Archive for 2012
The year 2012 marks two major milestones for the Chevy Corvette: the 100th anniversary of the Chevrolet brand, as well as the 60th anniversary of the Corvette model. Even after six decades, the iconic Chevrolet supercar still leads the industry with its innovation and instantly recognizable features.
First introduced in 1953, the Corvette has since set the standard for American-made supercars. Now in its sixth official generation and counting, the Corvette has broken new ground in the way sports cars are developed, built, and driven. The upcoming seventh-genration C7, slated for production for the 2014 model year, will continue that trend, although Chevrolet’s engineers have gone to extreme lengths to ensure that the new model’s appearance and specifications are kept secret until the C7 is revealed to the Phoenix Chevrolet public.
In the interim, Corvette lovers can still enjoy the sixth generation models, including a commemorative 60th Anniversary Corvette. Car and Driver describes the 60th Anniversary package as being filled with primarily aesthetic options – Arctic White paint, blue leather seats, and blue racing stripes along the length of the car are all present. In addition, plenty of limited edition 60th Anniversary badges abound, ensuring that no observer will ever wonder whether the 60th Anniversary Corvette is a special edition.
The 60th Anniversary package is available on every 2013 Corvette model, meaning that you can celebrate the milestone whether you prefer a coupe or a convertible. Everything that makes the Corvette unique, from its aggressive styling to its equally ferocious sub-4.2 second 0-60 miles per hour times at every trim level in spite of 26 miles per gallon fuel efficiency.
Little imagination is required to understand why the Corvette has lasted sixty years and counting – visit Freeway Chevrolet today to see one of the world’s greatest sports cars for yourself.
The new Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ recently took top honors in a test against the 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch 4×4 Crew Cab and the 2012 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 Mega Cab. The 2012 Silverado is now available to Phoenix Chevrolet drivers.
The Silverado weighed in at 7610 pounds, by far the lightest of the three trucks. This allowed the Chevy to be quick, easy to maneuver, and have perfect driving responses. The Chevrolet comes with a Duramax V8 engine and the Allison six-speed automatic transmission, the two work harmoniously to give the truck excellent power and perfect transitions between gears.
The Silverado also blew away the other two trucks in the acceleration tests, hitting 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and getting to 89 mph in a 15.7 quarter mile, car-like results. Even with a 12,000 pound trailer attached the Chevrolet got to 60 mph in 15 seconds flat.
The Silverado was the only truck of the three to pull a sub-200-foot stop from 70 mph, stopping in 196 feet. It had the most responsive steering and the only truck with independent front suspension. The noise level was quiet without being oddly silent and tied with the Ford for fuel economy.
Chevy Silverado Phoenix drivers will love this truck because of its pure strength and power, and even more so, it’s great drivability. The Silverado was the cheapest truck of the bunch in price and still out shined both the Ram and Ford.
The 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch 4×4 Crew Cab came in second of the three trucks, but still received an overall high-quality review. The Ford had noteworthy power while still preserving an extremely quiet cabin.
According to Car and Driver, “The numbers tell the story, with the 340-pound-lighter Silverado consistently ahead at 60 mph and the more powerful Super Duty narrowing the gap considerably by the quarter-mile mark—both with and without the six-ton trailer along for the ride. In 30-to-50-mph and 50-to-70-mph acceleration, the two came in dead even at 3.9 and 5.1 seconds, respectively.”
The Ford overall was impressive, but in the stopping test the F-250 took an astounding 242 feet to stop from 70 mph, without a trailer. That’s two truck lengths plus six feet, the safety concerns that came with that test dropped the Ford’s overall marks.
The 2012 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 Mega Cab came in third. The Ram had two fewer cylinders and the lowest tow rating. The Ram’s engine was obviously distressed while carrying the 12,000 pound trailer and had trouble accelerating on steep grades.
Car and Driver also said, the 7950-pound Ram’s 8.5-second run to 60 mph and its 16.7 in the quarter-mile were each more than a half-second off the pace of the second-quickest Ford. The same test was run with the trailers attached and the Ram again trailed the Ford, by 0.9 and 0.4 second, respectively.
Come by Freeway Chevy for more information on the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ, as well as other trucks in the Silverado family.
Next year, the next generation of Chevrolet Corvette will be revealed. The 2014 C7 will not only have a basically new design but will also have a new base engine. The information gathered from spy shots of a prototype has affirmed most of the rumors and predictions that the Corvette C7 will be a tighter and more focused car than the C6 model.
While the spy shots have given Chevrolet Arizona fans some insight on what the C7 will be like, the bodywork is almost completely covered by heavy camouflage. Some details however are visible, which means images that reveal more may be out soon.
What can be seen in regards of the new car’s design is a front overhang that appears to be shorter than previous models, and the front fenders seem to be slightly longer. It also seems that there is more space between the door and the wheel well and the rear cargo space might be slightly smaller than before.
