Naza Quest Sdn Bhd will cease to distribute new Chevrolet vehicles but will continue to provide warranty and after-sales service for existing Chevrolet customers, until the appointment of a new Chevrolet distributor under an agreement between Naza Quest and General Motors (GM).

Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd (below) outlined the Naza Group’s future strategy: “We came to this decision as a result of a brand rationalisation plan under the Naza Group’s overall corporate strategy to create long-term sustainability and profitability. We will continue to focus on our other four and two-wheel brands. The Naza Group will maximize its complete automotive line-up and explore other business opportunities to expand its market share in the automotive industry.”

GM and Chevrolet remain committed to Malaysia, with strong growth potential and a loyal fan base in this important regional market. Chevrolet will resume sales of its world-class vehicle portfolio in Malaysia as soon as possible and is in advanced discussions with potential new partners. A new master distributor partner will be announced in due course.

The cessation of Naza Quest’s Chevrolet new car business operations will take effect from 15 November, 2018.
“I would like to thank General Motors (GM) for their unwavering trust in the Naza Group for the past eight years and wish them all the best in their future endeavours,” Dato’ Samson added.

While sales of new Chevrolet vehicles will be temporarily put on hold, the majority of Chevrolet dealerships will remain open during this transition to meet the after-sales needs of Chevrolet customers. Naza Quest is pleased to confirm it will continue serving Chevrolet customers at selected existing dealer points, offering customers continuity of vehicle service, parts, warranty and after-sales service in Malaysia.

Vanchana Unakul, General Director of GM Southeast Asia, reinstated GM and Chevrolet’s commitment to Malaysia and Chevrolet’s customers: “Chevrolet is here to stay in Malaysia and we will be announcing our new distributor partner as soon as possible. I’d also like to thank Naza Quest for their partnership and dedication to the Chevrolet brand over many years,” said Unakul.

For customer enquiries, kindly email: info_chevrolet@naza.com.my or call 1-800-2-CHEVY (24389) to get in touch with the Chevrolet customer service hotline team managed by Naza Quest.

Chevrolet has updated its Silverado pick-up truck, making it tougher and more masculine than before. Completely new from the ground up, higher grade alloy has been used in the roll-formed, high-strength-steel bed floor, contributing to a bed that is more functional and lighter.

This manufacturing process and the idea of combining several metals, have been adopted for the construction of other parts of this truck as well. As a result, the new Silverado is significantly lighter than the outgoing one, but with no reduction in toughness.

Performance has been bumped up too, and when combined with the Z71 package, enables the truck to go just about anywhere. Adding to that, with the new vehicle, Chevrolet is offering a plethora of options that include engine/transmission combinations, tech and others.

The 2019 Silverado builds upon the modern design advances in Chevrolet’s history of industry-leading pick-up designs. Its current truck is a culmination of decades of experience from developing models such as the Advance Design trucks of the 1950s and the C/K series of the 1960s.

According to the automaker, this new 2019 Silverado will make its public debut in January 2018 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.The event will coincide with the the fact its been 100 years since the first Chevy trucks were delivered to customers.

GM’s newest and baddest Corvette ZR1 has finally been revealed, and based on first impressions, its an absolute beauty. The car has a more aggressive frontend that has been purposefully designed to channel air to the 6.2-litre V8 engine and cooling systems while minimizing as much drag as possible.

Chevrolet has fitted this ZR1 with four new radiators bringing the total number of heat exchangers to 13. There’s also a carbon-fibre hood with an opening in the centre to accommodate the LT5 engine’s supercharger/intercooler assembly. Unlike the LT4, this one provides a much higher output due to a more efficient system.

Apparently, it offers 52% more displacement than the Z06’s LT4 supercharger. The powerplant also benefits from GM’s first dual-fuel-injection system, which employs primary direct injection and supplemental port injection, helping the LT5 achieve its record output. As such, this new ZR1’s engine produces an SAE-certified 755 horsepower and 969Nm of torque.

It can be mated to either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox, which is the first time that the ZR1 has been offered with a choice of two different transmission. This could also be Chevy’s way of insinuating that automatics may become a mainstay in its future performance models.

Two different aero packages that have been wind tunnel tested, will be offered as add-ons for the Vette. A standard low wing helps the car achieve better handling, then there’s also a high profile tow-way adjustable wing that offers 60% more downforce than the one on the Z06. Adding to that, the standard issue front under-wing boosts overall downforce even further.

And if that still isn’t special enough, Chevy is also offering the Sebring Orange Design Package. As the name suggests, opting for this kit gets you a Sebring Orange tintcoat exterior color, orange brake calipers, orange rocker and splitter accent stripes, orange seat belts, orange interior stitching but weirdly enough, a bronze-aluminum interior trim.

