Camaro Exorcist

If classic horror movies have taught us anything, it’s this: when there’s a demon, you need an exorcist to overpower it and get rid of it. As it currently stands in the world of performance cars, the same statement rings true. For every 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon that’s released this fall, there will be a Hennessey Exorcist Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. And just like in the movies, in the end the Camaro Exorcist comes out on top.

The Dodge Challenger Demon offers up an 840 horsepower powertrain with 770 lb.-ft. of torque. There’s no denying that those are numbers that would have any speed-enthusiast drooling. However, compared to the Hennessey Exorcist Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which is predicted to pump out more than 1,000 horsepower, those numbers are not so impressive. Drivers who crave the most thrilling performance out there will no doubt want to find a way to check this car off of their bucket list.

However, that may not be such an easy task. The Camaro Exorcist will go for a pretty hefty price, and Hennessey expects to make no more than 100 a year. If this seems like a pipe dream to you, don’t worry. There are plenty of other takes on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro that offer more than enough thrill to go around. Stop in at Nehl’s Chevrolet today to take one of these performance cars for a spin that’s sure to shake the demons out of you.

Camaro Exorcist

2015 Chevrolet Traverse is a “Safe” Bet

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is a safe SUV.
With a five-star overall vehicle safety rating from the NHTSA, the Traverse is as safe as they come.

It’s July and with the MLB All-Star game this week, baseball season is in full swing. If you want to make sure you are “safe at home,” come down and check out the new 2015 Chevrolet Traverse.

The Traverse recently received the top five-star overall vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Traverse received five stars in the front and side impact tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Traverse comes with a multitude of standard safety features, including electronic stability control, antilock brakes, rearview camera and a tire pressure-monitoring system. The LTZ model includes a forward collision alert system as well as a lane-departure warning system.

The 2015 Traverse also features Siri Eyes Free, which allows for the driver to operate any Apple mobile device running iOS 7.1 or later hands-free via as part of the Apple CarPlay system.

All of these features make the Traverse one of the safest crossovers on the road. Stop by at the dealership and hit a “home run” with the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse today.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Improves Under New SAE J2807 Towing Standards

The 2015 Silverado has seen much improvements under the new J2807 towing standards.
The 2014 Chevy Silverado towed 300-500 pounds less than the 2015.

Towing capacity is to pickup truck what fuel economy is to hybrids and driving range is to electric vehicles. In the automotive world, most types of vehicles are intended for a specific purpose and will have an important factor that determines how well that vehicle accomplishes that purpose.

However, unlike hybrids and electric cars, pickup trucks do not have a standard method of determining how much weight a vehicle can actually tow. The problem was that previous methods of tow rating did not take into account different parts, options and passenger weight that negatively affects the total weight a truck can tow otherwise known as a truck’s Gross Combine Weight Rating (GCWR).

In a successful attempt to solve this problem, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) created the J2807 standards. This is a unified system that requires automakers to test vehicles equipped with any options that normally have a 33 percent take-rate, 70 pounds of aftermarket hitch equipments and a driver and a passenger with a combined weight of 300 pounds.

Under this new standard, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra base models dropped 300-500 pounds of towing capacity, while The V-6 regular cab trucks with four-wheel drive kept the same rating of 7,600 pounds as did certain versions of trucks equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8 and Max Trailering Package, which maintained the top rating of 12,000 pounds.

However, the 2015 Silverado and Sierra base models actually increased towing capacity under the J2807 standards with the four-wheel-drive V-6 models improving by 400 pounds for the Crew Cab and 500 pounds for the Double Cab, a pretty successful jump for Sierra and GMC.

Those of us at Nehls Chevrolet look forward to how the J2807 towing standards will improve the rating system and overviews of current and future pickup trucks.

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!

Stop/Start Technology Standard in 2015 Impala

Chevrolet's stop/start technology shuts down the engine in certain driving conditions to reduce fuel consumption.
The Chevy Impala has been heading in the right direction for years, and now it has reached a new road.

