Revving Up the Latest Technology at the Cleveland Auto Show

CLEVELAND–It’s been nearly 40 years since we last saw the Corvette Stingray, but it’s back in 2014 and on display at the Auto Show.

“Very class act, very nice, very nice, highly recommended. It feels good. It kind of pulls you in to it,” said Tom Zingery of Canton.

The Corvette Stingray convertible has a Northeast Ohio connection to it. Jose Gonzalez, who grew up in Lorain and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, served as lead designer.

“One thing you will see on all the convertibles is the strong waterfall grill that only Corvette could own but this time with the C71 we wanted to do something a little different and we added inserts,” Gonzalez said.

The Stingray has it all, including an additional feature called the Performance Data Recorder made by Cosworth British Motorsports Engineering Company.

“It’s an industry first,” said Chevrolet Product Presenter, Eva Toby. “It’s amazing because now it allows customers to basically record and share their driving experience via the internet, social media and so on on and so forth.”

With an SD memory card located in the glove box, you can capture video, audio, g-forces, and even speed.

“Not only can you brag to your friends and family about how you drove, you’re basically recording it and it’s all in high definition,” said Toby.

“You can even put this for your treadmill when you’re working out, like you’re cruising in a vet,” said Andy Basniak of Copley.

And Chevy’s technology doesn’t end there, now you can check on the diagnostics of your vehicle, perhaps unlock the door, or get directions on where you might be heading, thanks to an app.

“It’s like a working office almost because you have various things such as your vehicle diagnostics on there,” Toby said. “You’ll have access to various third party apps such as Pandora.”

The technology is called My Link and it will be available on the 2015 Chevy Impalas. My Link allows you to sync and link your mobile devices.

“Your car will be its own WiFi hot spot so if you’re on a road trip and you need to access your business e-mails and there is no WiFi in the area, you’ll be able to pair up with your car,” said Toby.

My Link will not be a standard option in the vehicles.

By the way, if you’re wondering about the price tag on the Corvette Stingray, base price starts at $52,000.

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