We spend a lot of time throwing compliments in the direction of everyone in our vicinity, but today we get to revel in a little bit of praise ourselves. That’s because this is the time of year when we begin to see some of the more noteworthy awards in the auto industry, including the so-called golden goose: the Motor Trend awards. And, with the 2016 model year now upon us, we at Harbin Automotive are proud to announce that Chevy has engineered a clean sweep for the two biggest awards, the Truck of the Year and Car of the Year, won by the 2016 Chevy Camaro and 2016 Chevy Colorado.
Chevy wins Motor Trend Car and Truck of the Year
Six generations of this fantastic muscle car, but this year represents only the second time that the Camaro has taken home top honors from Motor Trend, and this is the first time since 1982. That fact alone should tell you a lot of what there is to enjoy about the 2016 Chevy Camaro. When it arrives at Harbin Automotive, buyers will have three compelling powertrain options to choose from: a turbocharged 2.0L inline four-cylinder that generates 275 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque on its way to a 5.4-second 0-to-60 sprint; a 3.6L V6 capable of 335 hp, 284 lb-ft and a 5.1-second sprint; and a 6.2L V8 launching to a 4-second sprint with 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. It is also among the most technologically advanced models around, with its 4G LTE WiFi hotspot and Chevy MyLink interface, while its new frame and body are lighter, leaner and lower than ever before.
Here’s the most unbelievable facet of the 2016 Chevy Colorado taking the gold medal from Motor Trend: it won the dang thing last year as well. That’s right, for two years running, the Colorado has captured the zeitgeist better than any competing model industry-wide. It would seem that, while competing automakers are focusing only on their full-size pickups, Chevy might have its ear to the ground as a means of hearing what buyers want a little more clearly.
This year, the Colorado introduces the turbocharged 2.8L Duramax Diesel, which goes a long way toward explaining how the model was able to repeat as champion. The Duramax, set to arrive in early 2016, is estimated to lead the segment in some of the most hard-fought quantifiable numbers, such as fuel economy (31 highway mpg), towing (7,700 pounds) and torque (369 lb-ft). Factor in the new special editions and excellent tech features, and its return to the throne isn’t terribly surprising.
While the 2016 Chevy Colorado has already arrived at Harbin, we’re still waiting for the arrival of the 2016 Camaro. To learn more about either or to schedule your test drive, visit our dealership today!