If you are in the market for a vehicle with excellent gas mileage, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Volt or the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic. The Volt is a hybrid, while the Sonic is a gas only vehicle.
The 2014 Chevrolet Volt features a 1.4-liter engine that puts out 83 horsepower and an electric drive – Voltec – that puts out 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This electric vehicle uses a 16.5-kWh lithium-ion propulsion battery rechargeable energy storage system with a liquid thermal management system and active control. The charge cord is a portable 120-volt cord.
This set up gets 101 MPGe* in the city and 93 MPGe* on the highway. Using gas only, the Volt gets 35 mpg* in the city and 40 mpg* on the highway.
Safety and security features for the Volt include StabiliTrak, LED illumination, daytime running lights, several airbags, a tire inflation kit, OnStar, a theft deterrent system, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitor system.
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic features a 1.8-liter ECOTEC engine with variable valve timing and four-cylinder sequential multiport fuel injection. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination makes 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 125 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm. The Sonic gets 27 mpg* in the city and 37 mpg* on the highway.
Safety and security features for the Sonic include four-wheel disc antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and hill start assist. Additionally, the Volt features Chevy’s StabiliTrak stability control system and traction control to help keep the vehicle in control in less-than-favorable conditions.
Additional safety and security features include daytime running lights, 10 airbags, OnStar, a rear vision camera, rear child door locks, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitor system.
Both vehicles include Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, 17-inch wheels, heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. For more information including pricing and a full list of features for each vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Volt or the Sonic. Both vehicles have special financing or discounts available.
Chevrolet believes in giving you choices – lots of choices. That includes the new 2014 Chevrolet Sonic lineup, now available at Classic Chevrolet, gives you seven different choices – and that doesn’t include the two choices unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The two new choices added to the current lineup include the 2014 Sonic RS sedan and the 2014 Sonic Dusk. You can expect to see them at dealerships sometime this spring.
2014 Sonic RS
In 2013, Chevrolet restricted the RS trim level to Sonic’s four-door hatchback. However, it gave the four-door sedan – in addition to the 2014 four-door hatchback – the RS trim. The sedan and the hatchback share the same features including 17-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels, taller rocker accents, a new front fascia and a lower ride height. Available colors include granite metallic, black or silver.
The interior features faux suede and leatherette with red contrast stitching on the seats, bespoke shift knob for vehicles with a manual transmission and aluminum pedal covers. The engine is the 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder that produce 138 horsepower. Automatic vehicles have a transmission with a unique final drive ratio, giving it more zip.
2014 Sonic Dusk
The 2014 Sonic Dusk was first introduced as a concept car back in 2011 at the SEMA show. Show-goers also saw an amended version of the Dusk at the 2012 SEMA show. It took two years for Chevrolet to come out with a model based on that concept, but it is finally here.
The Sonic Dusk features 18-inch matte silver aluminum wheels, upper and lower grille inserts with matte finish and a ground effects package. You can only order the vehicle as a sedan. The two-tone interior is Mojave accents on jet black. The seats have sueded microfiber accents and leather trim.
The Dusk is powered by Chevrolet’s 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 138 horsepower – the same engine in the RS models and many of Chevrolet’s other models. You can choose from a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission
For more information about the RS and the Dusk, visit Classic Chevrolet or keep an eye on this blog. If you don’t want to wait for these models to come out, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one of the other 2014 Sonic models already on the lot.
Before you hit the road, even for a short trip, you should have your Chevy checked. If you haven’t brought it in for regular maintenance at Classic Chevrolet and it’s due, all our service department to schedule a maintenance appointment. If you have completed all maintenance and your Chevrolet is running good, you should still check it before you go on a long trip.
Road Trip Tips: Traveling long distances can be tiring. Add holiday traffic, bad weather or both, and tempers tend to run short, drivers get frustrated and tired and accidents happen. You can avoid accidents by:
Share driving responsibilities with someone, even on trips as short as four or five hours.
Leave early. If you expect your trip to take 12 hours, leave 13 or 14 hours before your arrival time. This gives you time to stop several times for food and rest on the way. Your trip is also less stressful.
Plan your trip around heavy traffic times. If you have to drive through a large city area halfway through the trip, leave at a time that allows you to avoid the area during rush hour.
Keep a cooler with ice, water and soda where you can reach it. This way, you won’t have to stop every couple hours for a drink – you only need to stop every four or five hours to refresh yourself.
Bring plenty of good music. You may drive in an area with no radio reception. Good music also helps keep you alert.
If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive this 2014 Chevrolet Equinox. For more information call the dealership or click on the photo. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet.
Service Tips: You can bring your vehicle into Classic Chevrolet for maintenance or service before you leave. However, if you’ve just had your vehicle serviced, you still need to check the fluids and other items before you go on a long trip. Things you should check include:
Belts for dry rot, tears and looseness
Hoses for leaks
Brakes – sometimes you can see the brake pads through the wheels
Oil and water leaks
All the fluids including power steering fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, clutch fluid (if applicable), oil and transmission fluid (if applicable).