At the front of the car, a narrower, taller air inlet sits above the front splitter, and the headlights have a new shape and internal design. The side mirrors are also smaller and more defined, while the roof seems to replicate the C6 design.
The quad exhaust tips are still at the center of the rear bumper, similar to the C6’s, but modified slightly. The exhaust tip pairs are now right next to each other on the C7, and are in a fully-enclosed surround rather than just simply hanging below the bumper, as they do on the C6. A new high-mount brake light is also distinctly noticeable at the top of the rear deck, the tail lights appear to be LED-based as well. The overall feeling the spy shots have given of the C7 is suggestive of the 2009 50th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Concept.
As for the inside, the next generation Corvette is expected to have nothing but the best materials and more attractive styling, to give it a more luxurious feel. Weight, as always, will be a priority, and will be kept to a minimum, both in the cabin and in the car’s structure. A high-tech gauge cluster is also expected to be incorporated.
For more information on the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette C7, as well as other Chevy models, stop by your Phoenix Chevy dealer.
Isaac Mizrahi is a well known women’s fashion designer, he is also now the designer behind a fashion line inspired directly from the 2013 Chevy Malibu.
Isaac Mizrahi, host of the Fashion Show and judge on Project Runway, may be most well known for his popular line with Target. Mizrahi is heading on a four-city tour with a Chevrolet Malibu, to gather ideas for the upcoming collection from real women in New York City, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. The designs created will be available to buy in limited quantities on LivingSocial.com; pricing is yet to be announced.
“I’ve always kind of been inspired by beautiful objects and I think the car is incredibly beautiful,” Mizrahi said. “I always get inspired; I always focus in on ones who resonate ‘smart style’, smart and stylish choices” he continued.
While this isn’t the first time a designer has partnered with an automaker, Bill Blass worked with Ford Motor Co. and Fiat partnered with Gucci, Isaac Mizrahi hopes his work will stand out with a lot of color and a unique design. The Malibu’s exterior lines, taillights, and ice-blue ambient lighting inside the cabin have already caught his eye. He hopes to incorporate the trademark blue color a lot into the design.
With women buying slightly more than half the cars sold in the U.S and participating in 80 percent of family car buying decisions, Chevy has included several features in the Malibu designed exclusively by women engineers. These features include: aerodynamics and exterior lines to boost fuel economy, and technology to make the vehicle quieter and ensure they’re compatible with child safety seats. Chevy hopes the Malibu Collection will connect with Phoenix Chevrolet women on another level, whether their 65 or 25.
Chevy says the Malibu customer is very smart, very savvy, and they don’t want to skimp on design, they want to indulge. The collection’s look may target a woman in her mid-30s, but Mizrahi said it’ll relate to all ages — women who want a more sophisticated look and women who are young-spirited. Making the partnership with Mizrahi the perfect fit, they are expected to blend well together.
The new U.S-made Malibu is GM’s first global midsize sedan and starts at just $23,150. The Malibu is now available at Freeway Chevrolet.
Attention all Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State Sun Devil supporters, this contest is for you! Right now Freeway Chevrolet is offering fans a chance to win tickets to either an ASU game or a Cardinals game. To enter take a picture tailgating with a Chevrolet for either the Cardinals or the Devils and then enter it in the Tailgate and Tickets sweepstakes tab on the Freeway Chevrolet Facebook page.
Fans will be able to vote on all the uploaded ‘Tailgate and Tickets’ pictures, and the picture with the most votes that week will win a pair of free tickets to a future game, so be sure to spread the word with all your friends. There will be multiple winners selected throughout both the ASU and Cardinals season; subsequently allowing contestants to enter new submissions to the contest each week. Even if Chevrolet Phoenix enthusiasts don’t have a picture to upload any given week, fans can go to the Tailgate and Tickets app and vote on other pictures posted for that week. Also Chapman Chevrolet employees will be out at tailgates for both teams to scope out eligible contestants, so check back frequently to see if we caught you tailgating!
Your Arizona Chevrolet dealer makes tailgating easy with their wide selection of trucks and SUVs and Freeway Chevrolet has some great deals going on now, just in time for football season. For instance a modern, fuel efficient crossover like the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS is only $231 per month. For a more powerful option, to haul and tow all your tailgating needs, a 2012 Tahoe LTZ with 4WD is discounted to $52,868. The classic Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Extended cab offers the perfect truck choice, with an 8.8 out of 10 Kelley Blue Book consumer rating and a low price of $23,285. Or for an extremely affordable option there are also Certified used vehicle specials, such as a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS 4WD for a reasonable $31,988.
For more information on the Facebook contest or any of the Chevrolet models mentioned here, come by and check out Freeway Chevrolet, either online or in person!