But that’s not all, you also get heated and vented Napa leather-trimmed seating, carbon fiber-rimmed steering wheel, sports seats, Performance Data Recorder, Bose premium audio system and several others. Chevrolet is offering a whole plethora of additions to the car to complement its performance characteristics.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will be made available for sale in the US sometime early next year. However, more information about its performance and how fast it is able to lap he Nurburgring, will be divulged far earlier than the launch date.

Vintage Chevrolet trucks are in high demand, especially those that have undergone restoration or customization work. Based on recent data, it appears that more and more trucks roll onto auction blocks around the country each year.

There are currently about 9 Chevrolet pick-up trucks that have commanded huge sums of money when they were put up for auction. These vehicles come in various shapes and sizes and were manufactured between 1950 to 1971.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Chevy trucks and the best way to commemorate the occasion is to celebrate some of the finest custom trucks that will grace the auction floor. More than 60 Chevy trucks are reported to be on the docket for this years’ Barrett-Jackson auction, which is more than double that of any other competing truck brand.

While we count down the days to the upcoming auction, let’s look back at some of the memorable trucks that have sold for six figures:

1. 1957 Chevrolet 3100 Custom truck sold for $214,500 (RM908,193) in 2016

Better known as Quicksilver, this vehicle is the epitome of retro-modern restorations. Nearly everything on it is brand new including the 540 Big Block, 650-horsepower Chevy engine,as well as the handmade and reshaped body panels.

2. 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup, sold for $205,700 (RM870,933) in 2017

Despite extensive customization, this 3100 Custom Pickup looks similar to the regular cab. That said, it has received extensive mods that include an all-new TCI custom chassis with independent front suspension and a 500-horsepower LS3 crate engine. The interior has a reshaped dash and a handmade redesigned bench seat, console, door panels and headliner.

3. 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup, sold for $159,500 (RM675,323) in 2007

Finished in full custom Orange Pearl paint, this American classic features a 500-horsepower Big Block Chevy engine. Interior upgrades include a full leather interior, vintage air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows and a 400-watt stereo.

4. 1957 Chevrolet C-6 Custom Pickup, sold for $148,500 (RM628,749) in 2011

This beautiful handcrafted truck required 7,000 man-hours to complete. Thousands of unique pieces had to be machined and shaped for it. Upgrades include a LS3 engine, a complete Corvette C6 suspension and drivetrain with a six-speed transaxle and a full Air Ride suspension.

5. 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Custom Pickup, sold for $143,000 (RM605,462)in 2013

Featuring a mix of design elements of various other Chevy’s, this vehicle features Titanium Grey and Lipstick Red exterior as well as a red leather interior, complete with Dakota Digital VHX gauges, a graphite-wrapped Billet Specialties wheel and a Kenwood stereo system.

6. 1955 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup, sold for $132,000 (RM558,888) in 2006

Requiring six years of customization work, the 3100 Custom Pickup has had a whole slew of upgrades that include a chopped roof, lowered ride height, fatter wheels and better performance. It has been featured in six different magazines and was named one of the top 50 trucks of the decade by Street Trucks Magazine.

7. 1960 Chevrolet El Camino Custom Pickup, sold for $126,500 (RM535,601) in 2017

El Caminos are still in high demand especially this one that is from Palm Beach, Florida. Custom from the ground up, it features a GM ZZ crate engine with a Ram Jet fuel-injection system, fully custom leather interior and highly detailed and painted undercarriage.

8. 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup, sold for $121,000 (RM512,314) in 2014

Anotther 3100 Customer Pickup that is to die for. It has been completely rebuilt and has a high-strength chassis complete with a four-link setup, chrome 9-inch Currie rear end and a Detroit Tru-Trac differential. Inside, there’s a white leather interior with black accents, air conditioning and green-tinted glass.

9. 1971 Chevrolet C-10 Custom Pickup, sold for $110,000 (RM465,740) in 2014

Nicknamed Adel, after being donated to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, this vehicle was rebuilt and customized then sold on behalf of the foundation.

It has a 430-horsepower LS3 engine and a 4L65-E transmission. Additional components include Odyssey Batteries, a complete air ride suspension from Ridetech, BeCool radiator system and Goodmark Industries body panels.

Chevrolet trucks is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with the introduction of its 2018 line up. And to commemorate the occasion, the company is launching a nation wide programme to reward its loyal customers called, the Trucks Legend programme.

Those who have owned the following vehicles are eligible to be members of the programme:

  • Silverado and Silverado HD (and past C/K trucks)
  • Colorado (and past S-10 trucks)
  • Tahoe
  • Suburban
  • Avalanche

It’s been introduced to recognize customers who have owned a Chevy truck that has travelled more than 160,934km or have had a brand new one in their lifetime. Customers who fall into this category are eligible to join Chevy’s active community that has grown to more than 5,400 members.

