Chevrolet

Chevrolet Vehicle Information:

Avalanche
Equinox
Impala
Malibu
Tahoe

Pilkington

Pilkington

Auto Glass OE Manufacturer :  Pilkington

Introduction

Chevrolet is one of the largest and most popular automakers
worldwide, and for good reason. Its cars, trucks, SUVs, and
high-performance vehicles are in common use all over the world in
business and industry, professional auto racing, and private consumer
use. Since its founding in 1911 by GM founder Billy Durant and
professional racecar driver Louis Chevrolet, the auto company has
been at the cutting edge of innovation. Chevrolet’s first-ever consumer
vehicle, the Series C Classic Six, came with electric headlights and an
electric starter as standard components—luxuries that were, at the
time, considered quite rare even among high-end vehicles. Chevrolet
was an early adopter of the V-8 engine, first using it in 1917 and
adopting a small-block V8 model in 1955. Ever since, Chevrolet’s
vehicles have provided a reliable option for consumers looking for
power and safety.

Popular Makes and Models

Chevrolet’s automobiles run the gamut from cars to SUVs to trucks to
high-performance vehicles. Some of its most popular sports models are
the Camaro and the Corvette Stingray, both of which provide superb
handling and unparalleled speed in a sleek package. The Stingray in
particular is a favorite among sports car enthusiasts, with 460
horsepower and the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.8
seconds. For those on a budget, the Camaro offers a lower-cost
alternative with a little bit less power and slightly more fuel efficiency.
With top speeds nearing 190 miles per hour, these sports cars can burn
rubber like few others.
In the SUV and crossover department, Chevy’s Suburban takes the
prize for power and durability. With over 300 horsepower and 800
pounds of towing power, Chevy’s 2013 Suburban is one of the only
SUVs in the world that is actually fuel-efficient and eco-friendly. Up to
85 percent of the vehicle can be recycled when it reaches the end of its
life. Great for outback road trips or just running errands around town,
this SUV is a solid option that balances efficiency and power.

What’s Coming in 2014

2014 is going to see several innovations with Chevrolet’s line of
vehicles, with several improvements to the company’s flagship truck,
the Silverado. The Silverado line will feature a new V8 engine that
closely resembles the Corvette engine, but with modifications designed
to improve performance as a truck. The new Silverado will have a
maximum payload of just over two thousand pounds and will be
available in three engine sizes: a 4.3-liter V6 engine for those who
don’t need much power, a 5.3-liter V8 engine that balances towing
capacity and fuel efficiency, and a 6.2-liter V8 engine, the most
powerful engine to ever appear in any of Chevrolet’s light pickups.
The Chevrolet Sonic is also getting a reboot, becoming available as a
sedan for the first time. With only 138 horsepower and a 1.4-liter
engine, the new turbo-engine Sonic will offer 40 MPG and a 5-star
safety rating. Featuring a 0-60 MPH acceleration time of just 8 seconds,
the Sonic is aptly named.

OEM Glass Information

Chevrolet uses Pilkington glass in its vehicles. Pilkington is a
multinational glass manufacturer that creates glass for residential,
commercial, architectural, and automotive use. Pilkington Automotive
offers design and glazing for new and aftermarket applications, as well
as trims, fitting, and urethane. Pilkington’s glass can be found in a
variety of vehicles all over the world, including vehicles made by
General Motors, Toyota, DaimlerChrysler, Volkswagen, Ford, Honda,
Nissan, Fiat, and BMW. Pilkington estimates global OE glass demand to
be five times higher than AGR, and for good reason. Pilkington’s
reputation as a high-quality auto glass manufacturer means consumers
get a reliable product, whether that be OEM glass or an aftermarket
replacement.

New Features That Affect Windshield Replacement Prices

Whenever a new line of vehicles comes out, there are certain issues
that will determine how much it costs to replace those vehicles’
windshields in the event that a windshield is cracked or damaged. The
rarity of the vehicle is one major factor that determines how much a
glass replacement will cost. In general, the fewer vehicles that are
manufactured, the more a glass replacement will cost.
The 2014 Corvette will feature a sunroof, which can impact the price
point of a glass replacement. Roof glass is generally more expensive to
replace than windshield or side glass, because it is less common than
other automotive glass. Roof glass for the Corvette Stingray from the
1968 to 1982 model years can cost upwards of $500 per panel.
The 2014 Silverado will have acoustic laminated glass that is designed
to reduce exterior noise. Acoustic laminated glass consists of two
layers of glass that are separated by a layer of polyvinyl butyral.
Typical automotive glass is a type of laminated glass as well, although
acoustic laminated glass uses a special layer of vinyl to reduce exterior
noise. This makes acoustic laminated glass more expensive to
manufacture; therefore, replacing glass on the 2014 Silverado with
OEM equipment will be more expensive than using standard
aftermarket glass.
Many of Chevrolet’s vehicles include a keyless entry function. This will
be present on the 2014 Sonic, the Impala, the Cruz, the Volt, and the
Silverado, among other models. This means that there is a wireless
antenna that must be disconnected before windshield repair is to take
place. Specifically, removing this wireless antenna involves removing a
retainer along a cowl panel and separating the molding while keeping
the weatherstrip intact. An improper glass repair may damage the
antenna, disable keyless entry, or remove the weatherstrip, so your
windshield repair technician will need to know his way around keyless
entry systems. This extra skill may result in a higher cost of
replacement.

Conclusion

Chevrolet has a history of innovation and wizardry, and is known for
offering vehicles that balance power and efficiency. Several new
models are in the works for 2014, including the new Corvette,
Silverado, and Sonic. With developments like acoustic laminated glass
and sunroofs, glass repair will be quite expensive on some models like
the Corvette and Silverado. Chevrolet’s more common consumer
models, including the Impala, Cruz, and Sonic, will feature keyless
entry, which means any windshield repair done on these models must
be performed by an experienced technician who knows how keyless
entry systems work. Ultimately, though, Chevrolet’s innovations show
promise and should deliver significant value to the consumer. If you’re
willing to pay a little more for auto glass repairs and replacements,
you’ll find that one of these Chevrolet models will meet your
automotive needs.