Chevy Brings the Power of Four

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Chevrolet has more 2016 J.D. Power Dependability Awards than any other Brand. The Chevrolet Malibu, Equinox, Silverado HD and Camaro were recently awarded Most Dependable awards by J.D. Power, helping Chevrolet reach its best results ever. This 2016 study measures 2013 model-year vehicles dependability within its third ownership year.

Segment-leading models:

The Chevy Malibu

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The Chevy Malibu received “Most Dependable Midsize Car, Two Years in a Row” from J.D. Power.

The Chevy Equinox

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The Chevy Equinox received “Most Dependable Compact SUV” from J.D. Power.

The Chevy Silverado HD

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The Chevy Silverado HD received “Most Dependable Large Heavy Duty Pickup, Two Years in a Row” from J.D. Power.

The Chevy Camaro

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The Chevy Camaro received “Most Dependable Midsize Sporty Car, Four Years in a Row” from J.D. Power.

This demonstrates that Chevrolet has a continued commitment to building cars that excel in dependability, as most of these awards were earned for several years in a row. Dependability is one of the best things you can expect out of any vehicle you buy. At the end of the day a vehicle can have all the bells and whistles, but if it won’t start and is in and out of the shop, rather than taking you where you need to go, then it’s not serving its primary function as a car, truck, or SUV.

When you’ve got to have dependability, shop Chevrolet.

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If you value dependability, stop by Classic Chevrolet to check out one of the four award recipients. After you take one (or all four) on a test drive, we’re sure you’ll agree that Chevrolets have got it where it counts.

Let’s Talk 2018 Chevy Equinox

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If you’re on the market for an SUV that is spacious and gets good gas mileage, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model’s features. You can also wait until the 2018 Chevy Equinox goes on sale later this year.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox

Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a popular compact SUV in Chevy’s lineup.

The 2018 manages to shed a few hundred pounds and adds a turbocharged engine that, taken together, manage to boost efficiency. The five-seater is 183.1 inches long, which is 4.7 inches shorter than the previous year, but it’s still longer than the competition, such as the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V.

An amazing 400 pounds lighter than the 2017 model, the 2018 Equinox is able to carry a four-cylinder engine lineup across all trims. A 1.5L turbo develops 170 hp and 203 pound-feet of torque, while a 2.0L turbo produces 252 hp and 260 pound-feet. A 1.6L diesel — the first diesel Chevrolet has offered in a small SUV in North America — hits 136 hp and 236 lb-ft. All the power figures are estimated until closer to when the Equinox goes on sale in the first quarter of 2017. The 2.0L comes with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The other engines get a six-speed auto.

Other features will include seven- and eight-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G Wi-Fi, safety alert driver seat, front collision alert, low-speed autonomous emergency braking, blind spot alert and lane keeping alert and assist.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox (or the 2018 when it becomes available) and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.

Chevy Bolt Wins North American Car of the Year

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The Bolt has been named North American Car of the Year, beating two conventionally-powered luxury sedans, the Genesis G90 and the Volvo S90, in an announcement delivered at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month.

The award recipient is determined by several dozen auto journalists who regularly test-drive vehicles and then vote on the annual awards.

Bolt is the first U.S.-made, mass-market, fully-electric car, beating Tesla Motors’ Model 3 to production. The vehicle has a range-per-charge of 238 miles, which is double most electric cars on the market except those from luxury automaker Tesla. Yet the Bolt, in many cases, is about half the price of Tesla’s Model S or X. It just went on sale with a starting price of $37,495 before federal tax credits kick in.

The Bolt was previously named Motor Trend Car of the Year and at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Green Car of the Year. It is not to be confused with the Chevrolet Volt, a pioneering plug-in car with a backup gas engine. Bolt is a pure electric and has no gas engine.

Chevy has been unabashed about trying to get out the message that it’s first with a mainstream-priced fully-electric long range car.

“There’s been a lot of talk about building an affordable electric car with a 200-mile range that brings electric vehicles to the mainstream, but only one manufacturer has done that, and it’s us,” Chevrolet marketing manager Steve Majoros said when Bolt won the Green Car award, given for environmentally friendly cars, in November.

