Chevrolet led the 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study, winning more categories than any other brand for the fourth consecutive year. This comes on the heels of Chevy’s strong results in JD Power’s 2016 Vehicle Dependability Study, which looked at how vehicles from three years earlier had held up over time. Chevy also took more categories than any other brand in this study.
In the IQS, Chevy led several categories, including the full-size truck categories, with the Chevy Silverado 1500 getting the top score for light-duty trucks and the Silverado HD winning the heavy-duty trucks group. The Equinox was the best of the compact SUV segment, and the Tahoe won the large SUV segment. The Chevy Spark had the best showing of all, beating the rest of the cars in the city car segment by 48 points.
Alan Batey, Chevrolet Global President, says the results from the IQS and the VDS are positive for Chevrolet because dependability has been shown to be a major factor in customers’ decision to buy one brand over the other and because positive initial experiences turn first-time buys into brand loyalty. Chevy has seen a 3% rise in retail sales since the beginning of 2016.
The 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport arrives this summer, and when it does, it promises to change the game for those who love to take to the track on the weekends. Chevrolet has announced pricing for its performance-minded beast, giving customers who plan on gobbling one up from Performance Chevrolet an idea of how many pennies they will need to rub together.
The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport will start at $66,445 for coupes and $70,445 for convertibles, including destination fees. This is not an insignificant amount of money, but with a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds and a quarter-mile of 11.8 seconds at 118 mph, the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is certainly not an insignificant sports car.
These prices do not reflect the available Z07 performance package, which includes carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors, Michelin PS Cup 2 tires, and a carbon-fiber aerodynamic package. The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is also offered with an available paddle-shift eight-speed automatic in place of the standard seven-speed manual with Active Rev Match.
An available Heritage package will add hash-mark fender graphics in six different colors and full-length stripes in five different colors, and additional options include five different wheel options and a carbon fiber ground effects package.
“The choices are almost endless,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product marketing manager. “The Corvette Grand Sport’s custom ordering options take personalization to an unprecedented level, enabling customers to create their own Corvette Grand Sport statement.”
Later in the model year, Chevrolet will offer a Grand Sport Collector Edition that will feature Watkins Glen Gray Metallic exterior paint, Tension Blue hash-mark graphics, full-length strips in satin black, black wheels, and an interior complete with Tension Blue leather and suede.