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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Named North American Car of the Year

For 2014, the Chevy Corvette is all new and available at Freeway Chevy. There are performance upgrades, a nicer interior and an exotic exterior design that heralds in the seventh generation of the Chevrolet Corvette. All of the hard work from the men and women at General Motors has earned the Corvette the coveted North American Car of the Year award.

Raking in 211 points from the 49-member jury, the Corvette virtually swept the competition—and for good reason. While the other two competitors are spectacular cars, they just couldn’t amass the votes to win.

Packing up to 460 horsepower and offering a sub four-second 0-to-60 sprint, the 2014 Corvette is a performance beast. For a mere $52,000, which isn’t chump change, but still cheap, you can have a car that performs against competitors twice its price.

With a seven-speed manual shifting the gears, the Corvette has a top speed of about 190 mph—plenty of speed to have a license or two revoked.

The interior of the 2014 Corvette is where the engineers and designers really excelled.

In the previous-generation Corvette, the interior was a hard sell for many people. When compared to its competitors, the Corvette had the interior of a car 10 years older than it actually was. Cheap plastic pieces were everywhere. The seats were lackluster, and many had a hard time justifying spending money on a car that felt cheap on the inside, regardless of performance.

For 2014, all that has changed. The Corvette has an interior that exudes opulence and functionality. It finally feels like the interior of a true, modern sports car. Soft leather wraps the dash. The seats hold a driver firmly in place and in comfort. The instrument cluster is modern and technologically advanced for the segment.

The exterior is still unmistakably Corvette. While the lines have gotten sharper and the signature, round taillights are now gone, the Corvette looks like a modern sports car all around. It’s a car no longer fit for the retirement community parking lot. Corvette has had a problem with its customers being more from the AARP market, but now they have a car that everyone wants in their driveway. To get your 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, visit your area Phoenix Chevrolet dealer today.

2014 Chevy Silverado

Available at a Phoenix Chevy dealer, the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was recently named North American Truck of the Year. This honor is awarded annually at the start of media week at the North American International Auto Show. Forty-nine automotive journalists from the United States and Canada vote to recognize the most outstanding vehicles of the year based on factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

Though it may be hard to see at first, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is all-new from head to toe. It’s what lies beneath the bodywork that counts, as the Silverado’s improvements become immediately evident once you step inside. The 2014 Chevy Silverado offers one of the best interiors in its class. Basic push-button controls handle most primary functions, and the ergonomic center stack keeps the touch-screen within arm’s reach. Crafty storage solutions scattered throughout the interior demonstrate thoughtful attention to detail.

The 2014 Silverado is offered in standard cab, double cab and crew cab body styles. Double cab models come with a 6’6” bed, while regular cabs offer the choice of a 6’6” or 8’ bed. Crew cabs are available with a 5’8” or 6’6” bed. In terms of equipment, the volume-leading LT grade includes an “EZ-Lift” tailgate, a driver information center with a 4.2-inch display, OnStar emergency/concierge services, and a 6-speaker audio system with Pandora and basic voice-recognition software. Stepping up to the LTZ trim gives you heated front seats, leather and touch-screen audio, while the upper-crust High Country edition adds ventilated front seats, Bose premium audio, and 20-inch chrome wheels in a Western-themed package. Z71 versions up the performance ante with a locking rear differential, off-road suspension and all-terrain tires.

Under the hood, The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a completely new EcoTec3 engine lineup. All three engines feature an aluminum block and heads, direct injection, variable-valve timing, and GM’s Active Fuel Management, which shuts down two cylinders in the V6, or four cylinders in the V8 under light load conditions to save fuel.

The 4.3-liter V6 engine produces 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, while the 5.3-liter V8 makes 355 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both can run on regular gasoline or E85 ethanol. A 6.2-liter V8 will also be offered later this year, but power numbers have yet to be announced. The lone transmission is a 6-speed automatic.

For more information on the 2014 Chevy Silverado, or to go on a test drive, visit Freeway Chevrolet.

Chevy Certified Pre-Owned Program

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Now every Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Chevy gives you the value and confidence you need. That’s because starting from the delivery of your vehicle, Freeway Chevrolet provides you with CPO exclusives.

