Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Innovative Tech Helps The Chevy Volt Save Fuel

by Chevrolet in the News on March 29, 2011
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Fuel economy is one of the most important considerations among consumers shopping for a compact car. That’s why Chevrolet not only outfitted the Cruze with a fuel-efficient engine, but also included technology that helps make the engine run more efficiently.
The Chevy Cruze features a unique technology called Regulated Voltage Control or RVC. With this system, the power that runs from the alternator to the battery is reduced from 14 volts to 12.8 volts under normal driving conditions. The reduced load on the battery and alternator in turn reduces the alternator’s pull on the engine, which helps improve fuel economy.
“We estimate RVC improves fuel economy on the Cruze by up to 1.5 percent,” said Doug Dickson, an electrical engineering specialist with the GM Global Energy Center. “To a Cruze customer, RVC enables them to get more than eight additional miles of range on every tank of fuel.”
The RVC also ensures that power is optimally shared for vehicle electronics, such as the radio. This further reduces electric demands and helps the Cruze run more efficiently.
“Engineers left no stone unturned when it came to implementing fuel saving technologies on the Cruze,” Dickson said.  “Fuel economy is becoming a greater factor in purchasing decisions.”

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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Chevy Volt Owners Share Their Stories

by Chevrolet in the News on March 24, 2011
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While the EPA rates the Chevrolet Volt’s fuel economy at the equivalent of 93 miles per gallon, many owners are easily surpassing those estimates.
One Volt owner, Mike DiPisa, has a daily commute of 26 miles. That’s well within the Volt’s 40-mile electric range. As a result, he’s averaging a staggering 231 miles per gallon.
“I haven’t filled up my Volt since I took delivery,” the Lyndhhurst, N.J. resident said.  Of the 1,485 miles DiPisa put on his Volt, 1,391 have used using grid electricity.
Other new Volt drivers are finding that extreme high-mileage is easily attainable. By recharging their Volt regularly, the vehicle won’t need to engage extended-range operation on shorter commutes.
“I really believe that over the long-term we have to have technology that is going to get us off fossil fuels and the Volt does that – I have the option of never buying gas again,” said Mike McCarver, a retiree from Los Altos, Calif., who’s averaging 93 mpg in his Volt.
Said Volt marketing director Cristi Landy: “The Volt is great for any lifestyle and can handle the driving demands of daily life.  The majority of Volt customers are finding that by recharging their cars daily they are seeing exceptional real-world fuel economy. ”

Monday, March 21, 2011

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GM Unveils Chevrolet Colorado Concept Ahead Of Debut

by Chevrolet in the News on March 21, 2011
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Just a week ago, GM teased the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado ahead of its debut at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Eager to show off the new truck, it has been officially unveiling ahead of its debut.
Although this vehicle is technically a concept vehicle, it will go on sale in Thailand later this year with a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine under the hood. GM promises that the mid-size truck will boast competitive towing capacity, power, and fuel-efficiency.
“Although this is a show vehicle, the basic proportions and form convey the vision for the next-generation Colorado that we will bring to market,” said Brad Merkel, GM’s global vehicle line executive. “It reflects a stylized version of the new truck, one that takes into account rugged dependable truck capabilities for commercial use as well as sophisticated refinement for personal-use needs.”
This is a show truck, so it also boasts a number of bold exterior features that probably won’t make it onto a production vehicle, including:
  • A streamlined “cab collar” design with a body-color hard tonneau cover on the bed
  • Gray accents on the side, front and rear lower moldings
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels featuring a “liquid metal” finish, with Stone Gray color wheel ports
  • Cooper 285/50R20 ZEON LTZ tires
  • Outside mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators.
The real question is whether we’ll see the new Colorado here in the U.S. At this point, there’s no official word on its North American launch, so stay tuned. In the meantime, feel free to check out photos of the new truck below.

Friday, March 11, 2011

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Chevy Puts Four Among “Best For The Money” Winners

by Chevrolet in the News on March 10, 2011
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In today’s highly competitive U.S. auto market, says the editors at U.S. News & World Report,  “Shoppers want value, which means giving buyers more bang for their buck” in vehicles that “add value to their owner’s lives” throughout the entire ownership experience. That’s clearly an excellent description of the Chevrolet lineup, as proven by the fact that Chevy recently had four vehicles named to the publication’s Best Car for the Money Awards 2011—more than any other brand.
The Chevrolet Malibu was the top-rated entry in the Midsize Car class, noted for its well-balanced ride, bold style, and roomy and supportive front seats. The bottom line here: The Malibu “is an excellent family car” that “stands out for its two-tone interior design.”
The Best Midsize Crossover for the Money was the Chevrolet Traverse. The popular people-mover earned kudos for its on-road manners, impressive cargo space, relatively strong fuel-efficiency performance and roomy third-row seating—which is spacious enough even for adults.
Still boasting a rugged body-on-frame chassis, the Chevrolet Tahoe took home honors among Full Size SUVs, with “good ride and handling for its size,” a “comfortable and inviting interior,” and “one of the best fuel economy ratings for a large SUV.”
Finally, in a performance that may surprise some, the Chevrolet Silverado got the call as Best Full Size Truck for the Money. The “rugged and capable” Chevy showcased “comfortable ride and handling,” as well as a wide range of available powertrain choices, trim levels, suspension alternatives and bed lengths.
For more information about the entire lineup of high-value Chevrolet cars and trucks, visit your local dealership today.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

