iOS 11 Introduces ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature’

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference revealed 6 major updates to the newest iOS, including one that will work to prevent you from texting or getting distracted by any notifications from your phone when you are on the road.

How it works:

If the iPhone is connected to your vehicle via a USB charging cable or Bluetooth, or the car is moving, the phone will withhold any text or app notifications when you opt to have the feature turned on. If you do happen to get a text while you’re driving, your phone will send an automatic text in response letting the person know that you’re driving right now and are unable to respond. Additionally, the iPhone screen will lock to prevent the use of any apps while the vehicle is in motion. You can also tell the app that you are the passenger to disable those notification-blocks.

So this is a great idea on Apple’s part to help prevent distracted driving, which is a major issue. But it makes us wonder: How would it work if your vehicle is a Chevy equipped with Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free texting?  We’ll have to wait and see.

In addition, the new operating system will have Siri translations, live photo enhancements, floorplan update for Maps, a way to easily transfer payments between individuals with ApplePay, and a more customizable, one page iOS control center. Like most new iOS releases, 11 will probably be made available upon release of the iPhone 8.

Want to learn more? Check out this video courtesy of 9to5Mac.com going over every new feature they could find within the new iOS for both Apple iPad and iPhone.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Revealed for the #BestDayEver

It’s April Fool’s Day but this is no joke! Chevrolet unveiled the all-new 2016 Malibu this morning and we think it’s quite amazing… Check out the photos and share your thoughts below!

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The following information was originally published by GM News – Click here to view the original article.

DETROIT – Chevrolet today introduced the all-new 2016 Malibu – a completely restyled midsize sedan engineered to offer more efficiency, connectivity and advanced safety features than ever.

An all-new hybrid powertrain, which leverages technology from the Chevrolet Volt, will help offer a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway – and 47 mpg combined, unsurpassed in the segment. The Malibu’s standard 1.5L turbo powertrain is projected to offer 37 mpg highway.

The 2016 Malibu is also longer and lighter, with more interior space and improved fuel efficiency. Its wheelbase has been stretched close to four inches (101 mm), and it is nearly 300 pounds (136 kg) lighter than the current model.

“Midsize customers tell us they want great fuel economy, connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior. This is exactly what the 2016 Malibu was engineered to do,” said Jesse Ortega, Malibu chief engineer.

The 2016 Malibu goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015. Additional vehicle highlights:

  • Available segment-exclusive OnStar 4G LTE in-vehicle connectivity as well as available wireless phone charging
  • Agile, sophisticated and sleek exterior design incorporates sophisticated details that advance Chevrolet’s signature cues
  • Standard preventive safety technologies include 10 standard air bags, with available features such as Forward Collision Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Automatic Parking Assist is also available
  • All-new Teen Driver feature, which allows parents to view their kids’ driving statistics, such as maximum speed, warning alerts and more
  • All-new, power-dense Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine with fuel-saving stop/start technology is standard, offering a GM-estimated 160 hp (119 kW)
  • High-output 2.0L turbo with GM-estimated 250 hp (186 kW) is available and is mated with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new Malibu will be offered in L, LS, LT and Premier trims, as well as the Hybrid model. The Premier trim, Chevrolet’s new uplevel designation, debuts in the 2016 Malibu. Additional model and trim details will be announced closer to the start of production.

Malibu Hybrid technology

The 2016 Malibu introduces new strong hybrid technology that leverages components and knowledge directly from the plug-in Chevrolet Volt. The Malibu Hybrid offers a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined – while maintaining the styling, comfort, driving dynamics and connectivity as gas-only models.

An all-new, direct-injection 1.8L four-cylinder engine mated to a two-motor drive unit, slightly modified from the 2016 Chevrolet Volt drive unit, powers the Malibu Hybrid. The drive unit provides additional power to assist the engine during acceleration, for 182 horsepower (136 kW) of total system power.

The engine also features Chevrolet’s first application of Exhaust Gas Heat Recovery, or EGHR, technology, which uses exhaust heat to warm the engine and cabin.  EGHR improves engine warm up and ensures consistent fuel economy performance in cold weather. Additional fuel economy benefits come from Exhaust Gas Recirculation, or EGR.