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If you’ve been wanting to own an all electric vehicle, but have been unable to due to their unaffordability, you’re probably pretty pumped about the Chevy Bolt. Stop by Classic Chevrolet to check one out and give it a test drive and to learn more about its features.

A Look Into 2018: Traverse Style

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Chevrolet has revealed its all-new, redesigned Traverse at the North American International Auto Show earlier this month. The Traverse debuted back in 2008 as a 2009 model, so a complete redesign was due and had been expected by many Chevy commentators.

The 2018 Traverse will bring a lot to the table, but still retains the qualities that made the Traverse an ever-popular choice year after year.

Lots of Space

The spacious interior features supple touch surfaces and a Smart Slide second row seat that moves to allow easy access to the third row. The Traverse features 116.3 cubic feet of maximum storage space with 24.4 cubic feet behind the third row. You’ll still have plenty of room for luggage, even when the third row is being used. Access the cargo area through a power remote lift gate.

Technology

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse features a USB port in the front center console and two in the rear, plus you can get an available rear seat entertainment system. Enjoy features such as Bluetooth, syncing your phone through a USB port, Internet Radio, Pandora and SiriusXM satellite radio. Use touch controls or your voice to access your favorite media and tunes.

Stay connected via a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen. Add RemoteLink Key Fob services through OnStar so you can remotely lock and unlock your vehicle and activate the horn and lights so you can easily find your vehicle.

Safety Features

Standard features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, high-strength materials, the LATCH system for cars seats and six airbags. Available safety features include side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert and more.

The Traverse also features OnStar with automatic crash response and OnStar Advisor, which uses GPS technology to request emergency help to be routed to your location.

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New Colorado ZR2 Resets the Bar for Off-Road Trucks

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Just as introduction of the Chevrolet Colorado reset the bar for mid-size trucks, the new Colorado ZR2 is poised to reset expectations for off-road trucks. Chevy’s new performance halo for the Colorado lineup will feature more off-road technology than any other mid-size pickup when it goes on sale.

The ZR2 is effectively a segment of one, combining the nimbleness and maneuverability of a mid-size pickup with a host of new off-road features and the most off-road technology of any vehicle in its segment.

Compared to a standard Colorado, the ZR2 features a much wider track and a lifted suspension. Functional rockers have been added for better performance over rocks and obstacles, and the front and rear bumpers have been modified for better off-road clearance.

Class-exclusive features include front and rear electronic locking differentials, available diesel engine, and the first off-road application of Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSVTM) damper technology.

As a result, the Colorado ZR2 delivers exceptional performance in a variety of scenarios – from technical rock crawling to tight two-track trails to high-speed desert running to daily driving.

“Our engineers have been incredibly successful developing Corvette and Camaro performance variants with broad performance envelopes,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The ZR2 applies that same philosophy to off-road performance. You can go rock crawling on Saturday, desert running on Sunday, and comfortably drive to work on Monday. This truck can do it all, and do it all well.”

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Drop by Classic Chevrolet to check out the Colorado ZR2 when it becomes available. Until then, stop in at Classic Chevy to schedule service, shop for parts and accessories, or test drive any other vehicle in stock.

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Another Win For Chevrolet with the Bolt EV!

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MOTOR TREND has recognized the Chevrolet Bolt EV — the all-new affordable electric vehicle offering an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge — as its 2017 Car of the Year.

The editors based their selection on the Bolt EV’s performance in six evaluation categories: advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.

“Chevrolet is the fastest-growing full-line retail brand in the industry thanks to an exceptional vehicle lineup, which includes ground-breaking products like the Bolt EV,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Being recognized once again as MOTOR TREND Car of the Year is a great honor for the entire Chevrolet team.”

It is the fourth MOTOR TREND award for Chevrolet in three years, with the Camaro recognized as the 2016 Car of the Year and Colorado named the 2015 and 2016 Truck of the Year.

