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    Chevy Shows Off Future Electrification Technology

    Chevrolet revealed some exciting future electronification technology at SEMA360. Specifically, the automakers showed off an all-electric 1977 K5 Blazer, demonstrating the impressive functionality of the new Electric Connect and Cruise package.


    The new K5 Blazer-E has all the features drivers appreciate about the Blazer plus new parts from the eCrate package, about 90 percent of which come from the Bolt EV. To create this innovative model, Chevrolet replaced the SUV’s 175-horsepower V8 with the Bolt EV electric motor, which delivers 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.


    The K5 Blazer-E has a 400-volt Bolt EV battery pack, which still comes with battery heating and cooling, battery-overcharge protection, shock protection, and regenerative braking. Aftermarket components, like an electric pump that provides vacuum to the stock brake system and an electric power steering kit, are also included.


    By unveiling this all-electric model, Chevrolet is adding to the excitement of the Electric Connect and Cruise package, which will be available in late 2021. This package includes a 200-horsepower electric motor, a battery pack, wiring harnesses, water pumps, and more. Chevrolet Performance is also looking to offer other eCrate packages moving forward.


    The upcoming Electric Connect and Cruise package will be a fantastic option if you want to drive a more eco-friendly vehicle. Stay tuned to the College Chevrolet Buick for more updates on new vehicle technologies and features.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • New Chevrolet Bolt EV Production Starting by 2017

    2015 Chevrolet Spark EV
    2015 Chevy Spark EV

    The Bowtie brand has come up with a new EV model that should knock Tesla off its perch atop the EV world. Chevy already has the Spark and Volt EVs in its lineup, but the new Chevrolet Bolt EV will bring Chevy’s EV technology to a bigger market than ever before. The Bolt started life as a concept, revealed just last month, and now is already slated for production to hit the market by 2017.

    “The message from consumers about the Bolt EV concept was clear and unequivocal: Build it,” said Batey. “We are moving quickly because of its potential to completely shake up the status quo for electric vehicles.”

    Here’s how the Bolt EV will shake up that status quo: it will have a 200 mile range, a starting price of $30,000, and more. Those numbers make it affordable and practical for people from coast-to-coast, not just in California.

    Of course, there’s a whole lot we still don’t know when it comes to the Bolt EV, but we do know Chevrolet Bolt EV production will take place at the Orion Assembly facility in Detroit. We also know it will have several driving modes; it will work with DC fast charging technology; and, it will sport progressive and stylish design elements. Share your thoughts about the upcoming Bolt with us at College Chevrolet Buick.

  • 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.