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GM Prepares For Many More Chevy Volt Sales By May

by Chevrolet in the News on March 8, 2011
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General Motors expects sales of the Chevrolet Volt to rise significantly in the month of May. The automaker also plans for at least 10,000 deliveries in 2011.
Already the Volt has been outselling the all-new Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, but sales of both models have been relatively low. However, demand is high and the automaker will reportedly ramp up production soon.
According to GM spokesperson Rob Peterson:
The Volt production launch is on schedule to build and sell every one of our 10,000 units this year. Through February, we produced over 1,800 vehicles – 925 of which have been sold at retail. Production volume will gradually increase each month throughout the year. However, over the next few months we will be shipping Volt dealer demo vehicles and vehicles to our coastal launch markets which takes longer than delivering them to nearby states. This situation should be resolved by May, after which the number of Volt’s sold will rise.
There is no demand issue; ask any dealer in a launch market. This is a temporary situation. The Volt launch is on time and on target.
Although GM denies any supply and demand issues, the question still remains whether the Volt production rumors are true. If so, GM might shoot to build more than double the amount of Volts it currently has planned.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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The Ultimate Camaro: 2012 Carmaro ZL1 Debuts

by Chevrolet in the News on February 10, 2011
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This week, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 debuted at the Chicago Auto Show. Launching in early 2012, the new ZL1 features cutting-edge performance systems that makes it the most technologically advanced Camaro ever built.
Motivating this new model is a supercharged V-8 engine producing 550 horsepower. But aside from overwhelming power, Chevrolet insists that there’s plenty of innovative technology that will help the ZL1 really perform. This tech includes advanced and highly refined chassis and suspension systems that will help the ZL1 deliver balanced, track-ready handling and braking power.
“Camaro ZL1 is about high-tech performance and design, and is a type of car no one has ever brought to this segment previously,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “It’s the most technically advanced Camaro ever, so we’ve chosen a name from the most elite and exclusive Camaro in history.”
Although this high-performance Camaro doesn’t carry the iconic Z28 badging, the ZL1 name is derived from a 1960s era all-aluminum racing engine of the same name. A few production 1969 Camaros also carried the ZL1 designation, and went on to achieve mythical status among enthusiasts.
When developing the ZL1, engineers were tasked with creating a vehicle that provided optimal performance for road-racing circuits, while also delivering excellent driving dynamics on the street. In achieving this goal, the Camaro’s existing systems were improved upon, including its electric power steering and Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension system.
“Everything about the ZL1’s design is directly related to its technology and serious performance, especially aerodynamics,” said Ed Welburn, vice president, Global Design. “Our designers’ goal was to execute that function-oriented design with beautifully sculpted forms, creating an imposing, powerful persona. Function becomes the aesthetic. The intent is a car that delivers on the attitude it projects.”
Inside, the 2012 Camaro ZL1 will come standard with plenty of creature comforts as well including:
  • Six-way power driver and passenger seats
  • Unique instrument panel and door panel inserts; and ZL1-logo sill plates
  • Steering wheel audio controls with Bluetooth capability
  • Wireless PDIM and USB-port
  • Boston Acoustics premium audio system
  • Rear parking assist
  • Rear camera system (displayed in the inside rearview mirror).
Chevrolet is still developing and refining this model, but it’s currently slated to arrive in showrooms at the beginning of next year. Stay tuned for additional details.

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Chevy Small-Business Sales On A Big-Time Roll

by Chevrolet in the News on March 3, 2011
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While recent increases in retail auto sales show the U.S. economy is getting back on track, purchases by another group of customers—small-business owners—are making news as well.
“Small businesses put off capital expenditures such as vehicle purchases in order to weather the economic storm,” said Don Johnson, GM vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “But with the continuing improvement in consumer spending, and improving profitability of these businesses, we’re beginning to see a significant influx of small business buyers to Chevrolet showrooms.”
In fact, Chevy sales to small businesses, defined as those that buy five or fewer vehicles per year, were up 36 percent in the last quarter of 2010, a rate almost three times greater than that for the rest of the industry. These are customers like Mark Dalessi, owner of Sunwest Air Conditioning in Costa Mesa, Calif.
“We have nine trucks in our fleet, some with a lot of miles,” he said. “In the beginning of 2009, we were just happy to have any work. But business started picking up towards the end of 2009, and 2010 turned out to be a decent year. As 2011 is shaping up to be a good year for us, we decided it was time to replace our oldest trucks.”
That meant purchasing new Chevrolet Silverado pickups, the kind of hard workers that really live up to Dalessi’s expectations: “We buy our fleet vehicles expecting to drive them until they die, and we have never had any issues with our Chevy trucks.”
And with optimism among small-business owners continuing to grow, you can expect Chevy sales to these customers to do the same.