“Chevrolet is on a roll with new and compelling vehicles that have reset the bar for trucks in 2015, trucks and sports cars in 2016, and for 2017, electric cars,” said Ed Loh, MOTOR TREND Editor-in-Chief. “The Bolt EV is certainly a game changing vehicle and we look forward to seeing whether we’ll be recognizing another Chevrolet next year in our annual awards.”

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The 2017 Chevy Colorado Sets a New Standard

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For 2017, the Chevrolet Colorado offers an all-new V-6 engine and class-exclusive eight-speed automatic. It is the latest major update for Colorado, which entered the market for model year 2015. Chevrolet is on track to sell more than 160,000 Colorados in the first 24 months on the market, reigniting the midsize segment.

“Customers made the Colorado an overnight success and it remains one of the industry’s hottest-selling products,” said Anita Burke, Colorado chief engineer. “That fast success has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups, introducing new features for our customers such as the class-exclusive diesel engine, advanced technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and now a class-leading V-6 and eight-speed automatic powertrain combination.”

Class-exclusive powertrain combination
The most significant update for the 2017 Colorado is an all-new V-6 engine and eight-speed transmission, creating a combination that’s unmatched in the midsize segment.

According to Stan Ludlow, chief engineer for the 2017 Colorado, the engine and transmission were calibrated to emphasize performance and refinement while optimizing fuel economy: “The Colorado is currently the most fuel-efficient pickup truck in America, with an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway when equipped with the diesel engine. As such, for the new V-6 and eight-speed combination we focused on improving everyday driving performance. Drivers will immediately notice that it pulls harder when accelerating from a stop or passing on the highway; it is more confident pulling a trailer up a steep grade and it is more refined cruising at a constant highway speed.”

This second generation of Chevrolet’s double-overhead-cam engine architecture retains the same 3.6L displacement as before, with an updated suite of advanced engine technologies. This includes improved variable valve timing for intake and exhaust, improved direct injection and for the first time, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), which disables two cylinders under light throttle applications. Horsepower and torque increase to an SAE-certified 308 hp (230 kW) at 6,800 rpm and 275 lb-ft (373 nM) at 4,000 rpm.

The engine is mated to the class-exclusive eight-speed automatic. The GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L45 is roughly the same size and weight as the 6L80 six-speed automatic it replaces. However, the eight-speed automatic offers a wider 7.0 overall gear ratio spread than the 6L80 transmission’s 6.0 ratio. This results in a numerically higher first gear ratio, helping drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering, and numerically lower rear axle ratios that reduce engine rpm on the highway for improved efficiency.

Extensive use of aluminum and magnesium, combined with similar packaging to the outgoing 6L80 transmission, equates to no increase in overall weight for Colorado models equipped with the new 8L45 transmission.

The 2017 model year updates, including the new V-6 and eight-speed combination, will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

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See Why Chevy is Ranked the Highest

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It’s no surprise that Chevy is consistently awarded by the auto industry. Chevrolet strives to outperform the competition. One area that Chevy excels in is dependability, as evidenced by some of the most recent awards from J.D. Power & Associates.

Dependability is one of the most important aspects of a car, we’re sure you’ll agree. No one does dependable better than Chevy; Chevy has won more J.D. Power Dependability Awards than any other brand.

Dependable means that your car is in the shop less and on the road more. Dependable means that you can rely on your Chevy to come through for you day in and day out, whether you’re commuting to work, running errands, visiting family and friends, or taking a long road trip.

With the features and amenities to make Chevrolets a joy to drive, you’ll find that your Chevy is not just dependable, but comfortable as well.

The awarded cars, below, are highlights in the Chevy lineup and represent segment leading models.

Chevy Malibu

The Chevy Malibu has won “Most Dependable Midsize Car, Two Years in a Row” from J.D. Powers & Associates.

Whether you’re trying to get to work or drop off your kid at school, you can count on the Malibu.

Chevy Silverado HD

The Chevy Silverado HD has won “Most Dependable Large Heavy Duty Pickup, Two Years in a Row” from J.D. Powers & Associates.

Don’t be left stranded when you need to get some work done. The Silverado HD is a pickup you can rely on.