In order for your Chevy to participate, it must meet these certification standards:

  • Be a 2007 (or newer) model Chevy, Buick, GMC, Pontiac or Saturn
  • Have a maximum of 75,000 miles
  • Pass our 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning Process
  • Have a clean title
  • Come with a Vehicle History Report

Every Certified Pre-Owned Chevy vehicle comes with the 2-year/30,000-Mile Standard CPO Maintenance Plan to keep your vehicle in great condition with the following services:

  • Oil Changes: based on your vehicle’s Oil Life Monitor system
  • Tire Rotations
  • Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection (MPVI)

Almost every part of our vehicles are covered under the 12-Month/12,000-Mile1 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty (excludes normal wear and maintenance items). Visit Freeway Chevy for a list of exclusions.

Now every Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle from Chevrolet comes with a transferable 5-Year/100,000-Mile4 Powertrain Limited Warranty, plus 24-hour Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation. We believe in our vehicles and aren’t afraid to stand behind them.

Here’s What’s Included:

  • $0 Deductible
  • Transferable to subsequent owners
  • 24-hour Roadside assistance: Wherever you go, we’re right there with you. We’re proud to offer the response, security and convenience of our 24-hour GM Roadside Assistance Program for the life of the Powertrain Limited Warranty. See your dealer for details.
  • Courtesy transportation: During the warranty coverage period, this program provides alternate transportation and/or reimbursement of certain transportation expenses under the Courtesy Transportation Program if your vehicle requires warranty repairs. Visit Freeway Chevrolet for details.

To learn more about the Chevy CPO program, visit Freeway Chevrolet.

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Honoring our military staff and their families, Freeway Chevrolet is proud to announce special pricing on select GM and Chevrolet vehicles, often resulting in discounts of up to $3,000 off the price of a 2013 or 2014 vehicle. And, as a special bonus, any active military personnel who come to Freeway Chevrolet for an oil change will receive the oil change for free.

In addition to discounts on vehicle prices, military members often can combine those savings with current incentive offers. The Chevrolet Military Discount is available to more military divisions than any other brand. Active Duty members, Reserves, Veterans within one year of discharge and Retirees of the US Military – including their spouses – are eligible for this exclusive way to save on a new GM or Chevy vehicle.

Military members who also use USAA as their insurance carrier can receive a $750 incentive off the price of a vehicle from Freeway’s new Chevy inventory. For example, if a military member wants to purchase a 2014 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, Short Box 2WD LT, he or she may receive up to a $3,887 discount off the MSRP price of $37,345. Interested in purchasing a 2014 Cruze FW 1LT Automatic? You’ll save nearly $2,500 off the MSRP of $20,735 through the military discount program.

“This program is a tremendous way to honor the service of our military members,” explains Mike Cook, General Manager of Freeway Chevrolet. “The discounts are a way to say “thank you” to those who have served and protected our freedoms. It’s a great way to get a vehicle because the military discount can often be combined with other incentives.”

Current incentives include bonus cash, consumer cash and special financing offers. Right now, there is $1,500 of consumer cash on a 2014 Cruze; the 2014 Silverado has a special finance offer of 3.9 percent APR for 60 months. These offers can be used in addition to the military discount. Disabled military members also can use their discount in conjunction with the GM Mobility reimbursement. Other restrictions may apply: Contact the sales professionals at Freeway Chevrolet for more information on the military program and incentives on eligible vehicles.

Winter care tips for electric vehicles

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Cold winter temperatures affect both combustion and electric engines alike, but for EV owners, special care should be taken when driving an alt-fuel vehicle winter. A Chevrolet electric vehicle is a wonderfully-convenient car for those living in cities or suburbs with a short commute, but some may find the charge life is decreased and the car acts differently in the cold.

To maximize range, Plug in America recommends drivers “precondition” their cars before they leave their house in the morning.  What this means is keeping the vehicle plugged in as it warms up in the morning. By doing this, the car will be toasty when you enter and have a full charge to sustain it throughout the day.  Another way to conserve battery life is to use the seat warmers instead of the cabin heater when possible. Seat warmers take much less battery energy then a cabin heater. If you need to heat the entire cabin, try alternating between the two to conserve precious battery power.

Another way to protect the life of your EV battery is to park in a garage overnight and during winter storms. If you park outdoors, try to find a spot in direct sunlight to help warm your battery up a bit. Remember, both hot and cold weather can harm your battery, so do your best to keep it protected!

