Car and Driver Puts Chevy Volt Aerodynamics to the Test

Car and Driver put Volt aerodynamics to the test.
The Chevy Volt is the most aerodynamic all-electric car.

Aerodynamics is one of the most important features to consider when it comes to fuel economy. To have a fuel-efficient car, it needs to be able to cut through the air with ease, so Car and Driver decided to take five vehicles—the Chevrolet Volt, Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S P85, and the Toyota Prius—and measure their aerodynamic drag.

While the Volt has the third largest drag area, which is the size of the front multiplied by the drag coefficient, it still managed to be one of the two cars that lived up to its official drag coefficient number, the other being the Model S. Though the Model S was named the most aerodynamic choice of the batch, the Volt proved that it was the most aerodynamic all-electric car with a final drag coefficient of 0.28.

To check out just how streamlined Volt aerodynamics are, make sure you stop by Nehls Chevrolet today!

Chevy’s “Ergo Chair” Simplifies Installation of Traverse Back Seat

The "Ergo Chair" makes one hard job easy.
The back seat of a Traverse is so comfortable that it alone sells the Traverse.

The Chevrolet Traverse was named one of the 12 Best Family Cars of 2014 by Kelley Blue Book—and it comes as no surprise to us here at Nehls Chevrolet. Usually, all it takes is one look into the Traverse’s cavernous and comfortable back seat, and customers are sold. Or in love. Whichever metaphor you prefer. Here’s the point: with separate infotainment and safety systems as well as special lights, climate control, and even coat hooks, the Traverse has one luxurious back seat.

When you’re trying to install such a complicated backseat on a crowded assembly line, you’re going to be facing some challenges. But Chevy devised a genius solution to all these challenges—the “Ergo Chair.” The “Ergo Chair” is a special chair that allows assembly workers to simply sit down and be carried to every position necessary to install complicated parts like those in the Traverse’s backseat.

“Our goal was to get the operator in and out of the vehicle in the safest and most ergonomic fashion to allow them to do the high amount of overhead and rear work required,” said Dave Bentoski, the lead designer of the Ergo Chair design team. Plus, the back seat they end up installing is just as ergonomic and safe as the Ergo Chair itself.

Chevrolet Trax Offers SUV Features in Small Package

The Chevrolet Trax has already been launched in 60 other countries.
It may be small, but the Chevrolet Trax promises to deliver SUV abilities (Photo Courtesy of M 93).

Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages. At least, that’s the case with the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Trax. With the demand for a small vehicle with SUV capabilities growing, Chevrolet will be introducing the small Trax to both the U.S. and China, the brand’s largest markets.

“The Trax truly rounds out Chevrolet’s already very strong small car portfolio,” said Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president, Global Chevrolet. “Demand for a vehicle with huge capability in a small footprint is on the rise, and the Trax is a perfect fit that offers the latest technology and a bold design with versatility to match.”

Since the Trax was launched in 60 other countries, the small-SUV has sold over 90,000 units, combining style, fuel efficiency, and flexibility to appeal to consumers. Currently, Chevrolet’s small car lineup has seven other models, including the popular Spark, Sonic, and Cruze. Inside the small-SUV, both the second-row and passenger seats fold flat, offering a large amount of cargo that can hold items that are up to eight feet long.

The Chevrolet Trax is set to arrive on dealer lots across the U.S. in 2015. Until then, maybe Nehls Chevrolet can offer you another option from Chevy’s small car lineup?

2015 Chevrolet SS May Get Manual Transmission

The 2015 Chevrolet SS will likely include a manual transmission.
If you had a little fun in the 2014 SS (above), you are probably going to enjoy the 2015 model even more.

There’s nothing quite like driving a car with a manual transmission. It gives you a real connection with the road and makes you feel more in control. That is why we are stoked to hear that the 2015 Chevrolet SS will likely get a manual transmission option.

This is exciting news for anyone who loves a do-it-yourself transmission, especially since models with that option are becoming more and more rare.

Jonny Lieberman, editor for Motor Trend, shared the news first on Twitter. He also revealed that magnetic shocks, which General Motors calls Magnetic Ride, will be coming to the SS as well. That feature paired with a manual transmission would make for a pretty sweet ride.

Lieberman said the 2015 Chevrolet SS should make its debut at the Woodward Dream Cruise this summer. We’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open for more news on the upcoming SS and hope to see it on August 16 at the Cruise.

2014 Chevy Sonic Pricing Announced

The 2014 Chevy Sonic pricing does not feature any major changes.
Unless you want extra features, the 2014 Chevy Sonic should remain about the same cost from last year.

The 2014 Chevy Sonic is available now here at Nehls Chevrolet. Because it was not a major redesign year for the Sonic (with just minor adjustments to the top-selling model), Chevy opted to keep the 2014 Chevy Sonic pricing the same.

The base 2014 Sonic sedan starts as low as $14,995 while the sedan variant has a starting MSRP of $15,995. Of course, opting for trims higher than the base and adding extra features will see those prices rise. Do note that both prices already include an $825 destination charge.

New exterior colors for the Sonic include Ashen Gray Metallic, Red Hot, and Cool Blue. Standard on the LTS and RS trims is a rearview camera, but if you’re after the LT trim, you’ll have to add it as an option. There is also an optional promotion package to include MyLink, a power sunroof, and fog lamps. Drivers can also opt for a safety package that includes forward collision alert and lane-departure warning.

