Camaro and Corvette Concepts by GM at the 2011 SEMA car show in Las Vegas

Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Concept by GM at the 2011 SEMA car show in Las Vegas

Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Concept by GM at the 2011 SEMA car show in Las Vegas

Well, if you are a car fan then you know the beginning of November means that the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) car show in Las Vegas is about to unleash a bunch of customized show cars for 2012!!

This show is not for small customizers anymore, the big boys have been here for sometime now, and 2011 SEMA is no exception.

The raw SEMA photo feed is here (no photos till Nov. 1):

http://www.semadigital.com/

GM’s HOT

Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Concept by GM at the 2011 SEMA car show in Las Vegas

Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Concept by GM at the 2011 SEMA car show in Las Vegas

This year has been a good year for GM, and this has been especially true for the new Camaro. To celibrate, Chevrolet is coming to this year’s SEMA show with six hot concept Camaros and Corvette models.

They are designed to show off exactly what the owners can do with their vehicles with a little time, money, hot chicks and imagination.

There will be a number of GM concepts wearing special visual upgrades, including the Camaro Convertible Red Zone Concept, Camaro Synergy Series Concept and the Camaro 1LE Concept.

CAMARO
The Camaro 1LE Concept is oh so hot!! Die-hard Chevy fans will likely recognize the 1LE package code as a road-racing designation, and the concept isn’t a disappointment.

Along with a new rocker panels outside and a new spliter, the Camaro has a magnetic ride control suspension, special chassis bracing, a close-ratio six-speed manual gearbox, Brembo brakes and a host of bits lifted from the meaner ZL1. Those include a dual-mode exhaust, shifter and flat-bottom steering wheel, which are a welcome interior upgrade.

Speaking of the ZL1, fans of that machine will enjoy a new Camaro ZL1 Carbon Concept packed with trimmings made from the lightweight weave.

CORVETTE

Corvette Concepts by GM at the 2011 SEMA car show in Las Vegas

Corvette Concepts by GM at the 2011 SEMA car show in Las Vegas

Corvette fans will also get a chance to take a peek at two special concepts, including a Grand Sport designed to pay tribute to 50 years of the Corvette nameplate at Carlisle and a Corvette Z06 Ron Fellows Hall of Fame tribute car.

I would love to see the Ron Fellow car raced in a NASCAR race, with big Coke logos on the side and Costco plastered all over the front.

Yeah, the Coke Costco Ron Fellows Corvette raced in NASCAR would be a dream made complete with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the flat bottom wheel!!    😉

Ron Fellow Corvette Concept by GM at the 2011 SEMA car show in Las Vegas

Ron Fellow Corvette Concept by GM at the 2011 SEMA car show in Las Vegas

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Costco stops selling Coke products – OMG the end of the world?!?!?

Costco stops selling Coke product

Costco stops selling Coke products - for now...

Shoppers continue to grapple with the recession – I know I am – and so the retailers want to win favor by giving them low prices.

Well, it seems that strategy is creating tension between product makers like Coca-Cola Co., who are working hard to maintain profit margins while meeting retailer demands.

The public squabble between Costco (one of the nation’s largest wholesale club operators) and Coke (the world’s largest soft drink maker) is likely to fizzle quickly because there is simply too much money to be pried from the dead hands of the consumers. But it reveals real tensions as retailers and product makers square off on prices.

Costco stops selling Coke product - Where will big Red go?

I’m a serious Costco shopper and Diet Coke addict, but I almost never buy my soda at Costco. I’ve often wondered why Coca-Cola products never seem to be a particularly good buy there. I routinely stock up on Diet Coke for a big discount whenever there’s a mega-sale at my neighborhood Ralph’s (gotta be ready for insta-party to happen at any minute).

Costco customers may have to look elsewhere for Coca-Cola products now that the retailer has stopped carrying them because the pair are fighting over prices. The situation is that retailers want to wield more power in determining pricing with product makers, who they depend on to stock their customers’ favorite brands. You can see this with Costco in that they have been aggressive in putting up signs on store shelves and notices on its Web site. ”Costco is committed to carrying name brand merchandise at the best possible prices.

At this time, Coca-Cola has not provided Costco with competitive pricing so that we may pass along the value our members deserve,” said a message on the Costco’s Web site labeled ”Price Alert!” Costco is not removing products like Coke and Diet Coke from store shelves, but it does not plan to restock them ”until the matter is resolved,” according to the message on its site.

Earlier this year grocer Delhaize SA in Belgium said it would no longer stock at least 250 Unilever products because the food and consumer products maker was making ”unprecedented” demands that would force retail prices up 30 percent, the two companies reached an agreement within months. But the pricing pressure is more intense at Costco, whose business model is designed around offering lower prices than traditional retailers.

When it comes to extracting the last penny from a consumer, these 2 companies will recognize there is a mutual interest and will find a way to resolve it. Who will win? I would never bet against that famous logo, but Costco owns the minds of the consumer so it will be a tough fight.

Costco stops selling Coke products - for now...

Costco stops selling Coke product and shoppers...