An emergency kit is always a must-have in your vehicle, but for EV owners, it should also include a heavy-duty 200′ extension cord and portable charger. Don’t forget gloves, a hat, or anything else that could keep you warm in an emergency. 120v outlets are not too difficult to find, both business and residential communities have access to them; with your 200 ft extension cord and portable charger, recharging for a couple hours in the case of an emergency should not be a problem.  As a point of courtesy, always ask before you plug in to a place of business and offer to pay for the electricity you’ve used. An added bonus to carrying your portable charger in your trunk is  you may be able to charge during work hours. Make sure you find an available outlet and ask your place of work first. Visit Freeway Chevy and ask your dealer if you can order a second portable charger if you would rather leave your original at home.

While we all love how quickly our EV’s can accelerate, slow down your driving speed on snow, rain, and ice covered roads. The last thing you would want is to skid off the road into another car. By slowing down (and driving your car in its economy mode) you will also extend your driving range as far as possible. If you aren’t in a rush, take surface streets home verses the highway to get the most out of your car.

Please visit a Chevy dealer in Chandler if you have any more questions on how to optimize the driving of your electric vehicle in the winter months.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51

The Chevrolet Corvette Z51 has won numerous accolades since its introduction earlier this year. Its most prominent award has been bestowed upon it from Road & Track, being named the magazine’s Performance Car of the Year for 2014.

The Chevy Corvette is a staple of American performance. The latest iteration of Chevrolet’s sports car, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51, packs performance into an unheard of affordable package.

The new LT1 6.2-liter V-8 engine produces a sporty 460 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque with the optional Sport package. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard, with a six-speed paddle-shifted automatic available on the option’s list.

What makes the Corvette such a wonderfully balanced car, in both performance and price, is its ability to compete on the track with cars $30,000 more expensive. At Road & Track, the Corvette won out against competitors like the Audi R8 V10 Plus, Porsche Cayman S, and Ford Fiesta ST.

“It’s the most capability that any manufacturer has ever delivered for this money, it’s rewarding to drive for everyone from novice to seasoned racer, and it is, definitely and deservedly, the Road & Track Performance Car of the Year,” wrote automotive scribe Jack Baruth.

With a vastly improved interior that can now compete with higher-priced competitors, Chevrolet wasted no effort in making the Corvette Z51 an everyman’s sports car.

It’s important to General Motors as its new flagship vehicle. The Corvette has been GM’s test bed for numerous new technologies and equipment long before they trickle down to other GM products. It’s performance alone puts it in a class that outstrips its price.

With the Road & Track award now lining the shelf, the Corvette Z51 has earned its place in amongst its rivals as an equal. No other car on the market today can offer what the Corvette does for the price—and that is worthy of many awards. For more information and a test drive, visit your Freeway Chevy dealership today.

Chevy Safe Vehicles

When it comes to buying a new car, safety is always important. According to Chevy research, safety ranks in the top 10 reasons for purchasing a certain vehicle, so they make sure to put an emphasis on it. Their goal is to design safety and crashworthiness into their vehicles very early in development on a broad range of models, not just on the most expensive vehicles. All Chevrolet vehicles are designed to provide continuous protection for customers before, during and after a crash.

If you are in the market for a new Chevy in Phoenix, you will find seven 2014 model year vehicles that have earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offered by Chevrolet. That’s more than any other automotive brand can claim.

NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs.

NHTSA also investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets and enforces fuel economy standards. NHTSA takes pride in helping states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers, promoting the use of safety belts and providing consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics.

The seven vehicles to earn a 5-Star Overall Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program were the Chevrolet Sonic, Cruze, Volt, Impala, Traverse, Camaro Coupe, and the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, all available at a Chandler Chevy dealer. Even more impressive is the fact that the Sonic is the first and only car in the subcompact class to earn a 5-Star Overall Score.

You can learn more about the safety technologies that go into each of these vehicles by visiting Freeway Chevrolet today!

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Those looking for a large vehicle, with lots of space for people and storage, will love the redesigned 2015 Chevy Tahoe. A new engine, interior features and fold-in-the-floor second- and third-row seats with keep this powerhouse SUV a popular choice among families and consumers who tow vehicles.

Based on the Chevy Silverado chassis, the new Tahoe comes with a new grille, full-width bumper and rounded front end for better aerodynamics. Headlights that extend into the front fender match those of older sibling Suburban, and the entire front end is definitely features a “Like a Rock” Chevy feel.

