GM Owners Can Now Receive Amazon Deliveries Right to Their Vehicles

Chevrolet_Equinox_Amazon_Key_In_Car_Delivery_2.0New Service for Amazon Prime Members Launched Today in 37 US Cities

Despite the increased availability of affordable, easy-to-install home security systems, the convenience of online ordering also allows for increased opportunities for porch pirates. According to a study by Insurance Quotes, 25.9 million  Americans (8%) reported stolen packages from their doorsteps in 2016 – up from 23.5 million in 2015.

Thanks to a new partnership between Amazon and General Motors, owners of select 2015 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles can now get their packages delivered right to their car with their Prime membership via the Amazon Key mobile app at no additional charge. Amazon recently announced their in-home delivery option to allow members to give permission to delivery drivers to unlock the front door and leave packages in your entry-way, eliminating the risk of your package getting stolen off your front porch. As of right now, both in-home and in-car delivery services are available in 37 cities across the US with wider availability

How it works:

Amazon keyGM owners who have the an active OnStar account will be able to take advantage of this service when they download the Amazon Key app. The vehicle must be in an easily-accessible location like your driveway or public parking lot – no gates or parking garages. According to The Verge, who got a demonstration to this new service last week, you are able to choose the “in-car delivery” option upon checkout when you make your online purchase. Amazon will send a series of notifications to let you know the package is on its way. If for some reason you have to run a quick errand or feel like your vehicle may not be accessible when the package arrives, you have the option to change delivery locations or “block access” to the in-car delivery service. If you do block access, Amazon will default to your regular delivery location – most likely, your porch.

Check if you’re eligible here.

To pinpoint the location of your vehicle, the Amazon Key app does give the driver access to your vehicle’s GPS location, license plate number, and an image of the vehicle based on its description. Once the courier locates your vehicle, they use their device to verify that its been located, scans the package, and then requests the vehicle be unlocked via Chevy’s connected car services. When all those boxes are checked, a swipe on the screen unlocks the trunk and the package is placed inside. The courier verifies that the delivery is complete on his/her device, closes the trunk, and makes sure the vehicle is locked (which it should do on its own.)

Restrictions for in-vehicle delivery include any packages that are:

  • Over 50 pounds
  • Larger than 26 x 21 x 16 inches
  • Require a signature
  • Valued over $1,300
  • Or coming from a 3rd party seller (prime only!)

First Customers (Video)

As with most new services, Amazon has been beta-testing this in California & Washington to get customers’ reactions. In the following video by Amazon, one woman says this service allows her to receive her regular diaper delivery without risking her toddler being awoken by the doorbell. Another mother was able to use it to make sure her daughter wouldn’t be tipped off to the birthday gifts she purchased. One man said that he is now able to get his personal purchases placed discreetly in his vehicle while receiving business-related parcels to the office. So… yeah. Watch here:

These uses of the service do seem practical enough, but as more technologies like this come out, there will likely always be a question of how “safe” it is, virtually speaking.

So what do you think about Amazon Key In-Car? Would you use it? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Are you wishing you drove a GM vehicle so you could take advantage of this and all of the other awesome Connected Services through OnStar? That’s where we come in! Jeff Gordon Chevrolet has hundreds of new Chevrolets and GM Certified Pre-Owned Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models to choose from. With our travel assistance programs, we can also arrange to have your new “delivery locker” (vehicle) delivered to your driveway and ready to receive your Amazon purchases. Or, we can arrange a little vacation to our beautiful coastal city of Wilmington, NC and have you fly in and drive your new vehicle home! Give us a call at (910)791-2424 to learn more!

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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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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!