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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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Chevy Sets May 16 Debut for Gen-6 Camaro

Public invited for unveiling of new pony car.

by on Mar.16, 2015

Camaro invites up to 1,000 fans to come to Detroit's Belle Isle for the 2016 Camaro preview.

Chevrolet plans to give about 1,000 lucky muscle car fans the chance to get a first look at the next-generation Camaro.

The Detroit maker has been dropping lots of hints about the sixth-generation Camaro in recent weeks and today confirmed it will unveil the new pony car on May 16th during an unusual, day-long celebration on Belle Isle, the 982-acre island park a couple miles from parent General Motors’ downtown Detroit headquarters.

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“This will be an event Camaro fans will not want to miss,” proclaimed Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “This is only the sixth time we have introduced an all-new Camaro. We wanted to share the moment with the customers and fans who have helped make Camaro both America’s favorite performance car for the past five years, and a cultural icon since 1967.”

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Chevrolet Set to Unveil New Spark Next Month

New minicar set for deal debut in New York and Seoul.

by on Mar.09, 2015

Chevy hints the 2016 Spark will be sleeker, and more aerodynamic than the old minicar.

Chevrolet plans to take the wraps off the new 2016 Spark – twice, with a dual debut scheduled at the upcoming auto shows in 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 surged 32% during the first two months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.

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Though the 2016 Spark will retain its basic, tall hatchback shape, GM promises 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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Chevy Planning to Reveal Redesigned Malibu at NY Auto Show

Longer, lighter, more efficient and more coupe-like.

by on Mar.05, 2015

The 2016 Malibu will adopt a more fastback shape.

Chevrolet hopes to win back midsize sedan fans with the redesigned 2016 Malibu it says it will introduce at the New York Auto Show a little more than a month from now.

The new model, the maker hints, will be longer yet lighter and more fuel-efficient. It will get a number of new tech features. And, from the teaser image Chevy is offering up, it appears to be evolving into a more coupe-like body style.  Chevy clearly needs to make some major improvement after some disappointing missteps with the current sedan.

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“Using a blank slate approach, Chevrolet designers benefited from an entirely new architecture, which for Malibu includes a wheelbase nearly four inches longer than the outgoing model,” the maker says. “That, in turn, provides increased rear legroom and interior space.”

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Chevy Severs Ties with Kurt Busch Over Domestic Violence Issue

Bad day for both Busch brothers.

by on Feb.23, 2015

It was supposed to be a good year for Kurt Busch, but now his NASCAR career is in jeopardy.

There were some big winners – and equally big losers – at Daytona Beach over the weekend. Coming up smiling was Joey Logano, the 24-year-old Team Penske driver who took the checkered flag.

Among those less than happy with the results of the Daytona 500 were Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and the two Busch brothers. Kyle Busch suffered a compound leg fracture in a Saturday race. And his brother Kurt was sidelined on Sunday after league officials upheld an indefinite suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident last autumn.

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It marked the first time neither of the Busch brothers were in the field for the “Great American Race” since 2000. But even if Kyle recuperates quickly enough to re-enter the series later this year, it is far from clear what will happen with Kurt Busch.  He not only has been sidelined by NASCAR, but has had his relationship with long-time sponsor Chevrolet put on hold.

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Revamped Equinox Offering More Bang for Buck

Chevy streamlines offerings on 2016 version of SUV.

by on Feb.12, 2015

Chevrolet introduced its third-generation Equinox at this year's Chicago Auto Show. The new model gets a modest facelift and new technology.

Chevrolet’s new 2016 Equinox builds on five years of increasing sales with a styling revamp, a slew of safety advancements and new entertainment technology.

“Chevrolet Equinox is a pillar of the compact SUV segment, thanks to a value rooted in great style, efficiency, safety and connectivity,” said Alan Batey, president, GM North America.

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“The enhancements to the 2016 Equinox make a versatile vehicle an even better choice, and demonstrate Chevrolet’s commitment to delivering the broadest lineup of SUVs in the industry.” (more…)

Chevy Trucks Into Chicago with Colorado GearOn Edition

“Adventure without compromise.”

by on Feb.10, 2015

Chevy rolls out a special version of the new Colorado aimed at rugged outdoors types.

For those who want a compact track with the sort of rugged capabilities normally associated with full-size models, Chevrolet plans to roll out the Colorado GearOn Edition at the Chicago Auto Show later this week.

The launch of the Chevrolet Colorado late last year marked the maker’s return to the midsize truck market and has scored at least an initial hit with U.S. buyers looking for something fresh in a segment that hasn’t seen much change in recent decades. Chevy planners have promised they’ll offer a variety of updates over the next few years to target unique niches, starting with the GearOn Edition.

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“Chevrolet Colorado answers the call for customers who have passions of all types and the GearOn accessory system enables them to bring more adventure wherever they go,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “And with Colorado offering segment-leading efficiency and capabilities, it’s a combination that maximizes adventure without compromise.”

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Chevrolet Teases New Equinox

New CUV to make appearance at Chicago Auto Show.

by on Feb.09, 2015

Chevy teases the 2016 Equinox.

Chevrolet will roll out a much-awaited update of its midsize Equinox crossover later this week, and is offering a little tease of what we can expect to blow into the Windy City.

The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox will get revised headlamps and new LED daytime running lights but, beyond that, Chevy isn’t saying much about what’s in store. That said, expect to see improved fuel economy, updates to the crossover-utility vehicle’s infotainment system and other tweaks meant to keep the Equinox competitive in an increasingly crowded segment.

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It will be the CUV’s first major update since the current generation was rolled out in late 2009. It remains to be seen when General Motors will offer an update to the Equinox’s near-twin, the GMC Terrain, but that is very likely to come later this year, according to industry observers.

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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 TheDetroitBureau.com, 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.

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