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OnStar Keeps an Eye on Key Systems

If you’re a little lax about keeping up with the maintenance on your new Chevy, OnStar is here to help. GM’s telemetry and communication system is launching a new predictive technology feature that will keep an eye on your fuel pump, starter motor and battery. If you opt in to the OnStar Protective Alert program, OnStar will automatically notify you when a problem starts to develop, saving you money on maintenance and keeping you from standing on the side of the road looking for help. Swing by and see the pros at Freeway Chevrolet to learn more about this program, which is currently available for the 2016 Silverado, Tahoe, Equinox, Suburban and Corvette. The new Chevy inventory offers a wide variety of choices depending on your vehicle needs.

“With Proactive Alerts, we can now offer our customers even greater peace-of-mind by taking the guesswork out of when to service their vehicle,” according to GM chief technologist Steve Holland, who noted the system will save time for both the dealership and the customer. “Accuracy is the key to our prediction algorithms. We will be able to inform dealer service departments so they can spend less time testing for a condition we’ve already diagnosed. They can replace the necessary part quicker and minimize the amount of time a customer’s vehicle is at the dealership.”

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The OnStar program is a subsidiary of GM that was launched in 1996. It not only provides owners with vehicle information, but acts as an emergency response system in case of an accident. OnStar also provides vehicle security and navigation services, including real time traffic alerts and map updates. There are more than 7 million consumers who subscribe to one of the OnStar programs worldwide.

Proactive Alerts Offered With OnStar

All OnStar service plans on the eligible vehicles will offer the Predictive Alert program. Future plans call for the service to monitor additional systems, and it will roll out to be available on other models in the Chevrolet and GM line. “A few companies are doing limited in-vehicle diagnostics, but none yet have demonstrated the capability we offer, according to Research Laboratory director Paul Krajewski. “As we keep expanding the parts of the vehicle we cover, we hope to continuously enhance our customers’ experience, saving them time and money.”

Get Guidance Plan With New Vehicle Purchase

Stop by Freeway Chevrolet and buy the new Chevy of your dreams and you’ll get a limited time of free OnStar service. All 2016 vehicles come with the guidance plan, which provides a suite of diagnostic, security and emergency services. Navigation services are as simple as the push of a button, prompting an Advisor to download a route to your desired destination or one of 14 million points of interest.

Affordable Bolt EV Delivers 200 Mile Range

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Drive All Week on One Charge

With the average commute in North America around 30 miles a day, owners of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt can drive all week without ever worrying about a charge. When the Bolt makes its debut at Freeway Chevrolet later this year to much fanfare, buyers can expect a sporty car that makes a mockery out of “range anxiety.” Defined as the worry that electric car owners have that they’ll actually be able to make it home without the battery dying, “range anxiety” is one of the reasons that electric vehicle sales have been slow for the past decade. With many electric vehicles barely offering more than 60 or 70 miles per charge, the 2017 Chevy Bolt will usher in a new era of efficient performance with an expected limit of 200 miles per charge.

Aerodynamic Design Helps Bolt Cut Through Wind

Take one look at the expressive proportions, slanted hood and sculpted body sides of the new Bolt and you see a car that makes the most out of its ability to reduce drag and create efficiency. The underbody of the Bolt is enclosed, eliminating pockets that catch air and reduce performance. Since an electric engine has no combustion, there is no need to funnel air into the traditional engine location.

240V Charger Fills Battery Quickly

Get the optional 240-volt charging system and your Chevrolet Bolt will have energy to spare every morning. It only takes 9 hours to bring the system back to a full level, which produces about 25 miles per each hour of charge. A nickel lithium-ion battery pack is engineered to resist heat no matter what the outside temperature may be. Liquid cooling helps keep the battery within optimum operating levels at all times. The flat arrangement of the battery leaves plenty of room for adult legs in the back seat of this compact car.

