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Lots of Things to Learn About Newest EV
Just as the new Chevy Bolt Electric Vehicle (EV) gets ready to appear on the showroom floor at Freeway Chevrolet, the engineers that designed the revolutionary vehicle sat down with the editors at Motor Trend magazine to reveal a lot of fun facts. For example, not that many of you will ever attempt this, but did you know that if you bring the Bolt up to its top speed of 93 mph and leave your foot on the throttle, it will go 160 miles without running out of juice? That’s basically the equivalent of driving from Phoenix to Tucson and back, but keep in mind it doesn’t include any stops by the Highway Patrol.
Pre-drive Check Covers 1,400 Diagnostic Tests
Although it only takes about a half-second to complete all the diagnostics, just pushing the power button on the new Bolt EV kicks off a series of about 1,400 diagnostic tests on a number of complicated power systems. The tests make sure that power is running to all the circuits that need it, as well as checking for any crossed connections. If you know someone who has a Bolt and want to mess with their delight in choosing Motor Trend’s car of the year, you can always pull the rear seat cushion and flip the circuit breaker on the top of the battery pack. It will take them a while to figure that one out.
Battery Weighs More than the Body
Lowering weight is a big deal in the world of EVs, and it’s tough to cut weight in a battery while keeping the power needed for accelration and range. The Chevy engineers had to cut weight in the body wherever they could, so they used a combination of high-strength steel and unstressed aluminum to create the structure. The body weighs 815 pounds, significantly less than the 949 pound battery pack.
You Can Forget to Put it in Park
Because the new Chevy Bolt doesn’t move when its in certain modes, it’s easy to forget to put the vehicle in park. Once you remove your seat belt, the vehicle automatically sets the electric parking brake. When you open the door and leave, it puts itself in park, then shuts itself off. You’ll never see a Bolt driving down the street by itself.
Other Features Result of Innovative Design
When you go test drive the new Chevrolet Bolt at Freeway Chevrolet, you’ll notice a lot of other features that are the result of painstaking hours of engineering. A tankless water heater to deliver warm air through the heater core, and a rear camera washer that keeps your rear view monitor working during inclement weather are just part of the innovative technology in Motor Trend’s “Car of the Year.” Take some time to inquire about all the features during your visit to Freeway Chevrolet.
Easier Than Ever to Own Sporty Sedan
A number of different financial incentives make it easier than ever to own the sporty 2017 Chevrolet Cruze sedan, including a lease deal that brings the payment down to $179 a month. Qualified lessees can head over to Freeway Chevrolet and inquire about leasing a Cruze Sedan LT with the preferred equipment group with no down payment, no first month’s payment and no security deposit. If you don’t qualify for that promotion, financing through GM on select Cruze models can get you up to a $2,500 cash allowance or annual percentage rates as low as 2.9 percent for 60 months.
Cruze Perfect Fit For Urban Commuter
With 40 mpg efficiency on the highway and a boatload of helpful technology, the nimble and athletic 2017 Chevrolet Cruze sedan and hatchback are the perfect fit for a modern commuter. With a starting MSRP of $16,975, the Cruze is an aerodynamically sculpted vehicle that offers a wide variety of standard and optional features. Choose the Premier model and you get the option of having heated seats in both the front and rear seats, along with a magnificent infotainment system that uses Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to team up with your smart phone. Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi turns your Cruze into a rolling hot spot so you and your passengers won’t miss out on the latest info and social media.
Cruze Loaded With Safety Features
The high efficiency and sporty good looks of the Cruze are augmented by a load of safety features that makes it an excellent choice for teen drivers. Driver assistance features utilize a combination of sensors and cameras to alert a driver of a possible collision. The system is constantly monitoring the area around the Cruze for obstacles, including pedestrians and vehicles in your blind spot. The Chevy Cruze is also the first car in its category to include 10 air bags, including a knee bag for both the driver and front passenger. In the sad event you are in a collision, every Cruze comes with a 3-month free subscription to the OnStar Guidance Plan, which notifies first responders of the problem.
Teen Driver Option Helps Young People Focus
The Chevy Cruze comes with a standard Teen Driver system that helps young drivers focus on the task at hand. It mutes the stereo when the front seat belts aren’t fastened and gives both an audible alarm and visual warning if they drive over the speed you select. Teen Driver also has an available report so you can see how fast and exactly where your teen took the car, as well as when different safety features were engaged. See the new Chevy Cruze today and take a test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.
