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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.
Initial Quality Review Has Four Chevys on Top
Based on responses from more than 86,000 purchasers in a survey conducted by noted research firm J.D. Powers, Chevrolet has the most cars of any automaker in the top three positions of the Initial Quality survey. The Chevrolet Malibu, Equinox, Spark and Silverado LD each captured the highest ranking in their respective categories. Other Chevys in the top three included the Sonic, Camaro, Impala, Traverse, Silverado HD and the Tahoe. “We are constantly challenging ourselves to bring to market the highest quality products for our customers, regardless of the type of vehicle they purchase,” said Alan Batey, president of global Chevrolet. “Quality studies like this one tell us we are moving in the right direction.”
Customers Show Quality Results in Sales
Not surprisingly, the sales numbers for May show that consumers are responding to the outstanding quality of Chevrolet vehicles. From a year ago, May sales show that the Equinox was up 30 percent, Malibu rose 11 percent, Silverado LD was 11 percent higher and Silverado HD was up 6 percent. Surveys were taken after 90 days of ownership with the intent of providing automakers information that could quickly head off any problems. See the results of attention to detail for yourself by taking a test drive of any of the Chevy vehicles at your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet.
Malibu Weight Reduction Improves Performance
Along with paying attention to every detail in terms of quality, Chevrolet put the Malibu on a weight loss program that results in better efficiency and handling. By dropping nearly 300 pounds from the previous model year, the standard Malibu increased its highway fuel consumption numbers to 37 mpg, while the Hybrid gets 48 mpg in the city. Much of the weight loss is due to a new body composition that uses thinner high-grade steel. The structure is just as protective in the event of a crash. Additional use of aluminum, a lighter engine and lighter finishing components also helped bring the Malibu weight down.
Robots Test Traverse Seats to Improve Quality
When Chevrolet engineers decided to put the Traverse seats to the ultimate test of real world driving for a mid-size SUV, they knew they had their work cut out for them. Seats are used for sitting, of course, but they are also used to carry boxes, as a makeshift desk and sometimes to stand on or walk over. By using robotic technology, Chevy ran through up to 50,000 different entry and exit cycles that was the equivalent of more than 10 years of use. “It was mandatory for us to maintain the quality of the mechanism of the seat but at the same time enable passengers, especially younger ones, to access the third-row seats,” said engineer Marco Zaccagnini. The result is a comfortable and durable seat that won’t break down after extended uses. Sit in a Traverse and feel how it safely cradles you and your precious cargo with a trip to Freeway Chevrolet.
Couple Leaves Work Behind to Explore
At some point in their lives, most people have the urge to just quit their job and leave the stress and monotony behind. The difference between most people and the team of Mark Christy and Nives Riddles is that most people get over the urge and end up going to work the next day. Christy and Riddles, a TV production tech and makeup artist, finally had enough of the daily stress and sold all their belongings. They took the money, built a little camp trailer and bought a dependable Chevrolet Silverado to take them to the badlands of Arizona.
Started with a Grand Canyon Hike
During a wedding in Arizona, the couple hiked the Grand Canyon. They fell in love with the natural beauty of the gorge and the incredible peace and quiet. “We both had that moment of not wanting to go back. We wanted to stay until we were sick of it,” Christy said. They did go back to their jobs in Philadelphia, but it wasn’t long until they just couldn’t stand it anymore and started the wheels in motion to become adventurers. They chronicle their adventures on the blog, Camp by Camp.
Chose Silverado for Towing Power
According to their blog, the couple originally started with a Toyota FJ Cruiser but it didn’t have enough power to tow through the challenging Arizona trails. They moved up to the ¾ ton Chevrolet Silverado and have had no problems exploring the backwoods and mountain ranges of the sunshine state. “The truck has gotten us everywhere we wanted to go,” Christy said. “It’s completely stock and has yet to leave us bogged down or stranded.” If you are planning some backroad adventures of your own, check out the lineup of 4x4s at Freeway Chevrolet.
Plan Met With Varying Degrees of Enthusiasm
Although their plan to drop out of the corporate world found some support among friends and family, others treated the news with a raised eyebrow. The couple has been pleasantly surprised with the number of people in the wild willing to offer a helping hand when needed. “It feels so different from the city, where it feels like people are out to get you,” Christy said. “Out here, people are so helpful.” Having sold all their belongings, the pair has nothing to go back home for so their plans are fluid. They plan to continue the adventure until they don’t want to anymore.