Tires for wear or for signs of separation
If you notice something that concerns you such as a bubble on the tire – a sign of separation , uneven tire wear, brake pads that look thin, leaking water or oil or any other thing that may give reason for concern, stop by Classic Chevrolet to let our certified service technicians check your vehicle.
We all look for ways to save money. How about saving that money through consereing gas? Great idea! Here are a few pointers from your DFW Chevy dealer. Instead of parking in direct sunlight park in the shade. Gasoline will actually evaporate right out of your tank and does so when you’re parked in direct sunlight. Parking in the shade also keeps your car’s internal temperature cooler causing you to need less AC to cool off.
Cruise control is good but avoid using it while driving on hilly highway roads. The cruise control’s job is to keep you at a constant speed. Which means it will not be able to anticipate an upcoming hill and has to accelerate harder to maintain its constant speed.
You don’t need to drive like Mario Andretti to get to your destination. Slow down and ease up on the pedal. It’s a well proven fact that driving fast will increase the drag and increase your fuel intake.
Don’t fill up at just anytime of the day. When refueling your Classic Chevrolet, fill up during the late night or early morning hours. You will actually be getting more gas in your tank by doing this. Service stations storage tanks are buried below ground and the colder the ground is, the denser your gasoline will be. When temperatures begin to rise, gasoline will expand. So what you think should be a gallon isn’t exactly a gallon.
Avoiding heavy breaking and accelerating will improve your vehicles fuel efficiency and save on gas. Avoid idling whenever possible and even shutting off the engine for prolonged waits.
Invest in a GPS for your vehicle if you don’t already have one. You can plan ahead to take the shortest routes on outings. Don’t just drive around aimless, lost for hours and burning through fuel. By having a GPS, you will be able to get to any destination in less amount of time.
“Going Green” has become a part of many of our lives. From using more energy-efficient light bulbs to driving hybrid or electric vehicles, it’s clear to see that we as a population are becoming more and more green. But we aren’t the only ones… your very own automobile manufacturer, GM, has been named a Green Corporate Citizen in the large company category by the Waste & Recycling News and Republic Services in September.
So what exactly made General Motors a nominee in this category? How about the fact that all of GM’s global facilities recycle or reuse more than 90 percent of the waste they generate and 102 of them are landfill-free. In fact, GM recycled or reused 2.5 million metric tons at its facilities worldwide – equivalent to the contents of more than 38 million trash bags – in 2011, the company recycles more waste from its worldwide facilities than any automaker. Last year alone, the company’s recycling and reuse efforts avoided 10 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions. Staggering, wouldn’t you say?
In a GM press release, John Bradburn, manager of waste-reduction efforts at GM, said, “We look at how we can effectively design out waste first, and then seek out direct reuses and innovative recycling projects. Whether it’s repurposing shipping crates into urban garden beds or generating revenue from recycling our scrap, our efforts often result in significant community and bottom-line impact.”
Check out these other ways GM is demonstrating environmental progress and energy efficiency:
Received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for energy management.
Earned ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency at two facilities.
Developed 21 habitat programs around the world certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council — more than any other automaker.
Matches 8,500 students each year with mentors from all U.S. GM manufacturing facilities in its GM GREEN watershed education program, now in its 23rd year.
Hosts nearly 30 megawatts of solar power, with plans to double it by 2015 and further increase renewable energy use to 125MW by 2020.
If you aren’t already driving around in a new Chevrolet, maybe you should swing by the number one North Texas Classic Chevrolet dealership and start reducing your carbon footprint. Chevrolet has numerous energy efficient carsand even SUV and trucks. So what are you waiting for? Head on over!
Get behind the wheel of a 2013 Chevy Volt today at the Classic Chevrolet Grapevine dealership.
You know it says something when the son of one of the most famous race car drivers of our time, and a current IndyCar driver himself, declares the 2013 Chevy Volt “the future”. Marco Andretti, 2006 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, and the Detroit News recently borrowed a 2013 Volt and IndyCar driver Marco Andretti to test the machine’s Woodward performance. However, it wasn’t the horsepower they were testing… it was the efficiency. And boy did the Volt not come up short.
Andretti proved the plug-in electric car with a gasoline engine generator that takes over when the battery is depleted could make an entire 40-mile lap of the traditional Dream Cruise route — from Eight Mile to Pontiac and back — entirely on electric power. In fact, the four cylinder gasoline engine didn’t even kick in until seven miles after the eco drive. Pretty impressive, don’t you think?
After Andretti finished his drive in the Volt, he was quoted as saying that “this is the future” and that he expects IndyCars also soon will be powered by combination gas/electric drive systems.
“This car’s performance isn’t measured by horsepower, but it is so smooth and has so much torque at the bottom that it really accelerates,” said Andretti. “I am looking forward to this in my racing future.”
So Dallas Ft Worth,we’ve heard it straight from the mouth of consumers and now a renowned race car driver that the Volt is truly the future. Check out this video coverage from the Detroit News, and if you’re ready to check out the 2013 Volt for yourself, head on over to your number one North Texas Chevrolet dealership and get behind the wheel of one yourself.