Keep on Truckin’ With Beefier Look
The new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse gets a bit of a stouter look, an RS sub-brand and premium High Country trim level to appeal across a wide range of buyers when it comes to Freeway Chevrolet this summer. A spacious and comfortable interior combines with modern technology to improve your driving experience and provide you and your family a vehicle that can go anywhere and do everything. “The all-new Traverse offers the ultimate in style and convenience for the segment, with the versatility customers need and a thoughtful, spacious design they’ll love,” according to GM North America president Alan Batey. “It’s the midsize SUV designed to keep you safe, comfortable and connected.”
RS, High Country Offer Customers Choice
The RS trim level of the new Chevrolet Traverse is a sporty version with exterior aspects blacked out, including the grill, bow tie and 20-inch wheels. The High Country goes to the opposite extreme, with a sophisticated look including polished wheels, D-optic headlamps, leather appointments and power-fold rear seats. “The all-new Traverse blends Chevrolet’s characteristic SUV cues with capability and refinement,” said Global Chevrolet Design chief John Cafaro. “Inside and out, it offers style with a purpose.
Longer Wheelbase Offers More Interior Room
With a longer overall design, the new Chevrolet Traverse delivers comfortable seating for up to eight adults. With best-in-class legroom and passenger volume, the Traverse also delivers the largest cargo area in its category at 98.5 cubic feet. There are many well-designed storage options and bins throughout the interior to enhance passenger convenience. Another point of convenience is the split second-row seat that slides to provide incredibly easy access to the third row.
New Engine Provides More Horsepower
When the 2018 Traverse comes to Freeway Chevrolet this summer, it will be powered by a brand-new 3.6L V6 that’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The new engine delivers 10 percent more horsepower than the current model, while still producing a very efficient 25 mpg on the highway according to early GM estimates. The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse will have a towing capacity of about 5,000 pounds, making it the perfect vehicle for light to medium recreational towing.
Modern Technology Abounds in Traverse
You’ll have your choice of a 7 or 8 inch diagonal infotainment screen in your new Traverse. The system supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while providing 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability to turn your Traverse into a rolling hot spot. USB charging ports are plentiful throughout the cockpit, ensuring you and your passengers can keep their electronics up and running whether you’re just running the office car pool or traveling across country.
Power Breeds Confidence When Towing
Now that the totally redesigned Duramax 6.6L V-8 turbo-diesel is an option with the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD truck, drivers can be assured they have the power they need to tow virtually any trailer. “Silverado HD gives you confidence,” according to Chevy Chief Engineer Jeff Luke, “and confidence gives you the best towing experience.” With a stronger block and new control system, the new Duramax engine delivers 445 horsepower and an amazing 910 pound-feet of torque. Torque is the low-end power that ensures you can get your load moving whether you’re on a flat surface or at the bottom of a steep incline. Test drive the new Silverado HD and see how much confidence all that power brings you by visiting Freeway Chevrolet.
New Air Intake Keeps Engine Cool
One of the keys to the increased performance of the new Duramax diesel engine is a cool air intake system that removes humidity while keeping the engine within optimum operating temperatures. Keeping the air cool means the engine will respond better when faced with pulling a heavy load in adverse conditions, such as soaring summer temperatures. “The Duramax diesel has forged a bond with truck customers based on trust and capability,” said the VP of Global Propulsion Systems, Dan Nicholson. “The new Duramax takes those traits to higher levels, making the 2017 Silverado HD one of the most refined on the highway.”
Special Editions Fit Unique Needs
The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD comes in a number of special edition packages based on specific wants and needs. People living in cold country will love the Alaskan Edition, with a snow plow prep package, all-weather tires, spray-in bedliner with raised “Alaskan” text and unique graphics on the tailgate and rear quarter panel. For something a bit more refined, ask the pros at Freeway Chevrolet about the High Desert package. This includes a sport bar, lockable storage, 20-inch wheels and a hard tonneau bed cover. For a more stealth appearance, choose Midnight HD. This all-black Silverado HD comes with a Z71 off-road package and bold, black accents. The Custom Sport HD is available in Black or Summit White and is the epitome of sophistication with chrome accents and a body-color grille and bumpers. The Sport HD also has 20-inch aluminum wheels and is outfitted with front and rear park assist to help you get in those tight urban spaces.
Whichever package you choose, remember the 2017 Silverado HD is a hard-working truck that comes with all the comforts of home. Test drive one today at Freeway Chevrolet.