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Helping First Responders Respond To The Chevy Volt

by Chevrolet in the News on March 4, 2011
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The all-new, award-winning Chevrolet Volt is revolutionizing the auto industry with its ability to deliver up to 35 miles of all-electric, emissions-free driving, followed by an additional 340+ miles of anxiety-free, no-worries cruising after its batteries are depleted. But in addition to the Volt’s unique driving capabilities, it can also present some unique challenges to the country’s first responders in case of an emergency.
With this in mind, Chevrolet, OnStar and the National Firefighters Prevention Association teamed up to present electric-vehicle first-response training sessions in a number of key Volt launch markets—including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas—before finishing up recently in Detroit in January.
“Our goal with this program is to help public safety personnel become as comfortable working around electric vehicles as they are with conventional vehicles today,” said Gay Kent, GM director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness.
All told, some 2,000 fire and emergency service personnel went through the advanced training, which leveraged web-based training materials, videos and other Chevrolet/Onstar resources. Training topics included:
  • Power shut-off procedures
  • Lithium-ion battery details
  • Locations of high-strength steel
  • Proper cut points for passenger extrication
Notably, the program also provided the opportunity for attendees to get hands-on experience with the Volt as well.
“First responders have a long history of successfully adapting their response to new vehicles and equipment in order to protect the public, as well as themselves.” said Jim Shannon, NFPA president. “We’re proud of our role in supporting the emergency services and look forward to expanding the reach of this training program to communities across America.”

Thursday, March 3, 2011

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2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Makes Euro Debut

by Chevrolet in the News on March 1, 2011
2012 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback image
For many years it seemed liked American car buyers had trouble warming up to hatchbacks. But that certainly isn’t true today as many hatchbacks have found success in the U.S. And as a result, it may be perfect timing for General Motors to unveil a new hatchback of its own at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback.
While hatchbacks are catching on Stateside, this new model is still geared toward European car buyers. Nearly 65 percent of all compact sales in Europe are hatchbacks, according to GM.
The Cruze Hatchback is slated to go on sale later this year and it features a 60/40 split rear seat and around 14 cubic feet of cargo space.
With the additional of the hatchback model, GM is confident that it will offer an even more attractive package to buyers. Already, the Cruze has exceeded forecasts to become the brand’s best-selling passenger car.
Check out additional photos of the 2012 Cruze Hatchback below.

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Chevy Camaro SS Convertible Ready To Set The Pace At Indy

by Chevrolet in the News on March 2, 2011
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Pace Car of 2011 Indy 500 image
It’s a natural fit: With both Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 marking their 100th anniversaries this year, the two will celebrate together come Memorial Day when a 2011 Camaro SS Convertible paces this year’s running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. This will be the 22nd time a Chevy has paced the race, and the seventh occasion that a Camaro has done the honors.
Not coincidentally, that first Camaro pace car, from 1969, was the inspiration behind this year’s model, which wears the same livery as that classic 1960s hot rod. That means a glistening Summit White exterior with eye-popping orange stripes, door graphics and leather trim, as well as white door panels and orange and white interior accents. Further, in addition to the pace car proper, Chevrolet also is building a limited run of 50 Festival Committee vehicles sharing the same basic specs. All will be SS convertible models, packing equipment like:
  • 400 horses worth of V8 power
  • A choice of a slick-shiftting six-speed automatic or short-throw six-speed manual transmission
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with Brembo four-piston calipers and hydraulic assist
  • GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control
  • Competitive/sport driving mode to enhance on-track performance
  • Performance Launch Control (with the manual transmission) to optimize hard-acceleration launches for quicker, more consistent performance
  • Twenty-inch polished aluminum wheels and performance tires
  • Head-up instrument display
  • Center console with auxiliary gauge package
  • RS package content including HID headlamps and unique tail lamps
Chevrolet Camaro Convertible Pace Car of 2011 Indy 500 imageAnd remember, all those goodies come in a drop-top package that has been specifically designed to maintain the rigid structure of the coupe. To achieve this, Chevy engineers reinforced the convertibles with a tower-to-tower under-hood brace, transmission support reinforcement brace, underbody tunnel brace, and front and rear underbody braces. The result is a car that provides the pavement-pounding performance you expect from the Camaro SS with an easy-to-use power-folding top for the ultimate in wind-in-your-face driving.
Also notable: Even though the race won’t occur until the end of May, there’s already a clear winner here. The first Festival Committee vehicle was sold at the recent Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz., with all proceeds going to the David Foster Foundation, a charity that supports families with children who need organ transplants.
“It’s an honor for Chevrolet to pace the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, especially during this landmark year,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “This is also a great opportunity for us to build on Camaro’s strong momentum, while supporting an important charity.”

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