Archive for Green Driving

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback: Extra Cargo, No Downside

Later this year, Chevrolet will launch a new hatchback version of the popular Cruze sedan. Introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback offers a way to get everything you love about the Cruze sedan, with extra cargo room and no downsides, in one sporty package that will be hard to resist staring at.

2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback

2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback

It’ll be powered by a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder that makes 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque—plenty of grunt to carry all of the loot you can pack in its 22.7-cubic-feet trunk. If you fold the rear seats, cargo space more than doubles up to 47.2 cubic feet. All of that without compromising the Cruze’s renowned 40 mpg rating on the highway.

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will launch at College Chevrolet Buick this fall with two trims and, more importantly, the sporty RS package. We’re certainly looking forward to it!

2016 Chevrolet Volt Named Green Car of the Year

2016 Chevy Volt

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Green Car of the Year

With its advanced technology and design, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt is guaranteed to pick up some automotive awards. However, it recently received an award for a much more important reason.

According to a Chevrolet press release, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was named Green Car of the Year.

The title is awarded by the Green Car Journal to a vehicle that makes strives to help improve the environment in some way.

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt certainly accomplishes that. The electric vehicle has impressive fuel efficiency, and has a range of up to 420 miles. Combine those and you get a car drivers don’t have to refill until nearly 1,000 miles are traveled.

“Chevrolet’s all-new Volt is a milestone, building on an already-technologically advanced ‘green’ car and delivering what buyers have longed for, including an impressive 53-mile driving range on a single charge,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com.

Drivers shouldn’t be shocked that the impressive 2016 Chevrolet Volt is greenest car around!

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Makes Appearance for National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week had its largest year yet in early September, logging over 200 events across the United States. However, one of the largest events was held in Los Angeles–which comes to no surprise, really, as California is one of the most receptive markets for electric cars. The LA event featured two new, unreleased vehicles: the 2016 Nissan Leaf, and the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.

Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet Bolt

Electric cars are becoming more popular among drivers who want to do their part in being environmentally conscious, and vehicles like the Leaf and Bolt are helpful in reducing emissions. Every time an EV is bought, the air gets a little cleaner. And with new, longer ranges on our electric vehicles, EVs are slowly becoming more and more convenient.

The 2016 Nissan Leaf will have an unprecedented range of 107 miles. However, if buyers wait one more year for the 2016 Chevrolet Bolt, which was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this past January, they can get a 200 mile range for a base sticker price of $37,500. The two cars lured in over 800 test drives for National Drive Electric Week, despite the Los Angeles heat.

2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid Offers Best Fuel Economy in the Segment

Get excited. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is coming and it’s bringing the best fuel economy in the segment with it. Based on the all-new 2016 Malibu we already love, the hybrid models provides a combined rating of 47 mpg and is scheduled to arrive here at College Chevrolet Buick during the spring of 2016.

Taking a page from the Chevy Volt playbook, the Malibu Hybrid features regenerative braking and the two-motor drive unit found in its sister plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with slight modifications. The Malibu also adds an all-new 1.8-liter engine. Together, the Malibu’s powertrain offers 182 horsepower and 45 miles per gallon on the highway. The car can travel up to 55 mph on all-electric power.

“Fuel efficiency is important to our customers, especially in the midsize segment and with an estimated 48 mpg city rating, the Malibu Hybrid delivers,” said president of General Motors, Dan Ammann.

The Malibu Hybrid was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month.

Stay tuned for more information on the model as it is released. We will be sure to let you know a more specific date as to when to expect the vehicle to land in our showroom.

Chevrolet Spark Sales Expand to Include Maryland

Chevrolet Spark

2015 Chevy Spark

When Chevrolet first introduced the Spark electric vehicle, it kick-started a movement in the all-electric vehicle segment to offer more affordable electric cars. Now, the popular mini-car has made such an impact on the industry that Chevrolet Spark sales have added a brand-new state to its list: Maryland.

“The Spark EV has been one of the most well-received electric vehicles in the industry and customer demand helped make the decision to expand its availability to Maryland,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of car marketing. “Following the introduction of the next-generation Volt and Bolt EV concept, this further reinforces Chevrolet’s commitment to electrification and delivering more choices where our customers want them.”

Maryland is the perfect locale for the Chevrolet Spark with a high number of commuters and a network of charging stations across the state. The Spark is priced as low as $17,845 in Maryland, after both federal and state tax credits.

While the Spark has yet to grace Michigan with its sales, Chevrolet still has plenty of eco-friendly cars to offer. Stop in to College Chevrolet Buick today to see what your fuel-efficient options are.

Chevrolet Bolt Concept Debuts, Aims for Tesla Model 3

Chevrolet Bolt ConceptThis week, Chevy pulled back the curtain on the Chevrolet Bolt Concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan. The Bolt Concept is an electric vehicle whose range tops 200, catapulting Chevy to the forefront of the EV movement. And what’s more—the Chevy Bolt EV is going to be offered for a clean and easy $30,000, something unheard of in the EV market.

