Upcoming Chevrolet Medium-Duty Truck Gets Duramax Diesel

Duramax Diesel
Duramax Diesel

At The Work Truck Show 2017, General Motors confirmed that it is working on an all-new Chevrolet medium-duty truck that will launch sometime in 2018. This truck will be geared towards commercial uses and will be powered by a Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission.

“Our new Chevrolet medium-duty will be the flagship of our truck portfolio for fleet and commercial customers, and we believe the strength of Duramax/Allison powertrain combination will be able to tackle various jobs – from general contracting to urban delivery to bucket loaders and wreckers,” John Schwegman, US director of Commercial Product and Medium Duty for GM Fleet said.

The Duramax/Allison combination is a winning choice and is one that can be found in nearly two million trucks. Chevrolet will release more specifications for this medium-duty truck, including cab sizes, horsepower and torque ratings, payload capabilities, and more, closer to its launch next year.

If you are looking for a Duramax-powered pickup now, the 2017 Silverado HD comes with a redesigned 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel with a class-leading 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque.

Here at Nehl’s Chevrolet, we are excited to have a new truck option in the Chevrolet lineup and can’t wait to learn even more about this upcoming model.

Impressive Chevrolet Bolt Technology Goes Beyond All-Electric Power

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt has truly raised the bar for the entire automotive industry, offering an affordable vehicle that runs entirely on electricity, not only saving drivers money but also radically lowering their environmental impact.

The Chevrolet Bolt has an EPA-estimate range of 238 miles before it needs to be recharged, earning it the title of “Car of the Year” from Motor Trend, Green Car Journal, and more.

But that’s not all; the Chevy Bolt is also packed with all the latest tech features, making it more than just the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the road.

Available in more than one trim level, the basic edition of the Chevy Bolt comes with a rear vision camera – making every driver an expert in parking – and the Premier trim level even comes with surround vision.

The model also comes with an innovative one-pedal driving system, which allows you to slow down by simply easing off the pedal, increasing your fuel efficiency and further and getting the most from your stored charge.

Want to learn more about the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt technology or perhaps even check out the vehicle in person? Call us anytime at Nehls Chevrolet, and we’ll fill you in on all of the details.

What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Magnetic Ride Control
Get a smoother ride with GM’s new Magnetic Ride Control.

It’s been over a decade since General Motors debuted Magnetic Ride Control and it’s quickly become one of the most advanced suspension systems on the road. While the system is incredibly advanced, how it works is fairly easy to explain. Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we have an easy-to-understand explanation of Magnetic Ride Control!

Magnetic Ride Control is the fastest reacting suspension system to hit roadways. By using an Electronic Control Unit and sensors that read road conditions as many as 1,000 times per second, the system can automatically adjust shock absorbers accordingly. The system can read every pothole, crack, twist, bump, and dip a split second before the car rolls over it. Overall, Magnetic Ride Control offers a smoother ride, less vibrations, and improved handling.

How the system works is a tad more complicated.

Each shock absorber is filled with a polymer fluid that includes magnetized iron particles. The shock absorbers are wrapped in electromagnetic coils and, when an electric charge shoots through the liquid, the fluid can change it viscosity instantly. That means the free-flowing fluid can become a solid rubber in next to no time at all.

That means hitting the country road can be smooth driving while hitting the track will bring optimized handling. Originally debuting in the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, Magnetic Ride Control is available on a variety of GM vehicles, including the new Camaro ZL1.

New Chevrolet Cruze

New Chevrolet Cruze Lands in China

New Chevrolet Cruze
The new Chevrolet Cruze has made it to China!

The Chevrolet Cruze quickly became the brand’s bestselling vehicle worldwide and the latest model recently landed in China. Officially debuting on July 20th, the new Chevrolet Cruze brings minor design changes for the market. Considering China is the world’s largest automotive market, odds are the Cruze will continue to do well.

Chevrolet touched up the new Cruze for the Chinese market with a few cosmetic changes. The front fascia sees a different design, most noticeable in the hexagonal grille and headlights. Despite cosmetic changes, the wheelbase remains 106.3-inches long.

Essentially the American version of the popular sedan, the new Chevrolet Cruze joins the older model that’s still being sold in China. That leaves the possibility that the new Cruze could be marketed at the Chevrolet Cruze XL. It wouldn’t be the first time a new model was sold alongside an old version. The ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu, called the Malibu XL in China, was sold alongside the older version as well.

