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Original Engine Replaced by New Four-Cylinder
A new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the gasoline backup power for the new Chevrolet Volt, replacing the old 1.4-liter motor. Direct fuel injection provides for a higher compression ratio, which along with a new valve timing system, creates almost 20 more horsepower than the old setup. The gas engine works in concert with two electric engines, providing backup when their batteries run down. It also provides a charge to bring the batteries back up to snuff. Combined, the entire propulsion system has a range of 53 miles on electric and a total range of 420 miles. That means you can drive from Phoenix to Los Angeles or San Diego without stopping for a fill up. See the new Volt today at Freeway Chevrolet.
Volt Lighter, Has More Battery Capacity
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has not only gone on a diet and lost 243 pounds, but the lithium ion battery capacity has been raised to 18.4 kilowatt hours. That translates into more range for the average driver as well as better performance. Running in electric mode only, the new Volt can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 8.4 seconds. It’s not going to beat a muscle car, but it provides plenty of pep for freeway on ramps and getting around big trucks. Reviewers say the new Volt is responsive and accelerates smoothly. Increased insulation has reduced road noise to the point of almost utter silence.
Volt Interior Undergoes Total Makeover
The new Volt has received a simpler ergonomic design that provides controls well within a driver’s reach. An 8-inch touchscreen controls the audio via Bluetooth and USB connections. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Siri voice control for an iPhone. Leather seats are available on the upper trim level and there is room for three adults in the back, as long as one of them doesn’t mind sitting on the battery tunnel. There are now two trim levels to choose from. The LT base unit starts at just under $34,000, which is a $1,000 reduction from the previous year. The Premier trim level sells for $38,345, and there is a federal tax credit available.
Just One of High MPG Models From Chevrolet
Although the Volt is at the head of its class as far as hybrids go, Chevy offers three other vehicles that achieve around 40 miles per gallon. The Spark, Sonic and Cruz are all gasoline powered and don’t have a tax credit, but are available in a more affordable price range. No matter what you decide, take a visit to see the pros at Freeway Chevrolet to help you get the best deal.
Suburban “Carryall” Introduced in 1935
Originally designed as a more capable alternative to woodie wagons of the day, the 1935 Suburban Carryall started a run that even Chevrolet executives could not have foreseen. Still going strong to this day, the Suburban has the longest production run of any vehicle in America. Now in its 81st year, the king of SUVs shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Many of the features of the original Chevy Suburban are still true to this day. It is a perfect vehicle for hauling large groups of people and their luggage on either road trips or to remote locations. The Suburban’s four-wheel drive system and high clearance makes it a great choice for going where other vehicles dare not tread. Test drive the latest incarnation of the Suburban for yourself at Freeway Chevrolet.
World War II Brings Break for Personal Use
Shortly after Chevy introduced the second generation of the Suburban in 1941, production ceased for personal use due to World War II in 1943. When it started up again in 1946, the vehicles were essentially the same until 1947, when the mother of all station wagons got flush mounted headlights. Chevy kept making improvements through 1953 when it introduced an automatic transmission and a whopping 100 horsepower under the hood. Compare that to today’s basic model which comes with a 5.3 liter V8 and delivers 355 horsepower. The Suburban continued to evolve thorugh history, with major renovations every five years or so. Coil spring suspension debuted in 1963 to offer a better ride and air conditioning was added in 1965. A major styling change took place in 1992 when the Suburban design became more sleek to fall in line with the Chevy pickup line. Safety features were added in 1994. The current generation began in 2007 with improved safety, comfort and towing ability.
Towing, Tech and Comfort All in One Package
The 2016 Suburban is a behemoth that gives you the ability to tow up to 8,300 pounds while delivering a smooth, quiet ride. With technology like 4G LTE Wi-Fi, the Chevy Suburban acts like a hot spot for all the passengers to utilize their electronic devices. Rear seat entertainment systems, premium leather and a sound system that feels like you parked in the middle of a concert hall all add to the beauty this beast can offer. The Suburban is one of the safest vehicles on the road. If its sheer size and structural capability weren’t enough, it has seven air bags and technology such as side blind zone alert, lane keep assist and front park assist to help avoid collisions. Test drive this testament to the American auto industry today at Freeway Chevrolet.