Best Selling Chevy Tops 3.5 Million Units
As Chevrolet prepares to introduce the next generation Cruze later this month, it comes on the heels of an announcement that the midsize sedan has sold more than 3.5 million vehicles, including a 10 percent increase in 2014 over the previous year. “When we introduced the Cruze it replaced 15 other compact vehicles around the glove,” said the president of GM North America, Alan Batey. “By consolidating design, engineering and marketing efforts, we were able to produce an award-winning, value-driven sedan that won over customers around the world.” The Cruze heads an impressive energy efficient lineup for Chevy that includes the Spark, Sonic, Malibu and Volt. Of all the Chevy cars, only the large sedan Impala gets less than 30 mpg on the highway.
Cruze Lures New Buyers to Chevrolet
The sporty appeal and environmental efficiency of the Cruze attracts young buyers to the bow tie brand for the first time, with the majority of them staying at least for their second vehicle. Fifty-six percent of first-time Cruze buyers stick with Chevrolet upon trading in the Cruz, with almost a quarter of those buyers purchasing another Cruze. With a diesel option that delivers up to 46 miles per gallon on the highway, the Cruz offers some of the most affordable high mileage compact vehicle packages on the planet. Visit Freeway Chevrolet and take a test-drive of the all-new Cruze when they arrive on the showroom floor next year.
New Cruze Larger and Lighter
Although Chevy is holding details close to the vest, the new Chevrolet Cruze is expected to be a little larger to provide more interior room and a little lighter to drive it’s industry-leading fuel economy even higher. Expected to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this Fall, the 2016 Cruze will be in dealerships by the spring of 2016, with the price tag remaining under $20,000 for entry models. Visit Freeway Chevrolet today to take advantage of lot-clearing discounts and rebates on the 2015 Cruze models.
New Technology Improves Entertainment and Safety
Along with the Volt, Spark, Malibu and Camaro, the new Cruze will be taking advantage of innovative technology to improve safety, performance, fuel economy and Internet connectivity. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is slated to offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, allowing you to take full advantage of the features on your smart phone through touch screen technology. All the new technology will usher in a new level of sophistication to the compact car segment, according to a General Motors spokesperson. Five years of basic OnStar service comes standard with all Cruze models.
Months of Teasing End in Big Reveal
The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix track was the site for the reveal of the completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. After months of teasing Camaro enthusiasts on the Chevrolet website with glimpses of specific parts and the sounds the new Camaro will make, a huge crowd gathered in the middle of May to see what all the hub bub was about. The result was a vehicle that is 200 to 300 pounds lighter than last year’s model, depending on configuration. Built on the General Motors Alpha Platform that it shares with the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the new Camaro utilizes many parts that are unique to the new Chevy.
Throaty? Exotic? Thunderous? You Describe the Roar
Each owner will undoubtedly have their own description of the sound the dual mode exhaust makes when they tramp down on the V6 accelerator, but suffice it to say it is much more sophisticated than the other vehicles in the Pony car wars. Feel the power unleash as you edge past the redline of 6,500 RPM. It’s an experience that grips your soul through the specially designed sport bucket seats that embrace your body in a loving hug.
Interior a Big Step Up
One of the problems with releasing a totally new redesigned vehicle is that buyers of the final previous model year will be disappointed. That’s certainly a possibility with the new Chevrolet Camaro. With an active noise cancellation system, you can decide whether you want to be in sports car mode and hear the rumble, or enjoy some concert quality sound on your way to work. More details on the interior will be released before the new Camaro appears in the Freeway Chevrolet showroom in the Fall of this year.
Comes with Three Engine Choices
Although the 2.0-liter Turbo will provide plenty of power to have fun on those daily commutes, if you really want to unleash the horses you might consider with the 3.6-liter V6 or the 6.2 LT1 V8. The latter engine will only be available on the SS model, producing 455 horsepower and 455 foot-pounds of torque. When designing the new Camaro, Chevrolet focused on performance, technology and design. Along with lightening the load and producing more horsepower, Chevy introduces magnetic ride control suspension on the SS for the first time ever. Take the new Chevrolet Camaro through its paces by visiting Freeway Chevrolet later this Fall for a test drive.