In addition, the Sonic RS Sedan and the Sonic Dusk will be arriving at dealerships sometime this spring. The Sonic RS Sedan will start at $20,530 while the Dusk will sell for $20,945.

Silverado Sees Massive Sales Improvement Due to V6 Engine

The EcoTec3 V6 engine is a nice addition to the Silverado 1500 and a profit for Chevrolet.
Chevy’s boost in sales was helped by the Silverado’s new EcoTec3 V6 engine.

 

The all-new 2014 Silverado has vastly improved the sales of the full-size pickup. In 2014, the Silverado currently holds a 20% share of the market, whereas the previous model only had 5% of the same market. At Nehls Chevrolet, we believe that the all-new EcoTec3 V6 engine is largely responsible for the uptick.

We’re not alone in this thought either. A recent Chevrolet press release listed five different reasons why the new engine is such an awesome addition to the new 2014 Silverado. However, we’ll just sum up the press release in a few short words: the 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 brings increased power and efficiency to an already awesome vehicle.

The new engine uses EcoTec technology to chug out class-leading torque—305 lb-ft—and 7,600 lbs of available towing. And it’s not short on speed, either. It revs up to 285 horsepower to go with that class-leading torque. And all that comes with 24 mpg highway and 18 mpg city, an awesome improvement in fuel economy in a typically stingy segment.

So come by Nehls and check out the awesome new engine—and the truck that it sits inside of—today!

2014 Chevy Cruze Featured at the Oscars in “Masterpiece”

The 2014 Chevy Cruze was featured the "Masterpiece" ad at the Oscars.
Chevrolet “masterpiece” of a vehicle showed up for an encore at this year’s Oscars.

Chevy’s contribution to the Oscars came in the form of a commercial titled “Masterpiece.” It was submitted by South Korean independent filmmaker Jude Chun as part of the Chevrolet and MOFILM Oscars film program, beating out 72 submissions in a fight for the opportunity to be played at the Oscars.

The 60-second spot follows the adventures of two child filmmakers who use their imagination and unique creativity to create a short film called “Speed Chaser,” featuring the new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze. Viewers experience their filmmaking process, which includes makeup, props, sounds, special effects, and a whole lot of cuteness.

“A big budget might help, but it’s really imagination, creativity, and passion that gets movies made,” said Chun. “Chevrolet’s brand is about ‘finding new roads’, and that’s exactly what filmmaking is.”

Check out the awesome film below! And if you were wondering where you might find yourself a Chevy Cruze, just head on to Nehls Chevrolet.

Sinkhole Aftermath: National Corvette Museum Reopens

The National Corvette Museum has reopened.
The National Corvette Museum has reopened as the museum and GM seek to save the damaged Corvettes (Photo Courtesy of Jonrev).

The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky reopened today after a 30-feet-deep sinkhole opened up Wednesday morning, swallowing 8 Corvettes on display in the “Skydome.”

No one was hurt, but the whole museum was closed down as a safety precaution following the collapse around 5:44 AM.

Two of the cars – a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” – were on loan from General Motors. The rest were owned by the museum.

The above video shows a few Corvettes above the rubble while the rest are pinned beneath the debris.

The following cars were victims of the destruction:

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil”
  • 1962 Black Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
  • 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
  • 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette

General Motors has vowed to restore any of the Corvettes that can be recovered. If you would like to contribute to the rebuilding of the Skydome Corvette display, visit the museum’s website here!

NHTSA Gives 2014 Malibu 5-Star Safety Rating

Chevrolet and GM announced the 2014 malibu 5-star safety rating.
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu scored high on NHTSA’s frontal, side-impact and rollover crash tests.

The 2014 Malibu 5-Star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is another Chevy victory.

Undergoing severe testing procedures, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu received high scores in the frontal, side-impact and rollover crash tests.

Chevy’s standard safety features for the 2014 Malibu include:

  • 10 airbags including knee airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Rollover protection
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Daytime running lights
  • Electronic stability control
  • OnStar service for six months

GM’s general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness, Gay Kent, states that safety is a top priority for the automaker.

“Safety is an increasingly important consideration for new vehicle buyers, especially for those in the midsize segment,” Kent said in a press release. “The customer is at the center of our day-to-day operations and when we design vehicles, it’s their safety that we have in mind.”

Perhaps you’re looking for a midsize sedan that will guarantee your safety. The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu will meet your expectations. Check out our inventory and visit us for a test drive!

Chevrolet Sweeps the 2014 NAIAS Awards

Chevrolet took home two big 2014 NAIAS awards.
Chevrolet made quite a showing at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

Chevy fans will not be disappointed at the Detroit Auto Show this year. Chevrolet took home the top 2014 NAIAS awards.

The automaker’s 2014 Corvette Stingray and Silverado truck took home top honors with Car of the Year and Truck of the Year.

The Stingray was a huge improvement on the last model with a better interior. Its performance was also better due to its 455 horsepower V8 engine. Its $51,000 also makes it one of the best value sports cars in its market.

Chevy’s Silverado truck has been praised by lots of critics, including Consumer Reports magazine. Its base v8-powered engine gets it an estimated 19 MPG overall. This fuel economy not only trumps the previous year Silverado, but it also outdoes the F-150.

It’s no wonder why these two vehicles are at the top of their class. A majority of 50 automotive journalists thought so.

Do you agree? Give us your thoughts on these two excellent vehicles.