Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chevy Camaro Overtakes The Ford Mustang Zeigler Chevrolet!!!

Chevy Camaro Overtakes The Ford Mustang

by Chevrolet in the News on December 29, 2010
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The long reign of the Ford Mustang has finally ended. For the first time since 1985, the Chevrolet Camaro has overtaken the Mustang’s sales leadership.
Just one year General Motors emerged from a bankruptcy restructuring, the new Camaro has overtaken the Mustang, arguably the hottest generation yet. Through November, Ford sold 68,264 Mustangs. Chevy had sold 75,685 Camaros.
Making this feat even more impressive, the Camaro has outsold the Mustang without a convertible model or a high-performance Shelby GT500 competitor. However, the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will go on sale in February and a Z28 model is due at the end of 2011.

Safe Kids USA Launches Heat-Stroke Prevention Zeigler Chevrolet

Safe Kids USA Launches Heat-Stroke Prevention Campaign

by Chevrolet in the News on April 25, 2011
Hot car temps imageIn 2010, a record 49 children between two months and six years of age died from heatstroke after being left unattended in a vehicle. This year, the first such tragedy occurred in the very first week of March, in Texas, when a parent accidentally left her child in a car during a long day at work.
It’s a trend that demands expanded prevention efforts, and Safe Kids USA is stepping up to the plate with an awareness campaign called the “Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car” program, which is being sponsored by long-time Safe Kids partner the General Motors Foundation.
Leveraging its national network of 600 coalitions and chapters, Safe Kids USA is working with local police and fire departments, hospitals, child-care centers, government agencies, businesses and other groups to ensure parents and other caregivers understand the lethal danger of leaving children alone in vehicles. Among the resources being used are billboards, print ads, web banners and radio announcements, in English and Spanish.
“These tragedies can happen anywhere at any time as child deaths in cars and trucks from heat stroke have occurred as early as February and when the outside temperature was as low as 57 degrees F,” said John Formisano, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “Our coalition network across the United States will help alert the 250 million vehicle owners to the dangers because everyone needs to understand this critical issue and how to ensure the safety of children.”
Key information all drivers need to know includes:
  • Always locks all vehicles—A simple step like locking your vehicle when it’s unattended can help assure that kids can’t enter it and become trapped. Remember: 30 percent of recorded heat-stroke deaths in this country occur when a child gets into an unattended vehicle.
  • Create a reminder system—It may seem surprising, but many child heat-stroke deaths happen when a distracted driver leaves the car and forgets his/her child. Help reduce the chance of this occurring by creating reminders for yourself, like placing your cell phone, briefcase, gymbag—something you’ll need at your next stop—on the floor in front of your child. That way, you’ll see your child the next time you get out of the car.
  • You can also set an alarm on your phone, or a daily prompt on your electronic calendar. Another good tactic if you use daycare is to set up a plan in which you’re called if your child doesn’t arrive after at a certain time—just don’t forget to update your daycare partner if you change your daily routine.
  • Call 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car—EMS professionals will be able to determine if a child is in trouble, which can happen fast. Children’s body temperatures rise three to five times faster than an adult’s, leaving them much more vulnerable to heat stroke. And if a child is missing, check nearby vehicles—including their trunks—first!
Safe Kids USA is part of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14.
For more information about preventing child heat-stroke deaths, please visit www.ggweather.com/heat and www.safekids.org/nlyca.

