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The 2015 Silverado 3500 features an all-new exterior designed to reduce wind noise and enhance powertrain cooling for more consistent performance.  The all-new interior is quiet and comfortable, with ample storage for work or travel and the intuitive connectivity of Chevy MyLink.  Customers can chose from gasoline, CNG or diesel power, including the legendary Duramax turbodiesel and Allison transmission. The Silverado 3500 offers class-leading available payload and conventional towing.

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.

2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept all electric vehicle. Front ¾ in city scape. Bolt EV Concept builds upon Chevy’s experience gained from both the Volt and Spark EV to make an affordable, long-range all-electric vehicle to market. The Bolt EV is designed to meet the daily driving needs of Chevrolet customers around the globe with more than 200 miles of range and a price tag around $30,000.

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 dealerFreeway 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.

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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.

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Original Engine Replaced by New Four-Cylinder

A new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine is the gasoline backup power for the new Chevrolet Volt, replacing the old 1.4-liter motor. Direct fuel injection provides for a higher compression ratio, which along with a new valve timing system, creates almost 20 more horsepower than the old setup. The gas engine works in concert with two electric engines, providing backup when their batteries run down. It also provides a charge to bring the batteries back up to snuff. Combined, the entire propulsion system has a range of 53 miles on electric and a total range of 420 miles. That means you can drive from Phoenix to Los Angeles or San Diego without stopping for a fill up. See the new Volt today at Freeway Chevrolet.

Volt Lighter, Has More Battery Capacity

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has not only gone on a diet and lost 243 pounds, but the lithium ion battery capacity has been raised to 18.4 kilowatt hours. That translates into more range for the average driver as well as better performance. Running in electric mode only, the new Volt can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 8.4 seconds. It’s not going to beat a muscle car, but it provides plenty of pep for freeway on ramps and getting around big trucks. Reviewers say the new Volt is responsive and accelerates smoothly. Increased insulation has reduced road noise to the point of almost utter silence.

Volt Interior Undergoes Total Makeover

The new Volt has received a simpler ergonomic design that provides controls well within a driver’s reach. An 8-inch touchscreen controls the audio via Bluetooth and USB connections. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Siri voice control for an iPhone. Leather seats are available on the upper trim level and there is room for three adults in the back, as long as one of them doesn’t mind sitting on the battery tunnel. There are now two trim levels to choose from. The LT base unit starts at just under $34,000, which is a $1,000 reduction from the previous year. The Premier trim level sells for $38,345, and there is a federal tax credit available.

Just One of High MPG Models From Chevrolet

Although the Volt is at the head of its class as far as hybrids go, Chevy offers three other vehicles that achieve around 40 miles per gallon. The Spark, Sonic and Cruz are all gasoline powered and don’t have a tax credit, but are available in a more affordable price range. No matter what you decide, take a visit to see the pros at Freeway Chevrolet to help you get the best deal.