Control Screen Helps Maximize Efficiency

The 10.2-inch center energy display lets you keep an eye on battery usage, remaining charge, estimated remaining range, time and temperature. All your infotainment and communication data is also at your fingertips, allowing you to stream your favorite music or make a hands-free phone call. By keeping an eye on your energy usage, you can continually challenge your Bolt to get the most out of each charge. Your Bolt also has 4G LTE Wi-Fi available, turning your car into a rolling hot spot where you and your passengers can stay connected to the Internet and social media. The Bolt is coming to Freeway Chevrolet this fall. You can go to www.chevrolet.com to register for updates and read more about this spectacular feat of modern engineering.

Chevy Unveils Special Push for Small Cars

Chevrolet is launching ChevySmallCars.com, an all-new lifestyle-oriented website focused on its small car offerings, the Spark minicar, Sonic and Trax small SUV.

Goal to Attract Younger Buyers

By launching a new website devoted totally to its small vehicle lineup, Chevrolet is hoping to attract first-time buyers and make them loyal brand customers. The website, www.chevysmallcars.com, is also a lifestyle destination where viewers can find comedy and music along with information on affordable transportation choices. “The Spark, Sonic and Trax all target a younger, more socially savvy buyer,” according to Chevy director of cars and crossover vehicles, Steve Majoros. “When we looked at reasons for purchase, cross consideration and demographics, we found a number of similarities. By aligning these products we can be more strategic and create more engaging, sharable content that speaks directly to this audience.” When you get ready for a test drive, head over to your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet, to select from one of the largest inventories in the Valley.

‘Small Talk’ Utilizes Comedy to Promote Cars

Popular comedian Al Madrigal hosts a series on www.chevysmallcars.com called “Small Talk,” where he uses humor to educate consumers on the Sonic, Spark and Trax. These videos are also featured on the popular website, “Funny or Die.” If you’re more into music, “Sonic Sessions” features up and coming young artists to perform their songs from inside a Chevy Sonic. The videos have a natural feel that combines the band’s music with environmental sounds. Take the “Find Your Smallmate” quiz to match a car to your lifestyle. Once you find your car, Chevy is hoping you become a loyal customer for years to come.

“Sonic, Spark and Trax customers are likely to be first-time new car buyers and traditionally are more likely to stay with the brand as their needs and lifestyle changes and they need to move up to a bigger sedan or SUV,” according to Majoros. “We’ve introduced a lot of new vehicles in the past few years and the new website is a great way to expose a portion of our portfolio that not everyone knows about.”

Cool Tools and Features Coming

As the small car website progresses, expect a bunch of new tools that will help you customize your vehicle choice after picking the right car for you. Aside from custom podcasts featuring popular entertainers, there is a customization tool and a way to hack small spaces to show the popularity of being tiny. See the big and small of it all with a visit to Freeway Chevrolet where you can choose everything from a Sonic to the ultimate people and cargo hauler, the Chevrolet Suburban.

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To Hybrid or Not To Hybrid

Whether or not to spend the extra few thousand dollars on a hybrid for better fuel efficiency is a question car buyers struggle with every day. True, a hybrid has fewer emissions and is more environmentally friendly, but Millennials and other folks might not be able to afford the extra payment. Enter the Chevy Spark, the fuel-efficient commuter vehicle that actually beats many hybrids in the mpg game. By earning 41 mpg on the highway, the fun little Spark is a car that provides an option for people seeking efficient, reliable transportation. Stop by Freeway Chevrolet and see how the Spark compares to other models.

Affordable Spark Filled With Tech Features

Starting at just $12,660, the Chevy Spark has more technology than anyone has a right to expect at that price. Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility is just the start, as the Spark is also a rolling hot spot with available 4G LTE Wi-Fi and the Chevrolet MyLink 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Make a hands free call, check your text messages or stream music without ever having your eyes leave the road. A standard rearview camera lets you see what’s behind you. Add available park assist and you’ll get an audible warning as you get too close to an object when trying to get into a tight parking space.