An 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides electric power to the hybrid system. It can power the Malibu Hybrid up to 55 miles per hour (88 km/h) on electricity alone. The gasoline-powered engine automatically comes on at higher speeds and high loads to provide additional power.

In addition to the drive unit, the Malibu Hybrid also shares the 2016 Volt’s blended regenerative braking system, which provides maximum kinetic energy recovery during braking to be stored into the battery system to help maintain charge, and drive unit power electronics.

Turbocharged performance and efficiency

An all-new, Ecotec 1.5L turbo is the standard engine in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, offering a GM-estimated 37 mpg on the highway. It is part of a new global family of small-displacement gas engines designed with greater power density to deliver confident performance with excellent efficiency.

The new 1.5L turbo employs the stop/start technology introduced on the 2014 Malibu, which enhances efficiency in stop-and-go driving, contributing to a GM-estimated 27 mpg in city driving – an 8-percent increase over the current model. On the highway, 1.5L-equipped models also feature active grille shutters that reduce aerodynamic drag to optimize efficiency.

The Malibu’s more-efficient standard engine delivers a GM-estimated 160 horsepower (119 kW) and 184 lb-ft of torque (250 Nm). The torque is comparable to the current model’s standard 2.5L naturally aspirated engine in a vehicle package that’s nearly 300 pounds lighter.

A higher-output 2.0L turbocharged engine is available, offering a GM-estimated 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm), for a higher degree of performance – but not at the expense of good efficiency. Malibu 2.0T models are GM-estimated at 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway.

An all-new, GM-developed eight-speed automatic transmission – the first eight-speed automatic in a GM front-wheel-drive vehicle – contributes to the 2.0T’s balance of performance and efficiency. The 1.5L turbo engine is matched with a six-speed automatic.

Teen Driver and an expanded range of safety features

Teen Driver, a standard feature on most trim levels of the next-generation Malibu, supports safe driving habits by muting the audio or any device paired with the vehicle when front-seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts. Teen Driver also provides audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling over predetermined speeds.

To use Teen Driver, a parent enables the feature with a PIN in the Settings menu of the Malibu’s MyLink system, which allows them to register their teen’s key fob. The system’s settings are turned on only to registered key fobs.

Chevrolet is the first in the industry with a built-in system that lets parents view on a display how their teenager drove the vehicle. Maximum speed reached, distance driven and number of times active safety features were engaged are among the parameters that can be confirmed.

Teen Driver complements a roster of standard and available safety features, including a rear-view camera system standard on LS, LT, Hybrid and Premier models.

  • Ten air bags, including front-seat knee air bags, head-curtain side-impact air bags and seat-mounted side air bags, are also standard.
  • Rear-view camera system is standard on LS, LT, Hybrid and Premier models.

Available active safety features include:

  • Front Pedestrian Alert that uses a forward-looking camera to help avoid or reduce the harm caused by crashes with pedestrians ahead of the vehicle. The system can apply automatic last-second braking
  • New Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert
  • New Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Intellibeam, which automatically switches the headlamps to high beam for better road illumination and improved visibility
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Automatic Braking
  • Automatic Parking Assist.

Sleeker design with lighter, stronger body structure

With a wheelbase stretching 3.6 inches (91 mm) longer than the current Malibu, along with a 2.3-inch (58 mm) longer overall length and the same overall width, the 2016 Malibu strikes  a sleeker-looking proportion. The added wheelbase helps provide better in-cabin comfort and functionality.

With styling influenced by the 2014 Impala, the all-new Malibu advances Chevrolet’s global design language with features such as slim, sweeping headlamps and a progressive take on the brand’s characteristic dual-port grille. Three body-side creases also add drama to the design and help distinguish the Malibu as a contemporary Chevy.

The hood and the cowl – the area where the windshield meets the hood – are lower than the current model and contribute to the Malibu’s greater aerodynamic performance, as do active grille shutters on LS and LT models.

