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Chevrolet Screams into SEMA with COPO Camaro Concept

Camaro SS Drag Race Program “exploring” 10-second quarter mile options.

by on Oct.31, 2016

Chevrolet is bringing the thunder to SEMA once again with its new 2017 COPO Camaro: Only 69 will be built.

Forget Halloween. If you’re looking for something scary, take a trip out to the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas this week to see the latest in high-performance parts and accessories – and a few complete car projects.

Chevrolet is a perennial presence at the Las Vegas Convention Center and it’s back again this year with several Camaro projects designed to put some fear into the competition. That includes a new track-ready concept version of the COPO Camaro that could soon be dominating the drag strip. Chevy is also showing off a variety of concept parts designed to help get weekend racers down the quarter mile in 10 seconds through the Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program.

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“From sportsman classes to the pro ranks, Camaro has been one of the most popular cars ever to launch down the drag strip,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “For 50 years Chevrolet has supported Camaro drag racers and these new SEMA vehicles demonstrate our commitment to the sport, with parts development and the advancement of the historic COPO Camaro program.” (more…)

Chevy’s 2018 Equinox Comes with Mileage-Raising Surprise: A Diesel

New compact SUV will be a global vehicle for the brand.

by on Sep.23, 2016

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox borrows exterior design cues from other vehicles in the brand's line-up.

General Motors Co. took the wraps off the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox for the first time and revealed that it plans to offer customers a diesel engine in the next generation compact utility vehicle — one of the industry’s most coveted and competitive segments.

Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president, said GM went all out to insure the next generation Equinox satisfies the desires of a broad swath of customers. The compact SUV segment is now the industry’s single-largest segment surpassing midsized SUVs, which was the most popular vehicle solid in the U.S for nearly three decades.

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However, the ground is shifting around automakers and the compact SUV segment has become critical as automakers battle for the affections of younger buyers. (more…)

Chevy Prices New Bolt EV at $37,495, Under $30k After Tax Credits

Maker beats Tesla Model 3 on range and availability.

by on Sep.20, 2016

Chevy says its 2017 Bolt EV will come in at $37,495 or just under $30k with government tax credits.

Chevrolet released the price on its new Bolt electric vehicle, coming in under the $37,500 before tax incentives executives had been suggesting for months: by $5. The new EV costs $37,495.

After the aforementioned government sweeteners, the Bolt will cost $29,995, according to Chevy officials. The new battery-powered car is the first to market for less than $30k with the ability to travel more than 200 miles on a single charge.

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The new Bolt will go 238 miles, which means it tops its chief competition in two ways: distance and availability. (more…)

Chevy Bolt Tops Tesla Model 3 with 238 Miles Range

New Detroit electric car also will be first to market.

by on Sep.13, 2016

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will get 238 miles on a single charge, the company revealed today.

The Tesla Model 3 may dominate the headlines, but the new Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric vehicle is meant to beat the Silicon Valley entry at its own game, Chevy today revealing its new model will not only be first into showrooms with an affordable price tag, but that the Bolt will travel at least 30 miles more on a charge.

At 238 miles, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will nearly match the distance comparable gasoline-powered hatchbacks can travel on a tank of fuel, though charging times will run longer than a fill-up.

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“The Bolt EV is a game changer for the electric car segment and it will start to become available at Chevrolet dealerships later this year,” said GM North America President Alan Batey, who added that Bolt has gone from “vision to a reality … in a few short months.” (more…)

Chevy Gives More Owners a Chance to Track Teen Drivers

New package also limits top speed and radio volume.

by on Aug.23, 2016

Chevy's Teen Driver Technology gives parents a slew of information about how they're young driver handles their time behind the wheel.

No one is more aware of how bad a driver a teenager is than the parent of that teenage driver. The first months and years are often fraught with worry as they back out of the driveway to head to school or meet with friends.

Automakers have been trying to soothe the frazzled nerves of parents for years with a variety of in-car technologies aimed at limiting the parameters of teenage tomfoolery behind the wheel. Last year, Chevy introduced its Teen Driver Report Card option on the 2016 Malibu.

