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Chevy Cuts Price While Extending Range of New 2016 Volt

Most owners expected to go as much as 1,500 miles between fill-ups.

by on May.04, 2015

The gen-2 Chevrolet Volt is designed to spend even more time operating in electric mode.

Chevrolet is once again cutting the price of its Volt plug-in hybrid – but this time, the $1,175 discount comes with the launch of an all-new version of the extended-range electric vehicle. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt will cost as little as $26,495 when federal credits are taken into account, and some states offer additional financial incentives.

And, at the same, time, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will be getting a big boost in range, the compact battery car expected to deliver an EPA-rated 50 miles in electric mode alone.

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“The next generation Chevolet Volt delivers more technology, the ability to drive further between gas fill ups and now with even more value to our customers,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet marketing. “We are confident we will continue to attract new customers to Volt with the vehicle’s product improvements and attractive price.”

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Chevrolet Debuts Driverless Future with FNR in Shanghai

Capsule-style car allows front and rear passengers to face each other.

by on Apr.20, 2015

General Motors introduced its Chevrolet-FNR concept during the Shanghai Motor Show.

Chevrolet provided a possible glimpse into the future with its FNR autonomous electric concept vehicle – a vehicle with styling that suggests the future is a lot like the movie Blade Runner.

The vehicle’s exterior is essentially a capsule made of glass and metal with crystal laser headlights and taillights, dragonfly dual swing doors, magnetic hubless wheel electric motors and a wireless auto-charge system.

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It was developed in Shanghai by GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture, which has developed several other electric concept vehicles, but aimed this one at younger consumers, according to the automaker. (more…)

Bolt and Volt Will Share Chevy Showrooms, After All

Chevrolet sticking with name for long-range battery-car despite potential confusion.

by on Apr.16, 2015

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

It may be a bit confusing, but Chevrolet will be sticking with the name “Bolt” when it launches its 200-mile battery-electric vehicle next year. Following the unexpected debut of the electric model, the maker had been debating whether to come up with an alternative less like the name of its current plug-in hybrid, the Chevrolet Bolt.

Despite sluggish sales of battery cars at a time when gas prices have plunged to lows not seen since before the Great Recession, the General Motors brand is convinced there’s a future for the technology, Chevy officials have stressed.

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“Since unveiling the Bolt EV three months ago, the name has quickly become associated with Chevrolet,” the company said in a statement. “Therefore, we will use the name when the vehicle goes into production. The Bolt EV is a significant statement of Chevrolet’s commitment to electrification and the name suits this game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity.”

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GM Slashes Price of Chevy Spark EV

Maker is the latest to try price cut to boost sluggish sales.

by on Apr.15, 2015

The Chevy Spark can launch to 60 in 8 sec.

General Motors is slashing the price of its slow-selling Chevrolet Spark battery-electric vehicle in a bid to boost demand.

It’s the latest in a string of price cuts by automakers struggling to build interest in plug-based vehicles, and the announcement comes just days after GM confirmed it will next month shut down production of its Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid due to lack of demand. It will re-launch production with the second-generation Volt that was introduced at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

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“Chevrolet is committed to making EV driving more accessible, affordable and fun” Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet Car and Crossover Marketing, said in a statement. “Spark EV customers will benefit from an impressive blend of technology, capability and low cost of ownership, now at an even more impressive price.”

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Over Half of All Cars to Feature Stop-Start by 2024

But consumer complaints remain a problem.

by on Apr.13, 2015

The new Malibu is one of many new vehicles adding Stop-Start and other advanced fuel saving technology.

When the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu rolls into showrooms later this year it will offer a variety of powertrain options including a base 1.5-liter turbo package that will feature standard Stop-Start, making it the latest in a growing list of models equipped with the fuel-saving technology.

Within the next decade, forecasts Navigant Research, Stop-Start will be standard equipment on the majority of new cars, trucks and crossovers sold worldwide, according to a new study by Navigant Research. That’s more than double today’s numbers.

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“The basic Stop-Start system is gradually evolving into one piece of a multifaceted approach to improving fuel economy in light duty vehicles,” according to Navigant’s senior research analyst David Alexander.

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Chevy Aims to Aid Parents to Rein in Teen Drivers

Teen Driver helps monitor behavior behind the wheel.

by on Apr.03, 2015

The 2016 Chevy Malibu features Teen Driver, a system that allows parents to monitor and limit their child's driving behavior.