Premium design cues are incorporated on all models, with contemporary lighting technology featured across the lineup, including light-emitting diode (LED) daytime running lamps on LT and Premier models. The Malibu Premier also receives LED taillamps.

Beneath the new Malibu’s athletic-looking skin is a stronger, lighter body structure that contributes to its efficiency and driving dynamics. Greater use of high-strength steels enabled engineers to design the body structure with thinner components in some areas, delivering comparable crash performance with lower weight. The all-new body structure accounts for more than one-third of the Malibu’s nearly 300-pound weight reduction.

Roomier, more comfortable and more connected interior

The longer wheelbase allows a more open execution of Chevrolet’s signature dual-cockpit interior. Rear legroom improves by 1.3 inches (33 mm).

The cabin’s open, expansive feel is reinforced with a greater emphasis on comfort, convenience and connectivity, allowing the Malibu to keep pace with customers’ connected lives. Highlights include:

  • Chevrolet MyLink with a seven-inch-diagonal color capacitive touch screen is standard on LS, LT and Hybrid models
  • Chevrolet MyLink with an eight-inch-diagonal capacitive touch screen is available on LT and Hybrid models and standard on Premier model
  • Chevrolet MyLink with navigation is available with the eight-inch MyLink system and features three-dimensional map views for most major U.S. cities and attractions
  • All-new Teen Driver feature is supported by the eight-inch MyLink system, allowing parents to restrict certain vehicle functions to support safer driving and to view their kids’ driving statistics such as maximum speed, warning alerts and more
  • OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot is standard on all models with a three-month/3GB data trial (whichever comes first)
  • Wireless phone charging available on LT and Hybrid and standard on Premier
  • Dual rear-seat USB ports and a 110-volt power outlet is optional on LT and standard on Premier trim.

The instrument panel “center stack” is all-new, with greater delineation between the infotainment system and climate system controls for easier, at-a-glance operation. The Malibu’s interior is also features:

  • Galvano (satin) chrome accents on the instrument panel and center console
  • Dedicated storage slot for mobile phones, which incorporates wireless charging, if equipped
  • Perforated leather-appointed seating surfaces available on LT and Hybrid and standard on Premier
  • Ventilated seats – a first for Malibu – are standard on Premier.

Manufacturing

The 2016 Malibu will be built from globally sourced parts at GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant, in Kansas City, Kansas. The plant received a $600 million investment in paint shop and tooling upgrades in 2013.

FAST FACT: The 2016 Malibu represents the ninth generation of Chevrolet’s signature midsize sedan. It was introduced in 1964.

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 and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is expected to become available at Jeff Gordon’s award-winning Chevrolet dealership in Wilmington, NC in the last quarter of 2015. Shoot us an email to receive email updates on the 2016 Malibu’s arrival at Jeff Gordon Chevy!

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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!

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox Gets a New Look

New Equinox Design Features Refreshed Body Style, Interior for 2016 Year-Model

2016-Chevrolet-Equinox-Patriot-Blue-Jeff-Gordon-Chevrolet-Wilmington-NCIt’s been a few years since the Chevy Equinox has gotten an updated look – And although we we didn’t think anything was wrong with the last design, we definitely think that this new Equinox is looking pretty good! Keep reading to see what changes they’ve made, technology, safety, and more!

What’s Different on the 2016 Equinox

The greatest differences are on the front and the rear exterior. The front end presents a more refined look with a chrome-accented dual-port grille (very similar to the new 2015 Cruze) and restyled headlamps and LED fog lamps. New 17″ and 18″ wheels are available to make it pop!

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On the back side, the dual-element tail lamps are more sculpted, and boxier, if you will. So they made the tailpipes rectangular to go with that updated, modern flow. And of course, they added chrome accents on the back side too.

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The interior, for the most part, is very similar. Trim levels offering cloth seating will now be dressed with premium cloth, which sounds fancy. They also added a “Saddle Up” interior color for some nice, luxurious contrast. The gear shifter has chrome on accents on it as well, with the gear selector button now on top of the shifter for easier operation.