New Chevy Crossover to Debut Zeigler Chevrolet

New Chevy Crossover To Debut For Fleet Customers

by Chevrolet in the News on April 22, 2011
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As fleet customers across the country continue increasing their demand for compact crossovers, Chevrolet is answering the call by introducing the Chevy Captiva Sport. The nimble new model is a variant of the Chevrolet Captiva, the brand’s very popular global crossover, which is sold in some 50 international markets.
“It says a lot about our ability to draw on international programs and proven, quality crossovers that we were able to identify and federalize a strong new entrant such as Captiva Sport for the U.S. market,” said Alan Batey, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Sales and Service. “We turned to our global network for a solution to quickly meet the rising demand from local fleet customers and continue to meet strong retail demand for the Equinox.”
And to be clear here: The Equinox, with it’s best-in-class fuel economy—up to 32 mpg highway—and array of family-friendly features, will remain a key player in Chevrolet’s retail lineup.
As for the Captiva Sport, it will offer fleet owners Euro-style driving dynamics and fuel-economy numbers, room for five passengers, plenty of cargo space and more, including:
  • Both I4 and V6 direct-injection engines
  • A fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • A standard six-speaker sound system with XM Satellite Radio
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, traction control and electronic stability control
  • A long list of available up-level content, like a 10-speaker sound system, sunroof, rear-view camera, and leather-trimmed and heated front seats
“The range of features offered by the Captiva Sport is as rich as any Chevrolet vehicle,” added Batey. “Our fleet customers will find it to be a versatile vehicle that gives them the cargo capacity they need, in a fuel efficient package that will help keep their ownership costs in check.”
The new Chevrolet Captiva Sport is slated to launch in the fourth quarter of this year.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu First Look!! Zeigler Chevrolet Schaumburg!

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Comes Into Focus

by Chevrolet in the News on April 14, 2011
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General Motors has leaked one photo of the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu online. The photo gives us a glimpse of the new sedan ahead of its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show this month.
When it’s unveiled, GM will broadcast the event online in high-definition video. GM says that it’s the first automaker to stream a vehicle unveiling in HD over the Internet. The broadcast will also be seen on the automaker’s social networking and media sites, and it will be viewable on iPad and iPhone personal mobile devices.
“We are expanding the reach beyond mainstream product introductions typically seen at auto shows. We are using the latest technologies available to us like no other automaker has done before to introduce this all-new, important car for Chevrolet on continents around the world,” said Russ Clark, product director at Chevrolet. “Broadcasting in HD will help us make sure the world gets a good look at the all-new Malibu.”
The Chevrolet Malibu is truly a global model, as it’s sold in nearly 100 countries. The next-generation is expected to be a major improvement, as it’s equipped with fuel-efficient and powerful four-cylinder engines, along with six-speed transmissions that also contribute to efficient performance.
Currently, the Malibu is one of Chevy’s best-selling products. In addition to racking up nearly 200,000 sales last year, the Malibu has also been bestowed with numerous awards including:
  • Consumers Digest Automotive “Best Buy” award
  • “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
  • Named “Best For The Money” by U.S. News & World Report
To watch the unveiling of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, tune in at WatchTheNewChevyMalibuInHD.com on April 18 at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