Theories Abound Where the Bowtie Originated
Although William Durant, cofounder of Chevrolet, allegedly once confirmed that the iconic bowtie logo came from a French hotel, other theories have emerged as to the origin of the logo. Durant’s daughter says it came from a sketch Durant made during dinner, while Durant’s widow says it was “borrowed” from a newspaper ad for a coal substitute. One other popular theory claims the bowtie is a modified version of the Swiss flag cross. Wherever it comes from, the bowtie has stood for innovation and quality for more than 100 years. See all the new 2016 Chevrolet models and find out what the latest innovations are with a trip to your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet.
Wallpaper Swatch Started It All
Durant was famous for being a world traveler. The wallpaper rumor is based in 1908 when he was in France. The hotel he was staying in had a version of the bowtie marching of into infinity on the walls, so Durant tore off a piece of the paper and brought it home, thinking it would be a good badge for his car company. That’s the official version of the story, but time has a way of changing all things and other theories have now arisen.
Family Members Have Own Versions
Margery, Durant’s daughter, wrote a book about her famous dad in 1929. In it she recounts the story of how the bowtie came to being one night at dinner. She said her dad was famous for doodling during the family meal, and one night he sketched the bowtie “between the soup and the fried chicken.” However the bowtie originated, it is a symbol of an automaker that holds an important place in the American auto industry. The new Chevrolets all rank high in J.D. Power Initial Quality surveys. See why the fit, finish and performance all come together by taking a test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.
Widow Recounts a Newspaper Ad Was Inspiration
In a 1973 interview, Durant’s widow Catherine recalled they were on vacation in Virginia when her husband ran across a logo in an ad that he thought would make a good car emblem. A Chevy historian did some research and found an ad in a 1911 newspaper in the area for “coalettes,” a fuel that was made from coal. The ad featured a bowtie logo very similar to the one that Durant adopted for Chevrolet. One other version of the history of the bowtie ties the logo to the cross on the French flag based on the theory that Louis Chevrolet was born in Switzerland.
Dependability is Key for Remote Areas
When the crew rom ASRC Energy Services in Alaska goes out into the field, it’s important they have a vehicle they know won’t let them down. That’s why the company exclusively uses Chevrolet trucks to help employees monitor oil fields and energy-related construction activities in some of the most remote country imaginable. “Our fleet vehicles double as mobile offices for the majority of our employees, so we need to give them dependable vehicles for where they work,” said the general manager of ASRC fleet vehicles, Chris Maynard. The terrain can vary greatly from heavily wooded areas to frozen tundra, with no help around for many miles. You can see the complete lineup of trucks for yourself at your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet.
Three-truck Strategy Pays Off
ASRC teams have many functions, from reporting to maintenance, so they rely on a variety of trucks from Chevrolet. They remove the tires from the Colorado so the truck can fit in an airplane and be transported to the more remote reaches of Alaska. Light duty tasks incorporate the half-ton Silverado to haul the management team and clients to project sites, while the Silverado HD 2500 and 3500 trucks are used for working operations all over Alaska. “We build our trucks with companies like Arctic Slope in mind,” said John Schwegman of GM. “Their employees don’t have time to worry about how the vehicle will operate when the weather is 40 degrees below zero.” Maynard said GM is Johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to service issues. “The Alaska market is pretty small, but GM looks at every sale as one of importance, so even the smallest problem gets special focus from a GM engineer.”
Colorado and Silverado Hot Commodities in Arizona
Even though the Arizona desert provides a 180-degree opposite challenge for vehicles, the Colorado and Silverado trucks are hot sellers in the desert. For fuel mileage and handling medium-sized loads, it’s tough to beat the Colorado, which was Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” for 2015. The Silverado comes in a number of configurations, from a standard work truck to the decked out LTZ, where the interior is reminiscent of a luxurious sedan. Both the Colorado and Silverado offer the latest in technology, including Wi-Fi 4G LTE to help keep you connected no matter how far you are from civilization. Test drive the trucks by visiting Freeway Chevrolet.
