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Chevrolet adds 1500 Midnight and Rally Editions for 2020

Chevrolet is introducing the racing-inspired 2020 1500 Rally Edition.

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Chevrolet is known for the numerous special editions and options available on its full-size pickup truck, the Silverado 1500. For the 2020 model year, the automaker is adding the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Rally Edition to their lineup.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition

Available on LT Trail Boss and Custom Trail Boss models, the Midnight Edition truck is off-road ready. It comes with a 2-inch factory suspension lift, the Z71 Off Road Package, Rancho mono-tube shocks, an automatic locking rear differential, and skidplates. The truck rides on 18-inch painted black wheels wrapped in Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. There's a host of black accents including its Silverado badging, exhaust tips, and off-road assist steps. It sports red recovery hooks.

LT models get high intensity LED headlights with dark bezels and full-curtain signature daytime running lights.

Buyers of the Silverado Custom Trail Boss Midnight Edition can choose between either a 5.3-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission or a 6.2-liter V8 power plant that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Silverado LT Trail Boss Midnight Edition models are exclusively available with the larger engine.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight Edition Chevrolet has introduced the 1500 Midnight Edition to their growing stable.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Rally Edition

The Silverado 1500 Rally edition is offed on Custom and RST trim level models. The sport styled truck comes in black, Red Hot Silver Ice Metallic, and Summit White paint jobs. It has a body-colored grille, black rally striping on the hood, black badging, and the Chevrolet name painted on the tailgate.

The Custom Rally Edition rides on 20-inch black painted wheels and is powered by a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The RST Rally Edition has 22-inch black painted wheels and comes with three powertrain options: the turbocharged 2.7-liter or 5.3-liter V8 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission or a 6.2-liter V8 that is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Midnight and Rally Editions will arrive on dealer lots later this year. Orders are currently being accepted at dealerships nationwide.

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The engine bay is decorated with images of the American flag.

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A new customized 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pays tribute to members of the U.S. military. Karl Kustoms, a Chevrolet Performance retailer and custom shop, recently completed the build in partnership with Bad Boy Vettes. Nearly every panel of the Corvette has been modified to honor a military branch. Even the underside of the hood and engine bay have been artistically sprayed.

"It is a privilege to take on a custom project like this and use our skills to honor our nation's military," Clint Quesinberry, Digital Marketing Specialist. "This Memorial Day, we are proud to recognize those who served."

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette The model started its life as a 2016 Chevy Corvette.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

Unique features include detailed lettering of the words "Honor, Duty, Country", three words given an important place in military history after they were uttered by General Douglas MacArthur in 1962 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as part of his farewell address. There's also imagery of a U.S. Army helicopter firing at a Russian helicopter, a serviceman with a German Shepard, the U.S.S. Iowa battleship, and Arlington Cemetery stones with Medal of Honor recipients from each major conflict.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Military imagery features throughout the body work.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

The car was created as a full-time show car and is currently on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It will remain there through the end of 2021 before traveling throughout the country at a variety of car events throughout 2022.

The customized Corvette is also a contender for the 2021 International Show Car Association (ISCA) Car of the Year.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Imagery is featured on the body and under the hood.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

"We did what we could to take this thing over the top," said Ed Birmingham, Karl Kustoms Painter. "I sat there for hours doing the detail work. I spent more time than I would normally spend on a hood, but it all paid off."

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Tesla claims that its Cybertruck will go into production this year.

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In a presentation to investors this morning, Ford Motor Company revealed that it has received 70,000 reservations for its just-debuted F-150 Lightning electric truck. Its on-paper chief rival, the Tesla Cybertruck, has over one million according to data acquired by Finbold. Rivian, who is nearly ready to start production of its R1T all-electric truck, has over 30,000 reservations, according to reporting by InsideEVs.

Reservations are not orders or sales though they do serve as an indicator of the buying public's enthusiasm for a new model. More and more automakers are switching to online reservations to gauge buyer interest, determine proper product mix, and stay in touch with clients on a more personal level. Hyundai did this with the 2022 Tucson and Ford has successfully used it to launch the Mustang Mach-E.


2022 Ford F-150 Lightning The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning has an all-electric powertrain in its familiar body. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Tesla opened reservations for the Cybertruck immediately following its debut around the same time as the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show where the Mustang Mach-E also debuted. Last July, Finbold revealed that their data showed that there were around 650,000 reservations. In 2018 and 2019 Tesla produced 612,120 vehicles.

Finbold's fresh research indicates that as of May 25, 2021, estimated Cybertruck reservations had reached 1.08 million. That number is more than the 866,750 total vehicles delivered by Tesla in two years between 2019 and 2020.

Though construction at the future home of the Cybertruck, Tesla's Austin, Texas plant, is ongoing, Tesla no longer features the Cybertruck alongside its existing models. The truck's homepage is currently housed in a "see more" style hamburger menu as a singular link alongside the Roadster and Semi. The Cybertruck was originally slated to begin production later this year.

The F-150 Lightning is expected to reach consumers ahead of the Tesla Cybertruck despite the fact that the Cybertruck was unveiled years ahead of the F-Series model. Both have fully electric powertrains. Ford will also offer the electric truck in a fleet version.

Ford has given more specifics about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning than Tesla has about the Cybertruck. It will look much like a traditional F-150 but have an electric powertrain that gives it a maximum of 563 horsepower and 773 pound-feet of torque. The truck is being built to be capable of towing though doing so will likely decrease the truck's 300-mile maximum range considerably.

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