According to a report from Slash Gear, the Chevrolet Bolt Concept is likely Chevy’s answer to Tesla’s upcoming Model 3. While Teslas are typically out of the price range of everyday consumers, the Model 3 is going to be aimed at regular average Joes who want to drive electric, and will likely be offered at a price point close to $30,000. Not wanting to let Tesla dominate that market, Chevy has developed its own EV with incredible efficiency.

But the Chevy Bolt isn’t the only hot thing at the Detroit Auto Show. The show lasts through January 25th, and since Detroit is within driving distance, be sure to head out and check out all the awesome displays.

2016 Chevy Volt to be even more efficient

2016 Chevy Volt Efficiency

2014 Chevrolet Volt Available Now!

A good thing just keeps getting better. 2016 Chevy Volt efficiency has earned the EV the title of Kelly Blue Book’s best electric/hybrid buy for 2015. Add on top of that a healthy dollop of 12% boost in efficiency and overall range. Sprinkle with nuts, drizzle with chocolate and you have a pretty darn good-looking car. Drive happily.

This boost in efficiency means that, with its combined gas and electric power, the 2016 Chevy Volt claims a step of 45 miles (from 380 to 425). No word yet on the improvements for the all-electric range, which is what customers are really clamoring to have improved.

Only a teaser was revealed (the front left corner) at the LA Auto Show. The whole thing is set to be revealed in Detroit in January. There is one thing we can be sure of however; the new model will be lighter, quieter, more powerful, and more efficient than the current model (which is already an award winner). What else could you ask for?

Come test drive the KBB winning 2015 Chevy Volt at College Chevrolet Buick.

Chevy Malibu – A Fuel-Efficient Sedan

Are you looking for something that is both fuel-efficient and family-friendly? Look no further than the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. According to AutoGuide, it is one of the top ten most fuel-efficient non-hybrid family sedans.

fuel-efficient sedan

2014 Chevy Malibu

It all stems from its engine. The new Malibu is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and features a six-speed automatic transmission. It is able to get 25 mpg in the city* and 36 mpg on the highway* which edges out its Ford rival, the Fusion. The Malibu offers efficiency, yes, but it is also able to produce the power you need to get around town. The base 2.5-liter makes 196-horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can also opt up to the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder for a little added power. It makes 295-horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque.

For the new model year, the Malibu also features Stop/Start technology which shuts the engine off when the car comes to a complete stop. This definitely increases your fuel economy giving you more mpgs and more money in your pocket.

If you are looking for a fuel-efficient sedan, look no further than the 2014 Chevy Malibu available at College Chevy! Give us a call to schedule a test drive with your family today!

*EPA-estimates only, actual mileage will vary.

Chevrolet is Going Green!

Chevrolet is going green!

2014 Chevy Volt

According to Interbrand, Chevrolet is one of the top green brands. This is huge for Chevrolet as Interbrand measures not only how green the brand actually is, but how it is perceived around the world. Chevrolet came in at the number 32 spot and it was the brand’s first year on the list. To be considered for the Green List.

“What was most compelling about Chevrolet’s data was the very small gap between public perception and environmental performance. The company is not only actively demonstrating its environmental commitment; it’s communicating those efforts in an authentic way that resonates with customers,” said Interbrand’s global CEO Jez Frampton.

Chevrolet was noted for its manufacturing processes, governance, and overall environmental performance. The models that helped Chevrolet cross over into the green market include the Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark EV, and the Chevy Cruze. All three models are known for their excellent efficiency ratings.

If you would like to know more about how Chevrolet is going green into the future, stop by Chevrolet’s website. Be sure to check out all of the green brands on Interbrand’s list of Best Global Green Brands 2014.

Chevrolet Enhances Batteries in their EV Lineup

Chevrolet Enhances Batteries

2014 Chevy Spark EV

Chevrolet is making some changes when it comes to their electric vehicle lineup by expanding its battery manufacturing assembly plant in Brownstown, Michigan. Going forward, Chevrolet will be manufacturing the batteries for the 2015 Spark EV at their growing plant. This movement was made possible by Chevrolet’s extensive partnership with LG Chem.

With the new plant, comes a new and improved battery system. The all-new battery system will weigh 474 lbs which is 86 lbs lighter than previous models. The battery will have a capacity of 19 kWh and will use 192 lithium ion cells. Although the battery is getting smaller, the 2015 Spark EV will maintain its 119 MPGe and EPA-estimated 82 mpg.

Other batteries being built at this facility include those for the Cadillac ELR, Chevy Volt, and Opel Ampera. Chevrolet hopes to streamline all of its EVs to be more efficient and more easily produced than ever. The 2015 Chevy Spark EV is available now at an MSRP of only $19,995 and also includes full federal incentives.

As a Michigan based Chevy dealer, we are proud that GM is investing money into our home state. If you would like to know more about the Brownstown Battery Assembly plant, or the 2015 Chevy Spark EV stop by Chevrolet’s Newsroom!