The Friday Five:The No Corvettes, No Truck Transport, No Kid Hungry Edition

Christian Wardlaw | Mar 20, 2020

This past week, we published reports about how automakers are helping existing customers and enticing new customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, with regular updates as more companies added coronavirus plans and programs.

But that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.

No 2020 Corvette For You!

Chevrolet has closed new orders for the 2020 Chevy Corvette. Weeks ago, the car finally went into production following the long United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against General Motors last fall, and now U.S. manufacturing is facing extended closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Red Front View and Blue Rear View

People wanting examples of the first model year of the first mid-engine Corvette weren’t shy about getting orders in and deposits down. In fact, according to message GM sent to its dealers, it might not be able to fulfill all orders for the 2020 Corvette. They’ll be replaced with 2021 versions of the car, for which orders open on May 21, 2020.

Genesis Shows Off 3-D Instrumentation

The all-new 2021 Genesis GV80, the luxury brand’s first SUV, will have a new three-dimensional instrumentation cluster sourced from Continental. This is the first application of the technology in a modern vehicle.

How can the driver see them without special glasses? Continental says it uses parallax barriers to create two separate, slightly offset views from the image on the display to create the 3-D experience. A camera also tracks the driver’s line of sight, adjusting the 3-D image accordingly. The camera can also tell when you’re paying too much attention to gauges and not the road ahead, issuing a distraction warning.

There is a joke here somewhere…

Volvo Swaps Truck Transport for Trains to Cut Emissions

In Europe, Volvo is swapping trucks for trains in order to transport its vehicles from the factory to shipping depots. The move, according to Volvo, will cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 75% on some shipping routes. The automaker’s goal is to cut operational emissions by 25% by 2025, part of a plan to become a climate carbon-neutral company by 2040.

“When we said we planned to significantly reduce emissions across all our operations, we meant it,” said Javier Varela, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Logistics at Volvo Cars. “This is one example of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment through meaningful, concrete steps.”

Volvo already uses trains to ship cars from its South Carolina assembly plant to destinations across North America.

Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition Debuts

If you live in or near Texas, Ram has a special full-size, half-ton truck for you. It’s the 2020 Ram 1500 Laramie Southwest Edition, featuring body-color bumpers, mirrors, and grille surround, with chrome grille inserts, tow hooks, and side moldings. Polished 20-inch wheels and power side steps are also a part of the package.

Inside, the driver and passengers enjoy a panoramic glass roof. The Laramie Southwest Edition also gets the extra-large 12-inch infotainment display screen, a remote tailgate release, and an electronic trailer brake controller. Rain-sensing wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning.

The truck comes in Quad and Crew cab configurations and is available with any Ram 1500 engine. Prices start at just over $47,000.

Chrysler and No Kid Hungry Partner to Provide 10M Meals

Chrysler announced that it would expand its partnership with No Kid Hungry to provide up to 10 million meals to children in need. For every 2020 Chrysler Pacifica the company sells, it will donate $500 to No Kid Hungry, enough money to fund 500 meals.

In conjunction with this program, Chrysler announced a no-haggle Family Pricing program with price discounts included in the Pacifica’s price. Additionally, Chrysler is offering 0% interest financing for 60 months, and no payments due for 90 days (excluding Hybrid).

“One in seven kids in America live in families that struggle with hunger. We know a hungry child can’t learn, can’t focus, can’t be who they want to be,” said Tom Nelson, President and CEO, Share Our Strength. “We are so grateful for Chrysler’s support of our work to ensure kids have the food they need to thrive.”

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