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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.

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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.