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Capability and Driver Enjoyment Two Key Reasons for Win
When “Motor Trend” magazine named the Chevrolet Colorado as its “Truck of the Year” for 2015, it was a significant accomplishment. Competition was fierce from such well-known stalwarts from Ford, Dodge and Toyota. Even the Colorado’s big brother, the Silverado, had much better name recognition and a solid history as one of America’s Big Three trucks. Now that the Colorado has claimed the award for a second straight year, the editors of Motor Trend say that they just couldn’t ignore the midsize truck’s performance, efficiency and the fact that it is just a joy to drive. Head over to Freeway Chevrolet for a test-drive and see why the Colorado is turning the truck world on its proverbial ear.
Smaller Size Improves Handling and Gas Mileage
Although the Colorado is by no means a dwarf, it is smaller and lighter than most pickups. It’s about the same size as the Toyota Tacoma, but outperforms the Japanese import in terms of both acceleration and braking. The Colorado is also the only midsize truck to offer a diesel option, which provides plenty of torque for towing or just slogging up rough trails. A great attention to sound deadening, as well as interior fit and finish, helps the Colorado keep the rattling of the diesel on the outside where it belongs. The truck’s diesel exhaust brake system helps drivers maintain control on sharp descents without wearing out the breaks.
Highway Fuel Efficiency Delivers 32 MPG
Although the EPA hasn’t released figures for the diesel engine, Motor Trend’s exhaustive tests show the truck delivers numbers more appropriate for a small sedan. The editors say the truck scored 31.4 mpg on the highway and 23.2 mpg in city driving. That adds up to a combined 26.3 mpg, which would have seemed laughable for any truck just a few years ago. You do have to pay about $3,730 extra for the diesel engine, but Motor Trend says that the savings add up to make it a good buy.
Overall Design is Best in Class
The Motor Trend editors love the design of the Chevrolet Colorado, both inside and out. Crisp, clean lines, tightly fitting panels and an aggressive stance all say that this is a truck of which to be wary. The interior features superior ergonomics and quality materials that provide a comfortable experience whether you’re on a long road trip or crawling up switchbacks in the mountains. All in all, Chevy has hit a home run with the Colorado once again. See it for yourself with a trip to Freeway Chevrolet.
Custom Adventure Truck Featured at SEMA
When the automotive world gets together at the yearly SEMA show in Las Vegas, manufacturers are expected to produce wild, wacky and far out concept vehicles from their standard production models. The Chevrolet Silverado got the full adventure treatment when the automaker teamed up with the Realtree outdoor gear company and Michael Waddell, who hosts the Outdoor Channel’s “Bone Collector” show. The result was a concept vehicle that will go anywhere you want, or don’t want, to go. “This Silverado concept is the perfect outdoor lifestyle vehicle, offering the capability to take you deep into the woods and mountains, with the specialty gear to make the excursion more successful,” according to Waddell. You can’t buy this Bone Collector, but there are plenty of off-road Silverados ready to test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.
Chevrolet Aftermarket Accessories Add to Capabilities
The Chevrolet Silverado is one of the more popular vehicles to add aftermarket Chevrolet accessories. The Bone Collector took advantage of all that’s available, with 22-inch aluminum wheels, front brush bar, steps and a sport bar with LED lights so you can see where you’re going when the trail gets dark. Realtree provided the camo paint scheme that also features Waddell’s signature. The vehicle has upgraded brakes to help keep control on those long, slippery descents. On the inside, sill plates, ambient lights and a storage system for under the seats all came from the Chevrolet Accessory market. One of the purposes of creating the concept is to show what a person can do with a little imagination and a few dollars. “They demonstrate what’s possible through personalization, inspiration, and the assurance of the industry’s most dependable, longest lasting full size trucks,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevy marketing director.
Available Silverado Offers Plenty of Capability
The Bone Collector concept is based off a standard 2016 Silverado pickup with a 6.2-liter V8, which you can buy off the lot at Freeway Chevrolet. That package offer the most horsepower (420) in its class and can tow up to 12,000 pounds, or just about the biggest horse trailer you can imagine. Chevy is recording all the opinions it receives about the Bone Collector, so there’s a chance that a similar special edition might some day make it to the production line. If not, this adventure truck is sure to inspire some more aftermarket accessories that will go well on whatever Silverado you choose.
Digital Steering Assist Offers Greater Responsiveness
In an attempt to keep making the tough jobs easy, the new Chevrolet Silverado has a full suite of new technology designed to help drivers maintain control of their truck. One of the most innovative features is digital steering assist. Available only on some crew cab and double cab configurations, this electronic control helps you maintain your position on the road even when hauling a heavy load. It is particularly effective on crowned roads, where heavy trucks have a tendency to drift to the side. Digital steering assist also helps you feel the road without feeling a need to “over drive” the vehicle. Check this feature and other technologies out at Freeway Chevrolet.
Fifth Wheel Trailer Prep Package Makes Truck Ready to Go
If you know you’re going to be hauling a fifth wheel trailer, there’s a special prep package that has your truck ready to move large trailers as soon as it leaves the factory floor. A spray-in bedliner, frame-mounted hitch and tray that accommodates either a fifth-wheel hitch or gooseneck ball are all included in the package. Also featuring a wiring harness mounted in the bed, this accessory package will be available in early 2016.