Roominess and Climate Control Contributing Factors
If you think all those black Tahoes filled with FBI agents and Secret Service officers in the movies are just a bunch of Hollywood hooey, think again. Police officers across the country, and particularly K-9 units, love the Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) for every day tasks. Because of its large size and ability to keep the entire vehicle at a comfortable temperature, both officers and dogs are kept comfortable while working in stressful situations. “Our K-9s live with our deputies and their families. They are on duty with our deputies every day – responding to calls for service, training and creating an unbreakable bond,” according to Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard of Oakland County, Michigan. “The K-9 Unit is an invaluable tool that serves our community and the Tahoe PPV is an important part of our operation.”
Tahoe PPV Has Special Cooling Setup
Dogs can become ill or tired when subjected to heat for a long period of time, so the special PPV version of the Chevy Tahoe has more heating and cooling vents than any other vehicle of its kind. Dogs are frequently put back in their kennels in the vehicle after a long chase, so it’s important that their body temperature can be brought back to normal. According to the North American Police Dog Association, heat exhaustion is one of the top threats to the health of police dogs. Only the pads of skin on their feet allow heat to escape, so extra cooling is vitally important. As the Tahoe is the perfect vehicle for K-9s, it’s also the right choice for large families who enjoy going on long trips. Adjustable climate control keeps everyone comfortable from the front to the back as you can see with a test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.
Chevy Has Full Lineup of Police Vehicles
Along with the Chevy Tahoe PPV, Chevrolet has a complete lineup of special police vehicles that are in use across the nation. The Caprice and Impala are used as patrol cars in many local and state government situations. The Caprice has more interior room than any other patrol car, and the Impala gets outstanding gas mileage while still having a top speed of 150 miles per hour. Specially equipped Silverado trucks are used to answer the call in many rugged situations, and the Chevy Express full-size van is the answer to most cargo or passenger hauling needs. Out of all these vehicles, only the Caprice is not available for public purchase.
In the market for a family vehicle that is both spacious and safe? The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is a great family friendly and incredibly safe SUV that you are certain to love. With comfortable seating for up to 8 people, the Chevy Traverse offers a class-leading 116.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Noteworthy options include rear-seat DVD entertainment, a power sunroof, a Bose Surround Sound audio upgrade, front and rear air conditioning, cruise control, and telescoping tilt-wheel steering. Higher trims add on remote engine start and dual-zone climate control as well.
Whereas space and comfort are great aspects in a family vehicle, the advanced safety features are impressive enough for those eager to enhance their family’s safety on a daily basis.
The 2015 Chevy Traverse is full of top-of-the-line safety features. With an impressive collection of airbag locations, your family is even more protected if a collision takes place. Not only does the Traverse provide front, rear and third row airbags- it also offers dual front-side airbags that guarantee the driver’s safety while behind the wheel. In the event of a side collision, there’s an available center airbag located between the front two seats of the vehicle preventing the driver and passenger from colliding.You will also notice a passenger airbag deactivation sensor that helps enhance your safety. The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse features an Airbag Deployment Notification System that alerts and allows for preparation of airbag deployment.
The Traverse also offers a 4-wheel anti-lock brake system with emergency brake assistance for extra protection. Daytime lights improve visibility along with dusk sensing headlamps. Thus, keeping you from forgetting to have your lights on. The 2015 Chevy Traverse even provides optional rear parking sensors, rear and blind spot cross-traffic monitoring system and lane departure warning systems. In other words, you are safer when driving! OnStar is also included to provide you with automatic collision notification and on-demand roadside assistance.
Impressively, the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse was awarded with a five star rating for overall safety from the federal government. It even received five stars for front impact protection as well as side impact protection. From the Institute for Highway Safety, the Traverse was awarded the highest rating available in the side impact and roof-strength test as well.
Want to learn more about the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse safety features?
If your family’s safety is your top priority, stop by Freeway Chevrolet today to talk with one of our sales representatives. We are happy to provide you with more information about the impressive new crossover SUV and all the safety features it offers for your family.
