Chevy’s New 2017 Bolt EV Awarded Car of the Year

Chevrolet Makes Fourth MOTOR TREND in 3 Years

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Chevrolet first revealed the Bolt EV as a concept back in January of 2015 – A more affordable alternative to Tesla’s line of all-electric vehicles with an impressive range. Now, as we approach the end of 2016, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is eager to start seeing them (silently) roll in; Even more-so since we learned the 2017 Bolt EV has won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year just this morning.

Official Press Release:

Chevrolet Bolt EV is MOTOR TREND Car of the Year®
Fourth MOTOR TREND award in three years for Chevrolet

LOS ANGELES – MOTOR TREND has recognized the Chevrolet Bolt EV — the all-new affordable electric vehicle offering an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge — as its 2017 Car of the Year®.

The editors based their selection on the Bolt EV’s performance in six evaluation categories: advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.

“Chevrolet is the fastest-growing full-line retail brand in the industry thanks to an exceptional vehicle lineup, which includes ground-breaking products like the Bolt EV,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Being recognized once again as MOTOR TREND Car of the Year is a great honor for the entire Chevrolet team.”

It is the fourth MOTOR TREND award for Chevrolet in three years, with the Camaro recognized as the 2016 Car of the Year and Colorado named the 2015 and 2016 Truck of the Year.

“Chevrolet is on a roll with new and compelling vehicles that have reset the bar for trucks in 2015, trucks and sports cars in 2016, and for 2017, electric cars,” said Ed Loh, MOTOR TREND Editor-in-Chief. “The Bolt EV is certainly a game changing vehicle and we look forward to seeing whether we’ll be recognizing another Chevrolet next year in our annual awards.”

About Bolt EV
With an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, Bolt EV owners can expect to go beyond their average daily driving needs with range to spare, when charging regularly. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $37,495 includes destination and freight charges, but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. Depending on individual tax situations, customers may receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

Standard features include electronic precision shift, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle and 10.2-inch-diagonal color touch screen. The top-trim Premier model adds leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, Surround Vision, Rear Camera Mirror and more.

More information on the benefits of driving electric can be found at http://www.ChevyEVlife.com. More information about the Bolt EV can be found at http://www.Chevrolet.com/bolt.

About MOTOR TREND:
MOTOR TREND®, a media brand of TEN: The Enthusiast Network, was founded in 1949 and is internationally recognized as one of the leading brands in the automotive category. The MOTOR TREND brand is comprised of Motor Trend Magazine; the award-winning website MOTORTREND.com; MOTOR TREND Auto Shows; MOTOR TREND Audio; MOTOR TREND en Espanol; MOTOR TREND India; and the renowned MOTOR TREND Car of the Year, SUV of the Year, Truck of the Year and Best Driver’s Car awards programs.

About Chevrolet:
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at http://www.chevrolet.com.

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CONTACT:
Fred Ligouri
Chevrolet Communications
312-405-0160
fred.ligouri@gm.com

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Chevrolet New Roads Magazine | Issue 3

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Chevrolet just released its 3rd Issue of its magazine, New Roads, and it’s available to view online or download as a PDF and save it for later! If you haven’t read or even heard of Chevy’s new magazine, don’t be so quick to turn the other cheek – Along with the expected Chevrolet product content, they also have great articles on culture and history, home and family, and useful information for your daily life.

Click the images below to check out previous issues!

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New Roads – Issue 2

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New Roads – Premiere Issue

GM Invests $500M in Lyft For Autonomous Taxis

The future of ride-sharing and car ownership is in the works.

General Motors Partners with Lyft - Self-Driving Cars

 

Just before Christmas 2015, news spread that Ford had partnered with Google to build self driving cars to create a new ride-sharing business; Google will take advantage of Ford’s experience with actually manufacturing cars, and they will both work to perfect the autonomous technology.

GM’s similar venture, announced at the very start of 2016, is slightly different. They’ve just given the ride-sharing company, Lyft, a half billion dollars for the research and development of self-driving cars to establish “a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the U.S.”

Of course, nothing is going to change overnight, and no one has really given an actual time frame in which this technology will actually be real. In the meantime, General Motors is taking advantage of the partnership by becoming a preferred provider of short-term use vehicles through rental hubs for Lyft drivers in various cities throughout the U.S. These drivers and customers will, as a result, have access to GM’s wide portfolio of cars and OnStar services (like Wi-Fi), creating richer ride-sharing experiences for drivers and passengers. GM and Lyft also aim to provide each other’s customers with personalized mobility services and experiences through their respective channels.

Now the question is when will this technology actually become a reality for the general public?

Share Your Thoughts!

1977 Chevrolet Camaro advertisement: Self-driving cars are definitely an interesting idea and will be a huge shift for American culture. But there’s different sides to it. The upside: You don’t have to pay attention! You can play on your phone all you want and you’ll just be shuttled to wherever you need to go. The safety factor as far as drunk, reckless, and distracted driving is a huge deal and would save a lot of people’s lives on the road. Time spent at the DMV will be significantly reduced if we’re not required to have a drivers license! Downside? There are a lot of people out there that do love driving. Cars are a huge part of American culture and if they will all be able to drive themselves, would it kill that part of our identity? (We realize how morbid that sounds.)

