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Volkswagen is World’s Largest Automaker in First Half of 2015

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The Volkswagen Group (VAG) managed to sell 5.04 million vehicles in the first half of 2015, making it the largest automaker in the world. It can’t afford to rest easy, however, because Toyota is breathing down its neck.

It’s a very close race between Toyota and Volkswagen for the global sales crown, with only a 20,000-car gap separating the two automotive giants. VAG (including truck-makers MAN and Scania) sold 5.04 million vehicles compared to Toyota’s (including Daihatsu and Hino) 5.02 million units.

As impressive as those figures are, they are actually lower than 2014’s results. VAG and Toyota saw a decline of 0.5% and 1.5%, respectively, in the same period last year, while General Motors’ sales dropped by 1.2% to 4.86 million units, enough for third place in the heated sales race.

As a reminder, Toyota was the largest automaker at the end of 2014 with 10.23 million vehicles sold, followed by the Volkswagen Group with 10.14 million units and General Motors with 9.92 million. It would be interesting to see if the Japanese automaker will retain its title once 2015 closes.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Gets Slightly New Look For 2021

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2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

It now looks a lot more like the Silverado from the front.

Over 520,000 Colorado midsize pickups have been sold over the fives following the model’s re-introduction in the U.S. market. To keep it competitive with rivals like the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger, Chevy has given it some updates for the 2021 model year.

The ZR2 package receives the biggest changes, gaining a new new flow-through grille inspired by the larger Silverado, with the world ‘Chevrolet’ spelled out across it.

Designers also moved the bowtie emblem to an asymmetrical position beside the driver-side headlight, while the tow hooks are finished in contrasting red paint.

As with the grille, the brand’s name is fully spelled out across the tailgate.

The 2021 Colorado ZR2 comes equipped with front and rear electronically locking differentials, Multimatic dampers, a 2.0-inch suspension lift, and 3.5-inch wider track relative to the standard Colorado, and multiple skid plates to protect its underbody.

The lesser Colorado WT, LT and Z71 trims all receive updated center bars, lower fascias and front skid plates.

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 makes its world debut at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Nearly a year ago, Chevrolet Performance Engineering teamed up with Multimatic and Hall Racing to develop 15 performance parts for the ZR2.

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2020 Corvette C8.R Is Chevy’s First Mid-Engine GTLM Race Car

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The race car will make its racing debut at the 2020 Rolex 24.

The automotive world anticipated a new Corvette Convertible would make its debut in early October, but few expected the 2020 Corvette C8.R race car to be unveiled alongside it.

The C8 Corvette is the first Corvette to have a mid-engine layout and a duel-clutch transmission, while the new Corvette Stingray Convertible is the first Corvette to have a power-folding retractable roof. In yet another first for the iconic nameplate, the Corvette C8.R is Chevy’s first mid-engine GTLM race car.

“The C8.R is much more than just a race-tuned version of the 2020 Corvette Stingray. It’s a culmination of many years of testing and development between GM Design, Propulsion, Engineering and the Corvette Racing team,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “The collaboration between these teams has allowed us to take these vehicles’ performance to the next level, both on the street and the track.”

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8R Race Car, driving

Unfortunately, aside from what we see, Chevy didn’t reveal much details about the race car. A massive diffuser dominates the rear, and there’s plenty of new aero features all around.

As for what breathes in the engine bay, there is a good chance its a version of the 6.2-liter V8 found in its predecessor, or possibly some variation of Cadillac’s Blackwing twin-turbo DOHC V8.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R makes its racing debut at the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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2020 Chevy Corvette Convertible Gets Smart Folding Hardtop

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It represents another first for the Corvette nameplate and can carry two sets of golf clubs like the coupe.

General Motors has unveiled the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible, which features the first power-folding retractable hardtop in the model’s history.

This is a one-of-a-kind Corvette Convertible because, instead of simply having its top chopped off like the previous models, it was engineered first and foremost for open-air driving.

In fact, the Corvette Stingray convertible is so close to the Corvette coupe in functionality and form that it has the same cargo capacity even with the hardtop stowed away.

Speaking of the hardtop, it is a power folding, two-piece setup inspired by fighter jets, with its two aerodynamic nacelles mimicking jet engine housings.

The roof can be operated at speeds up to 30 mph (48 km/h) and only takes 16 seconds to retract. Check it out in action…

A body-colored roof is standard, while Carbon Flash metallic-painted nacelles and roof are optional. A divider glass window in the middle of the vehicle can be powered-adjusted with the top up or down.

The 2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible is powered by the same 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine as the coupe. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the optional performance exhaust system.

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible commands a $7,500 premium over the coupe. Production begins in the first quarter of 2020.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, side topless

Seokijiservice’s Thoughts

Not only does switching to a hardtop provide a quieter cabin and better protection against the elements, but it also gives the new Corvette Convertible and a cleaner look than previous soft top designs.

The only major downside is the elimination of the coupe’s transparent panel that showcases the mid-mounted engine.

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