Safety Features Part of Spark’s DNA

From the super strong steel safety cage and 10 standard air bags to the rear view camera and available sensor technology, the Spark is one of the safest small cars on the highway. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are two available safety features that alert you to the potential of a collision. Should you happen to get in a wreck, Chevy’s OnStar system has an automatic crash response, which is free for the first 6 months of ownership.

Spectacular Colors Let You Explore Your Wild Child

Whether you choose more dynamic hues like Lime, Blue Splash and Salsa, or prefer the more sedate Silver Ice, Electric Blue or Toasted Marshmallow, the Chevy Spark has a color to fit most tastes. The premium interior materials are color coordinated with whatever you choose for the exterior, keeping you as the fashion diva of your driving circle. Choose the 2LT model and you can get leatherette heated seats for a touch of extra class. Ambient lighting makes for a cool driving experience at night.

Engine and Transmission Combine for Sporty Efficiency

The standard ECOTEC engine that comes in the Spark is 1.4 liters of pure excitement. With a dual overhead cam to provide a little more zip, this power plant still achieves excellent fuel mileage. You can pair it up with the standard 5-speed manual transmission, or choose an automatic that seamlessly shifts through the gears to deliver an easy ride. See all the combinations that make Spark one of the most popular entry-level vehicles when you stop by Freeway Chevrolet.

2016 Cruze a ‘Seriously Smooth’ Car

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‘Car and Driver’ Loves New Chevy

The 2016 Chevy Cruze is a “seriously smooth car,” according to no less an authority than the editors at “Car and Driver” magazine. The editors love the Cruze’s “slippery shape” and the way joints fit together evenly. By lengthening the overall car by almost three inches, Chevy added some comfort to the ride while putting it just on the edge of still being a compact car. An added result is a more spacious interior, where adults can take a long trip without being cramped. To see how comfortable the new Cruze can be, take a test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.

Suspension Tuning Delivers Stability and Comfort

Chevy engineers have paid particular attention to the suspension of the 2016 Chevy Cruze, fine tuning the torsion-beam rear axle and front struts to deliver a smooth and responsive ride. The Cruze absorbs potholes and bumps like a much larger car, saving both your back and the car’s components from early injury. When making a quick emergency lane switch, the rear end of the car remains under control, keeping you out of trouble when driving conditions get dicey. By implementing on-center zone steering, it’s easy to keep the Cruze on track during those long freeway runs with just a thumb controlling the wheel.

New Turbo Provides More Power

By replacing the previous engine choices with a 1.4L turbo four cylinder engine, Chevy has decreased weight and increased power in the new Cruze. The new engine delivers 153 horsepower, which is more than enough to zip the light car through traffic or around curves. The latest edition of the Cruze is 262 pounds lighter than last year’s model, helping propel the vehicle to a respectable time of 7.6 seconds in the 0 to 60 mph run.

Plush Interior Delivers Necessary Support

While many cars of its size use smaller seats to provide the illusion of more interior room, the Cruze has large, plush bolsters that keep you swaddled in the lap of luxury. An optional driver’s power seat adds the necessary adjustments to tilt and lumbar necessary for those long trips. More chrome and a rubberized coating provides a modern look on the dash and trim. Add heated front seats, a sunroof and Bose audio system and you’ll truly be driving in the throes of comfort. Plenty of storage compartments, six cupholders and a special place to charge the driver’s phone all add to the amenities. See how smooth the new Cruze is by heading over to Freeway Chevrolet.

Silverado Backup System Makes Towing Easier

Chevrolet Accessories offers a trailering camera system, produced by Echomaster, for 2014-2016 model year Silverados. The system is fully integrated with the Silverado infotainment system, providing images from up to four cameras on the center display.