 

Getting great fuel economy is about to become a whole lot easier for future Chevy Impala owners. The American carmaker recently announced that stop/start technology will come standard on the 2015 Impala base 2.5-liter ECOTEC engine, allowing the vehicle to better its fuel economy by nearly 5%.

With stop/start technology, the engine shuts down in certain driving conditions to reduce fuel consumption. Combined with the Impala’s standard four-cylinder engine, customers will have higher mpg city ratings at 22 mpg without having a higher price tag. The EPA estimates that the stop/start will help the Impala achieve a 25-mpg combined, which is one mpg more than last year’s model.

This new standard feature makes the 2015 Impala the second vehicle in Chevrolet’s lineup to feature stop/start technology, following the 2014 Malibu, which was introduced last year. The 2015 Impala will arrive on dealer lots this summer with a MSRP of $27,735 for the base model with stop/start technology. To see this technology yourself, make sure you stop by Nehls Chevrolet for a test drive when the sedan arrives!

GM Fuel Cell Vehicles Reach 3 Million Mile Fleet Milestone

GM passes a major fleet milestone.
The Chevrolet Equinox makes up most of GM’s fleet of fuel cell cars.

General Motors’ fleet of fuel cell vehicles have taken one giant leap forward in the world of green cars after passing the 3 million miles of hydrogen-power real-world driving. This fleet milestone has helped GM avoid using 157,894 gallons of gasoline consumption by using only hydrogen to power these vehicles.

The fleet is exclusively made up of Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles, which are part of the American carmaker’s 119-vehicle Project Driveway campaign, which was created in 2007. Over the course of the last seven years, more than 5,000 drivers have provided GM with feedback on the practicality and performance of fuel cell technology.

“Hydrogen fuel cell technology is an important part of GM’s advanced propulsion portfolio and we continue to make substantial progress in furthering this technology,” said Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s global fuel cell engineering activities. “These vehicles have operated through seven full winters and a wide range of environmental conditions, proving that fuel cells can meet the demands of real-world drivers.”

Currently, GM is the leader in fuel cell technology, which is shown in two different fuel cell-related collaborations. GM and Honda are working together to produce next-generation fuel cell and hydrogen storage systems, while also looking to advance refueling infrastructure. Along with this partnership, GM has also opened a new Fuel Cell Development Laboratory in Pontiac, Michigan to test the fuel cell technology.

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.

Popular Vote Names Chevy Cruze Diesel Car of the Year

The 2014 Chevy Cruze was named Diesel Car of the Year by The Diesel Driver.
One of the major highlights for the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is its 46 mpg highway fuel economy.

As attention increasingly turns toward improving fuel economy, diesel-powered vehicles have gained in popularity, making The Diesel Driver’s Diesel Car of the Year a more coveted title than ever before.

“The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, with a market-leading 46 mpg highway (5.11 L/ 100 km) is clearly setting the pace for diesel-powered cars in the United States,” said Jonathan Spira, The Diesel Driver’s editorial director. “The message from our readers is clear. Diesels are back and Chevrolet is in the forefront.”

The automaker also won The Diesel Driver’s Diesel Manufacturer of the Year award.

In choosing the winners, The Diesel Drivers’ readers cast votes, taking fuel economy, harmful emissions, performance, handling, style, comfort, and “the overall package” into consideration.

Of 11,030 votes, the Cruze was chosen by 59.3 percent of readers while the Chevrolet brand won 45 percent of votes submitted for Diesel Manufacturer of the Year.

The 2014 Cruze Diesel is outfitted with an all-new 2.0-liter clean turbo-diesel engine, which carries over into the 2015 model that was revealed earlier this month at the New York International Auto Show.

Contact us here at Nehls Chevrolet for more information on the Cruze Diesel. See how far diesel power can take you!