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2016 Chevrolet Volt Named Green Car of the Year

Second win for Chevy Plug-in Hybrid.

by on Nov.19, 2015

Green Car Publisher Ron Cogan, Chevy Marketing Director Steve Mojoras and the 2016 Volt.

The completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been named Green Car of the Year, repeating a victory it claimed when the original plug-in hybrid debuted a half-decade ago.

The Volt knocked down an impressive list of competitors that included the new, fourth-generation 2016 Toyota Prius, the world’s best-selling hybrid-electric vehicle.

A Winner!

“This is certainly something special,” proclaimed Steve Mojoras, Chevy’s marketing manager, after accepting the crystal trophy at the L.A. Auto Show event. “This is a hard market to crack. This is the Super Bowl of green car awards, so it adds instant validation.”


Chevy Teams Up with US Army, Rolls Out Hydrogen-Powered Colorado Pickup

Clean-power truck to undergo 12 months of extreme testing.

by on Nov.19, 2015

GM offers a tease of the Army-modified Chevrolet Colorado picked running on hydrogen.

Environmentalists aren’t the only ones interested in alternative power. The U.S. Army is teaming up with General Motors to run a year of extreme tests on a Chevrolet Colorado pickup designed to run on hydrogen, rather than gasoline.

The military has quietly spent several years looking at fuel-cell technology because of its potential advantages over conventional power. Among other things, it’s quiet, provides plenty of low-end torque, can generate electric power in the field, and it has a lower heat signature making it harder for an enemy to spot a hydrogen-powered vehicle using infrared glasses or sensors.

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“The potential capabilities hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can bring to the Warfighter are extraordinary, and our engineers and scientists are excited about the opportunity to exercise the limits of this demonstrator,” said Paul Rogers, the director of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development & Engineering Center, also known as TARDEC. (more…)

GM Plugging in a Potential Game-Changer

New Chevy Bolt expected to see huge drop in battery costs.

by on Nov.11, 2015

The Chevy Bolt shown during its January 2015 debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

When it comes to electric vehicles, it’s all about the batteries. They determine range, charging time, performance and, of course, price. And the longer the range the higher the price tag.

But General Motors believes it’s close to the proverbial paradigm shift as it gets ready to bring its new long-range Chevrolet Bolt to market. The 200-mile battery-electric vehicle is expected to have the lowest-priced batteries available, breaking a target price many experts didn’t anticipate could be reached for at least five more years.

In the Know!

“We’re going to be at $145 a kilowatt-hour when we launch the Bolt,” said Mark Reuss, GM’s global product development director, during a lunchtime interview.


Regulators in US, Germany Crack Down on Emissions, Mileage Testing

Dozens of vehicles brought back for new testing in wake of VW scandal.

by on Nov.11, 2015

A Z71 version of the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Diesel which won a 31 mpg EPA highway rating.

Not so fast. When General Motors asked the Environmental Protection Agency to issue its official fuel economy rating on the new Chevrolet Colorado Duramax diesel pickup, the agency took a little longer than expected, EPA officials asking if they could keep the test truck a bit longer than normal, says Mark Reuss, GM’s global product development chief.

The EPA is taking a much more careful approach when it comes to testing for emissions and fuel economy, Reuss and other industry officials tell And U.S. regulators are not alone. Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority says it will run new tests on dozens of vehicles sold in that country to ensure they comply with diesel emissions standards.

Insider News!

Those moves come in the wake of revelations – first announced by the U.S. EPA on September 18th – that Volkswagen AG had cheated on emissions testing for vehicles equipped with the maker’s 2.0-liter EA 189 diesel engine. A total of 482,000 of those vehicles were sold in the U.S., 11 million worldwide. Since then, VW has admitted to other emissions “irregularities.”


Chevy Colorado Gets EPA Nod as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Pickup

First pickup to top 30 mpg on the highway.

by on Nov.09, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax is the only midsize diesel - other than its near-twin GMC Canyon.

Move over Dodge Ram EcoDiesel, Chevrolet has just landed the lead in the pickup fuel-economy shootout, its new 2016 Colorado Duramax Diesel getting an EPA rating of as much as 31 miles per gallon on the highway.

