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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!

Michigan Likely to Allow Self-Driving Vehicle Testing


Michigan will be one of four states that allow the testing of autonomous vehicles
as long as the governor signs off on the bills approved by legislature. The hope is that research and development taxes pertaining to automobiles stay in Michigan.

Although the autonomous cars will have to have a driver behind the wheel, for security measures, manufacturers will be able to start testing these cars on Michigan roads. Lawmakers say that the test vehicles will have to carry an “M” on the license plate to distinguish them from other vehicles.

The University of Michigan has high hopes that Ann Arbor will become the first U.S city with a fleet of autonomous vehicles. Peter Sweatman, director of U-M Transportation Research Institute, states “we want to demonstrate fully driverless vehicles operating within the whole infrastructure of the city within an eight-year timeline and to show that these can be safe, effective and commercially successful.”

Kirk Steudle, director of Michigan’s DOT hopes that autonomous vehicles will help prevent accidents and bring down the costs of highway infrastructure.

Do you think autonomous cars will ever be available on the market for consumer purchase? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

Tax Breaks for Michigan Car Buyers

Governor Rick Snyder and Michigan law makers struck a deal which includes tax breaks for Michigan car buyers. When Michigan residents buy a new car with a trade-in they will not have to pay sales tax on the full price of the car. They will only pay the sales tax on the car after the value of the trade-in has been subtracted from the selling price.

Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said “I’m excited because we’re giving something back to the average consumer. We’re telling people that financially we’re in good shape and we’re going to share the wealth so to speak a little bit with the people who put the tax money here is Lansing to begin with.”

Previously, Michigan was one of six states who made car buyers pay taxes on the full price of the car without subtracting the value of the trade-in. On October 22nd, the Senate voted 38-0 to change up the previous law.

Being a car dealership in Michigan, we are happy to see that the state government is helping out the residents. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, please stop by and see us in Albion! Visit our website to value your trade-in.

Two Chevrolet Models make Autoweek’s List of Best Cars for Winter

That time of year is coming… very, very, soon! No one knows winters quite like Michigan residents. It’s time to dig out your ice scraper and snow shovel to get prepared for winter. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, why not consider something that will be able to deal with the bitter chill and slick roadways? The Chevrolet Silverado and Tahoe both made Autoweek’s list of Best Cars for Winter.

The Chevy Silverado is available in four-wheel-drive which will help you get around town even when the road conditions are poor. The 2014 model offers the most powerful V8 engine available; the EcoTec3 6.2-liter. This great engine will be sure to give enough power to truck through the snow and ice.

The Tahoe is the perfect winter-time family snow machine. It is available in four-wheel-drive and is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine. This great vehicle offers plenty of room to fit the entire family if you are making a treacherous snowy holiday trip or vacation.

Even though Fall has just begun, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter and the harsh weather that can come with it. Be prepared for any condition this year by purchasing a new Silverado or Tahoe. Stop by College Chevrolet Buick in Albion, MI to explore all of your options.

2012 Diamonds & Dreams

College Chevrolet Buick is participating in Chevrolet’s 2012 Diamonds and Dreams program promoting youth baseball.

Youth baseball is a great way to get kids outside, practicing good sportsmanship, and an excellent way to make lifelong friends and memories.

Chevrolet Diamonds & Dreams program has granted makeovers to more than 25 community baseball fields nationwide.

In addition to the field makeover, winners will also receive $1,000. Find out more about Chevrolet’s Diamonds and Dreams program on our Facebook Page.

Here’s a video from the Diamonds and Dreams program rebuilding a field in Detroit, MI. Check out how Chevrolet workers, volunteers, and kids changed revamped Jayne Field.

 

 

Video courtesy of Chevrolet via YouTube

Electric Range Extended For The 2013 Chevy Volt

If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to drive electric, now is the time to hop over completely. The Chevy Volt is back and better than ever for the 2013 model year. Here are just a few reasons we at College Chevy Buick think you should give the Volt a chance:

Electric Range: With the 2013 Volt, you’ll get an all-electric range of 38 miles. That’s up 3 from last year.
Total Range: After the Volt’s battery is depleted, the Volt will switch over to the 1.4-liter gas range extender which powers a generator to provide energy to an electric motor (good for 149 hp), which brings the total range up to 380 miles.
Efficiency: The 2013 Volt received an incredibly high EPA rating of 98 MPGe. The previous model received a rating of 94.
Battery Power: The batter pack for the 2013 Volt has been bumped up ever so slightly. Now, instead of 16 kilowatt-hours of energy, the Volt’s battery can hold 16.5. That might not sound like much, but it means that the Volt can draw on 10.6 kWh instead of 10.3.

