Chevrolet unveils one-off Military Tribute Camaro

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 11, 2011

Chevrolet’s proceeds that will be generated from the sale of a special Military Tribute Camaro next month will go to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. This is expected to be announced at the 112th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on Saturday. Barrett-Jackson will auction this vehicle at its Jan. 17-22 event in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Chevrolet has been appointed as the official vehicle of “America’s Game,” which starts at 2:30 p.m. EST on CBS and the Armed Forces Network from FedEx Field in Landover, Md. At this game, Chevrolet is hosting a number of military families and Achilles team members at the game.

It also wants to honor the wounded servicemen and women and the team with a 30-second TV spot and a short tribute to members who participated in the recent Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank Marathon. There is an article at chevy.com/military about hand cyclist Lance Cpl. Justin Gaertner of Pasco County, Fla., who lost both legs while he was on his third tour in Afghanistan.

This car will be shown in a segment on CBS Sports with GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy; Genna Griffith, director of the Achilles Freedom Team and its members.

At the game last year, Chevrolet made a donation of a Silverado HD pickup to the Achilles team to carry athletes’ hand cycles and other equipment. The five branches of the armed forces are represented in the Military Tribute Camaro, including the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. It also cites several of the military’s top individual awards and existing campaign medals.

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro has similarities with the classic’s main concept of design. It’s quite obvious how the original blueprint from 1967-1969 (or the first generation Camaros) lingers on the new 2-door sports coupe model.

First, the new Camaro virtually shares the same size of wheelbase at 2,852mm. Then, its overall length of 4,936mm, width of 4,836mm and 1,376mm height is pretty much a remake of the old original.

As expected, a Camaro can’t be without the “side gills” at the rear end’s quarter panel. Additionally, the new Camaro’s long hood and short deck are designed to suit the 67-degree rake windshield and its athletic inspired fenders. Suffice it to say, these features also contribute to the car’s outstanding aerodynamics. Not to mention, it also boasts of an impressive 0.35 Cd value (on the V8 engine) and 0.37 (on the V6 variant).

Meanwhile, the wheel arches get more attractive as the new Camaro features 18-inch standard wheels to go with each. Otherwise, they are also offering the optional 19-inch or 20-inch wheels for better variety. In spite of the different wheel sizes, there are no significant differences when it comes to the distance between the tyres and the fenders. Similarly, all models bear the 6.35mm power domes along the hood as well as the same classic V motif around the nose end.

The SS variant comes with a larger intake at the lower edge plus a simulated air intake at the fascia’s upper portion. The new Camaro is also featuring the new RS appearance package for the SS and LT models. This package includes the amazing HID headlights with halo rings as well as the rear spoilers (for the LT variant). It also features specially designed taillights and 20-inch wheels painted in Midnight Silver to choose from.

Chevrolet took inspiration from the Corvette’s well-designed twin cockpits to give the new Camaro its powerful presence on the road. The exterior end shows a more rigid B-pillar design to hold the car’s body with equal amount of strength. The new 2010 Camaro also uses the one-piece body stamping technology and applied it along the plastic accents, gaps and seams for a more flawless surface.

The new Camaro will come in ten different colours including the classic Black or White as well as the legendary Victory Red and Rally Yellow. Whatever your choice is, the new model will look just as stunning especially in a Red Jewel Tintcoat or any of the Metallic shades available which comes in Imperial Blue, Aqua Blue, Inferno Orange or Cyber Grey.

Press Release

Chevrolet Will Donate Special Camaro at Army-Navy Game

At Saturday’s 112th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA, Chevrolet will announce that proceeds from next month’s sale of a special Military Tribute Camaro will go to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.

Chevrolet is the official vehicle of what has been called “America’s Game,” which begins at 2:30 p.m. EST on CBS and the Armed Forces Network from FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Chevrolet is hosting several military families and Achilles team members at the game, and is paying tribute to wounded servicemen and women and the team with a 30-second TV spot and a short tribute to members who participated in the recent Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank Marathon. An accompanying article at chevy.com/military profiles hand cyclist Lance Cpl. Justin Gaertner of Pasco County, Fla., who lost both legs while serving his third tour in Afghanistan.

“We at Chevrolet want to do all we can to show our gratitude to the men and women serving in our armed forces, those who come home with life-changing injuries, like Cpl. Gaertner, and our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Global Marketing and Strategy.

CBS Sports will show the car in a segment with GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate; Genna Griffith, director of the Achilles Freedom Team, and team members. Last year at the game, Chevrolet donated a Silverado HD pickup to the Achilles team to transport athletes’ hand cycles and other equipment.

The Military Tribute Camaro represents all five branches of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard) and some of the military’s highest individual awards and current campaign medals. It will be sold by Barrett-Jackson, an auctioneer of collector vehicles, at its Jan. 17-22 event in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The car was designed by award-winning artist Mickey Harris. Harris, who grew up on military installations, has been airbrushing for 33 years and has an extensive portfolio of military art that has earned him worldwide acclaim.

Chevrolet’s support for military men and women includes:

Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans: The Achilles Freedom Team helps wounded veterans of all services overcome their injuries through mainstream athletics, primarily marathons. It has doubled in size since 2010. This year, Chevrolet underwrote a portion of Achilles costs for participating in the Los Angeles, Boston and Detroit marathons, as well as other events. Chevrolet also has donated 20 hand cycles to the team.

Cell Phones for Soldiers: Chevrolet actively supports this program that provides phone cards to service men and women. During Chevrolet Military Appreciation Month in May, Chevrolet raised $212,000 (100,000 hours of talk time) from the auction of the Honor and Valor Limited Edition Camaro SS and Chevrolet donations of $100 for every car and truck sold. Since 2010, Chevrolet has collected more than 70,000 used cell phones, generating about 70,000 hours of talk time.

Travis Manion Foundation: The GM Foundation gave $250,000 to this foundation that assists veterans and the families of fallen heroes. Its namesake is First Lt. Travis L. Manion, killed in 2007 in Iraq by sniper fire while defending against an enemy ambush. Every September 11, the foundation brings local communities together for a 9/11 Heroes Run to remember, honor and support service men and women, police, firefighters and first responders.

GM Military Discount Program: Considered the most generous military discount program in the industry, GM offers GM Preferred Pricing (the same price extended to GM suppliers) on any Chevrolet (except Volt), Buick or GMC. Through October, GM sold 12,389 vehicles: The Chevy Silverado, Cruze and Camaro were the most popular.

Chevrolet also sponsored 19 air shows across the United States this year, eight of them on military installations. In addition, about 8,500 service members, their families and guests at the Naval Air Station in Mayport, Fla. were treated to a private concert starring country singer Brad Paisley.

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