On The Cover Review: Chevrolet Code 130R Concept
Editor's Note: Each year, The Automobile Red Book visits the prestigious North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Thanks to worldwide coverage, the NAIAS draws the latest and greatest from car and truck manufacturers around the globe. Many of them use this venue to showcase their newest concept cars. Although not available to the public, these cars often predict the styles and trends that may hit the streets in the near future. This is the first in a series of The Automobile Red Book’s annual review of some of the best concepts from COBO Hall.
Chevrolet debuted a couple of futuristic concepts in Detroit this year. The flashiest may have been the bright red Code 130R. Looking similar to a BMW 1-Series, the Code 130R was positioned as a technologically-advanced, economical coupe that is meant to appeal to a younger crowd. The rear-wheel-drive four-seater features a 150-h.p. 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It also has General Motors’ eAssist technology, which allows the engine to shut off at stop lights while the air conditioning, radio, and accessories operate off of a lithium-ion battery. The windows were completely blacked-out in the Code 130R, because the interior was not yet completely designed. Input from the target demographic is meant to assist in the development of technology integration and other needs. This information may then become part of a future production model.