Video: Man United's new rides
ROONEY’S NEW RIDE: Striker Wayne Rooney poses with his new Chevrolet Camaro convertible as Manchester United receives its new rides.
MANCHESTER, England - Earlier in 2012 we reported on Chevrolet becoming the official sponsor of Manchester United football club. In February 2013, players and staff received the keys to their new Chevs.
The choices made were characterised by the needs and lifestyles of the players, with the Chevrolet Captiva proving to be among the most popular.
Robin Van Persie, who opted for the Captiva, said: "I have two children, so this car is really good for me – it's a family car. It looks very nice, it’s a good car.”
MAN U PICKS ITS RIDES
Van Persie is a recent arrival to Manchester United having transferred from Arsenal. He has already made a huge impact and is the Premier League's current top scorer with 18 goals.
Alexander Buttner also chose the Captiva. “It’s a really nice car, it’s big, I have a lot of family over from Holland so it’s nice to have a lot of space when we go somewhere,” he remarked.
Keeper Sam Johnstone and Nick Powell opted for electric power with the Volt. Midfielder Powell said: “It feels different; it’s a lot quieter. It feels futuristic, especially with regards to saving energy.”
The 300kW Chevrolet Camaro and top of the line Chevrolet Corvette were the preferred choice for Wayne Rooney, defender Patrice Evra, midfielder Michael Carrick and Javier Hernandez.
Rooney, who chose a Camaro Convertible, said: “It’s great, it obviously looks great and I’m excited to drive it. I think when I saw them all together this was the one that suited me best, it looks nice and will drive well too. I chose a manual as I think it’s great to get full use from a sports car.”
Evra, who opted for a Camaro Coupe, said: “I like the shape of the car, it’s fantastic. I just had my first drive and I was really surprised, it drives well and you can feel it’s really powerful, I’m very happy.”
Michael Carrick (Corvette GS) commented: “I used to have a Dodge Viper but haven’t had a sports car for a while so this is a great opportunity for me. When I got the chance to have this Corvette I snapped their hand off.”
Javier Hernandez’ choice of Corvette as his chosen model was down to size: “I looked at the Camaro and the Corvette, but this is not too big, like me, we are quite similar!” he said, “It’s a very good car and I am very happy Chevrolet offered this to me.”
Watch Manchester United players behind the wheel of their new rides!
Chevrolet became the official automotive partner of Manchester United as part of a sponsorship agreement signed in 2012. The Chevrolet logo will feature on the Reds’ shirts as of the 2014 - 2015 season.