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Chevrolet Planning to Launch 200-Mile Bolt Electric Vehicle in Late 2016

GM wants to “put a muzzle on” outspoken Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

by on Feb.06, 2015

The Chevy Bolt would deliver significantly longer range than almost any current battery-electric vehicle - for around $30,000. Photo by Len Katz.

General Motors will begin building a production version of its Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric concept vehicle in October 2016, several well-placed company sources told, a move that will put GM into direct competition with California EV start-up Tesla Motors, as well as more traditional automakers such as Nissan and BMW.

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Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, the Chevy Bolt concept was expected to deliver about 200 miles of range per charge – more than double that of most of the electric vehicles currently on the market. That would address the issue of “range anxiety’ which, industry analysts say, has held back demand for battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.

GM officials, meanwhile, said they would deliver the Bolt for around $30,000, which would put it much closer to the price tag of a comparable, gas-powered vehicle.


GM Charges Up Second-Gen Chevrolet Volt

Longer range, better MPG, more room – but will buyers plug in?

by on Jan.12, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra introduced the second-generation Bolt, which will get an additional 50 miles per charge. Photo credit: Len Katz.

General Motors sparked plenty of interest when, in 2010, it launched the world’s first mass-market plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt. But after an initial surge, sales have waned over the last several years, falling a precipitous 30% last year. So, Chevy can only hope that potential buyers will plug back in with the launch of an all-new, second-generation Volt at this week’s North American International Auto Show.

The 2016 model was designed to address many of the weaknesses of the original car, including its buzzy engine, sluggish performance and cramped interior. But it also will deliver significantly more range – an estimated 50 miles per charge – and improved fuel economy.

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And while the maker has yet to announce specific numbers, there is widespread speculation the 2016 Chevrolet Volt also will see a price cut putting it more into the mainstream of the compact American sedan market.


New GM Electric Vehicle Could Take Aim at Tesla

Chevrolet Bolt expected to deliver 200-mile range at $30,000 price tag.

by on Jan.11, 2015

The nose of the current Chevrolet Volt, the first mass-market plug-in hybrid. It was redesigned for 2016. A pure electric Chevy Bolt could follow in 2017.

First came the Chevrolet Volt, now comes the Chevy Bolt. Even as General Motors gets ready to officially unveil an all-new version of its plug-in hybrid, various sources suggest the Detroit maker also will debut a concept version of a battery-electric vehicle at this week’s North American International Auto Show.

Significantly, the Chevrolet Bolt is expected to deliver as much as 200 miles range per charge. That would more than double what most of the current crop of electric vehicles can handle – and would be in line with what Tesla is thought to be targeting for the Model III, the mainstream EV it plans to launch in a couple years.

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And, at an estimated $30,000, GM would likely undercut the smaller Tesla model while coming in only slightly higher than some competing vehicles delivering half Bolt’s range, such as the Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus Electric, and the current Chevrolet Spark, which can travel just 82 miles per charge.


Corvette Takes Track Performance to the Street with Z06

Debut paired with launch of new Corvette C7.R race car.

by on Jan.13, 2014

The new Corvette Z06, dubbed "The Big Nasty" by GM's Mark Reuss, shares much of its DNA with the C7.R race car.

After winning 90 races since the turn of the New Millennium, the Corvette teams hunger for victory has only intensified. The real test will come, in a matter of weeks, as the all-new C7.R race car makes its debut at the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona.

With its upgraded engine, improved aerodynamics and a chassis that’s 40% stiffer than the old Corvette C6.R racer, the team has reason to be confident – while those who would like to see some of that added performance transferred from track to street might have their own reason to be just a little jealous.

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But not for long.  Wannabe racers will soon be able to order the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 making its debut at the North American International Auto Show.  “A lot of the race car’s functional improvements have been shared with the street car,” said Tadge Juchter, the director of the Corvette program, who calls the new model, “a great example of the technology transfer between racing and production Corvettes.”


Chevrolet Teases New Corvette Z06

High-performance model due to debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

by on Dec.04, 2013

Chevrolet offers just a tease of the new 2015 Corvette Z06 debuting next month in Detroit.

Chevrolet will up the ante for sports car performance when it unveils the new 2014 Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

Regular readers might be scratching their heads and wondering about the name of the new supercar as rumors had been circulating in recent months suggesting that for the 2015 iteration Chevy would upgrade the name of the Corvette spin-off by redubbing it the Z07.

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Apparently not, and we’ll be looking to find out why when we meet with company officials in the coming weeks, but there’ll be a lot of other questions to ask about the 2015 Corvette Z06 including performance specifics.


Chevrolet Sets Global Sales Record

But market share still takes a tumble.

by on Jan.14, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado at its December debut.

It’s often a matter of perspective, certainly so when it comes to Chevrolet’s 2012 global sales. The maker set an all-time record – but that still wasn’t enough to prevent another slide in its market share, General Motors’ largest brand confirmed today.

Chevy sales totaled an all-time high of 4.95 million last year, up 2.9%, with the brand gaining volume in a number of key markets including China and Europe, as well as the United States.  The home market accounted for 1.85 million of those vehicles – meaning the brand that has traditionally billed itself as an American icon actually generated more than 60% of its volume abroad, much of that in emerging markets.

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Brazil was Chevrolet’s largest source of sales outside the States, at 643,00 last year, followed close behind by China, at 627,000.  Russia was a distant fourth, at 205,000, followed by Mexico, where Chevy rang up 179,000 sales.


Chevrolet Targeting Millennials with Pair of Auto Show Concepts

Cracking the code for a new generation.

by on Jan.09, 2012

The Code 130R is one of two Chevrolet concepts testing the market among Millennials.

Baby Boomers, step aside.  There’s a new generation of car buyers entering the market and Chevrolet wants to win them over.

They’re the target audience for a pair of distinctive concept vehicles General Motors’ largest brand is debuting at this year’s North American International Auto Show.  Small, high-tech and fuel-efficient, they’re decidedly not the sort of products that Chevy has traditionally thrown at the Boomers, today’s largest automotive buying group.

“There’s a pretty significant shift in how people are viewing automobiles and transportation, in general,” suggests John McFarland, Chevy’s senior manager of global marketing.

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McFarland says he and other members of his team have already met with over 9,000 Millennials in the process of developing the two concepts, dubbed Code 130R and Tru 140S, that are making their debut at the Detroit Auto Show.  Whether they actually connect with potential buyers in the youngest buying group remains to be seen but they could be in production in less than two years, has learned.