The new Chevrolet Cruze is available in seven trims with pricing ranging from $16,405 to $25,365. Standard features include heated seats, a seven-inch multi-touch color screen, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and push-button start.

We here at Nehls Chevrolet are happy to see the new Cruze available in more markets!

Jeff Gordon Announces Plans to Retire; Chase Elliott Slated to Drive No. 24

It’s the end of an era in the world of racing as Jeff Gordon announces plans to retire from full-time NASCAR competition next season. While Jeff Gordon can never be replaced, a new age will commence for the iconic no. 24 Chevrolet with the up-and-coming Chase Elliott, son of NASCAR legend and Hall of Fame racer, Bill Elliot.

Earning the reputation as a fierce competitor, upstanding gentlemen, and Pepsi prankster, Gordon first began his NASCAR career in 1992, and shortly thereafter won his first of three Daytona 500s at the age of 25 – becoming the youngest to finish first in the race.

A winner in his own right, Elliott is the youngest champion of any NASCAR series after winning the 2014 Nationwide Championship. “Chase brings the kind of intangibles that make him the total package as a driver,” team owner Rick Hendrick said. “Not only is he a special talent inside the car, but there’s a natural combination of competitiveness, work ethic and smarts that you rarely see.”

We here at Nehls Chevrolet will watch with great nostalgia as Gordon takes the No. 24 for his last laps around the track – but with great relish look forward to the new age of Chevy racing!

New Silverado Midnight Edition Ready for Chicago Auto Show

While it may be cliché to say, we’re going to say it anyway: black is back. Actually, it’s not like black really went away, but now it’s back in a new way—in the form of the new Silverado Midnight Edition, which will make its public debut at the Chicago Auto Show. However, it was actually already on display at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo in San Francisco, so you can check out some photos of its soft debut before it shows up in Chicago on February 14.

The truck starts as a black Silverado Z71 and adds all kinds of cool accents and features. It’s got black everything, from a black front grille all the way to black Chevrolet bowties on both the front and back. “The Midnight special edition, like our recently announced Custom Sport Silverado, lets our dealers offer a custom look right from the factory,” said Sandor Piszar, Silverado marketing director. “Customers can get a monochrome exterior, black alloy wheels and other uplevel touches, while maintaining all of the dependability Chevy trucks are famous for along with full factory warranty coverage.”

You can get the Silverado Midnight Edition as either a double-cap or crew-cab model. You’ll also get 18-inch wheels, Z71 badges on the doors, new lights, and even a spray-in bedliner. What more can you ask for from a great new special edition truck? There will be up to 5,000 of these special edition Silverado 1500s made this year, so come see us at Nehls Chevrolet to learn more.

Chevrolet CrossVolt Hybrid Possible?

Chevrolet Volt Badge

Lawyers from GM have reportedly renewed the brand’s CrossVolt trademark, sparking rumors that a new Chevrolet CrossVolt Hybrid crossover might be in the works, after initially being trademarked by the company in April of 2011.

Since the new 2016 Chevy Volt is scheduled to debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month, many are speculating that Chevrolet might have plans to make the CrossVolt Hybrid into a heavily related vehicle.

This trademark decision has obviously inspired rumors all over the Internet, making it hard to remember that the trademark has been owned by Chevy for years. Just because it’s been renewed doesn’t technically mean it will be used. But there’s no reason not to hope, right?

For all of the latest Chevrolet news, or to check out one of our many available Chevrolet models, including the Volt, visit us at Nehls Chevrolet. And when you stop in, let us know: would you be interested in a Chevy CrossVolt hybrid?

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.

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?

Greenhouse Gases and Chevrolet Carbon Credits

Chevrolet carbon credits

Chevrolet is officially the first corporation to contribute to an initiative that pays farmers to stick with natural prairie production, as of Monday. The type of crop production the program discourages releases greenhouse gases that warm the planet.

Grasslands are filled with carbon dioxide, which is let out into the Earth’s atmosphere in enormous quantities when farmers till copious amounts of land.

The program allows private companies to buy carbon credits, and in return private landowners are awarded financially for agreeing not to till grasslands. Chevrolet has reportedly bought 39,000 metric tons of carbon credits from ranchers in North Dakota.

According to US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Chevrolet carbon credits will make a huge difference to the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere. “The amount of carbon dioxide removed from our atmosphere by Chevrolet’s purchase of carbon credits equals the amount that would be reduced by taking 5,000 cars off the road.”

Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we applaud Chevrolet’s decision to buy carbon credits from farmers, benefitting both the farmers and the environment.