Getting your driver’s license is a rite of passage. But it also brings fear to parents who have to worry about how and where your teen is driving – and who they might be driving with.

There’s good reason to worry. Studies routinely show motor vehicle accidents are the single highest cause of death among teens 16 to 19 who – reports another recent study – are far more likely to be involved in accidents due to distracted driving.

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But with the launch of its new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu sedan, the Detroit maker is offering parents a helping hand to “teach” teens to be better drivers. Think of it as a carrot-and-stick approach, suggests Mary Ann Beebe, the lead engineer behind the Teen Driver technology. (more…)

Chevy Hopes to Spark Interest of Minicar Buyers

2016 Chevrolet Spark debuts in both New York and Seoul.

by on Apr.02, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark debuted at the New York Auto Show. It's been completely redesigned and hits showrooms in the fourth quarter.

Chevrolet pulled the covers off its new 2016 Spark – twice, in fact, with simultaneous debuts at the auto shows in both New York and Seoul.

The Korean-made minicar has been defying recent trends that have seen sales of small passenger cars slump in light of the drop in fuel prices. Demand for the Chevrolet Spark has risen by nearly a third so far this year after a 14.7% jump in 2014.And with the overall minicar segment expected to grow by 30% by 2018, GM sees even greater opportunities.

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Though the 2016 Spark retains its basic, tall hatchback shape, GM has adopted a “sleeker, more aerodynamic profile and a progressive take” on the outgoing model’s basic design cues. That fits into efforts to win over young urban buyers who want something small but not necessarily a basic econobox.

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Chevrolet Malibu Redux

New 2016 Chevy sedan better suited to "hand-to-hand combat" in crowded midsize market.

by on Apr.01, 2015

Chevrolet rolled out its new Malibu Hybrid in New York. The hybrid gets up to 48 mpg.

Chevrolet has been on a roll lately with products as diverse as the Corvette and Impala. But its also lobbed a few duds, including the midsize Malibu sedan it launched three years ago. Demand has lagged well behind expectations despite an “emergency refresh” made barely a year after its introduction.

But the maker looks to be on a much better track with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu making its debut at the New York International Auto Show this week. More stylish, better equipped and more fuel-efficient – with the hybrid version coming later this year that will exceed 45 mpg, said Chevy execs at the New York Auto Show earlier today – the new sedan will nonetheless face a challenging task in a segment crowded with 17 other competitors.

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“It’s been difficult to win in this segment,” acknowledged Steve Majoros, Chevy’s passenger car marketing director, during a preview of the 2016 Malibu. But the maker really has no choice in one of the largest segments of the U.S. market which means, “We have to get people to fundamentally think differently about this brand.”

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Redesigned Chevy Malibu Will Add 45 MPG Hybrid

“Building on the Volt,” says chief engineer.

by on Mar.25, 2015

Cutaway shows the Malibu Hybrid's layout.

When Chevrolet launches a completely redesigned version of its midsize Malibu later this year, it will add a new hybrid option expected to be one of the segment’s most fuel-efficient models.

Initial estimates suggest the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will come in at “better than” 45 miles per gallon, which would put it ahead of hybrid versions of the midsize Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry models, and within shot of the segment-leading Honda Accord Hybrid, which is rated at 47 mpg.

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“We’re bringing a hybrid to the midsize segment to compete,” Jesse Ortega, the chief engineer on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu project, said during a background briefing, adding his belief that Chevy is “very well-armed” to take on key domestic and import competitors.

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GM Slashing Presence in Russia

Opel to pull out, Chevy scaling way back in long-term shift.

by on Mar.18, 2015

Hello, we must be going. A GM Niva rolls down the Avtovaz assembly line. Plans for an updated car have been scrubbed.

General Motors plans to largely abandon the Russian market, a move that goes well beyond the short-term production cuts announced by key rivals like Ford Motor Co. in response to the economic crisis crippling the heart of the former Soviet Union.

GM’s German-based Opel brand will pull out of Russia entirely by the end of this year, while Chevrolet will scale back to focus on a handful of products such as the Corvette and Camaro. The maker will continue to market Cadillac products to Russia’s luxury buyers, but production will shift back to the U.S.

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“This change in our business model in Russia is part of our global strategy to ensure long-term sustainability in markets where we operate,” said GM President Dan Ammann. “This decision avoids significant investment into a market that has very challenging long-term prospects.”

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