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Technology

2016-Chevrolet-Equinox-Technology-4G-LTE-WiFiAs every new Chevrolet model, the 2016 Equinox will come standard with Onstar’s awesome 4G LTE WiFi capabilities.

Click here to learn more about the WiFi Hotspot.

The 2016 Equinox will also feature Siri® Eyes Free – allowing you to keep your eyes on the road and use steering wheel controls and voice command to use your iPhone safely while you drive!

The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system will also come with the available Onstar Turn-by-Turn Navigation so you can get to your destination effortlessly with the most up-to-date routes.

Safety

The 2016 Equinox will also offer available safety features to keep you and your family safe on the road. The 2016 Equinox surrounds you with a variety of advanced safety features including six air bags, a steel safety cage and the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top Tethers for Children) system.

And of course, Onstar has your back! Automatic Crash Response with Onstar uses built-in sensors to automatically alert an OnStar Advisor, who is immediately connected into your Equinox to see if you need help. Even if you don’t respond, an OnStar Advisor can use GPS technology to pinpoint your exact location and request that emergency help be sent immediately.

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is expected to arrive at Jeff Gordon’s dealership in Wilmington, North Carolina in late fall. For more updates on the refreshed Equinox and it’s arrival to Jeff Gordon Chevy, fill out the contact form below! For now, feel free to check out our 2015 Equinox inventory!

What do you think about the refreshed design on the Equinox? Do you like it? Or do you think they should have stuck with the existing design? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

 

Chevy Technology Strikes Again at 4G LTE Speeds

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What are two things that you don’t think you would be able to live your daily life without? Most people would probably say their phone and their car. Well, Chevrolet has recognized just that and found a way to make sure you get the best of both…

Earlier this week, Chevrolet announced that they will be raising the bar in the industry’s technology once more and introducing models optionally equipped with OnStar 4G LTE (thanks to some help from AT&T) starting this summer. The first models to have this feature will be the 2015 Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt and will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, and Spark.

“Chevrolet is expected to implement the broadest deployment of 4G LTE in the automotive industry,” said Alan Batey, senior vice president of Global Chevrolet. “The fact that OnStar with 4G LTE will be available in models that range from the Chevrolet Spark to the Silverado to the Corvette, is indicative of our broad commitment to deliver more value and convenience through smart technology applications. This new, purposeful technology solution will make our consumers lives easier to connect.”

The 4G LTE rollout will bring a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to most Chevrolet vehicles, which allows passengers to connect their personal devices, such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless internet. Each vehicle can accommodate multiple devices at one time.

We know that our customers rely on being connected on a daily, if not hourly basis, and they expect to be provided with the information and content they desire with no interruptions,” said Mary Chan, president, GM’s Global Connected Consumer. “A 4G LTE hotspot that’s built into a car’s architecture will provide a more consistent and powerful Wi-Fi connection than a smartphone.

With OnStar’s 4G LTE connection, the vehicle acts as a mobile hub, giving customers easier access to apps and services that require a high-speed cellular or data connection. The vehicle will employ a wireless connection that does not rely on a brought-in mobile device.

Additionally, Chevrolet MyLink will offer a built-in AppShop, accessible right from MyLink’s touchscreen where you can view all the apps, download them directly to the vehicle, organize, update, or delete them as needed – just like your iPhone and Android. These applications will connect drivers to vehicle data, weather, news, travel information and more. The initial app lineup will include: Vehicle Health, iHeartRadio, Priceline.com, The Weather Channel, NPR, Slacker Radio, TuneIn Radio, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse, and Kaliki.

The built-in 4G LTE connection will allow our vehicles to be updated with the latest software and apps,” said Chan. “This means that the driver’s vehicle infotainment systems can keep getting better after purchase as customers can continue to add on and customize their features.

ImageAnd in order to make sure that you’re connected and ready on your 2015 Chevy, Chevrolet is offering a free Android smartphone with a 2-year service agreement.

Wanna get a first look at this technology in person? Fill out the contact form below and let us know and Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will contact you upon arrival of our first 4G LTE-equipped 2015 models so you can come test it out for yourself. Just fill out the form below or chat with us directly by hitting the red icon on the top-right of this post.