Chevy Cruze and Fuel Efficiency Zeigler Chevrolet Schaumburg

Chevy’s I4 Engines Are Good4 Fuel Efficiency

by Chevrolet in the News on April 19, 2011
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The numbers don’t lie: In 2007, Chevrolet models with inline four-cylinder (I4) engines represented just 23 percent of the company’s sales. Through the start of 2011, that number had doubled, with 46 percent of Chevy buyers choosing a model with a high-efficiency I4 powerplant. And this trend is sure to continue if fuel prices continue to rise—but Chevrolet is well prepared for that eventuality said Rick Scheidt, the brand’s U.S. vice president.
According to Scheidt, “Chevrolet’s investment in advanced engine technology is reflected in the increased popularity of our four-cylinder models. These technologies offer the performance and refinement drivers expect from Chevy in smaller engines that deliver the fuel efficiency they want.”
Chevrolet advances are many, but three in particular stand out:
  • Turbocharging—The all-new Chevrolet Cruze Eco leverages a turbocharged 1.4-liter I4 engine to deliver nearly the same power as the 2009 Chevy Cobalt, but with a smaller powerplant that gets 5 more highway mpg. The bottom line for the Cruze Eco: Best-in-class EPA ratings of 28 mpg city/42 mpg highway/33 mpg combined. In addition, the same engine will be available in the brand-new Chevrolet Sonic, slated to launch in the U.S. in the fall.
  • Variable valve timing—Precisely adjusting the operation of engine valves to respond to driver demands, variable valve timing is used in four-cylinder Chevrolet engines like the 2.4-liter Ecotec mill that powers the Chey Malibu. The result is responsive power—170 hp and 160 lb.-ft. of torque—to go with an EPA line of up to 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. This technology also is found on a dozen Chevrolet models, including the Camaro, Volt, Cruze and Silverado.
  • Direct injection—The direct-injection systems used in vehicles like the Chevrolet Equinox spray fuel directly into the cylinder, delivering it more precisely than a traditional fuel-injection system. This boosts performance, reduces emissions and improves fuel efficiency. In fact, the I4 engine in the Equinox makes a notable 182 hp and 172 lb.-ft. of torque, yet still achieves a better EPA highway rating than the Ford Escape Hybrid. The Equinox attains marks of 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway/26 mpg combined.
“The shift in consumer preference evidenced by Chevrolet’s lineup is a great example of how much four-cylinder engines have improved across the industry,” said Bill Visnic, analyst and senior editor for Edmunds AutoObserver.com. “Four cylinders used to be something to settle for. But advances in engine design and technology have made four-cylinder engines vastly more refined, and power output has increased to where V6 engines were just a few years ago.”

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Facebook and Onstar merge Together. Zeigler Chevrolet..

