2016 Chevrolet Camaro to Debut on Belle Isle in May Prior to Grand Prix


Detroit-based Chevrolet will unveil the 2016 Camaro on Belle Isle during a day-long event May 16 prior to the annual Detroit Grand Prix. The launch will include a popup Camaro museum and rides in the 2015 Camaro Z/28 around the Grand Prix course.

“This is only the sixth time we have introduced an all-new Camaro. We wanted to share the moment with the customers and fans,” says Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager.

Belle Isle is home to the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which takes place this year from May 29-31. For more information, visit detroitgp.com.

Registration is required for the event, and more than 1,000 people are expected to attend.

The new Camaro will be manufactured at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River plant. Chevrolet has not released any other details about the car or when it will go on sale.

IN OTHER NEWS, Delphi Automotive in Troy will undertake the longest automated drive ever attempted in North America. The coast-to-coast trip will launch near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on March 22 and will cover approximately 3,500 miles before reaching Manhattan in time for the New York Auto Show in April.

The journey in a specially-equipped Audi SQ5 will allow Delphi engineers to gather critical data and further advance the company’s active safety technology development. During the cross-country trek, the vehicle will be challenged under a variety of driving conditions from changing weather and terrain to potential road hazards — conditions that are difficult to test in a lab.

“Delphi had great success testing its car in California and on the streets of Las Vegas,” says Jeff Owens, Delphi’s CTO. “Now it’s time to put our vehicle to the ultimate test by broadening the range of driving conditions. This drive will help us collect invaluable data in our quest to deliver the best automotive grade technologies on the market.”

Recently demonstrated on the streets of Las Vegas at CES 2015, Delphi’s automated driving vehicle leverages a full suite of technologies and features, including:

  • Radar, vision and Advanced Drive Assistance Systems
  • Multi-domain controller: High-end microprocessor to seamlessly drive multiple features and functions
  • V2V/V2X: Wireless vehicle communication technology extends the range of existing ADAS functionality
  • Intelligent software that enables the vehicle to make complex, human-like decisions for real-world automated driving
    • Traffic Jam Assist
    • Automated Highway Pilot with Lane Change (on-ramp to off-ramp highway pilot)
    • Automated Urban Pilot
    • Automated Parking and Valet