Chevrolet Flexes Muscles at JIMS2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show

  • Camaro ZL1 Convertible is the ultimate muscle car
  • New Sonic RS to debut in 2014
  • Facelifted Chevrolet Captiva, refreshed Trailblazer and locally-produced Spark round off Chevrolet’s JIMS presence

Johannesburg, 17 October 2013 – The Chevrolet stand at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show is exhibiting a multitude of the brand’s product offerings, each of which shows off a different side of the brand’s muscle.

“Chevrolet is the world’s fastest growing major vehicle brand with a heritage going back more than a century. Anyone who visits our stand at JIMS this year will understand why we are heading for the 5million sales mark this year. Customers all over the world are embracing the Chevrolet spirit which is the power of ingenuity, underpinned by performance, design and technology,” comments Chevrolet Brand Manager at GM South Africa, Tim Hendon.

“The mighty Camaro ZL1 Convertible represents everything the Chevrolet brand stands for today. It’s a beautiful vehicle which maintains its shape with the top up or down and those looks are backed up by great performance. and even though it is only produced in left-hand drive and thus won’t be making it to local showrooms, it is a nostalgic retrospective take on the ultimate muscle car.

“The RS badge within the global Chevrolet stable stands for a sport iteration of an existing model.Typically with sporty exterior and interior design detailing, the RS model in the range tends to offer unique styling with an up-rated powertrain. Chevrolet's performance flagships always carry the well-known SS or Z badging.”

Supplementing the indoor display in Hall 7 at the Show, Chevrolet is also exhibiting its Trailblazer at the purpose-built 4x4 track where show goers are able to experience the vehicle’s off-road capabilities first hand.

Muscle in every direction: ZL1

Owing its name to the legendary Camaro ZL1 of 1969, the modern day interpretation of the most powerful, most focused Chevrolet Camaro ever is showing the South African public just where Chevrolet’s muscle car know-how lies. The Camaro ZL1 Convertible is also the most powerful convertible ever to bear the Chevrolet badge. Linked strongly to the Corvette ZR1 and indeed the all-new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the Camaro ZL1 Convertible embodies the modern day muscle car perfectly, with the added bonus of open-top motoring.

Driving the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, a front-mounted 6.2-litre supercharged LSA V8 petrol engine produces a mammoth 432 kW and 754 Nm. Good for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 4.1 seconds, the Camaro ZL1 Convertible also produces a typically American, raw V8 sound track which is accompanied by the wail of the supercharger up front – which displaces 1.9-litres just on its own.

Upgrades to the ZL1’s suspension setup including a front strut brace, a transmission support reinforcement brace, and under-body tunnel brace as well as a stiffer cradle, aid in supporting the extra power and performance. Third-generation magnetic ride control also enhances handling and ride quality, which is then linked electronically to the vehicle’s launch control, traction control and electronic stability control systems. The Camaro ZL1’s performance and handling credentials were put to the ultimate test recently when the Camaro ZL1 Coupe lapped the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife in an entirely respectable 7:41.27.

Pegged as the halo model in the Camaro range, the ZL1 has been engineered with reworked design elements and functional aerodynamic tweaks to complement the increased power. The carbon fibre bonnet panel not only gives the ZL1 Convertible a unique look but also serves as an aerodynamic and cooling aid. The larger, black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels give the ZL1 Convertible a strong side profile which is accented by the exaggerated rear wing and extended front bumper.

Interior detail changes include high-quality leather, accented red stitching throughout, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a glossy black design panel which connect both doors in an uninterrupted curve which runs behind the dials across the dashboard.

More sport for Sonic hatch and introducing Chevrolet MyLink

The Chevrolet Sonic RS is a true driver’s car, a testament to the product focused culture at Chevrolet. Featuring more power, improved handling and a sporty look, the Sonic RS will be available in South Africa in the first quarter of 2014 to round off the Sonic range.

Powering the Sonic RS is a turbocharged 1.4-litre ECOTEC® petrol engine which produces 103 kW and 200 Nm. The sportier looks aren’t just for show either, because thanks to the increase in power, the Sonic RS features improved performance and with visual upgrades including the snazzy 17-inch alloy wheels, the Sonic RS is genuinely sporty.

The more-aggressive exterior also features an RS-specific front grille and pronounced chrome-accented fog light fixtures up front, black-painted side mirrors, distinct side sills, chrome shoulder detailing and a very sporty redesigned rear bumper. The rear also features a racing-inspired diffuser look with twin chrome exhaust outlets, complemented by special badging and further chrome details. The exhaust outlets are functional besides being visually appealing, the Sonic RS delivering a special exhaust note from the sports-tuned exhaust system. Also upping the performance stakes is a retuned suspension design, where a lowered ride height and stiffened and performance-tuned dampers improve ride and handling characteristics.

On the inside, RS-specific detail changes not only enhance value and give the Sonic RS a special feel, but also set it apart from the rest of the range. Changes include the fitment of leather and alcantara upholstery, red stitching and chrome accents. Contrasting glossy black and matt silver dashboard elements also allow the RS to stand out.

Also taking pride of place in the Sonic RS is the new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. Available as standard in the 2014 Sonic RS and optional in 2014 Sonic LS models, as well as being available on certain Trailblazer models in 2014, the MyLink system is set to elevate Chevrolet vehicles above their competition with a smart, easy-to-use and well-integrated infotainment system.

MyLink, which has been designed to work seamlessly with Apple, Android and BlackBerry smartphones for full smart feature support like integrated apps and advanced Bluetooth functionality, also features USB and auxiliary connections to integrate a host of media formats – for music, photo and video playback regardless of the device being used.

The Chevrolet product portfolio can be visited at the General Motors South Africa stand in Hall 7 and outside at the 4x4 track at the Johannesburg International Motor Show.