Archive for March 31, 2014

The 2014 Chevy Malibu Earns High Marks for Safety

Malibu Earns High Marks for Safety

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

The Malibu is celebrating its 50th anniversary for the 2014 model year! We recognize the Malibu for its advanced technologies, great fuel economy, and excellent value. Recently the Malibu added safety to its long list of attributes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently gave the 2014 Malibu the distinction of being a Top Safety Pick+.

In order to receive this recognition, the Malibu had to pass IIHS’ rigorous safety tests including frontal crash prevention and crash worthiness. The Malibu was evaluated on its ability to protect occupants from a collision. The IIHS also noted the available Advanced Safety Package available on 2LT trim levels and above for its frontal crash protection system. This system uses advanced technologies to monitor the distance between the Malibu and the car in front of it. If the system senses a possible collision, it will alert the driver.

The Malibu has been a Top Safety Pick for the past four years, but this is the first year it has received a Top Safety Pick+ distinction. If you would like to know more about the safety features of the 2014 Chevy Malibu, stop by our dealership near Jackson, Michigan!

Buick to Offer 4G LTE

Buick to Offer 4G LTE

Current Buick Encore

A few months ago, Chevrolet announced ago that they would be including 4G LTE abilities to some models for the 2015 model year. At the DENT Conference in Idaho, Buick announced that they too would be offering 4G LTE. With this new technology, drivers will be able to turn their car into a mobile hotspot allowing internet surfing and web browsing from inside the vehicle.

4G LTE will be available through OnStar and will require a subscription and data plan, although prices have not yet been determined. The hotspot will be able to allow up to seven devices to connect simultaneously giving each of your passengers internet access from their own devices. Along with internet, this new addition will offer in-dash app integration and also connect you to your vehicle diagnostics.

For the 2015 model year, the LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, and Encore are said to have LTE capabilities and all 2016 Buick models will include the new feature.

What do you think about GM offering 4G LTE on their new models? Will you turn your car into a mobile hot spot? Let us know in the comment section below and be sure to stop by College Chevy when the 2015s start rolling in!

Overcoming Challenges in Designing the Camaro Z/28

designing the Camaro Z/28

2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28

When a car is powerful enough, new challenges arise for engineers to tackle. Take, for example, the Camaro Z/28. After running laps around some of the most difficult tracks in the world—like the famous Nordschleife—it quickly became clear that the Z/28’s tires had too much traction and its brakes had too much stopping power.

Well… too much of either of these things is never really a bad thing. The tires are P Zero™ Trofeo R tires, made by Pirelli, and the carbon-ceramic brakes are made by Brembo. This made for a powerful combination that helped the Z/28 achieve up to 1.5 g in deceleration force.

designing the Camaro Z/28

2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28

However, that force is so strong that it caused the wheels to spin inside the tire—a phenomenon called wheel slip. To combat the effect, Z/28 engineers tried to apply abrasive paint around the bead of the wheel, where the tire meets the rim. Despite being a common solution in competitive racing, it wasn’t enough to counterbalance the Camaro’s power.

Ultimately, they were able to prevent wheel slip with media blasting. This involved shooting a gritty material through an air gun at the wheel’s surface, creating texture to the paint for the tire to grip.

We hope to see you this spring when the Camaro finally arrives at College Chevy!

Save Gas with a V6 Pickup!

Save Gas with a V6

2014 Chevy Silverado

Think you need a V8 in your pickup to get the job done? The Chevy Silverado says “you don’t have to buy a V8” with its all-new 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 engine. The 2014 Silverado pickup featuring the V6 engine provides all of the power and torque you need, without breaking the bank on your gas bill. This 4.3-liter engine makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque while still getting an astonishing 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.*

In 2004, the Chevy Silverado featuring the 4.8-liter V8 engine got 285-horsepower and made 295 lb-ft of torque. Its competitors, the Ford F-150 featuring a 4.6-liter V8 engine made 231 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque while the Ram 4.7-liter V8 made 235 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque (2004 models). Both of these models from 2004 get under 19 mpg on the highway.* These comparisons show just how far the pickup truck segment has come over the past 10 years.

Chevrolet is proud of their introduction of a capable V6 engine that they claim got its roots from the old small-block. If you would like to know more about the capabilities of the 2014 Silverado featuring a V6 engine, feel free to swing by our dealership in Albion, Michigan! March is Truck Month at College Chevrolet Buick!

*EPA-estimate only, actual mileage will vary.

Are you ready for the 2015s?

2015 Tahoe and Suburban

2015 Chevy Tahoe

2015 is nine months away, but the 2015 models will be popping up within the next few months. Among those new vehicles are the highly anticipated large SUVs from Chevrolet. The 2015 Chevy Tahoe and 2015 Suburban are back for what looks to be another great year. In combination with its GMC brand lineup, GM’s segment makes up about 74% of the large-SUV market share.

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe offers drivers a rewarding drive with advanced technologies and a powerful engine. Travel in style and comfort to any destination while behind the wheel of the 2015 Tahoe which will be available soon at our dealership!

The 2015 Chevy Suburban offers everything we have come to know and love… and more! This large SUV offers a spacious interior for maximum comfort and utility. Inside the Suburban, drivers can experience innovative technologies and excellent performance features.

Along with great features, the Tahoe and Suburban have both been refined to offer better gas mileage. Models featuring the 5.3-liter V8 engine are expected to get 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway which is an increase of almost 10% from past models.

Are you excited for the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban to make their arrival here at College Chevy? Let us know in the comment section below!