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Unique Proportion Provides Solid Stance
When the Chevrolet execs told designers they had complete freedom to design a cutting edge electric vehicle, the artists and engineers took them at their word. “We were given a blank canvas – a rare opportunity with a unique platform to recast EV design for customers across the spectrum,” according to Chevy’s managing director of design, Stuart Norris. “The team answered the challenge with a progressive design distinguished by dramatic graphics and exceptional passenger space.” With a long 102.4-inch wheel base and wide stance, the Bolt has an aggressive look on the highway. The Chevrolet Bolt will be going into production this year and arriving at Freeway Chevrolet in the late fall.
Smart Design Provides Loads of Passenger Room
With a flat battery pack, there is plenty of room in the rear seat for long legs, crucial on road trips with older kids or adults. “The flat-pack orientation offered the flexibility to make the most of the proportions while creating a clean, sculpted design,” Norris said. “This really opened up the interior and created a fantastic view from every seating position.” Along with seating for five passengers, the new Bolt has 16.9 cubic feet of cargo room, which is plenty for hauling groceries, luggage or sports equipment.
Huge Windows Produce a Greenhouse Effect
Unlike the greenhouse effect that is responsible for depleting the ozone, the large windows of the Bolt provide a view similar to sitting inside a greenhouse. The rear window goes all the way down to the license plate and a sharply inclined windshield delivers not only an excellent view but adds to the sporty styling of the vehicle. The combination of natural light with a pleasing choice of color selections on the interior means the Chevrolet Bolt will have an open passenger environment that makes the vehicle seem much bigger than its actual size.
“The Bolt EV’s design elements are designed for everyday life and the space inside accommodates it all, whether you and your friends go shopping for the day or take off for the weekend,” Norris continued. “Inside and out, this game-changing vehicle makes a dramatic statement with a distinctive identity that can only be a Chevy and challenges expectations for what an affordable EV can offer.”
Extended Range, Low Final Price Make Bolt Attractive
With an estimated 200 mile range and a price below $30,000 after federal tax credits, the Bolt will clear two important hurdles that have kept electric vehicle sales low. With plenty of mileage for the average commuter between charges, the Bolt removes the fear that you’ll be stranded somewhere with no power. Stay tuned to Freeway Chevrolet for more news on when the first Bolt is set to hit the showroom.
Heavy Duty Chevy Tows Up to Nine Tons
Nine tons is a lot of weight, but for those who need a workhorse to haul a whole herd of horses, the Silverado 2500 HD equipped with the Duramax Diesel is the truck of choice. The 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8 has a cast-iron block that is engineered to handle the stress needed to move large loads. The engine creates an amazing 765 foot pounds of torque, which comes in handy when you’re trying to move those horses up a steep incline. Features like a forged steel crankshaft ensures your engine will hold up to whatever you require, not matter the weather or road conditions. Check out the Chevrolet Silverado HD and all it can do at Freeway Chevrolet.
Driver Assistance Features Help Control Your Load
As anyone who has towed anything can attest, sometimes a trailer has a mind of its own. Seeing your trailer pass you on a long descent can be a little unnerving, so Chevy has designed a number of features to show your load who’s the boss. Trailer sway control utilizes sensors to determine when a trailer is starting to lose control. It automatically applies both the truck and trailer brakes to keep your vehicle and load working together. An available diesel exhaust brake system works with the transmission to give the brakes a break on long declines, while a rear camera lets you keep a close eye on what’s happening behind you. Hill start assist is very handy when you’re parked on an incline. It keeps the brake engaged as you apply throttle, releasing only when you’ve built up enough torque to move ahead.
Quiet Cabin Equals Happy Driver
Anyone who has stood outside a running diesel knows they can be quite noisy. Although modern diesel engines are quieter than those of 20 years ago, Chevy has outfitted the cab of its Silverado pickups with plenty of sound deadening material. Thicker windshield glass also helps keep the noise on the outside where it belongs. The cabin is a comfortable place for long road trips, with plush leather available along with WiFi connectivity and a large touch screen for navigation and driver apps. All the controls are available at a finger’s reach, making driving more comfortable and less tiring. Step up to the High Country trim package and you not only get leather, but 12-way adjustable front bucket seats complete with embroidered head rests. Swing by Freeway Chevrolet and check out the inventory of Chevrolet Silverado pickups for the best in towing capacity and comfort.
Real People Give Opinions on Revamped Malibu
If you own a television, you’ve undoubtedly seen Chevrolet’s new “Real People, Not Actors” campaign to promote the quality and desirability of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. By removing all badging from the vehicle, Chevy asks real potential customers to guess the retail price of the sporty four-door sedan. Answers range from $50,000 on up and the people are shocked to find that the car is a Malibu with a starting price a little more than $22,000. Imagine how shocked you’ll be by the power and comfort of the new Malibu when you take a test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.
Changing Customer Mindset Key to New Campaign
Although Chevrolet has built reliable vehicles for years while developing a loyal customer base, the new ad campaign is geared towards people who may think the only good car is one that comes from Germany with an inflated price tag. “With the Malibu launch, we will continue to engage in authentic conversations about the product and truly surprise consumers with the exceptional design, features and technologies that they would never expect from a midsize sedan,” according to Chevy vice president of marketing Paul Edwards. “We now have a great opportunity with the all-new Malibu, Cruze and the rest of the Chevrolet lineup to continue to evolve our storytelling and move from shifting to reinforcing perceptions about the products and the brand.”