GM Is Shoving Facebook and Voice Texting Into Your OnStar-Equipped Car

GM Is Shoving Facebook and Voice Texting Into Your OnStar-Equipped CarGM's OnStar system has just taken a leap into connectivity, adding audio Facebook updates, voice texting, and apps that control your car from your phone. Suddenly, your most expensive gadget might be your car.
There are a few components to GM's announcement today, including next-generation hardware and an overhauled IT infastructure. But what really stand out are the inclusion of Audio Facebook and text-to-toice, along with a brand of phone apps that will be able to start your car and work your horn, lights and door locks remotely.
Here's how the former works: If you've got an incoming SMS and your phone is connected to OnStar via Bluetooth, the car will read that text back to you. Simple enough! You can also send a voice-activated response, but you'll only be able to choose from one of several pre-programmed responses. For example, say "I'm driving" and your car will send back a text about how you're busy driving at the moment. You can't dictate a text back yet, and it's possible you may never be able to because of safety concerns. Likewise, Audio Facebook can read back your news feed to you and will let you update your status with an audio recording. Texting is in beta, Audio Facebook in early tests.
The family of phone apps, known as MyLink, will hit Android first, with iPhone not far behind. It'll hit Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC, and has already been shown off in the Chevy Volt.
One of the more surprising aspects of today's announcements is that GM is opening up their OnStar voice API to developers. The idea of open-source apps for a car might be a little intimidating—especially given worries about a system like OnStar's potential vulnerabilities—but nothing would ever reach your vehicle without being strictly vetted by GM.
It does speak to the larger question, though: is your car a gadget? And should it be? As more and more "infotainment" populates our cabins, it causes more and more distraction. Which in turn causes more accidents. It's clearly a line that GM is extremely cautious about, ensuring OnStar avoids features—like text dictation—that are potentially dangerously distracting. Let's hope they stay that way.
OnStar Relaunches Its Brand with Focus on
"Responsible Connectivity"
• New telematics computing platform includes social media/voice-texting capability and potential for open development
• New OnStar MyLink sub-brand for smart phone applications for Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC
• Ninth-generation hardware improves navigation and user features
• New services extend OnStar's safety leadership
• All new marketing campaign and business strategy
(New York) Sept. 15, 2010 - OnStar launched new services, capabilities and technology for its nearly six million subscribers as part of a top-to-bottom realignment of the company's long-term strategy built around ‘responsible connectivity'.
OnStar plans to pilot major innovations that significantly increase drivers' in-car connection to the world, while extending its safety leadership in the automotive industry.
"These initiatives are all about OnStar's role in keeping drivers and passengers connected and safe," said OnStar President Chris Preuss. "Building on the rock-solid foundation of OnStar's safety and security platform, we were given a clear directive to develop OnStar as one of the chief pillars in defining General Motors' business going forward."
"With the extremely high awareness and respect for the OnStar brand, we've created a long-term vision that includes new in-vehicle hardware, an all-new IT infrastructure and a host of new partnerships and services that provide the basis for growth," Preuss continued.
Simultaneous events were held in New York, Austin, San Francisco and Miami to relaunch the OnStar brand.
New Technology Testing
OnStar subscribers and technology insiders got a first look at OnStar's new technologies that are enabled through the ninth generation hardware:
• Audio Facebook Updates: OnStar showcased in-car social media interactions that are being tested. If implemented, Audio Facebook Updates would allow OnStar subscribers to verbally update their Facebook status message through audio recordings and/or listen to their most recent news feed messages through the OnStar Virtual Advisor service.
• Voice Texting: OnStar revealed beta tests for voice-based SMS (short message service). This feature would enable customers to have their text messages read to them using Bluetooth.
The Bluetooth technology allows users to connect their mobile device to their vehicle and receive automated text messages. With one button press, on the steering wheel, users can reply to a text by verbally selecting a preset response.
OnStar MyLink
OnStar announced the OnStar MyLink sub-brand for mobile phone applications. Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac mobile apps powered by OnStar will allow owners to remotely activate all functions available on a traditional key fob, including remote start, horn and lights and door locks and unlocks securely from select smartphones. Versions have already been shown for the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range capability and the all-new Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan.
Redesigned IT Infrastructure
OnStar revealed its Advanced Telematics Operations Management System (ATOMS) computing platform, one of the most powerful and comprehensive machine-to-machine telematics systems in the world. ATOMS allows for advanced geo-boxing and voice-texting engines, including Audio Facebook Updates. OnStar services are rigorously tested to ensure they are consistent with GM's safe driver principles and help reduce distracted driving.
OnStar Developers Challenge
The OnStar Developers Challenge invites students from leading universities, to design the next voice-based technology that will keep drivers safely connected when they are on the road. The audio-focused Application Programming Interface (API) competition for select universities will allow Engineering, Interaction Design and Human Computer Interaction students to submit original and compelling voice-enabled applications. The OnStar Developers Challenge website, www.onstardeveloperchallenge.com, launched today.
9th Generation of Hardware
OnStar also unveiled its ninth generation hardware that improves the user experience with new natural voice recognition, Bluetooth phonebook, improved navigation, the ability to work with advanced traffic management and severe weather alert services, also known as geo-boxed notification services.
Furthering Its Safety Leadership
Additionally OnStar continues to enhance its core safety focus:
• In coordination with the GM Foundation, OnStar is providing a grant of $500,000 to the International Center for Automotive Medicine (http://automotivemedicine.org) at the University of Michigan Health System for research related to the prediction of injury severity level after a crash. This grant, along with three years of actual OnStar crash data, will enable OnStar and the University of Michigan Health System to link crash data to actual physical injuries sustained in vehicle crashes. The revolutionary research, conducted over approximately 18 months, will look at 1,000 incidents and ultimately will allow OnStar to predict not only the severity of a crash, but assist emergency care providers by providing the probability of certain types of injuries sustained by crash victims.
OnStar, in coordination with the GM Foundation, also is providing $100,000 to the CDC Foundation to allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to convene an expert panel to develop a multi-site study design in various states. The study's purpose will be to assess the correlation of real-time injury predictions sent directly from crash data with actual injury severity. The study will set the stage for broad collaborative research directed at optimizing the potential for automatic crash notification technologies to save lives.
• OnStar unveiled First Assist, an enhancement of its existing emergency services. The First Assist service allows certified Emergency Advisors to obtain critical information and provide important instructions to subscribers until first responders arrive. Emergency situations can include the aftermath of a car crash or the birth of a child. After determining the nature of the situation, Advisors can provide rapid guidance, which may result in potentially lifesaving actions. OnStar Advisors providing this service are specially trained and certified by the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch™ (NAED) using the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS) protocol. This service, available at no additional cost to active OnStar subscribers, will complement the efforts of public safety professionals.
A New Marketing Campaign
OnStar revealed a new marketing campaign that aligns with its new business strategy.
"The new campaign retains all of the core strengths of safety and security that OnStar is known for, but also adds the idea of ‘powerfully simple connectivity,'" said OnStar Chief Marketing Officer Sam Mancuso. " The creative showcases how we provide our customers connectivity to all the things that matter most to them, like family, friends, social media tools and our OnStar Advisors."
The campaign, created by OnStar's ad agency Campbell-Ewald, will focus on the theme "Live On"– Safely connecting you in ways you never thought possible." Print, broadcast and online executions of the campaign launch Monday, Sept. 20.
OnStar's new business strategy is built around a highly successful subscription model and leaves open the possibility for expansion beyond the automotive industry.
"One aspect of our business that will never change is our live Advisors who are just a simple button press away," said Preuss. "They are what set us apart, and they'll continue to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
For more information on OnStar's innovation, the company's recently launched marketing campaign and photos from the events, visit: http://media.gm.com/product/public/us/en/onstar/news.html

