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!

Corvette Stingray Named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List

WardsAuto included the 2014 Corvette Stingray on its 10 Best Interiors list.
The interior of the Corvette Stingray is just as inviting as the outside.

The ever-popular 2014 Corvette Stingray was recently named to WardsAuto’s list of the “10 Best Interiors” for 2014. The list contains ten all-new models or models with seriously revamped interiors; the ten were chosen from a pool of 41 total candidates for excelling in areas such as comfort, design harmony, driver information, ergonomics, fit-and-finish, materials, safety, and value.

“We went to great lengths to insure that this vehicle was worthy of the iconic Stingray name on the inside and out,” explained Ken Parkinson, executive director of Global Chevrolet Design. “We selected authentic, premium materials, integrated connected and intuitive technologies, all while balancing craftsmanship and precision execution.”

Specifically, Ward’s highlighted the Stingray’s carbon-fiber trim, contrast stitching on the bucket seats, and microfiber headliner. Additionally, Drew Winter, the editor-in-chief of WardsAuto World, enjoyed the Stingray’s track-focus. Henjoyed it so much that he went so far as to say that it was a main reason that the Stingray was honored.

Want a closer look at one of the 10 best interiors? Check out the 2014 Corvette Stingray for yourself! Swing by your favorite Chevy dealership in Marshall, Texas, today!

Silverado High Country HD: Tough on the Outside, Snug on the Inside

The 2015 Silverado High Country HD is now available at Chevrolet dealerships.
If you thought the 2014 Silverado was big on country, just wait until you test drive the 2015 Silverado High Country HD.

When you think of rough-and-tumble mega trucks like the Silverado High Country HD, now available in its 2015 model, “comfort” is typically not the first word to come to mind.

Promotional material tends to focus more on the power and performance of these steel beasts, and with good reason. The 2015 High Country HD, officially Chevy’s first premium heavy-duty pickup, can steamroll the competition with any of its three powertrain options. Plus, it can tow almost 23,000 pounds for gooseneck towing and almost 20,000 pounds with a conventional towing setup. Go ahead. Rub your eyes. Those numbers aren’t going to change.

But, as impressive as having diesel, CNG, and normal gasoline powered engines all available is, it’s just as impressive how much convenience and luxury is packed inside these babies. The High Country HD comes with chrome accents scattered beautifully all over the place, including 6-inch chrome assist steps. In the cabin, you’ll find the truck’s exclusive saddle brown interior palette, complete with heated and cooled front leather seats, topped off with High Country logos on the headrests.

Throw in options like a sunroof, navigation system, and even the High Country Premium Package option, and we’re just not sure what else you could ask for out of a truck. Except it’s undying love and supernatural effort, and here at Nehls Chevrolet, we’re sure you’ll be satisfied with the 2015 Silverado High Country HD on that front and every other front to boot.

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.

Save the World with the Super 2014 Chevy Traverse

Chevrolet's Captain America ad boasts the super 2014 Chevy Traverse.
Look for the 2014 Chevy Traverse in “Captain America: Winter Soldier” next month.

Do you love Captain America? We at Nehls Chevrolet do, and this month, Chevrolet launched a Captain America marketing campaign to promote its car lineup, including the super 2014 Chevy Traverse.

The result is a cute reenactment of the trailer for Captain America: Winter Soldier, played convincingly by adorable school children.

The film itself, slated for theaters on Friday, April 4, also features the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is mostly associated with the Corvette in the film as she appears in the muscle car in the first 10 minutes.

“The Corvette represents technology, sophistication, intelligence, performance and beauty just like the Black Widow character,” GM’s general marketing director, Steve Tihanyi told Variety. “Being able to align the two made for a great opportunity to include the Corvette in the film.”

Still, in this latest ad from Chevrolet, the Traverse is at the center and will also have a prominent role in the movie.

“Our Chevy products are represented very well and are positioned in wonderful heroic roles and situations,” Tihanyi said.

Will you be seeing the Captain America sequel in theaters? While you wait, head on over to our dealership and check out the super 2014 Chevy Traverse!