Hey Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet owners, did you know that more than half of all full-size Chevy pickups sold 20 years ago are still on the road today? I’m not surprised seeing how the Silveradohas a reputation of being the most dependable, longest lasting full-size pickup in the world. Not to mention, it’s V-8 engine has a track record that is practically untouchable.
In a GM press release, GM said that more than 85 percent of Silverado customers use their pickups to tow or haul and that these customers expect their trucks to be economical and they expect them to last. Until now, the only real draw back to driving a full-size pickup has been the fuel economy.This is no longer the case as GM engineers are improving the fuel efficiency of its mainstream 5.3-liter V-8 engine by switching off four of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.
Jordan Lee, Chevrolet’s global chief engineer for small block engines, said “Rather than adding turbochargers or multi-valve cylinder heads to increase the power of smaller engines, we chose to keep the proven capability of our larger V-8 truck engines, and save fuel by switching off half of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.”
By giving customers V-8 power and capability when they need it, with enhanced fuel efficiency when they don’t, Silverado offers the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any V-8 pickup, said Lee. “In fact, our 5.3-liter V-8 delivers EPA fuel economy estimates comparable to some competitors’ V6 engines.”
So all-in-all, what does this mean for future Silverado drivers in Grapevineand the rest of the DFW metroplex? It means better fuel economy without sacrificing the power of that famous Chevrolet V-8. Sound pretty good to me… what do you guys think? Check out this video from Chevrolet below.
Even though the Chevy Spark is relatively new to us in the states, it’s been cruising around the globe since its 2009 launch in Korea. In fact, there are more than 600,000 thousand Spark owners internationally. In a GM press release on August 2nd, GM shared some really interested facts about the Spark’s global presence including:
The Spark is the best-selling Chevy vehicle in India and pink is the preferred color in Korea.
In South America, the Spark is seen as a status symbol for up-and-comers.
In Europe, the Spark is most popular in Italy.
In Africa, customers favorite color choices are red, cocktail green and atomic blue.
In Australia, the Spark was originally only offered with a manual transmission.
The Spark represents 40 percent of all General Motors vehicle sales in Lebanon.
The Spark was reengineered for the United States to add technology and safety features as well as better ride and handling in city and highway driving, and is already seeing a rise in sales. So how exactly did GM “reengineer” the spark for Americans? They added a seven-inch touchscreen, MyLink (which runs apps of a paired smart phone) and soon a special navigation app. Autoblog.com actually got to sample a preproduction version of the mapping software running on an iPhone during a test drive and said, the Spark “not only looked great but performed perfectly, including restarting its guidance after we turned the car off and temporarily undocked the phone.”
The word is spreading, DFW. According to Consumer Reports web users, many Chevy Volt owners are claiming they use even less gas than Consumer Reports’ formal tests have assumed.
Consumer Reports has based their fuel economy calculations for the Volt being operated by electricity 70 percent of the time and gasoline 30 percent of the time. But some of their forum users are claiming that they operate almost exclusively on electricity. Here’s a few examples from Consumer Reports:
User carriegordo reports driving 7,000 miles on just 7.3 gallons of gas. That’s less than a single tankful in the Volt’s already small 9.3-gallon tank.
User marclee reported that 2800 of the 3200 miles he’s driven his Volt have been on electricity. That leaves just 400 on gas. (These numbers are easily retrieved from the efficiency screen on the Volt’s central display.)
User themajor1975 reported driving 11,000 miles on 62 gallons of gas.
Two other forum users reported driving more than 2500 miles on 10.7 gallons of gas, and 500 miles on just one gallon.
While we can’t say with certainty that this is the case with all Volt owners, it does prove that the Volt has a tremendous amount of potential when it comes to saving on fuel.
Want to hear it from a Volt owner yourself? Check out this customer testimonial from Kory Levoy. He’s spent $38 in gas – in two months!
Last month, I told you guys about a study conducted by General Motors where two of their fuel economy engineers, Ann Wenzlick and Beth Nunning, drove identical Chevrolet Cruze LTs. From their study, we gained a little insight to what mistakes we as drivers make that hurt our overall mpg and also some tips on how to save a little this summer on gasoline. But did you also know that regular maintenance can save you significant amounts of dough in the long run?
In the details of that same study, General Motors provided five maintenance tips for Chevrolet drivers that will save them down the road.
1. Tires. Make them last. Properly inflated tires will improve your fuel economy, and they will last longer. Also rotate tires at manufacturer-recommended intervals.
2. Oil. Always use the recommended grade of motor oil. Motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the performance symbol of the American Petroleum Institute contains friction-reducing additives that can improve fuel economy.
3. Octane. Check your owner’s manual for the most effective octane level for your car. For most cars, the recommended gasoline is regular octane. In most cases, using a higher-than-recommended octane gas offers no benefit – and costs more.
4. Batteries. They can make or break you. Check battery life, replace or charge your current battery and make sure battery cables are free of corrosion. Many breakdowns occur because batteries aren’t delivering full cranking power.
5. Tune-Ups. Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks. According to the EPA, tune-ups improve performance as well as gas mileage. Check your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance schedules and follow them. This will avoid fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, or the transmission failing to go into high gear.
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