The Impala Goes Green

Chevrolet has finally released the pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel model. This full-size sedan will run on gas or compressed natural gas. The sedan will be built in Oshawa, Ontario and should be available at Classic Chevrolet sometime during the summer of 2014. However, GM will only deliver about 1,000 cars during the first year because of the lack of public compressed natural gas refueling stations. The United States has about 1,000 stations; however, only about half of those are open to the public.

The Impala will have two trim levels: the base LS model and the upscale LT trim level. It is unknown at this time what the pricing is for each level, but it is expected that the bi-fuel Impala will start out at under $40,000.

The sedan features two fuel tanks – one for compressed natural gas and one for gasoline. The driver can switch tanks by pushing a button. The tank for the compressed natural gas is trunk-mounted and holds enough compressed gas for about 150 miles. The total range, combining the compressed gas and regular gasoline, is about 500 miles.

The Impala features a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that features hardened valves and valve seats, which are required for running compressed natural gas. Only one other automobile manufacturer has a vehicle that runs on compressed natural gas: Honda (the Civic).

The Chevrolet Cruze may be converted to run on compressed natural gas by adding an aftermarket kit. Many pickup trucks also have conversion kits available. If you are interested in converting your existing Chevrolet to run on compressed natural gas, contact the service department at Classic Chevy for more information and pricing.

For more information on the 2015 Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel model including convenience features, safety and security features and entertainment or infotainment features, stop by Classic Chevy or keep your eye on this space.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Diesel

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When you are in the market for a new sedan, you have to find one that is to your liking and a sedan that gets good gas mileage. The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, now available at Classic Chevy, is the perfect sedan for someone who needs a daily driver for commute or someone who just needs a vehicle that has great fuel economy.

The engine is a 2.0-liter turbo diesel that is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission features electronically controlled overdrive. This combination gets 27 mpg* in the city and 46 mpg* on the highway, so it’s also perfect for long trips.

Safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, StabiliTrak stability control system, traction control, several airbags, daytime running lamps, OnStar with six months of Directions and Connections, rear child safety door locks, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitor. The Directions and Connections package includes Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Automatic Crash Response, navigation and roadside assistance.

Entertainment features include an AM/FM stereo, CD player, MP3 playback, a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen display, Chevrolet MyLink (Bluetooth, Pandora, Stitcher and more), an enhanced acoustic package, six speakers, an auxiliary input jack in the center console and SiriusXM satellite radio.

Convenience features include front bucket seats that recline, adjustable head restraints for the front, Meridian leather-appointed seats in the front and rear, heated front seats with three warmth settings, six-way power seats in the front, a rear center armrest with dual cup holders, and a center console with a sliding armrest, storage, dual cup holders and 12-volt auxiliary power outlets.

Additional convenience features include a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio and phone controls, a driver information center that includes average fuel economy and more, express down on all windows, express up on the driver’s window, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, a theft deterrent system, engine immobilizer, a rear defroster and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

To learn more about the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze sedan, stop by Classic Chevrolet for a test drive. Be sure to ask your salesperson about the different trim levels and options available for the Cruze; and about any specials we might be running.

Classic Clean Fuels Outlet Opens at Classic Chevy

Classic Chevy is the top-selling Chevrolet dealer in the nation, and this past Tuesday, April 1, we celebrated the grand opening of our natural gas fueling station, the first one to be owned by a dealership anywhere in the country.

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The new station, Classic Clean Fuels CNG, has an ANGI Energy compressor system and one two-hose dispenser. Zeit Energy built the new public access station. The ANGI energy compressor at the station is designed for light- to medium-duty vehicles.

As reported in Fleets and Fuels, “As more and more Americans realize that freedom from dependence on foreign oil is a national priority, the viability of American produced natural gas has become forefront.” Furthermore, natural gas produced in America is not subject to the fluctuating oil and gas prices, world politics and OPEC.

You can expect to see the 2015 bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala sometime this summer. Currently, we promote the Silverado 2500 and 3500HD bi-fuel pickup trucks. We also have three-quarter-ton CNG vans. The pickup trucks have a range of over 650 miles.

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According to Ken Thompson, founder of the Thompson Group, the Group has been committed to finding ways to help their business customers since 1978. He stated that one of the benefits of opening a bi-fuel station is that it allows its customers to be more competitive. Many of the Group’s customers are already planning to convert their fleets to vehicles that use natural gas throughout the next year. Not only will using natural gas give of fewer emissions, but it saves the businesses money.

Classic Chevrolet already uses six bi-fuel Silverado models to deliver parts in three states. Fourteen other CNG fuel outlets exist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but this newest is the first dealership-owned station. Classic Clean Fuels also provides ethanol, biodiesel, and regular unleaded gasoline. Plans are underway to add a charging station for electric vehicles.

The new station is located next to the Thompson Group Commercial & Fleet building, just north of the Stone Myers Parkway exist on Highway 121.

Chevy Models with the Best Gas Mileage

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.

http://images.cobaltgroup.com/evox/color_0640_032/9101/9101_cc0640_032_GANx400.jpgThe 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.

2014 Chevy Sonic Lineup

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.

Traveling with Your Chevy this Holiday Season

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.

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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.

Saving Gas in Your Chevy

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.

General Motors Named a Green Corporate Citizen

“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.”

This is yet another example, DFW Chevy lovers, of how GM is continuously striving for improvement and reducing its carbon footprint, and has committed to achieve 25 more landfill-free sites and reduce total waste another 10 percent by 2020. Kind of makes you proud to be driving around Dallas, Ft Worth, Grapevine and other North Texas cities in that new Chevrolet, doesn’t it?

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!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

IndyCar Driver Marco Andretti Gives the Chevy Volt Two Thumbs Up

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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.

[Source: Detroit News]
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

 

 

The Chevy Silverado’s Cylinder Switch Saves Fuel Without Sacrificing the Power of a V8

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 Silverado has 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 Grapevine and 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.


[Source: media.GM.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.