Monday, April 11, 2011


Special Chevy Volt Fuel Tank Puts New Spin On Saving Gas

by Chevrolet in the News on April 11, 2011
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It’s ironic: Even though the all-new Chevrolet Volt can routinely go weeks—and longer—without a visit to the gas station, the company’s engineers had to put significant effort into designing the car’s fuel tank. The issue: Because the Volt uses so little gasoline, steps had to be taken to ensure the fuel won’t evaporate during the long periods it’s not needed to power the vehicle.
This isn’t a concern in traditional vehicles, both because they are constantly running their engines and because they feature charcoal canister systems that trap fuel vapor and route it back to the engine. But that latter approach won’t work with the Volt, as it can go so long between engine start-ups that the vapor could reach dangerous levels. The solution: A specially designed, sealed fuel tank for the Volt, developed in conjunction with Spectra Premium Inc.
Instead of the plastic tanks found in other vehicles, the Volt’s fuel tank is made from tin-zinc-coated steel that resists corrosion from both inside and outside, backed by a mechanical pressure-relief valve that can act as a fail-safe in the unlikely occasion it’s needed.
Of course, even then it’s still important for the Volt’s operation that the gasoline is used up occasionally and replenished. Thus, the Volt also features a “maintenance mode” that comes into play if its engine hasn’t been started in six weeks. First, the system will alert the driver that the engine needs to run for maintenance purposes, including to make sure its components are properly lubricated. Then, the driver can either enable the engine to run or defer maintenance for up to 24 hours, after which the engine will turn on itself. In addition, if a driver goes a full year without filling up, the system will come on until the engine uses all the old gas or the driver adds fresh fuel.
The bottom line, according to Jon Stec, fuel system integration engineer for the Volt: “For the driver who starts the year with a full tank of 9.3 gallons and runs 15,000 miles on electricity, the maintenance mode will use just enough gas to average a very respectable 1,613 miles per gallon.”