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

New Car Seat Will Prevent You From Forgetting Your Baby in the Car

Child Safety Technology Developed by Walmart and Evenflo Company Available Starting Mid-August

New Car Seat Won’t Let You Forget Your Baby in a CarWe originally read about this story on AutoGuide about a car seat that will warn parents that their baby is still in the car, to lessen the risk of having the child die of heat exhaustion in a car. At first we thought: “What a GREAT idea!” It’s heartbreaking to hear these stories of pets and children dying in a hot car because they were just “forgotten.” And, unfortunately, it’s too seldom that we hear about stories like this one, where someone is able to take action and rescue a child before it is too late.

According to nonprofit KidsAndCars.org, an average 38 children die each year due to hot cars and surprisingly in about half the cases, children are simply forgotten about in the car seat. Surprisingly, parents often forget to drop a child off at daycare. – AutoGuide

The car seat supposedly communicates with a wireless receiver that can be plugged in to the on-board diagnostics port and syncs with the buckle clasped over the baby’s chest. It would work much like that annoying ding that goes off when you or your passenger needs to put on their seat belt, or when newer cars won’t let you lock the car if they can sense the keys are still inside. So this is all good and great, but then we read the Facebook comments for this same story that was posted by a local news station… And people were not as positive. It kind of killed our vibe.

For the most part, the bulk of the comments said: “If you leave your kid in the car, you shouldn’t be allowed to have children in the first place.” Well, it’s a little late for that. Unfortunately. There’s no way to point someone out and say: “We believe that if you ever reproduce, you’re the type of person that will leave their baby in a sweltering car one day…” Let’s be realistic. But we also believe that this could possibly happen to a mother or father who could be up for parent of the year. Of course, it seems hard to imagine, but we’ve all had those days where we get so lost in everything that’s going on in our hectic lives, and something very important completely slips our minds. Or, you happen to run into the corner store to get one small thing and you get stuck behind that one person who has a coupon for everything and then tops it off by paying with a CHECK! (Please note, I am not excusing these people. I am simply saying that I do find it possible.) But, based on those extremely negative comments, it brought us to this one mind-boggling question:

Will people actually BUY it? Well, if everyone is the best parent in the world, and there is NO WAY EVER that they could possibly leave their child in a hot car by accident, then no one will buy it. And the “bad parents” who don’t really care for their child’s well-being anyway definitely won’t buy it either. It’s kind of a double-edged sword. If you do buy it, you’re saying that you don’t trust yourself with remembering if your mini-me is in the back seat or not. The amount of parents who think that of themselves as that irresponsible is very slim, I’d imagine.

I’ll say now that I am not a parent myself. If and when I become one, of course I don’t think I could possibly commit this sort of crime. But would I rather be safe than sorry? For $150, I would believe so. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

And while you’re here, check out this disturbing infographic by SafeKids WorldWide.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado Unveiled

Another Refreshed Design Coming to Chevy’s 2016 Lineup

But wait, there’s more! Chevrolet has unveiled redesigns all across its lineup for the 2016 model-year since January 2015. Most of us thought that the 2016 Cruze would have been the final reveal, but they just took the cover off a redesigned 2016 Silverado 1500. Surprise! What do you think? (Official press release by Chevrolet below.)

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2016 Silverado: The New Face of Strong

  • Bolder, more sculpted look reflects Silverado strength, dependability
  • Available support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Expanded use of 8-speed transmissions; additional safety technologies

 

DETROIT – Chevy Trucks are on a roll, with Chevrolet pickup sales up 32 percent so far this year. Chevrolet intends to strengthen this momentum with significant updates for the 2016 Silverado 1500 full-size pickup.

“The redesigned 2016 Silverado will build on Chevy Trucks’ legacy of dependability. It will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevy Trucks.

“New front end designs with bold horizontal elements, sculpted hoods and dramatic lighting reflect the strength and refinement that have helped make Silverado the fastest growing full-size pickup brand this year.”

Other changes for 2016 will include expanded use of 8-speed automatic transmissions, updated Chevy MyLink with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and additional safety technologies.

The redesign of the 2016 Silverado 1500 is part of an aggressive strategy to build on Chevy Trucks’ momentum.

Since the introduction of the all-new Silverado 1500 in the spring of 2013, Silverado sales have grown by double digits, on a percentage basis, each year. Through June of this year, Silverado sales are up 14.6 percent. Chevrolet also sold 41,575 midsize Colorados during the same period.