People buy cars for many reasons; to transport themselves, to transport their families, to buy a collector car, to drive a cool new car, to transport things for work, etc. Add in the needs of comfort and price and the decision becomes even more difficult. With more than 400 cars to choose from, how do you pick the right one for your specific needs and wants?
Take a look at this break down of types of cars available at Phoenix Chevrolet dealerships and determine which car most fulfills your personal preferences and needs.
Coupe/Convertible: This type of car usually has the most expressive designs that will make a statement but their practicality is limited.
Sedan: Sedans are a perfect option for those who have kids or are planning on having children in the future, since four doors are almost a requirement. It also provides an alternative to a large vehicle while offering everyday usability.
Hatchback: when a fifth door is added to a car it usually a hatchback or station wagon, these cars offer additional space while not having so much weight. Hatchbacks have recently picked up a little in popularity among the U.S with manufacturers creating stylish designs; they’ve been extremely popular in Europe for years.
Station Wagons: Similar to hatchbacks, station wagons also usually have five doors and offer attributes of larger cars while remaining smaller. Also similar to hatchbacks this style has been less popular in the past but seems to be drawing appeal with more environmentally conscious consumers.
SUV/Crossover: SUV and crossovers tend to be heavier, taller, and slightly bigger versions of a hatchback or station wagon. They offer power for those who tow regularly or need to get through snow or rough roads. The downside is their fuel-economy, getting very low miles per gallon is almost inevitable with most SUVs and crossovers. They also do have a higher seat position which is a plus for some people, offering increased visibility and an ease of entry and exit.
Minivan: those with large families, or plans of becoming a large family, may turn to the easiness of the van. With room for five or more people, usually easily able to accompany eight passengers, the van is like a jumbo SUV. More cargo space and passenger room offered by vans equates to more comfort but offer little visual aesthetic or driving fun.
After determining which style of vehicle fits your needs head to Freeway Chevrolet to check out the large selection of new Chevrolet models and see which one works best for your lifestyle and needs.
The program, which has already began at participating U.S retailers, includes two portions: “Love it or Return it” and “Total Confidence Pricing”.
Love it or Return it ensures customers that every new 2012 or 2013 model vehicle purchased can be returned with less than 4,000 miles driven and no damage, 30 to 60 days from the purchase date. So basically stated if you don’t love your purchase you can just return it.
The Total Confidence Pricing part of the program states that all 2012 model year Chevrolets will be offered at special preferred prices in addition to all current vehicle-specific incentives. Meaning the price you see is the price you pay, no questions asked.
“There is no better time than now to be a new Chevrolet customer” says General Manager of Freeway Chevrolet, Mike Cook. “Consumers who have been driving other brands or even older Chevrolet makes will not only find the Love It or Return It guarantee very attractive but they will also be pleased with the new design, technology and safety of Chevrolet”
With a solid new lineup of vehicles out, Chevrolets U.S dealerships are constantly working to enhance Chevy Phoenix customers overall experience, which results in upgraded service, products and customer focused staff. By starting at the dealership level Chevrolet is clearly installing the image of quality to motorists around the world.
Last year Chevrolet sold 4.76 million vehicles around the world, which is a global sales record. In addition to that they are on track to have the best-ever first quarter sales in 2012. In the past two years, Chevrolet has grown faster than any other high-volume global brand and is the leading U.S brand for both passenger car and performance car sales.
Specifically the Malibu was recognized as the highest-performance midsize car according to the 2012 J.D Power and Associates initial Quality Study. The Silverado HD, Avalanche and Tahoe were all also ranked in the top three of their divisions. The Cruze Eco and Sonic were voted two of the Best Family Cars by Edmunds.com and Parents magazine. Finally Chevrolet as a brand had an improvement of 8 percent in its overall performance study.
So if any customer is on the fence about Chevrolet now is the time to take a 30-day test drive at the best Phoenix Chevrolet dealer, Freeway Chevrolet.
The 2013 Chevrolet Volt will be bigger and better. The bigger part refers to the battery; the new battery will be able to go an additional three extra miles when driven solely on the battery. The new battery is not any heavier or larger, just “electrically bigger.”
Volt chief engineer Andrew Farah said improving electrical range was the number one request from customers. Three miles may seem like a minor improvement but it actually is incremental. Ultimately it enables people to go gasoline-free in their daily driving, those miles add up over a week. Importantly, Farah said that the EPA made no major changes to the test procedures, so it is legit to compare the 2013 MPGe number to earlier ratings.
The extra range can also be attributed to different battery chemistry as well as the size, a 16.5kWh instead of a 16kWh. While the initial increase may seem small, Chevy Volt Phoenix drivers can expect incremental changes in future Volts. Bill Wallace, GM’s director of global battery systems engineering, added that they are constantly researching how to improve the energy storage and power of batteries, and the future looks infinite in possibilities for improving the battery systems.