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fuel Economy with Chevrolet with Certified Service at Zeigler Chevy Scahumburg

Boosting Fuel Efficiency With Chevrolet Certified Service

by Chevrolet in the News on April 7, 2011
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It’s true that Chevrolet already boasts a strong lineup of fuel-efficient products like the all-new Cruze, capable of a segment-leading 42 mpg highway, and the innovative Volt, which can deliver up to 50 miles of all-electric, no-emissions driving, followed by hundreds of more miles at an EPA-certified rate of 37 mpg combined. But the brand’s commitment to helping customers save fuel—and money—doesn’t end there. That’s why the team at Chevrolet Certified Service has just released its top 12 ways to help cut fuel costs:
  • Get a tune up: In normal cases, properly tuning an engine can increase fuel efficiency by about 4 percent accord to the EPA, while repairing a more serious engine problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can result in a fuel-economy increase of up to 40 percent.
  • Visit the other pump: Following recommended guidelines for tire pressure can mean up to 3.3 percent better gas mileage, as well as improved tire safety and durability. And remember, even with a tire pressure monitoring system, Chevy advises drivers to check their tires with a good air-pressure gauge at least once a month.
  • Less weight = more mileage: Get rid of any unnecessary weight you may be carrying in your vehicle, and this includes removing ski and bike racks when the season is over. Not only do the racks add weight, but even empty ones can harm a vehicle’s aerodynamics, which noticeably reduces fuel efficiency.
  • Go slow: Although individual vehicles differ, gas mileage usually starts falling rapidly above 60 mph; every 5 mph over that mark is equivalent to adding an additional 24 cents per gallon to your gas bill.
  • Don’t idle: It’s simple—when the engine is on but the car isn’t moving, your fuel-efficiency works out to exactly 0 mpg. Spending 15 minutes in a drive-through line can use up a quarter gallon of gas.
  • Remain cool: Sudden changes in acceleration and braking can reduce fuel efficiency by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city.
  • Maximum overdrive: Relying on an overdrive gear at highway speeds cuts engine speed and boosts mileage.
  • Enjoy the fresh air: Air conditioning can slice 10 percent off your fuel efficiency numbers, but keep an eye on the speedometer. If you’re going slower than 40 mph, keep the windows down instead of the air conditioning on; but if you’re going above 45 mhttp://www.z-chevy.com/ph, keep in mind that wind drag eats up more fuel than running the a/c at that speed.
  • Fix your filters: A dirty or clogged air filter can reduce fuel efficiency by some 14 percent on older vehicles without fuel injection and other computer-controlled technologies.
  • Get the right oil: Using a manufacturer’s recommended engine oil helps reduce friction so the engine doesn’t have to work as hard—and boosts mileage in the process.
  • Make a plan: Proactively pick driving routes and times where and when there’s less congestion.
  • Keep a lid on it: Tighten your gas cap properly! According to a report by the Discovery Channel, loose or poorly fitting gas caps send 147 million gallons of gas into the air as vapor every single year.
And for even more fuel-saving tips, be sure to talk with your local Chevrolet Certified Service technician today.

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Chevy Camaro Leads "Most Important Race in History"Zeigler Chevrolet

Chevy Camaro Leads “Most Important Race in History”

by Sydney Bessler on April 6, 2011

Two American traditions will be celebrating their 100th anniversaries in style at the Indianapolis 500. The all American Chevy brand and the Indy 500 share their 100th birthday this May. The 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible will lead “The Most Important Race in History” to the green flag with real estate tycoon Donald Trump behind the wheel. Trump said “It’s a great honor to be selected as the Pace Car Driver for such an American institution as the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. The Indianapolis 500 has been the gold standard of motorsports for a century, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the Camaro and bring the famous field of 33 drivers to the green flag”.
Auction winner Addison Brown will follow him on one of the parade laps in the Camaro replica she won with her bid of $225,000. Chevrolet donated Brown’s bid to the David Foster Foundation, an organization committed to supporting the families of children in need of life-saving organ transplants.
The chosen Camaro pace car will resemble the classic 1969 Camaro pace cars which have become popular collectible muscle cars for car enthusiasts around the world. Along with its sleek style, the Chevy Camaro Convertible boasts 400 horsepower with a V-8 engine and six speed automatic transmission, it needs no performance modifications for its duty on race day.

Be part of the celebration and tune in to the Indianapolis 500 May 29th at 12 p.m. on ABC.