 

Need more convincing? Stop by College Chevy Buick today, and we’ll be happy to show you just how shockingly awesome the Volt truly is!

 

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Chevrolet and Manchester United Bring You Closer to the Game

For all the Man U. fans out there, Chevrolet is working to bring the joy and excitement of Manchester United games closer to you.

 

 

Video courtesy of Chevrolet via YouTube

Electric Range Extended for the 2013 Chevy Volt

There are some electrifying rumors about the 2013 Chevy Volt that are currently charging the nation, and we at College Chevy Buick just can’t stop talking about them. From what we’ve heard, it’s likely that your favorite EV will soon be available with something completely new and exciting: a battery conservation mode that will allow you to use the Volt’s integrated gas tank when the car reaches higher speeds, like on the highway. This will conserve the battery.

 

This system makes a lot of sense for drivers who sometimes take their electric cars out of the city and into a faster-paced driving, because, although electric cars are incredibly efficient during in-town driving, their batteries drain very quickly at higher speeds. The Volt’s innovative “EV Hold Mode,” however, allows you to switch into the gas-powered mode so that you can maintain the battery’s current charge and implement your fuel reserves for the highway miles.

That’s not all that’s new and improved for the 2013 Volt, however. The EV will also feature the sacred lane-departure warning that has saved numerous lives since it first appeared in Chevy vehicles. In addition, the Volt will shed its black roof and trunk and take on body-colored parts to match the rest of the vehicle.

Keep checking back in with us for more Chevy Volt news, or, for instant updates, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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2012 Chevy Camaro Newest Member of 11 Second Club

For Camaro engineers and owners speed is and has always been the name of the game. The powerful 2012 Camaro ZL1, however, takes speed to another level. At the dragway in Milan, MI the Camaro ZL1 hauled off the line and posted a time of 11.93 seconds for the quarter-mile.

Take a peek a the video to learn a bit more about that record breaking Camaro.

 

It’s not uncommon for Chevrolet to take the Camaro to dragways and test out the Camaro’s muscle. The 2012 Camaro hit the Bondurant drag strip in Arizona and posted a more than respectable time, clocking in the 12 second range. This time Chevrolet went all out and was able to drop the time 11.93 second for the automatic transmission and 11.96 seconds for manual.

However, the Chevy Camaro is more than straight line speed and brute strength. It can turn corners, brake, and accelerate too. Heading across the big pond to Nürburgring, the guys at Chevrolet rolled out the Camaro for the undeniably tough road course. This course is standard for sports cars. Turning in a time of 7 minutes, 41 seconds, the Chevy Camaro performed on par with vehicles like the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, and Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

Another milestone down for the Chevy Camaro and I can only imagine that the engineers at Chevrolet are already thinking of ways to make the Camaro faster, quicker, better handling, more fuel efficient, safer, and so much more.

 

Video courtesy of Chevrolet via YouTube

Chevy Corvette Departs To South Korea

The Chevy Corvette is getting some Seoul. Back for the first time, the Corvette makes its maiden voyage to South Korea and is set for a debut on Friday May, 4th.

 

 

It’s undeniable that the Chevy Corvette is one of the most popular vehicles in the world. The Corvette burst on to the scene in 1953, and hasn’t stopped thrilling people since.

For car enthusiasts who just can’t get enough of the Corvette, you can always make the voyage to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. This museum is home to some of the rarest and most exotic Corvette’s the world has ever seen.

The C6 body style of the current Chevy Corvettes gets many of its styling from past models. The smooth powerful grounded exterior and rounded fender have always been part of the Corvette’s appeal.

South Koreans will get their first taste of the Chevrolet Corvette with a few pricing and package options. The coupe price has been set at KRW 86.4 million ($76,399) and a special leather interior package option is available for and additional KRW 3 million ($2,653).

 

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