More product details will be available this fall, closer to the public debut of the redesigned 2016 Silverado 1500.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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CONTACT:

Tom Wilkinson

Chevrolet Communications

313-378-6233

tom.wilkinson@chevrolet.com

Next-Generation 2016 Chevrolet Cruze to be Unveiled Late June

Chevrolet’s best-selling global car is getting an update

Chevrolet just announced that its compact sedan will be getting a refresh for the 2016 model year. The Chevrolet Cruze has been a global success since its introduction to the market in 2010 (2011 model year), reaching 3.5 million sales around the world to date.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze - Teaser PhotoAlthough the Chevy Cruze just got a little bit of an update for the 2015 models, it looks like Chevrolet wasn’t quite finished. From what we can tell from the teaser photo, it looks like the new Chevy Cruze will be adapting similar design aspects of the Next-Gen 2016 Volt and 2016 Malibu, which were both introduced earlier this year as well.

According to the official press release:

It will be larger yet lighter than the current model, with new technologies, new power trains and additional available safety features that will bring a higher level of sophistication to the compact car segment.

The all-new Cruze will be one of the first of many Chevy models introduced with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – Technologies that allow the built-in infotainment screen to take on the look of your iPhone or Android to allow for more user-friendly navigation and controls that you’re already used to, which also means you won’t have to pick up your phone while you’re driving either. Because safety is key. Pair that (pun intended) with OnStar’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and you’re pretty much invincible!

The 2016 Cruze will be completely unveiled on June 24th, 2015 and Chevy has already told us that it will be arriving at Jeff Gordon’s award-winning dealership in early 2016. By that time, almost the entire Chevy lineup will be less than 3 years old. Pretty crazy!

We’ll be back with an update as more details are released! In the meantime, feel free to hop over to JeffGordonChevy.com to check out our current 2015 Chevy Cruze inventory.

What do you think about the 2016 Cruze getting a makeover? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

All-New 2016 Chevy Malibu Will Make Your Teenager Hate You

New Nanny System called “Teen Driver” Helps Keep An Eye On Kids Behind the Wheel

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Teaser PhotoIf you haven’t heard yet, Chevrolet plans to unveil the all-new 2016 Malibu at the 2015 New York International Auto Show this April. Chevrolet has teased a couple of photos, and just let out another piece of information that parents, or even spouses who don’t trust their significant others’ driving skills, will absolutely love.

It’s a new nanny system called “Teen Driver” and what it does is what some parents might call a God-send. We surely all remember being teenagers and finally getting the rite of passage of being able to drive — Finally! Most of us also didn’t have a car as soon as we got our license… So what did we do? Borrow Mom or Dad’s car.. of course! What we did, where we went, was none of your parent’s business as long as we were behind the wheel, and you did eventually come home with the groceries you were asked to get while you were out.

Well now we’re all grown up and have, or we’re about to have, teens getting ready to drive – Now we know why our parents were so anxious. After being in their shoes, you KNOW how irresponsible some teen drivers can be, especially with the technology available that causes distractions that we never even had. For a number of reasons, teens are the cause of a great percentage of traffic accidents. (You can read more about that from the CDC here.) So, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way we could tell how our teen is driving when you’re not in the passenger’s seat?

Yes. It would. We think, anyway. “Teen Driver” on the new 2016 Malibu will be the revolutionary technology tool to put your mind and heart at ease allowing you to promote safe driving habits. Here are some of the things you’ll be able to control with this new system:

  • While most parents would probably love to limit the highest speed of the vehicle, the system doesn’t do exactly that, but will warn a teen visually or audibly when he/she is traveling over preset speeds. So for example, if you live in a town where the max speed is 55 MPH, you can set an audio or visual warning when that speed is exceeded to tell the teen to slow down.
  • To ensure that people are using seatbelts, you could tell the system to mute the audio of the radio, or devices paired with the car until both driver and passenger fasten up.
  • You can set a limit on how loud your teen can blast the radio, because we all know how they love doing that.
  • There is also a report card function that saves data from when your brand new Chevy was in your teen’s possession including: max speed, how many miles they drove, and how many times the active safety features (rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, etc.) were engaged.

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The Teen Driver feature will be standard on the 2016 Malibu’s Premier trim and optional on LT models if equipped with the Convenience Package and up-level radio. To enable the feature, the parent simply sets a PIN through the Chevrolet MyLink system, which allows you to register your teen’s key fob (or, the one that they primarily use).

What do you think?

As we mentioned briefly before, we think that this is an absolutely awesome bit of technology that would help both put parents of new drivers at ease when giving their kids a little bit more freedom on the road, and at the same time, help teens practice safe-driving. We hope it does make a difference and lessens the risk of accidents caused by inexperienced drivers and we’re excited to see what other models will adopt this same feature on Chevrolet’s lineup. What do you think about it? Share your thoughts and opinions by leaving a comment below! We’d also love to hear how you implement (or have implemented) safe driving techniques & practices for your teens.

The redesigned mid-sized sedan is expected to arrive at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the last quarter of 2015. To received a notification on its arrival, fill out the contact form below, or subscribe to our blog to keep up with updates on the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as we receive more details!