MyLink Offers Greater Choices for Connectivity
MyLink, Chevrolet’s HD connectivity system, is offering even more choices for 2016. A faster processor, improved HD radio and 7-inch touchscreen all combine to provide for increased performance and better quality sound. MyLink now offers both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, allowing you to access a limited number of apps from your new truck. There is also an option for an 8-inch screen that also includes CarPlay, with the Android system coming later this year. Other new features for this model year include wireless phone charging that helps keep your phone cool, remote locking tailgate and three smoking hot new colors: Siren Red Tintcoat, Butte Red Metallic and Red Hot.
Silverado HD Offers Wide Variety of Configurations
If you need to tow a large trailer, Silverado has the truck that can perform the task. The 2500HD has a maximum trailer rating of 18,000 pounds, while the 3500HD can tow up to 23,200 pounds. Those ratings are generated by using the Duramax turbo-diesel when paired with the Allison 1000 transmission. You can get a Silverado HD truck in regular cab, double cab and crew cab, with beds ranging from 6 feet, 6 inches to 8 feet long. The trim packages are the same as the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, with the base Work Truck, LT, LTZ and High Country offering a variety of different creature comforts and looks. See the entire lineup of tough Silverado trucks at Freeway Chevrolet.
First Long Range, Affordable Electric Vehicle
While other electric vehicles are challenged to get even 80 miles out of a single charge, the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt has a range of more than 200 miles. That figure will help build consumer confidence that electric vehicles are a reasonable alternative to small gasoline engines and hybrids. With the ability to drive all week without worrying about charging or heading out for a day trip with the ability to make it home under power, Chevy is banking on consumers being more open to giving electric-powered vehicles a try. The new Chevy Bolt will go into production late next year and be available for sale at your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet, sometime around January of 2017.
Achieving Long Range Took Cooperation Between Partners
It took a lot of big brains sitting around conference room tables to create the technology that allows the Bolt to break through the range restrictions of electric vehicles. Companies with experience in infotainment, component development and battery systems worked closely with Chevrolet engineers and designers to make the vehicle a reality. The main partner was the LG group, known mostly for large home appliances. “By taking the best of our in-house engineering prowess established with the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV, and combining the experience of the LG Group, we’re able to transform the concept of the industry’s first long range, affordable EV into reality,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president.
LG Invests $250 Million into Bolt Development
The LG Group combined the best and brightest minds in its company along with a quarter-billion dollar investment into a plant in Korea to develop and manufacture components for the Bolt. “Being selected as GM’s EV technology partner positions LG as a key player in next-generation vehicular technologies,” said Woo-jong Lee, president of LG’s Electronic Vehicle Component division. GM began its work with LG back in 2007 when developing the OnStar communication system. LG was also the supplier of batteries for the Chevy Volt in 2010. The success of those two partnerships spawned the latest collaboration on the Bolt. Although the new EV will be well worth waiting for, if you need a high gas mileage car now head over to Freeway Chevrolet and take a long look at the Volt, Spark and Sonic.
Chevy Strategy is Build, Buy and Partner
Where it makes sense, Chevrolet is committed to building its own components. Otherwise, the company will examine the options and either buy components outright or partner with a company like LG to develop specific parts as needed. The up and coming Bolt is a perfect example of a partnership that will pay huge dividends both for the company and American drivers looking to be environmentally conscious and frugal at the pumps.
Testing Involves Hauling Employees Around Campus
If you’re an employee at the General Motors Tech Center, don’t be surprised if the car you order to take you from place to place on the 600-acre campus doesn’t have a driver. The company is using the Chevrolet Volt as a test vehicle for autonomous driving. All an employee has to do is use a smart phone to request a ride. The Volt will then pull up, they’ll get in, and it will take them to their next meeting. Although the autonomous Volt isn’t ready for public consumption yet, you can see the amazingly efficient vehicle for yourself with a trip to Freeway Chevrolet.
GM Also Launching Ride Share Program
In an effort to lead the way in technology and systems that improve personal mobility within the next decade, General Motors also announced a ride-sharing program for employees that will test new hardware and software systems. The first program has already launched in New York City, with other cities scheduled in the future. By using employees in the ride-share test program, GM is hoping to gain insights into not only technological means to improve the experience, but also learn from user experiences. The company has already had some success partnering with Google in a ride-sharing experiment last year.
Other Solutions to Personal Mobility in the Works
GM is busily trying to take the lead in the solution to the personal mobility problem facing urban areas in the next decade. The highway system simply cannot sustain the rate of vehicle growth, as evidenced by massive gridlock in cities like New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco. By providing alternatives like electronic bicycles, ride sharing and autonomous vehicle deployment, GM and other automakers are taking a proactive approach to the problem of moving people from one point to another. Although the company has made great strides in emission controls over the past decade, it realizes that doesn’t solve the problem of crowded roads.
New Volt Offers Extended Range
While the problems of mobility are worked on, you can still help control emissions by purchasing a Chevrolet Volt from Freeway Chevrolet. The Volt has 40 percent more range when utilizing electric power alone. Allowing for the small gasoline backup engine to kick in, you can travel 420 miles without filling up your tank. The electric-only range is 53 miles, or far more than most commuters drive to and from work each day. Chevrolet estimates that a new Volt will average 1,000 miles between fill-ups based on recharging the vehicle at home daily.
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.