edition.

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 matched with a seven-speed manual transmission that cranks out 460-horsepower.

Its Laguna Blue exterior is accented with a unique carbon flash hood stinger stripe and features an exposed carbon fiber roof panel.

The Premiere Edition features a dual-mode exhaust system and torque-style chrome wheels with special Stingray caps.

An interior carbon fiber trim accented in suede features Stingray-branded door sill plates and special floor mats.

This special edition comes fully-loaded with the 3LT equipment package, the Z51 performance package and Magnetic Ride Control.

And, the exclusive 500 examples are complete with a unique VIN sequence starting with 300001.

The best part?

Even when you’re not driving, you can still show off your 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition.

The special model comes with a Corvette-branded and fitted five-piece luggage set sourced from Thule.

Now, that is what Tom Naquin of Elkhart Indiana likes to call a nice set of wheels!

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet has been taunting us with teaser videos for the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

And, for good reason.

After its private global debut this past Sunday at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit and its reveal at the 2013 North American International Auto Show yesterday, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is something very special.

How special?

Well, of its sixty-year history, the Chevrolet Corvette has only touted the name “Stingray” for two other generations.

The Chevrolet Corvette was called a Stingray for the first time in 1959 on its racing car.

The second-generation Corvette was actually called a Sting Ray from 1963 to 1967.

And, the third-generation Corvette Stingray had a long run from 1968 to 1982.

Four generations and thirty-one years later, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, or the C7, features only two parts from its predecessor.

With a 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 450-horsepower and 450 lb-ft. of torque and propels the machine from zero to 60 in under four seconds, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is the most fuel-efficient, most powerful, and quickest standard model ever.

The Stingray namesake marks special generations only.

And, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is most certainly something special.

Your local Elkhart Indiana dealership, Tom Naquin, anxiously anticipates the all-new Stingray to arrive on its lots.