Chevy Equinox

The Chevy Equinox has won “Most Dependable Compact SUV” from J.D. Powers & Associates.

Need a good vehicle for hauling your crew around? The Equinox will make sure you’re on time.

Chevy Camaro

The Chevy Camaro has won “Most Dependable Midsize Sporty Car, Four Years in a Row” from J.D. Powers & Associates.

Yes, that’s four years. 1, 2, 3, and 4! The Camaro isn’t just a flashy car that you’ll love to drive, but one that you can count on!

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If you’re in it for dependability, come see us at Classic Chevrolet to view or test drive some of the models listed in this article. Your Classic Chevy salesperson will be able to answer any questions you have about the model you’re interested in.

Welcome Luke Bryan to Team Chevy!

During the 2016 Country Music Association Festival in Nashville, Chevrolet announced that Luke Bryan will team up with the auto manufacturer as a brand ambassador on several projects over the next three years. If you love Luke Bryan and Chevy, be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new model.1465482702682

Part of the Family

Just like with many of our customers, Chevy has always been a part of Luke Bryan’s family. The family used Chevy vehicles on the farm and in work life. Bryan said, “If you were a Bryan, you drove a Chevy.”

The Farm Tour

In addition, Chevrolet will be one of the sponsors of Bryan’s Farm Tour. This is the eighth year for the Farm Tour, which is a multi-city tour where Bryan stops in rural areas and performs on farmland. Some of the ticket proceeds from the Farm Tour goes to local college scholarships through the Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to farming family students in the communities where the tour stops.

Country and Chevy

According to Paul Edwards, the Chevrolet U.S. vice president of marketing, the partnership between Bryan and Chevrolet is a natural fit – the auto manufacturer’s customers like country music and “Chevy has always held a special place within the genre.”

Luke Bryan

Bryan’s first album debuted in 2007; and since them, he has had 15 singles reach the No. 1 spot. He sold almost eight million albums that featured 30 million digital tracks over five studio albums. Bryan was chosen as Entertainer of the Year twice by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Bryan’s latest album, “Kill the Lights” was his third album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

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Chevy Silverado’s Steel Bed Vs. the Competition

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While you might get a lighter truck and better gas mileage because of the lighter truck, an aluminum bed doesn’t allow you to use the truck for what it’s designed for. Since you can throw wood in the back or dump a bucket of rocks in the back – or even drop your toolbox in the bed by mistake without denting an aluminum bed, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a Silverado if you are looking for a truck that will take a beating.

The bed floor on the Silverado is created from roll-formed high-strength steel. Laboratory testing and 26 real-world demonstrations showed that the Silverado bed’s impact strength consistently beat out the competition’s aluminum bed. All tests were done on a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 trucks. Twelve pairs of truck beds were tested in video demonstrations; and all 24 trucks were purchased through retail dealerships. None of the trucks had bedliners.

Laboratory Testing

In lab testing at GM’s Research and Development, a Dynatup 9250HV machine with a 0.7-inch wide wedge striker that weighed 17 pounds was used to test impact strength. Technicians cut out a 6.3-inch by 6.3-inch square sample from the truck beds. The samples were affixed over a 4-inch by 4-inch opening on a support fixture. The technicians dropped the striker on the raised rib of each sample.

Starting at 20 joules, the striker deformed both samples, but did not puncture them. At 30 joules, the aluminum sample showed a hairline fracture but the steel sample just showed a bit more deflection. When technicians increased the power to 40 joules, the aluminum sample punctured while the steel sample only showed more deflection.

Twenty pairs of samples were tested in this manner to ensure consistent results. The steel sample did not show damage other than dents until the power was raised to 90 joules, and then, the damage was only a pinhole.

Real World Demonstrations

From dropping 825 pounds of landscape blocks for a height of 5 feet into the bed to dropping a hand-held toolbox from the bed rails, tests showed that the aluminum bed easily punctured. Out of 12 landscape block drops, the Silverado showed only dents in the bottom of the bed while the aluminum bed suffered 4.3 holes per drop.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new Silverado if you need a truck that will stand up to things that could easily happen, and learn more about your favorite trim level.