“We had an incredible response to the Truck Legends pilot program, and greatly appreciate the owners who have shared their stories,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Marketing director. “We look forward to hearing from customers across the country, and for the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to our most loyal customers.”

Through this same programme, Chevrolet will periodically offer Truck Legends members once-in-a-lifetime experiences for events that include front-row seats at concerts, attending sold-out Major League Baseball events and getting a sneak peek at new Chevrolet models.

Later in the year, a select number of people from the Truck Legends programme will be invited to join an exclusive Chevy Trucks Centennial Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The event will feature opportunities to experience the latest Chevrolet products and have the opportunity to meet celebrities like Dale Earnhardt Jr. as well as a number of others.

Chevy will also be giving out memorabilia to members of the exclusive programme that include branded hats, decals and decals celebrating milestones in mileage and number of vehicles owned.

As such, 2017 is shaping up to be a very memorable year for Chevy and its legion of truck owners who have loyaly stood by the brand its trucks. Unlike other parts of the world, in the US, trucks serve more than just one purpose, in fact, they are a way of life.

Many don’t realise this, but General Motors had a hand in developing the 1971 Lunar Rover that made history by servicing as the primary mode of transportation of the Apollo 15 astronauts on the moon. It was a fully electric vehicle, which at the time was relatively new technology and used in an environment that was relatively unknown.

At the time, the vehicle was a testament of the the willingness of that generation of engineers to push the boundaries of what was possible. Working with its partners, GM developed, designed and tested the Lunar Rover. It also helped create a revolutionary electric motor drive system, suspension, mesh wire wheels and a unique drive controller adapted for lunar gloves.

Project Chief Engineer of the Lunar Rover, Ferenc Pavlics as well as his team had spent extensive time time overcoming challenges of building an EV for astronauts and technology that would inevitably be filtered down into future electric vehicles. Till this day, Pavlics remembers the hard work, innovations and dedication that was required to build the vehicle that would eventually become the Lunar Rover.

“When our team began engineering for the Lunar Rover, there were so many unknowns, including varied terrain, extreme temperatures and the effect of reduced gravity,” said Pavlics, now retired. “We pushed the boundaries of automotive technology and worked hand in hand with the astronauts on the vehicle’s design.”

Now, some 46 years later, GM believes that with its 2017 Chevy Bolt electric vehicle, that it is once again at the forefront of EV technology. Costing a fraction of the budget used to develop the Lunar Rover, the Bolt EV’s 383km range makes it a practical mode of transportation for most city dwellers.

The car is equipped with electronic precision shift, one-pedal driving thanks to regenerative braking, steering wheel paddle, 10.2-inch-diagonal color screen, the top-trim model adds leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, Surround Vision Camera system, Reverse camera system as well as others.

Chevrolet, GM’s subsidiary, has not seen it fit to offer the Bolt here in our market. Only Nissan, Mitsubishi and a handful of others have brought in fully electric vehicles for Malaysian car buyers.

Hopefully that eventually changes once our country’s infrastructure is upgraded to support the EV platform.

Ever wondered what a shooting brake Corvette would look like? Well, wonder no more because Callaway, a US based company has done to the C7 Vette. Considered sacrilege by die hard Corvette fans, the car is offically known as the Aerowagen. Despite the extensive work on the car, the styling and fitment wouldn’t look out of place if it did roll off GM’s production floor.

The Callaway name is synonymous with modified performance Vettes since the early 2000s. And this Aerowagen in particular, has received more than just styling adjustments, Callaway gave the car performance tweaks as well. Originally, the Vette’s 6.2-litre V8 produced 650 horsepower in stock form, but Callaway has bumped up the power to 757bhp.

The car was featured on former The Tonight’s Show host Jay Leno’s famous YouTube channel, Jay Leno’s Garage. Jay did his usual walk-around of the car while interviewing owner/producer of the respective car that is on his show. This time around for the Aerowagen, it was Peter Callaway, General Manager of Callaway Cars Inc and his father Reeves Callaway, the founder of the company. And as you will see in his video, and as expected, he takes the car on his signature test drive. Take a look at this clip for the full video:

Like Brabus is to Mercedes-Benz, Shelby is to Ford, Callaway has been been tuning and upgrading Corvettes for a very long time. That said, the company, which was incorporated in the 1970s, initially gained recognition for offering Alfa Romeos and BMWs with a lot more horsepower then when they came from the factory. And despite being supercharger experts today, from the 1970s to 1990s, the company’s bread and butter was turbochargers.

As impressive as the Aerowagen is, this particular type of styling isn’t to everyone’s liking as it’s more of an acquired taste. Ferrari too tried its hand at a shooting brake with the introduction of the GTC4Lusso and despite coming from the Mac daddy of sports car makers, it wasn’t a stellar hit. Only time will tell if the Aerowagen does gain any popularity.


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