Outside of the battery other changes in the Volt are minor. There is now an arm rest between the two back seats. A new power gauge in the dash that shows more information about how and where the energy being used is coming from, it displays how much is from the battery and how much is from the gas tank. There is also a collision alert and lane departure warning. The 2013 model will also have additional interior and exterior colors such as pebble beige and silver topaz metallic. Finally there are also all new sport alloy wheels.
The 2013 Volt goes on sale in August. GM said there has been no change in pricing or destination fees compared to 2012 model. For more information on the new Volt check out your Chevrolet Chandler dealer.
Dealerships usually do a good job of helping customers find a right vehicle at a fair price but when buying a car make sure to keep your interests up front and center. Follow these tips to save money and get the right car at any Phoenix Chevrolet dealership.
Make sure you do your homework. Stay in control of the buying process by gathering key facts and preliminary pricing quotes on cars of interest. Research different choices and read reviews from multiple sources. Check out the reliability, safety, fuel economy, and pricing of any new Chevy Phoenix models you’re considering. Also make sure to do any test drives before the day the car is going to be purchased. Also if you have a trade-in, know the approximate worth of the vehicle, along with its age, condition, mileage, and equipment.
Don’t assume the sticker price is the purchase price. For the lowest price start with a price that is not based on the sticker price but on how much the dealer paid for the vehicle. The dealer invoice price can usually be found online and in pricing guides. A reasonable price to start negotiations is either 1 to 5 percent over what the dealer paid, depending on the demand for the model. Also keep in mind the price is negotiable to a degree so make sure not to just take the first price thrown out.
Negotiate one thing at a time. Salespeople like to mix financing, leasing, and trade-in negotiations together this may give the dealer more latitude to offer a lower monthly payment and inflate another area of the deal. To avoid this make it clear that having the lowest possible markup available is a priority. Also mentioning you intend to visit other dealerships to ensure the lowest price. Once a price has been settled on then discuss financing, leasing, or a trade-in, as necessary. Negotiate each individual item and remember you’re in charge of what you spend and what you want.
Arrange financing options in advance. Make sure to research what financing option is best ahead of time. Compare interest rates at several banks, credit unions, and loan organizations before checking the dealer’s rates. Automakers often offer attractive financing terms but make sure you are preapproved for them or qualify for them or else you may be stuck getting sucked into a higher interest rate than you could’ve gotten elsewhere.
Finally, don’t pay for extra items you don’t need. There are a number of extra add-ons dealerships may try to sell you such as rustproofing, fabric protection, and paint protection, or push etching your Vehicle Identification Number on your window. Don’t accept these unnecessary services and fees unless you really want or feel like you need them. If these items are on the bill of sale, put a line through them.
Head to Freeway Chevrolet for a great deal and fair pricing on any and all of our cars!
Phoenix Chevrolet drivers may know Guy Fieri as the host of Food Network shows like Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy’s Big Bite, but Guy has more than a love for food; he also has a love for cars. Currently Fieri owns a slew of cars including: 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible, 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette, 2006 Chevrolet C4500 Kodiak Pick-up, 1976 Jeep CJ5, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454, 1967 Chevrolet C10 Full Custom “in process,” and 1965 Carroll Shelby continuation 427 Cobra.
While he does have other brands, it is pretty obvious Guy prefers Chevy over anything else. In fact, he was quoted saying “I’m a big Chevy fan from old school Chevy to the new Chevy. For the Chevelle, I had to save money, borrow money, and give dinners at my restaurant for a year to get the car,” he also added “Corvette dollar for dollar, car for car, is hands down one of the best automobiles I’ve ever owned. From power to performance to dollar value, you can’t beat it.”
Like his food guy has high expectations for the cars he buys and has found that Chevy consistently meets, if not exceeds, those standards. Guy can be seen driving his Corvette and C4500 daily, while the ’71 Super Short Chevelle doesn’t leave the garage unless it’s a nice sunny day. His new Camaro gets taken out every now and then but he says it’s too new to take out in the rain.
Guy has been pretty open about which car is his favorite though, the ’71 Chevelle. The Chevelle was his first car he bought in bright yellow, since then every single one of his cars is the same hue but the Cobra. Fieri says the Chevelle changed his entire attitude about cars. It took his two and a half years to save up for it and it was his first hotrod purchase and he says he would rather be homeless than give it up.
Fieri says his next ‘dream car’ purchase will be the ZR1 Corvette. In regards to this future purchase, he said “I spoke to Jay Leno and he had a lot of things to say about it. It’s a one of a kind car. When I was a kid, someone in town had it, and that was the car I wanted to have”
For information on any new or used Chevys come to your Arizona Chevrolet dealer!