More Choices for Propane and Natural Gas
Working to provide customers more options now that the U.S. Department of Transportation has identified “alternative fuel only” routes across the nation, Chevrolet has partnered with Power Solutions International (PSI) to offer full-size vans and heavy duty pickups powered by either natural gas or propane. Starting in early 2017, you’ll be able to order your alternative fuel vehicle of choice right from the showroom at Freeway Chevrolet. “Expanding choice is key to helping more commercial and government fleets reduce their fuel consumption, fuel costs and emissions using alternative fuels and EVs versus traditional gasoline,” according to GM Fleet VP Ed Peper. “There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions for fleet managers.
Alternative Fuel Lineup Growing
With the addition of PSI as a partner, Chevy now offers more than a dozen alternative fuel vehicles, including the new Chevy Bolt EV, diesel options for the Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans and a large 6.6 liter Duramax diesel option for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HD. Once you order a truck or van with propane or natural gas as your fuel selection, Chevy will ship the vehicle with a 6.0L V-8 engine directly to PSI. They will then install the fuel system and all other necessary components and ship the vehicle directly to Freeway Chevrolet. The change to alternative fuel will not affect the factory warranty in any way.
Including the 2018 model year, Chevy and GMC will be offering more than two dozen trucks, cars and vans with propulsion systems powered by something other than gasoline. For natural gas and propane, look to the Chevy Express Cargo, Express Passenger, Express Cutaway, Silverado HD and the Low Cab Forward commercial 3500 and 4500 models. GMC is also offering both power options in the Savana Cargo, Savana Passenger, Savana Cutaway and Sierra HD. B-20 capable diesel engines are coming in the Chevy Cruze, Colorado, Express and Silverado HD, as well as the GMC Savana, Canyon and Sierra HD.
Chevy now has three vehicles in the electric and hybrid category: Malibu hybrid, Volt and Bolt EV. Several Chevy and GMC cars trucks and vans are capable of running on E85 ethanol.
Bolt Full Production Coming in Spring 2017
Although there will be some deliveries of the highly-anticipated Chevy Bolt EV this month, expect it to come to the showroom at Freeway Chevrolet no later than the spring of 2017. With an astounding 238 miles of range on a single charge, the affordable Bolt is eligible for Federal tax credits and is expected to spur sales of electric vehicles nationwide.
Supercharged 6.2L Monster Powers the Beast
With a long history of fighting the Pony Car wars under its hood, the Camaro has been an on and off king of the road when it comes to power to weight distribution. With the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 now available in both coupe and convertible, this year’s Pony car11 can honestly claim it is the most powerful Camaro ever. The ZL1 shares the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 engine with the Corvette Z06, a power plant that delivers 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque in an adrenaline-pumping ride that is as exciting as possible while still being legal. With an electronically-controlled limited slip differential to keep the power coming to the wheel that needs it the most, this Camaro is set up to help amateur drivers unleash the beast on occasion while still keeping the vehicle under control. Check out the new ZL1 Camaro when you take a test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.
10-Speed Transmission as Good as Advertised
In a test run by editors of Car and Driver magazine, the reviewers came away impressed with a new 10-speed automatic transmission that was jointly developed by the engineers at Ford and Chevrolet. “When its working hard, the 10-speed is all nervous energy, ripping through tightly spaced gears with unrelenting pace,” they wrote. “The resultant thrust and sound are gleefully rewarding.” Unlike most automatics, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 never loses torque no matter how far you climb the revolutions per minute. The resulting low track times should attract amateur racers and those who just want to claim ownership of the baddest beast on the block.
New ZL1 Wider, Bigger, Faster
If you take a Camaro SS and stretch it in all directions, you get the basic body shape of the new ZL1 Camaro. It’s got broad shoulders, a wide rear end and an aggressive stance that could make road kill get up and run. The 20-inch wheels are 10 inches wide in the front and 11 inches in the rear, playing host to specially formulated Goodyear G:3 tires. The resulting grip helps the engine and transmission propel the car to 60 mph from a dead stop in just 3.5 seconds. The ZL1 makes very short work of the quarter-mile run, taking just 11.4 seconds to complete the course.
Performance Seats Keep You in Place Comfortably
With a starting MSRP north of $60,000, you’d expect some creature comforts to go along with the unbridled power. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 does not disappoint. From a steering wheel wrapped in suede to RECARO seats that are not only plush, but have extra large bolsters to hold you in place, the Camaro interior is designed for both performance and sophistication. The coupe will be arriving at dealerships like Freeway Chevrolet this month. Expect the convertible to show up early next spring.