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The report card tells parents how far their young drivers traveled, what their top speed was and, perhaps most importantly, what safety features, if any, were activated during the trip. The idea was to give parents some hard data to use in discussing how to become a better driver. (more…)

Better Late Than Never: Chevy Volt Sales Finally Hit 100,000 Mark

Tesla Model S outselling Volt despite rising sales.

by on Aug.01, 2016

Chevy hit a milestone: it recently took an order for the 100,000th Volt.

Chevrolet is marking an important milestone, General Motors’ biggest brand taking an order for the 100,000th Volt plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle.

The Chevy Volt has been one of the world’s top-selling plug-based vehicles ever since its launch in December 2010, but tempering any celebration is the fact that the Volt hasn’t come close to meeting the brand’s once-ambitious sales targets. At one point, GM officials were hoping to deliver as many as 40,000 of the vehicles annually in the U.S. alone.

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“Not only is the Volt a class-creator, it serves as the foundation of a Chevrolet electric family that will soon add the first long-range, affordable EV available to customers across the U.S., the Chevrolet Bolt EV,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers, in a statement. (more…)

Chevy Swaps Rock for Bryan

Brand inks Luke Bryan to deal replacing Kid Rock.

by on Jun.15, 2016

Chevrolet announced that it is expanding its country music ties by teaming up with award winning, country music superstar Luke Bryan.

Chevrolet unveiled its new brand spokesperson, country singing star, Luke Bryan, marking the end of its relationship Detroit-area country rocker Kid Rock – a move seen by some as giving into political correctness.

Rock’s deal with Chevy expired at the end of 2015 and the company elected not to renew it. Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, and Chevy were thrust in the middle of a controversy last year involving the Confederate battle flag.

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The flag – a controversial symbol linked to racism and slavery – was used by the singer in some of his on stage-appearances, though he had not done so for several years. Fans also often wave confederate flags at his concerts, which drew criticism during last summer’s debate over the symbolism of the flag. (more…)

Chevy Selling Small Cars with Big Technology

New website aims to draw first-time buyers.

by on May.10, 2016

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax is enjoying a stellar sales year posting a 39% increase through April.

The prevailing thought is that young car buyers are interested in primarily in new vehicles laden with technology of convenience: Bluetooth-enabled connections that allow drivers to respond to emails, get directions at the push of a button and listen to the song they can’t get out of their heads.

Chevrolet is betting that same group will be willing to use “technology of convenience” not only when they’re behind the wheel, but also in order to get behind the wheel: as in buying the car.

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The brand created ChevySmallCars.com, an online tool to help younger consumers find and consider smaller, less expensive models like the Sonic, Spark and Trax. (more…)

Chevy Makes Trax With Updated CUV

New look, new safety and tech features.

by on Feb.10, 2016

Chevrolet U.S. Vice President Brian Sweeney introduces the 2017 Chevrolet Trax, which gets a number of tech and appearance updates, inside and out.

Barely a year after first introducing its little Trax SUV, Chevy is making some major upgrades, revising the compact crossover’s appearance, updating its infotainment system and adding an assortment of new safety features.

First shown in concept form at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Trax originally wasn’t supposed to come to the U.S. market, but buoyed by the success of the similar Buick Encore, Chevy decided to give it a go with the 2015 model-year.

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The Trax quickly became one of the bowtie brand’s unexpected hits. The compact crossover quickly grabbed a 20% share of the fast-growing segment, and Chevy officials say they’re hoping to do even better with the updated version of the Trax coming for 2017.

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General Motors Quietly Stops Production of Cruze Diesel in US

Unclear if move is temporary or permanent.

by on Jan.12, 2016

GM has quietly stopped producing the Chevy Cruze diesel as it reassesses the diesel market in the U.S.

General Motors has quietly stopped building diesel-powered cars for the U.S. market.

Steven Majoros, marketing director for cars and crossovers for General Motors Chevrolet Division, said GM halted production of the diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze at its assembly complex in Lordstown, Ohio, this past October when it switched over the new version of the Cruze.

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“We have plans to offer a diesel option again. But we haven’t said when,” said Majoros, adding the final decision could rest on the impact of the fallout of Volkswagen scandal on regulators and consumers. (more…)