That’s two mpg better than the Ram “oil burner” – though there is an asterisk: the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is a full-size pickup, while the2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax falls into the midsize truck category.

Mileage Minder!

Nonetheless, “The Colorado Duramax diesel is in a league of its own,” boasted Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck Marketing. “Colorado’s gas models already led the segment in fuel efficiency, and the new diesel…gives customers even greater freedom to go where they want with fewer fill-ups.”


Chevrolet Accents Performance with Specialty Camaros at SEMA

Red Accent, Black Accent concepts show off aftermarket capabilities.

by on Oct.27, 2015

Chevy is rumbling into SEMA with two concepts, including the Camaro SS Black Accent, that ooze power and speed.

General Motors is loading up for the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show in Las Vegas with a pair of new Camaro SS concepts designed to look fast and go faster.

With official ceremonial roll-off at its Lansing Grand River Assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan, this week, the sixth generation Camaro is now officially part of the Cheverolet line-up and for SEMA GM will introduce two customized 2016 Camaro SS concepts that illustrate the possibilities enabled by the new portfolio accessories and performance parts.

Power and Speed!

Dubbed Red Accent and Black Accent for their respective design themes, each uses components Chevrolet will offer during the first model year of the new Camaro. (more…)

Domino’s Delivers – With Customized Delivery Car

Special retrofit of Chevy Spark designed for “delivery experts.”

by on Oct.22, 2015

The Domino's DXP.

Domino’s wants to stop sending its delivery drivers out on the road in beat-up old cars with tacky signs stuck on the roof.

Okay, the “car topper” isn’t going away, but the cars are about to change in a big way, the Ann Arbor, Michigan restaurant chain unveiling a specially designed subcompact pizza wagon it is calling DXP.

We Deliver!

Short for “delivery expert,” it’s a heavily modified version of a Chevrolet Spark minicar that was developed through an online crowdsourcing competition – with Michigan-based Roush Enterprises doing the customization.


Chevy Draws High Performance Red Line

Brand bringing back performance line to boost aftermarket sales.

by on Oct.22, 2015

Chevrolet is bringing back its Red Line performance parts line to help boost aftermarket sales.

General Motors is bringing back the “Red Line” moniker for trial run during the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The name will be used for a series of concept vehicles from Chevrolet specially outfitted with performance parts, special badges and accessories just for the SEMA, which annually draws more than 120,000 visitors annually to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Aftermarket News!

The objective is to see if the idea of Red Line series of Chevrolet cars, trucks and utility vehicles could be commercialized, according to Jim Campbell, GM vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. (more…)

Chevrolet Confirms Plans for New Camaro Convertible

Ragtop redux should follow in short order.

by on Oct.20, 2015

The new Camaro convertible should reach showrooms early next year.

Breaking news? Well, sort of. Chevrolet is all but formally confirming what most everyone had already expected: it will be adding a ragtop version of the new, sixth-generation Camaro.

“One of these days, we may add this beautiful looking convertible,” Al Oppenheiser said, referring to the concept Camaro al fresco that was unveiled last June.

Clearing the Air!

Oppenheiser was one of several senior General Motors executives on hand for a dinner kicking off the unusual launch of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, about 50 automotive journalists heading out on a cross-country tour that is expected to collectively clock about 160,000 miles.


Mirror, Mirror: Who’s the Greenest of Them All?

Five finalists for Green Car of the Year revealed.

by on Oct.19, 2015

One of the five finalists: the 2016 Toyota Prius.

Sales of high-mileage and low emissions vehicles, especially battery-based models, have tumbled in recent months, along with fuel prices. But facing tough new mileage mandates in the U.S., and stiffened emissions rules in Europe and other parts of the world, automakers have been rushing to market with an assortment of new, green models.

But which is the most environmentally friendly? Five finalists for Green Car of the Year have been announced, ahead of the awards ceremony set to mark the opening of the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

A Global Perspective!

“This is the strongest field of finalists we’ve seen in our annual Green Car of the Year® program,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and