Malibu Gains in Size, Technology and Fuel Efficiency
Whether the vehicle has a name badge or not, take on look at the new Chevrolet Malibu and you’ll see an attractive car that’s not only fuel efficient, but large enough to carry adults in comfort. A longer wheelbase not only provides more interior room, but helps smooth out the bumps and provide a more comfortable ride. An aerodynamic body helps cut through the wind while providing a stylish look. The spacious cockpit puts all the controls at the driver’s fingertips, including a large touchscreen, multiple USB ports and a wireless charging station.
Hybrid Malibu Gives Off the Charts Mileage
Although the gas-powered Malibu provides a wonderful 37 miles per gallon, when you step up to the Malibu Hybrid that figure increases to 48 mpg. Utilize the driver’s efficiency gauge to coax the most miles per gallon possible out of your hybrid and continually challenge yourself to set a new record. Whether you choose a hybrid or traditional gas model, you’re going to be impressed when you first set your eyes on this beautiful sedan at Freeway Chevrolet.
Large V8 Delivers Four Doors of Fun
If your family life or other situation requires you to have a four-door sedan, but your heart keeps telling you it’s not time to give up that sports car, consider the 2016 Chevrolet SS as a compromise that delivers an exciting driving experience with plenty of room for passengers. Powered by a 6.2-liter V8, the SS pumps out 415 angry horsepower and 415 foot pounds of torque, enough to pin you and all your riders into your seats when making that last-second freeway merge. Head to Freeway Chevrolet and put the SS through its paces to see just how much fun you can have in a four-door car.
Performance Setup Delivers Premium Handling
From the finely-tuned sport suspension to the oversized Brembo brakes, the Chevrolet SS is crafted to stick through corners like it was on rails and stop when you’ve finally had enough. This roomy sedan is as agile as many two-seater roadsters, with little body roll when attacking tight corners on a mountain run. Dual-mode exhaust delivers a hearty rumble when you step on the gas. Magnetic ride control allows drivers to choose between Tour, Sport and Performance settings, depending on your mood and road conditions. The system provides the smooth ride of a luxury car with the precision of a sports car, giving you and your riders the best of both worlds. Near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution helps optimize the vehicle’s performance.
Interior Full of Creature Comforts
As opposed to some sports cars where the automaker throws out everything but the steering wheel to save on weight, the Chevrolet SS has a finely-crafted interior with leather appointments, firm bolsters and plenty of technological goodies to make long trips a joy. From the 10-way power seats that are both ventilated and heated to a large 8-inch MyLink infotainment system that controls communications, music and navigation, the feel of the SS cockpit is that of a much more expensive sedan. The SS also comes with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, allowing you and your passengers to connect to the Internet for work or play.
Heads Up Display Keeps Focus on Road
Chevy has integrated a heads up display that projects onto the windshield, allowing the driver to stay focused on the road while still taking in vital vehicle information. That, along with safety features like automatic parking assist, blind spot detection and forward collision alert, are just some of the advanced features that make this much more than just a super fast sedan. Check in with the pros at Freeway Chevrolet and see why the SS is a great way to keep your wild side alive just a bit longer.
It’s a Hatchback! No, It’s a Pizza Oven
The next time you look out the window in anticipation of a pizza delivery, don’t be surprised if the driver is behind the wheel of a Chevy Spark. Domino’s, one of the nation’s largest pizza chains, has chosen the sporty and fuel-efficient Spark as the basis for the specially build Domino’s Delivery Expert (DXP) vehicle. As just another innovation from the pizza chain, the DXP provides maneuverability in tight city traffic as well as excellent gas mileage, both important in the food delivery business.
Spark ‘Perfect Vehicle’ for Pizza Delivery
“The Chevrolet Spark is the perfect vehicle to bring our pizza delivery to life,” according to Russell Weiner, Domino’s president. “Not only will the DXP have a warming oven on board and enough storage capacity to hold 80 pizzas in the rear, but the fuel efficiency is something our franchisees welcome.” Production models of the Spark don’t come with a warming oven, but the compact vehicle is perfect for commuters or people who need the ability to combat urban traffic congestion. Take a trip to Freeway Chevrolet and see just how much fun these little cars are to drive.
Crowd Funding Project Creates DXP
The DXP came to existence through the Domino’s Ultimate Delivery Challenge, a crowd funded exercise designed to create the best vehicle for pizza drivers. Dealers, like Freeway Chevrolet, will receive special training on how to service this unusual fleet once vehicles are delivered to their part of the country. Some DXPs are already in service, with the remainder of the rollout happening through next year. “We love to see fleets use our vehicles in new and innovative ways,” said GM Fleet vice president Ed Peper. “This partnership between Chevrolet and Domino’s demonstrates the versatility, technology and performance our vehicles can deliver – n a literal sense in this case – to fleets across America.”
2015 Spark Models on Sale Now
Freeway Chevrolet is having a big sale on the 2015 Spark models during the holiday season. Find a Chevy holiday bonus tag on a Spark and get up to $1,500 cash allowance. The Chevy Spark is not only fun to drive, it’s fun to look at. This sporty little hatchback comes in eight colors like Denim, Lime and Lemonade. It’s 1.4-liter engine provides plenty of pop and delivers 39 miles per gallon on the highway. If you like to put a car through its paces, choose the sporty 6-speed transmission, or if slow and steady is your pace, an automatic is also available.
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.