Bring a Little Adventure to Your Life
The 2017 Chevy Spark ACTIV offers an increased ride height and skid plates that allow drivers to explore some of life’s wilder trails. The urban-chic design of the new Spark allows you to be an urban driver during the week, then take off for an adventure on the weekend to parts previously unknown. “The new Spark ACTIV is all about adventurous fun and style,” according to Steve Majoros, Chevy marketing director. “It has an attitude, while still offering the sophisticated, efficient and connected driving experience customers have come to love.” The new Spark ACTIV will arrive at the Freeway Chevrolet showroom in the first quarter of 2017.
ACTIV Comes With Tons of Standard Features
Along with the revised suspension that raises the clearance by about a half-inch and the skid plates to protect important components, the new ACTIV offers unique features such as round fog lamps, contrasting moldings and a special grille with prominent ACTIV badging. Starting at just $16,945 when equipped with a manual transmission, the Spark ACTIV also comes with an upscale interior that includes heated leatherette seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and and infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen. Compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto means you can use your smartphone to stream music, play podcasts or use a number of limited apps.
Spark ACTIV Loaded with Tech
You get three free months of 4G LTE Wi-Fi service with your new Spark ACTIV, allowing you to have Internet access wherever your adventures may roam, within cell service limitations. You’ll also get three free months of SiriusXM satellite radio and OnStar telemetry. A rear camera, cruise control, remote entry, power windows and steering wheel audio and communication controls are all standard features.
Compact Spark Both Roomy and Safe
Fold down the rear seat on the 2017 Spark and you get a roomy 27.2 cubic feet of storage, or enough to hold plenty of camping gear for your outdoor adventure. The peppy 1.4L Ecotec engine not only gives you enough power to get over any mountain pass, but also delivers a hybrid-like 37 mpg on the highway. The 2017 Chevy Spark also comes in LS, 1LT and 2LT trim packages starting at just $13,875. You can choose from manual transmission or automatic with any trim, proving that good things do come in small packages. See and test drive the new Spark today at Freeway Chevrolet.
Sophisticated Style on Display at SEMA
The recent SEMA auto show in Las Vegas was the perfect venue for Chevrolet to unveil its Malibu and Cruz “Blue Line” concept vehicles. Giving customers the option to personalize their cars is the thought behind the Blue Line series, which features a more sophisticated look with an athletic stance. “The Chevrolet Blue Line Series concepts integrate accessories that offer greater personalization choices for customers,” according to parts marketing director Roger McCormack. “Each vehicle wears production and concept accessories thematically linked under the Blue Line Series banner. We look forward to gauging public reaction at the SEMA show and other venues.” See what kind of official Chevy parts and accessories are available to customize your ride by stopping in to the parts department at Freeway Chevrolet.
Malibu Combines Traditional Look With Modern Feel
By providing a traditional look with a Genesis White paint job, the Malibu Blue Line concept creates a blank slate around which to build a modern, athletic vehicle. An official Chevy suspension lowering kit brings the ride height down by about a half-inch, providing a more sporty look and better handling. The lowered look is accented by a ground effects kit with rear diffuser. A black grille insert and black Bowtie logo highlight the front. Inside there are special sport pedals, metal badging on the floor liners and illuminated door sills. A concept performance braking kit, tinted headlights and polished exhaust round out the concept vehicle.
Cruze Concept Builds Off RS Hatchback
Chevy started with a sporty RS Hatchback to build its Cruze Blue Line concept. Also painted Genesis White, the Cruz looks either white or gray depending on the lighting. Blue tinted windows and blue metallic 18-inch wheels provide a colorful accent. Head to the parts department at Freeway Chevrolet and you can get the same chrome grill insert and suspension lowering kit that designers used on the Cruze Concept. A performance brake package will be available by the end of this year, and performance air intake and exhaust systems are coming by next summer. The concept vehicle features a special black interior with graphite accents on the doors, shift knob and instrument panel. You can modify your Cruze now with the same sport pedal kit, interior trim and illuminated door sills used in the show vehicle. Remember that when Freeway Chevrolet installs any accessories or performance parts, your new car warranty remains unaffected.
