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New V6 Engine, Transmission Provide Power and Efficiency

With a new V6 engine and 8-speed automatic, as well as an optional diesel powerplant, the Chevrolet Colorado remains the king of both power and efficiency in the midsize truck market for 2017. New Colorado trucks will be rolling into Chapman Chevrolet soon, offering buyers a chance to test drive last year’s Motor Trend “Truck of the Year.” “Customers made the Colorado an overnight success and it remains one of the industry’s hottest-selling products,” according to the chief engineer for the Colorado project, Anita Burke. “That fast success has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups, introducing new features for our customers such as the class-exclusive diesel engine, advanced technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and now a class-leading V6 and 8-speed automatic powertrain combination.”

Powertrain Focuses on Driving Performance

Although the 3.6L displacement is the same as the previous model, the new V6 engine takes advantage of technology to deliver 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The Colorado now has Active Fuel Management, allowing the truck to disable two cylinders under light load conditions to improve gas mileage. The 8-speed transmission has a wider gear ratio, providing more torque on the low end to get started and lower RPMs once you get up to highway speed. That equates to greater fuel efficiency. “For the new V-6 and 8-speed combination, we focused on improving everyday driving performance,” said Stan Ludlow, an engineer for the 2017 Colorado. “Drivers will immediately notice that it pulls harder when accelerating from a stop or passing on the highway; it is more confident pulling a trailer up a steep grade and it is more refined cruising at a constant highway speed.”

Colorado Sparks Boom in Mid-size Truck Sales

Ever since the Chevrolet Colorado was released two years ago, sales of both the Chevy and overall midsize truck market have boomed. Chevy is poised to sell more than 160,000 of the Colorado trucks in the first two years, accounting for a 23 percent market share. In the last 24 months, the total midsize truck market has doubled, prompting other automakers to jump onboard as America’s fascination for SUVs and trucks seemingly shows no end. Stay in touch with Chapman Chevrolet to see when the first of the 2017 Colorado trucks are due to arrive. Chances are it will once again be the most honored midsize truck on the market and a safe bet for those looking to solve their light to medium hauling duties.

Technology in Place for Bolt Unveiling

 

Delivers 200-mile Range and Plenty of Performance

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is an all-electric vehicle designed to eliminate range phobia, or the fear of being stuck somewhere when the battery runs out. Chevy says the Bolt, which will arrive at the Chapman Chevrolet showroom this fall, has a range of 200 miles. That’s more than enough for the average commuter to go to work, drive to lunch and even do some shopping before heading home for a recharge. Use the available 240-volt charging system and you can bring a completely drained Bolt back up to full charge in 9 hours, ready for another day of fun. Car and Driver magazine recently took the Bolt out on a test run, saying “the front-drive hatchback tears out of the hole,” and has no difficulty keeping up with traffic.

Bolt Walks Line Between Comfort and Handling

Chevy has gone to great lengths to satisfy both people seeking a comfortable ride and those who want to test the Bolt’s limits in hairpin turns. The rack-and-pinion steering gets an electrical assist to provide a solid response and let the driver feel the road. A firm ride keeps the body from rolling through curves and the special Michelin tires absorb the normal bumps of the road without transferring them to your spine.

Powerful AC Motor Runs on 960 Pound Battery Pack

The Chevrolet Bolt comes with a 200 horsepower alternating current motor that gets its power from a 60-kwH battery pack that rests in a large box under the floor. Regeneration is one way the Bolt has so much range, with about 40 miles of the estimated 200-mile limit coming from energy captured when the vehicle decelerates. Choose from four regenerative modes that adjusts the use of the brakes to deliver more or less current to the battery. A 10.2-inch center monitor not only provides your audio and hands-free communication, but also keeps you up to date on the latest vehicle information. You’ll know the estimated range you have left, and can watch as you change the energy usage through the way you drive. The Bolt also has 4G LTE Wi-Fi available, turning your electric vehicle into a mobile hot spot for you and your passengers to stay connected to the Internet.

Technology Helps Avoid Collisions

The Bolt EV has a wide variety of sensor and camera systems that help you avoid people, obstacles and other vehicles. A high-strength frame and 10 well-positioned airbags help keep the passengers safe in the event of a wreck. Stay in touch with Chapman Chevrolet to make sure you’re one of the first to give the new Bolt a test drive.

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ZL1 Most Powerful Production Camaro in History

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is ready to light up the streets when it’s released for sale this fall. With a time of just 3.5 seconds to go from a stop to 60 mph and an 11.4 second quarter-mile with a top speed of 127 mph, the ZL1 provides supercar performance at a price far less than other top sports cars. The coupe will start at $62,135 and the convertible will begin at just a smidge above $69,000, including destination charge. It’s a reasonable price to pay for a 650-horse monster that comes with a supercharged 6.2L V8. “The Camaro ZL1 offers supercar performance with daily-driver refinement, a combination that stacks up against any other sports coupe-at any price-around the world,” according to Chevy marketing director Steve Majoros. Be one of the first to take a test drive when the ZL1 comes to Chapman Chevrolet in September.