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Chevrolet has teamed up with Echomaster to create a three-camera towing backup system designed to make the problems of parking a trailer a thing of the past. When combined with a factory-installed fifth-wheel package, backing up a large trailer is as simple as playing a video game. “These are great examples of our commitment to provide truck customers with the most confident towing experience in the industry,” according to Chevy truck executive Jeff Luke. “The fifth-wheel prep package has been edesigned by our structural engineers to make the most of Silverado’s fully-boxed, high strength steel frame. The trailering camera system was designed in partnership with our Chevrolet MyLink team to seamlessly integrate views from trailering cameras into the existing radio display.” See how the new backup system works on the Chevrolet Silverado with a visit to Freeway Chevrolet.

Cameras Installed in Mirrors, on Trailer

The new Chevrolet Silverado backup system utilizes two cameras installed in the side mirrors for optimum viewing of both sides of the trailer. A third camera is mounted on the rear top edge of the trailer, providing a bird’s eye view of the parking spot. Infrared lighting delivers a clear picture during day or night. Once you put your truck in reverse, the trailering system is activated. Pressing the Home button on your radio produces a menu screen from which you can choose your selected view. An optional fourth camera can be installed within the trailer so you can monitor your cargo, horses or other content. This system can be purchased through the parts department at Freeway Chevrolet.

Fifth-wheel Package Provides Secure Connection

The Chevrolet Silverado also has an optional factory-installed fifth wheel package available that integrates a hitch platform with the steel frame for maximum strength. A hitch platform and tray are mounted to the frame and hidden under the truck bed. Once the hitch is removed, the frame is completely out of sight so you can use the bed for cargo. The hitch package and camera system are just part of a comprehensive suite of towing features offered by Chevrolet. Other features include Standard StabiliTrak with sway control, integrated cruise control with auto grade braking and digital steering assist. The Chevrolet Silverado HD also features the most payload capacity and highest towing rating in the industry. Talk to the pros at Freeway Chevrolet about outfitting a new Silverado with everything you need to make your towing job easier.

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Special Edition Built for California Buyers

Loading up a pickup truck with surfboards and heading to the beach is as much a west coast tradition as fish tacos and bonfires on the sand. By creating the Chevrolet Colorado Shoreline Edition, buyers can now go surfing in the comfort of Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year.” “The new Colorado ignited the midsize pickup market, accounting for 74 percent of the growth of the segment in 2015,” according to Chevy truck marketing director Sandor Piszar. “This year we are continuing that momentum with the Shoreline edition designed specifically for customers in the segment’s biggest market.” More midsize trucks are sold in the Los Angeles area than any other market. Stop by Freeway Chevrolet and take a look at the Colorado special edition trucks to see which one best suits your taste.

Shoreline Offers Most Popular Options

Along with spray-in bedliner, a year of Sirius XM radio and all-weather floor liners, the new Shoreline Colorado comes with blacked out trim and subtle accents. Choose only from Red Hot, Laser Blue, Summit White or Silver Ice Metallic exterior colors. The front grill comes in the body color, accented with black door handles, beltline and mirrors. “The Shoreline is a great example of our strategy to offer unique trucks designed for very specific customers,” Piszar said. “These trucks have clearly resonated with customers, as last year our special edition trucks sold in one-third the time, and to younger, more affluent buyers than the industry average.”

Other Special Editions Include Midnight, Trail Boss

If the beach really isn’t your thing, perhaps a Colorado that gives off a stealth vibe is more your cup of tea. The Midnight Colorado comes in a blacked out look that is as beautiful as it is mysterious. Black on black, including the iconic Bowtie logo, gives this truck a sinister appearance. The Chevy Colorado Trail Boss is built for those who like their roads with a little less asphalt and a little more mud. Built on the Z71 four by four chassis, the Trail Boss comes with a sport bar to illuminate the road with LED lighting. Rocker steps help protect the sides and all-weather floor mats make clean-up a snap.