JD Power Honors Prove Quality and Dependability
If you’re looking for a car, truck or SUV that’s going to be there for the long haul, the awards say smart shoppers will consider a Chevy. Chevrolet was the most honored car company by the research institute J.D. Power last year, earning top Initial Quality and Dependability awards for the Spark, Camaro, Tahoe, Equinox, Silverado and Malibu. The awards are a result of an independent poll of customers after the first 90 days of ownership, proving that Chevrolet customers are happy with their purchase long after the new car smell starts to fade away. See why Americans love their Chevy by taking a look at the new car inventory at Freeway Chevrolet.
Chevy Has Most Awards of Any Company
Along with the prestigious honors from JD Power, Chevy has also piled up a mountain of awards from various auto industry sources. From the tiny Spark to the family-friendly Suburban, virtually every model has won multiple honors. Motor Trend magazine’s car and truck of the year for 2016 were the Chevy Camaro and Colorado. The Colorado also scored honors from U.S. News and World Report as the best compact truck for the money, and from Kelley Blue Book as the winner in the 5-year “Cost to Own” category, as well as having the best resale value. Chevy’s Tahoe, a leader in the full-size SUV market, earned honors from Kelley Blue Book as a Best Buy, as well as being one of the “Best 15 Family Cars.”
Looking For Fuel Efficient SUV?
If you’re looking for a fuel efficient SUV that does the job whether you’re in the office carpool or official driver for your kid’s softball team, you need to explore the Chevy Equinox. This capable people carrier has earned JD Power’s top honor for two years in a row, as well as being named the “Most Dependable Compact SUV.” It’s also a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. And don’t forget it does all this while still delivering an efficient 32 mpg on the highway. If you need something just a bit bigger, the Traverse is a midsize SUV that was honored by U.S. News and World Report as well as industry watchdog Edmunds.
Corvette and Camaro Deliver Sporty Fun
We get it. You’re not quite ready for the SUV and you’d like a little more performance than that offered by an economic compact. Head to Freeway Chevrolet and compare the different models of the Camaro and Corvette. The Camaro, one of the most popular pony cars in America, was named to Car and Driver’s “10Best” list for 2016 and remains at the top of the JD Power rankings. The Corvette, that sports car that’s an iconic part of Americana, was named a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy, as well as having the best resale value in 2015. Edmunds also picked the Corvette as its Top-Rated Coupe.
Compact SUV Only One to Offer Diesel
With a choice of three engines, including a 1.6L turbo-diesel, the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox offers consumers more variety than any other compact SUV. Whether you choose the 1.5L turbo, 2.0L turbo or the diesel, the Equinox has the vehicle to fit your transportation needs. “With three choices, customers can select an engine that offers more of the attributes that are important to them: efficiency, performance and capability,” according to Dan Nicholson, VP of Global Propulsion Systems. “The advantage for each is the power of a larger engine and the fuel economy of a smaller engine.” The multi-engine turbocharged lineup is a first for Chevy in North America. See all the options and make your choice with a visit to Freeway Chevrolet.
Choose from Ultra-efficient, Power or Torque
The three engines offer three unique choices for SUV buyers. Pick the smaller engine and you get ample horsepower, but outstanding 31 mpg efficiency on the highway. Opt for the larger gas engine and horsepower climbs to 252 with a wide range of top torque for towing and quick acceleration. That engine gives the Equinox a 3,500 pound trailering capacity, more than enough for small recreational needs. The 2.0L engine only costs you about 3 mpg on the highway. Diesels are known for their low-end torque, and the Equinox doesn’t disappoint. With 236 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm, the diesel engine continues to maintain power through a broad range thanks to a variable-geometry turbo charger. This diesel is also one of the most refined in the industry, with stop/start technology.
Turbocharging all the Rage at Chevrolet
The Equinox is not the only Chevy taking advantage of the extra compression generated by a turbocharger. Camaro, Malibu, Cruze, Sonic and Trax all have gas turbo options. The Colorado and Silverado pickup have a turbo-diesel engine available. Stepping on the gas to kick in the turbos increases the power without affecting the efficiency of the engine under light loads. The 2.0L gas turbo in the Equinox is paired with a new 9-speed automatic transmission that has smaller delineations between gears to increase efficiency and provide a smooth ride. Thanks to some clever linear design, the 9-speed transmission is roughly the same weight as the old 6-speed. You can test drive the 2018 Chevy Equinox and all three engine choices next spring when it arrives at the Freeway Chevrolet showroom.