Range, Range, Range is What Customers Want
The biggest hang up to sales of electric vehicles is a perceived inconvenience caused by lack of range. Although most people don’t drive more than 30 miles to and from work every day, electric vehicles that get much more than that per charge are shunned. To help solve the problem, engineers have added nearly 40 percent more range to the 2016 Chevy Volt. Now with the ability to go 53 miles on a single charge, more and more Volt owners will find those infrequent trips to the gas pumps even less of an occurrence. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt inventory will be ready for inspection soon at Freeway Chevrolet.
When Electric Runs Out, Gas Engine Takes Over
Because the Volt is a hybrid and not a pure electric vehicle, owners have the peace of mind of a gasoline engine taking over whenever the charge has run out. The added boost brings the Volt’s total range to 420 miles on a full charge and topped off tank of fuel, which is enough to go from Phoenix to Los Angeles without a single stop (bathrooms not included). “We listened to our customers,” said Andrew Farah, Volt chief engineer. “They were very clear with they told us they wanted more range and a fun driving experience behind the wheel. We are confident that the 2016 Volt delivers both.”
New Range-extender Gas Engine Offers 42 MPG
When running solely on the gas engine, the Volt gets a very respectable 42 miles per gallon. Owners of previous versions of the Volt reported getting much more than that, but your mileage will vary. When fully charged, the electric engine is rated at the gasoline equivalent of 106 mpg. Since most Volt owners run the vehicle solely on electric between 80 and 90 percent of the time, that means an owner of a new Volt can expect to go more than 1,000 miles between gasoline fill-ups.
New Features Provide State-of-Art Safety
Chevrolet has incorporated some new safety features into the 2016 Volt to not only help you avoid collisions, but lessen the chance of injury should a crash occur. Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Safety Awareness use a combination of sensors and cameras to alert you to possible dangers. Ten air bags are strategically located to protect you in case of a crash, and a strong frame helps the vehicle keep its structural integrity no matter where a collision occurs. Inspect the safety features, stunning exterior and interior and all the features that make the new Volt a work of technological art with a visit to Freeway Chevrolet.
2016 Impala Features Active Phone Cooling
Chevrolet is raising the bar once again by offering a feature no other auto manufacturer has. In order to combat the problem of cell phone overheating, Chevy has come up with a way to charge your phone wirelessly and help keep it from getting too hot. Named “Active Phone Cooling,” the system involves placing your phone in a special bin that is cooled by the vehicle’s air conditioning and HVAC system. This feature not only keeps your phone cool, but also charges your phone wirelessly so you can do away with those troublesome cords.
System Helps Save Battery Life
“Over time, regular overheating can do permanent damage to the lithium ion batteries that power our smartphones,” said Jeffrey Van Camp of Digital Trends, a website devoted to technology. “I always recommend keeping your phone in a cool, ventilated place, where it can stay at a comfortable room temperature.” Factors like heavy data use, tasking the graphics processor to the max and charging can all lead to phone overheating, but none are as bad as leaving your device in a hot car during the summer.
Utilize Phone for Media While Charging
New Chevrolet Impala buyers can use their smartphones to hook up with MyLink, Chevy’s infotainment system that plays music or allows handsfree phone use for voice and texting through either vocal commands or controls on the steering wheel. The Impala also offers Apple CarPlay this year, which provides access to a number of popular apps. The simplicity of the design for the Active Phone Cooling is what Chevy engineers like best about the feature. “Innovation doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel,” said Dan Lascu, Impala engineer. “Sometimes simplicity offers the most elegant solution to a problem.” Phone cooling will also be available in any Chevrolet that includes wireless charging, including the 2016 Malibu, Volt and Cruze.
2016 Impala Offers Other New Choices
Along with the wireless charging and cooling station, Chevy has also rolled out some new colors for the 2016 Chevrolet Impala. Siren Red, Citron Green, Heather Gray and Mosaic Black are all possible selections. Green Envy Metallic is also an option at an added price. Chevy also added front and rear splash guards and updated the Side Blind Zone Alert safety package to include Lane Change Alert. See the latest Impala and all the changes this fall at Freeway Chevrolet.
