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More Choices for Propane and Natural Gas

Working to provide customers more options now that the U.S. Department of Transportation has identified “alternative fuel only” routes across the nation, Chevrolet has partnered with Power Solutions International (PSI) to offer full-size vans and heavy duty pickups powered by either natural gas or propane. Starting in early 2017, you’ll be able to order your alternative fuel vehicle of choice right from the showroom at Freeway Chevrolet. “Expanding choice is key to helping more commercial and government fleets reduce their fuel consumption, fuel costs and emissions using alternative fuels and EVs versus traditional gasoline,” according to GM Fleet VP Ed Peper. “There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions for fleet managers.

Alternative Fuel Lineup Growing

With the addition of PSI as a partner, Chevy now offers more than a dozen alternative fuel vehicles, including the new Chevy Bolt EV, diesel options for the Chevy Express and GMC Savana vans and a large 6.6 liter Duramax diesel option for the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HD. Once you order a truck or van with propane or natural gas as your fuel selection, Chevy will ship the vehicle with a 6.0L V-8 engine directly to PSI. They will then install the fuel system and all other necessary components and ship the vehicle directly to Freeway Chevrolet. The change to alternative fuel will not affect the factory warranty in any way.

Including the 2018 model year, Chevy and GMC will be offering more than two dozen trucks, cars and vans with propulsion systems powered by something other than gasoline. For natural gas and propane, look to the Chevy Express Cargo, Express Passenger, Express Cutaway, Silverado HD and the Low Cab Forward commercial 3500 and 4500 models. GMC is also offering both power options in the Savana Cargo, Savana Passenger, Savana Cutaway and Sierra HD. B-20 capable diesel engines are coming in the Chevy Cruze, Colorado, Express and Silverado HD, as well as the GMC Savana, Canyon and Sierra HD.

Chevy now has three vehicles in the electric and hybrid category: Malibu hybrid, Volt and Bolt EV. Several Chevy and GMC cars trucks and vans are capable of running on E85 ethanol.

Bolt Full Production Coming in Spring 2017

Although there will be some deliveries of the highly-anticipated Chevy Bolt EV this month, expect it to come to the showroom at Freeway Chevrolet no later than the spring of 2017. With an astounding 238 miles of range on a single charge, the affordable Bolt is eligible for Federal tax credits and is expected to spur sales of electric vehicles nationwide.

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Supercharged 6.2L Monster Powers the Beast

With a long history of fighting the Pony Car wars under its hood, the Camaro has been an on and off king of the road when it comes to power to weight distribution. With the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 now available in both coupe and convertible, this year’s Pony car11 can honestly claim it is the most powerful Camaro ever. The ZL1 shares the supercharged 6.2L V8 LT4 engine with the Corvette Z06, a power plant that delivers 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque in an adrenaline-pumping ride that is as exciting as possible while still being legal. With an electronically-controlled limited slip differential to keep the power coming to the wheel that needs it the most, this Camaro is set up to help amateur drivers unleash the beast on occasion while still keeping the vehicle under control. Check out the new ZL1 Camaro when you take a test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.

10-Speed Transmission as Good as Advertised

In a test run by editors of Car and Driver magazine, the reviewers came away impressed with a new 10-speed automatic transmission that was jointly developed by the engineers at Ford and Chevrolet. “When its working hard, the 10-speed is all nervous energy, ripping through tightly spaced gears with unrelenting pace,” they wrote. “The resultant thrust and sound are gleefully rewarding.” Unlike most automatics, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 never loses torque no matter how far you climb the revolutions per minute. The resulting low track times should attract amateur racers and those who just want to claim ownership of the baddest beast on the block.

New ZL1 Wider, Bigger, Faster

If you take a Camaro SS and stretch it in all directions, you get the basic body shape of the new ZL1 Camaro. It’s got broad shoulders, a wide rear end and an aggressive stance that could make road kill get up and run. The 20-inch wheels are 10 inches wide in the front and 11 inches in the rear, playing host to specially formulated Goodyear G:3 tires. The resulting grip helps the engine and transmission propel the car to 60 mph from a dead stop in just 3.5 seconds. The ZL1 makes very short work of the quarter-mile run, taking just 11.4 seconds to complete the course.

Performance Seats Keep You in Place Comfortably

With a starting MSRP north of $60,000, you’d expect some creature comforts to go along with the unbridled power. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 does not disappoint. From a steering wheel wrapped in suede to RECARO seats that are not only plush, but have extra large bolsters to hold you in place, the Camaro interior is designed for both performance and sophistication. The coupe will be arriving at dealerships like Freeway Chevrolet this month. Expect the convertible to show up early next spring.