1LE a Bit More Tame, But Still Exciting

The 1LE Camaro is a performance package you can add to either the Camaro LT V6 coupe or the 1SS V8 coupe. The package upgrades the suspension on the LT to SS status for a more dynamic ride and superior handling. The SS package gets an electronic differential to control traction to the rear wheels and an FE4 suspension package that includes magnetic ride dampers. The LT runs the 0 to 60 mph race in just 5.2 seconds, while the SS shaves a full second off that time. “Building on Chevrolet’s well-established recipe for track-focused performance, the new 1LE packages expand the performance envelope of the Camaro SS and, for the first time, the Camaro LT,” Chevy’s chief engineer, Al Oppenheiser, said. “You’ll be hard pressed to find more track-capable cars in their respective classes for the money.” The upgrade to the LT coupe will be a $4,500 sticker option. The SS upgrade will cost $6,500.

Camaro Riding Wave of Camaro Honors

After it was redesigned for this model year, the Camaro was honored with a slew of awards, including the prestigious “Car of the Year” from Motor Trend magazine. The editors loved everything from the exterior styling and upgraded interior trim to the power and handling. Even the V6 RS package got rave reviews. “The performance you get out of this six-cylinder is amazing,” said one of the judges. Rather than rest on their laurels, Chevrolet has found a way to make the Camaro even more amazing with the ZL1 and 1 LE upgrade packages. Stay tuned to Chapman Chevrolet to see when you can get your hands on one for a test drive.

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Hood Scoop Keeps Inner Workings Cool

As beautiful as it is functional, the new, patented air intake system for the 2017 Chevy Silverado HD keeps the diesel engine cool under the most extreme driving conditions. Although any vent could provide outside air to the motor, the system developed by Chevrolet also makes sure the air is both dry and clean. It features a separator to keep water and air apart and ensure only dry air feeds the motor. “The 2017 Silverado HD was engineered to provide maximum utility for our customers in even the most extreme situations, “ according to Silverado HD chief engineer Eric Stanczak. “While developing this all-new induction system, we considered our customers towing a maximum-weight trailer through the Eisenhower Tunnel on a hot, rainy summer day.” The Eisenhower is 11,000 feet above sea level and provides one of the toughest tests for trucks in America. See how cool the new air intake system is with a visit later this fall to Chapman Chevrolet.

Eliminating Moisture the Result of Extensive Testing

The new air intake system of the Chevy Silverado HD is the result of many hours of testing by driving in all sorts of different conditions. Once the system takes the air in, it follows a 180-degree turn that causes any moisture to coagulate into heavier droplets that are released through a drain. The dry air then continues on through the filter housing and to the engine. Testing involved real-world conditions including heavy thunderstorms, fog, snow and ice. According to the engineer in charge of splash methodology, heavy rain is not the biggest problem. “Big, heavy raindrops from a thunderstorm are relatively easy to eliminate from air,” Kevin Dunn said. “The more challenging issue comes from the mist-like spray generated by semi trucks on wet highways. Those very fine water droplets prove more challenging to separate from the air. The air intake is an elegant solution that works well with water droplets of all sizes. For customers, the results deliver maximum engine performance and even greater towing confidence.”

Pick the Right HD for Your Needs

Chapman Chevrolet offers a complete lineup of Silverado trucks to fit your needs. The half-ton 1500 is suitable for most people with average towing and hauling requirements. The 2500 HD and 3500 HD bring a lot more power, cargo handling and towing ability to those who need it. The 2500 tows up to 9 tons when properly equipped, while the 3500 handles trailers all the way up to 23,200 pounds while producing an amazing 765 pound-feet of torque.

Chevy Dropping Data Price on 4G LTE

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Rolling Hotspot Just Got Cheaper

Because more customers are using the OnStar 4G LTE System, Chevy has announced it has lowered the price of the data plan by up to 50 percent. “Wireless connectivity has proven to be a beneficial technology for many Chevrolet customers, from contractors who use their Silverado as a mobile office to families using their Suburban on a summer road trip,” Chevy truck marketing director Sandor Piszar said. “As our customers increase their usage of the technology, we are able to make it more affordable for them.” Chevrolet has been tracking the data usage by customers since the inception of the OnStar program. In just the last two years, customers have streamed the equivalent of 100 million hours of music while using 3 million gigs of data. See how OnStar and the 4G LTE Wi-Fi system can enhance your driving experience with a trip to your Phoenix Chevy dealerChapman Chevrolet.

SUV, Truck Owners Big on Wi-Fi Use

Whether driving a Suburban or Tahoe for work or play, SUV owners are some of the prime users of the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi network. Silverado owners account for the most usage, which is not surprising considering how many businesses utilize the popular truck as a mobile office for construction and other in-the-field work. Following close behind are Suburban owners, 60 percent of whom use Wi-Fi. Tahoe and Traverse owners account for the next greatest data usage. 4G LTE is a standard feature on all new Chevrolets with the basic OnStar plan, offering Wi-Fi and remote vehicle connectivity.

New Pricing Structure Cuts Costs, Adds Levels

Under the old contract, a person who used 1 gigabyte of data a month would pay $20. The new plan costs just $10. It also adds a 4 GB level for $20, effectively offering four times the usage of the old plan for the same price. Under the old construct, 10 GB a month cost $80. It has been reduced to just $40. A yearly plan used to offer 10 GB a month for $150. The new plan costs the same, but doubles the data to 20 GB. ”As more people embrace the technology, it brings down the cost of entry for all users,” according to Laura Keck, OnStar marketing manager. “With these lower prices, we expect even more customers to use 4G LTE connectivity during this busy summer season.” Get the full picture on the OnStar system and Wi-Fi availability by talking to the pros at Chapman Chevrolet.