Twenty-Two Crash Technologies Offered
When the 2016 models roll out to the showroom floor at Freeway Chevrolet, expect to see a lot of new safety features designed to help you avoid collisions. General Motors engineers have been busy at their new 52-acre safety test facility near Detroit putting the finishing touches on features that can avoid collisions and even save lives. “Our comprehensive safety strategy of helping customers before, during and after a crash continues,” said Jeff Boyer, GM Global Safety vice president. “GM has historically been a leader in the development and testing of safety technologies, and applying our deep knowledge and expertise to prevent crashes from happening in the first place.”
Sensor-related Safety Features Give Advance Warning
Two new safety features involve sensors to both make the driver aware of a possible collision and take control of the car. City speed automatic braking kicks in if your vehicle is in heavy traffic at low speeds and it determines a front-end collision is about to happen. It automatically hits the brakes if you haven’t already done so to either lessen the severity of the crash or avoid the collision completely. Front pedestrian braking utilizes sensors to recognize a pedestrian in danger’s way and automatically apply the brakes.
Cameras Provide Heightened Awareness
Whether it’s the rear camera mirror, the curb view camera or night vision safety feature, the intent is to give the driver more awareness of what’s going on both in front and to the rear of the vehicle. The camera in the rear view mirror provides a much wider view than the traditional mirror, alerting you to possible obstacles coming in from the side. Night vision comes in handy when out on long dark roads to give a vision of what’s going on beyond your headlights. The curb view camera comes in handy when driving forward at low speeds, particularly when parking. It helps you avoid curbs, light posts, mail boxes and other obstacles. See all the safety features for yourself when cars start arriving at your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet, this fall.
New Safety Test Facility Coordinates Efforts
The new GM test facility is creating efficiencies by providing safety testing for all vehicles in one convenient location. It features a 16-acre dynamics pad with robot technology, six-lane highway simulation including on and off ramps, parking test area, pedestrian test area, simulated tunnel and observation building. The new facility is also used for governmental regulatory testing, ensuring all GM vehicles are up to code with the latest safety requirements.
Maybe Not as Often as You’re Advised
If you take your car to a less reputable oil change establishment that offers extreme discounts, chances are they are going to find other services that “need” doing on every visit. Whether it’s an air filter replacement or a transmission fluid exchange, it’s important to know the manufacturer’s expected maintenance intervals so you don’t end up paying out the nose for unnecessary services. The experts at Freeway Chevrolet know exactly when you need additional services and won’t try to sell you unnecessary repairs. This Chevrolet Service Center keeps detailed records of all your services, and can even let you know if your vehicle has any recalls they need to address.
Like Oil, Transmission Fluid Deteriorates
Depending on how you drive your car and the conditions you drive under, you may need a transmission fluid exchange as often as every 50,000 miles. Under lighter conditions, the fluid can last as long as 150,000 miles. Rabbit starts and stops, heavy towing and extreme heat all can hasten the deterioration of the fluid. Transmission fluid starts out as a burgundy red, but turns much darker when it starts to go bad. You can often smell a burnt odor if you put your nose close to the dipstick. If you see traces of dirt on the dipstick, it is definitely time for a change.
Feel Free to Shop Around
Just because a mechanic tells you it’s time to change the transmission fluid doesn’t mean your car is going to stop working in the next couple of days. Unless you feel comfortable with your service facility, feel free to shop around for price. Give the folks at the Chevrolet Service Center at Freeway Chevrolet a chance to earn your business and become your repair facility of choice. Some vehicles require a power flush, which forces the old fluid out before pumping in new elixir. Other vehicles simply require the fluid to be drained, much like an oil change.
Transmission Fluid Exchange Not a Magical Cure
If your automatic transmission is slipping or shifting roughly, it certainly won’t hurt to have a fluid exchange, but don’t expect it to magically fix your problems. The cost of an automatic transmission rebuild can be in the thousands of dollars, so treat your car gently and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on when to get that new fluid. A properly maintained automatic transmission can easily last 200,000 miles or more.