Four Chevys Earn 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick Honors

Chevy is closing out 2014 in a big way, announcing that four of its 2015 models have been named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, Malibu, Spark, and Volt all earned the distinction from IIHS for earning scores of “good” in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints test.

In order to earn that top honor, each vehicle also needed to earn a rating of good or acceptable in the daunting small overlap front test. The Volt and Spark both earned “acceptable” scores (with the latter being one of only two minicars to earn a Top Safety Pick rating), and the Equinox and Malibu earned “good” scores.

With available Forward Collision Alert, Volt, Malibu, and Equinox also earned basic scores for front crash prevention, just missing earning Top Safety Pick+ honors.

“Consumer metric programs such as IIHS Top Safety Pick and NHTSA NCAP provide our customers with information to make comparisons across vehicle manufacturers for a given market segment. Having these four vehicles named 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks is a great achievement,” said Jeff Boyer, GM vice president, Global Vehicle Safety.

To test drive a new Malibu or Equinox, or to sample any member of the formidable 2015 Chevrolet lineup, stop in and see us at Nehls Chevrolet in the New Year!

Chevy Takes On Fuel Economy Challenge

fuel economy challenge

You have to test yourself every once in a while. It builds confidence, pride and certainty in one’s ability. Chevrolet recently proved its ability to build efficient automobiles during the Fuel Economy Challenge. Granted, it was competing against itself, but the numbers don’t lie!

GM Authority reports that the goal of the event was “to achieve the highest-possible fuel economy in the 1.4-liter turbocharged 2014 Chevrolet Trax SUV.” So the automaker sent a bunch of Traxs along a route made up of all sorts of driving environments, such as expressways and urban streets. Drivers were composed of current Trax owners and potential owners. Before they started, Chevrolet gave them a little lecture on the ins and outs of efficient driving.

After all was said and done, the winner was Mr. Wen, who achieved a fuel economy of 45 mpg in his Trax. Of course, the real winner is you! Visit Nehls Chevrolet and check out all of the outstanding features of your next Chevrolet.

New Chevrolet Trax City Car Makes City Life Easy

Chevrolet Trax City CarWhen you live in the city, but need a car with plenty of cargo space, you normally find yourself in a bit of a pickle. Big SUVs tend to be difficult to maneuver in heavy city traffic, while the smaller compact cars just don’t have what you need—until now. The all-new Chevrolet Trax city car is taking over the industry, bringing urbanites exactly what they need to survive in the big city.

“Chevrolet is making a huge inroad with small cars around the world and Trax is the latest example,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of car marketing. “It is the right vehicle at the right time in the U.S., building on Chevrolet’s strong SUV heritage with package of features combining value, versatility, technology, and maneuverability.”

The Trax combines the connectivity of OnStar 4G LTE Wifi and a compact size with the versatility and cargo space of an SUV. This city car has enough seating to fit five passengers, along with a 60/40-split seat, which folds down, creating 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space. The 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec engine achieves a terrific EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 26 mpg city and 34 highway, making it a larger vehicle that won’t make a large dent in your gas budget.

For more information on the Chevrolet Trax city car, stop in to Nehls Chevrolet today!

Chevy Volt Charging System Now Easier than Ever

Chevy Volt Charging System

One of the best things about the Volt is that electricity is much cheaper than gasoline, and according to Chevy, it’s becoming more accessible for Volt drivers. Thanks to recent innovations, drivers are able to recharge easier than ever.

Chevy says that it has recently added new features like GPS charging, the Portable Charger, and intuitive visual clues to make the Volt easier than ever to use. The Chevy Volt charging system is so great, in fact, that a recent study revealed that 80% of trips by battery owners did not use a range extender.

“Chevrolet used the real-world experiences of today’s Volt owners to make the charging process simpler and more convenient in the next-generation Volt,” said Andrew Farah, chief engineer for the Volt. “The new Volt will give owners greater flexibility for charging it on their terms.”

We can help set you up with the next-generation Volt here at Nehls Chevrolet. A GPS system allows you to set a home location and pre-set levels, intuitive indicators make it easy to confirm and gauge charge status, and a portable cord enhancement allows you to charge virtually anywhere. What’s not to like about the Volt?

How to Survive Holiday Travelling

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With Thanksgiving behind us now, many of us are just now returning home – but the holidays aren’t over yet. With Christmas just a few weeks away, you might be packing your bags again before you know it. Here are a few tips to help you survive holiday travelling.

  • Travel on Off-Peak Days. If you will be flying or driving for Christmas, consider travelling on less popular days to avoid long lines at the airport and heavy traffic on the highways.
  • Ship your gifts early. If you will be flying, do not bring wrapped presents to the airport. Either ship them beforehand or wrap them when you reach your destination.
  • Don’t get hungry. Travel stress combined with an empty stomach can cause you to be short-tempered and not think clearly. Bring along some snacks to keep your belly full and avoid getting hungry.
  • Plan for extra travel time. Travelling in December can take longer than usual, especially if a winter storm is brewing. Leave early and plan for your trip to take longer than expected. This will help you feel more in control if something does happen.
  • Pack for emergencies. This is especially important if you’ll be driving. Pack tire chains, warm blankets, a flashlight, jumper cables, and any other emergency supplies you think you might need if you get stuck on the side of the road.

 Need a new vehicle for your Christmas road trip? Stop by Nehls Chevrolet today and we’ll help you find the perfect new Chevrolet for your Christmas travels.