Large SUVs are never known for their mpg rating; the 2015 Tahoe may change that when it rolls into your Phoenix Chevy dealer in January 2014. The engine is a new 5.3L small block V8 that delivers 355hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and uses efficiency-boosting tech such as direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing. Although not yet EPA rated, expect the mpg’s to improve over the 2014 Tahoe’s 15mpg/city-21mpg/highway rating. Towing capacity is rated at 8,500 pounds, and the Tahoe will be available with four-wheel drive.

Interior appointments include upgraded upholstery,  a slanted dash,  and doors that are inlaid into the bodysides, which should result in a quieter interior space while traveling at highway speed. Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system and 8-inch touchscreen are available, as are up to six USB ports and power outlets, keyless entry and pushbutton start. And no more removing the third-row seat from the vehicle for more cargo room: The 2015 Tahoe’s second and third row seats fold flat into the floor and feature an available power-folding option.

An impressive palette of new safety features also have been added; these include a front-seat center airbag, forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. Big Chevy SUVs are popular targets for thieves – GM has responded by equipping the new Tahoe with new technology such as window breakage sensors and vertical/interior movement sensors that will disable key systems and prevent the vehicle from starting or rolling.

Check back on the Freeway Chevrolet website for pricing, mpg estimates and a release date for the 2015 Chevy Tahoe.

Chevy Hyrid

 

It is no secret that Hybrid vehicles will save you money at the pump, but many consumers fear they’ll lose these savings down the line on car repairs or replacing dead hybrid batteries. The truth is, no battery lasts forever, even advanced rechargeables like those in hybrid cars. After a certain amount of electron traffic in and out of its cells, a battery loses its ability to hold enough charge. But the question remains: How long will it last? Sadly, there is no perfect answer, just as there is no way to say exactly how long your transmission will last.

There are several different strategies for hybrid power. A hybrid might switch off the conventional engine at a stop and substitute electric propulsion for a certain distance, ranging from across the intersection to across town. It might switch off the engine at a stop and then bring it to life again when it’s time to go, saving a little bit of fuel. It might add an electric assist to a small engine under acceleration, or shut down the engine while coasting down a hill. Hybrid now means a greater range of performance alternatives, so it’s important to understand what you’re paying for and what you’re getting in return.

The most important question has to do with the calculation of the length of time it will take cheaper running costs to match the increased purchase cost, which might range from several years to decades depending on fuel prices. In terms of warranties, car dealers like Freeway Chevrolet typically offer longer coverage for the hybrid-specific components (typically about 8 years), so you’re covered if something goes wrong with the batteries or electric motor.  The cost of replacing a battery pack also varies, although it’s not as expensive as consumers once feared.

For more information on hybrid technology, visit a Phoenix Chevy dealer.

 

Introducing the 2014 Chevrolet Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Stingray

2014 Chevrolet Stingray

Sports car enthusiasts will likely be happy with the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Edmunds said that the redesigned interior and up-to-date electronics make this car well rounded. Check it out at Freeway Chevrolet.

According to carandriver.com, the new Stingray performs excellent on the streets. It can get around 30 mpg, which is good for a sports car. However, what is most impressive is the new interior.

The seats have been upgraded from the previous model. They can be adjusted in eight different ways through a high-tech control panel. The driver and passenger can customize their seats and find the most comfortable position. If looking for a full-leather interior, customers will have to pay extra from the base price of a little under $52,000. The convertible version of the car starts around $57,000.

Other high tech features include push button start, keyless access and a rear vision camera. The new Stingray gives plenty of opportunities for buyers to customize their vehicle. There are 10 different exterior color options and seven interior color options.

The new Stingray features a 460 horsepower, 7-speed transmission, and includes five driver modes, putting it in line with other sports cars in its class.

As you would expect of a Corvette, the new Stingray displays impressive speed. According to caranddriver.com, the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette can hit 60 mph in four seconds and 117 mph in 12 seconds (this is faster than the Porsche Boxster and Cayman). The Stingray can also stop just as quickly and at the same pace as the Cayman.

The new Stingray has already been sent from the assembly plants to dealerships across the U.S.

“It’s an amazing sight to see the transporters filled with Stingrays heading to customers in all corners of the country,” said Dave Tatman, plant manager of General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly plant.

Check out your local Phoenix Chevrolet dealer.