Colorado Offers Diesel Option

For a combination of fuel efficiency and torque that is unmatched in its class, the Chevrolet Colorado with the diesel engine option provides supreme towing power while allowing you to spend less time at the pumps. Swing by Freeway Chevrolet today and take a test drive in the truck that’s taking America by storm.

2017 Sonic Goes After Younger Customers

Chevrolet introduces the  2017 Sonic– a more expressive, sporty take on the brand’s fun-to-drive small car. The 2017 Sonic delivers a new design, more technology and more active safety coming Fall 2016.

New Model Delivers Sporty Fun

The 2017 Chevy Sonic is a sporty little car that’s great on gas and fun to drive. Chevy is banking on that combination hitting a home run with Millennials, who will also appreciate the low retail price and a ton of available features. “The new styling and features of the 2017 Sonic reinforce its position as a fun, efficient small car with leading technology – all at an affordable price,” according to Chevy director of marketing Steve Majoros. “This is an important segment for Chevrolet, as we really have an opportunity to introduce ourselves to new buyers and show them what we’re all about.” You can see the 2017 Sonic later this fall at Freeway Chevrolet.

Sonic Has History of Luring Younger Buyers

Both the Chevy Sonic and Trax have a history of appealing to younger buyers who have never owned a Chevrolet before. More than 20 percent of buyers are under age 35, with almost 30 percent of those trading in cars made by other manufacturers. The Sonic is also the most popular Chevy with first-time car buyers. New multi-media features like compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay should prove even more attractive to younger car owners. The 2017 Sonic comes with a standard 7-inch touchscreen to control music and hands-free communication, helping drivers to stay focused on the road.

Sporty Design Provides Athletic Look

Designers gave the 2017 Chevy Sonic a new hood, remodeled front fascia and upgraded LED lighting elements to create a sportier, athletic look. It is consistent with a philosophy to make the Sonic appeal to buyers around the world, similar to the design in the Bolt Electric Vehicle, Cruze and Trax. “With its trademark wheels-at-the-corners stance, the dramatic changes to Sonic’s design give it an even sportier stance and attitude,” said Chevy design manager Justin Thompson. The new Sonic also gives the option to choose from a number of different wheel designs as large as 17 inches. Some stunning new color options include Brimstone, Arctic Blue Metallic, Orange Burst Metallic and Cajun Red Tintcoat.

New Interior Delivers Comfort and Convenience

With an available power driver’s seat, high degree of refinement using quality materials and available Wi-Fi hotspot, the new Sonic has features normally found on more expensive automobiles. Other new features include heated cloth seats, a heated steering wheel and keyless lock/unlock and start. Buy the RS trim package and you get floor mats with an RS logo, red cloth seating and an RS-badged steering wheel. The Chevrolet Sonic is expected to deliver at least 40 mpg at a starting price near $15,000. Stay in touch with Freeway Chevrolet to see when the new Sonic will appear on the showroom floor later this year.

Chevrolet will offer a limited number of 2016 Chevrolet Silverados with eAssist technology. The mild hybrid system improves city fuel economy by 13 percent improvement, according to EPA estimates.

eAssist Utilizes Electric Vehicle Technology

By using the knowledge gained and some components from Chevy’s other electrical and hybrid vehicles, the company has created an affordable hybrid pickup that delivers up to 13 percent better gas mileage than standard trucks. The eAssist system adds an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack to the Silverado’s 5.3-liter V-8 to add 13 more horsepower and an additional 44 foot pounds of torque for acceleration and towing. “Silverado already leads the full-size truck segment in V8 fuel economy,” according to Chevrolet Truck marketing manager Sandor Piszar. “For customers and small-business owners who use their trucks for more urban driving, the addition of eAssist can further reduce their fuel costs without sacrificing the utility they expect in a full-size truck.” Check with Freeway Chevrolet on the availability of the new light hybrid truck.

