GM ride-and-drive event puts interns behind the wheel

GM intern ride and drive GM
GM interns hosted a media intern ride-and-drive event at the Renaissance Center on Friday.

By BRAD CONSTANT on 7/22/2011

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Interns here at are fortunate enough to be in and out of all sorts of cars, from the little Fiat 500 to the phenomenal Lexus LFA. But rarely do we get our own event like the Intern Ride and Drive hosted by General Motors in downtown Detroit on Friday.

The event, set up and run by GM's own interns, involved summer help from local broadcast-media outlets, newspapers and many Detroit-area automotive publications.

Chevrolet's all-new Sonic was the star of the morning's presentation by Joaquin Nuño-Whelan, GM vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer for North America. But the fun really began with the ride-and-drive session.

Parked in front of the GM Renaissance Center headquarters was a fleet of cars including Chevrolet's Camaro SS, Corvette Grand Sport, Sonic, Volt and Cruze Eco. They were joined by the Buick Regal, the GMC Terrain and the Cadillac CTS coupe.

Our driving route took us across the maze of highways around downtown Detroit. It was a quick four- to five-minute run in each car, but our hosts graciously provided room to open up the Camaro, the Corvette and the CTS.

The favorites? A tie between the Camaro and the Corvette, of course.

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