Stop/Start Technology Adds to Fuel Savings

The new hybrid Silverado comes with stop/start technology and regenerative braking, two new pieces of technology that help conserve energy. Whenever the vehicle comes to a complete stop, the engine will completely shut off. Once you release the brake, it starts up again immediately so you can take off as if it had been running all the time. Braking captures energy by using the electric motor as a generator, helping to replenish your battery charge. The result is an improvement of 2 mpg in the city from the standard gas-powered Silverado with the 5.3-liter engine.

Battery Pack Same as Malibu Hybrid

The new Chevy Silverado with hybrid technology utilizes the same lithium-ion battery pack as in the new Malibu Hybrid. This is a 24-cell battery that sits either under the center console or front bench seat, depending on your vehicle’s configuration. A new power inverter utilizes liquid cooling and has been moved under the hood for improved performance. Based off the Chevy Volt system, this inverter uses software to help keep the battery running at optimal levels. The final piece of the hybrid puzzle comes from the compact induction motor which is very similar in design to the electric motors used in both the Volt and Malibu Hybrid.

Limited Product Run for First Year

Check with Freeway Chevrolet on the availability of the new eAssist Silverado with hybrid technology. The company only plans to make 500 of the trucks this year, then will adjust production for 2017 based on consumer feedback. The new truck is another vehicle in Chevy’s growing electric lineup, with the Spark EV, soon-to-come Bolt EV, Volt and Malibu Hybrid.

Redesigned Trax Offers Sophisticated Feel

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2017 Refresh Includes New Look, Safety Features

From the totally redesigned front end to new driver assist safety features, the 2017 Chevy Trax is poised to build on the success of the small crossover market. “In the fastest-growing segment, Chevrolet Trax’s momentum is sure to continue with great design enhancements, premium details and the latest technologies,” according to Chevy director of marketing Steve Majoros. “Features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and four new active safety features offer customers more than most competitors – and at an entry level price.” The Trax sold more than 63,000 vehicles in 2015, enough to rank second in the small SUV segment. See why this little crossover is so popular by looking over the Chevrolet Trax inventory at Freeway Chevrolet.

New Face Mirrors Chevy’s Modern Take on Car Building

Chevy has been making a concerted effort in the past few years to create modern cars that appeal to the 21st Century buyer. The 2017 Trax sports a contemporary look that features new headlamps and a grille that ties in with the front end of the popular new Cruze, Volt and Malibu. The front fascia and dual port grille is centered between headlights that wrap around the side of the vehicle, creating the illusion of motion even when you’re standing still. The LT and Premier trim levels have LED running lamps built into the headlights with chrome accents around the standard fog lights. The Premium model also has LED lighting in the taillights.

Step Inside and Enjoy Premium Materials

The interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax revolves around a new instrument panel that sets the stage for the dual cockpit layout of the vehicle. The panel makes great use of the 7-inch diagonal color touch screen that controls all your audio, hands free communication and navigation equipment. The premier trim level has a contrasting panel color that matches the trim of the leatherette interior. “Customers will really notice the elevation in the Trax’s interior design and attention to detail,” said Chevy Trax manager Steve Kim. “There’s also a sporty streak in the new styling that speaks to the Trax’s agile, fun-to-drive personality.” The Trax also has an available 4G LTE connection that provides a Wi-Fi connection for the driver and passengers.

Driver Assist Features Keep You in Safety Zone

There are several new safety features available on the Trax, depending on the trim level. Side blind zone alert lets you know when a vehicle is lurking where you can’t see them. Rear cross traffic alert issues a warning when cars or pedestrians are crossing in back of your, and forward collision alert snaps you to attention when a crash is coming from the front. On those long sleepy nights, lane departure warning helps you to focus when you start drifting out of your traffic lane. A rear view camera is standard in all models, as are 10 strategically-placed air bags. Stop by Freeway Chevrolet to check out the 2016 Trax and inquire about the 2017 model coming this fall.