In June of 2014, Chevrolet launched its built-in OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi technology. Since then, customers have been rapidly increasing their usage of the service. And, the biggest jump was in the last six months of 2016. In fact, in that time, Chevy owners used nearly as much data as they had in the previous two years.
Because of this huge jump in popularity and usage, Chevrolet has announced a new unlimited OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi plan. This plan will only cost $20 per month, making it an affordable choice for many families. There are also other plans for less frequent users, including data passes of 250MB per day for $5 and 20GB over 12 months for $150.
Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet, said, “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”
Since 2006, Chevrolet’s youth sports programs have been encouraging young people and helping communities. The Chevy Youth Baseball program started in 2006 and the Youth Soccer program followed in 2010.
This year, both programs will get a boost from world-class athletes. Supporting the baseball program will be MLB All-Star and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The soccer program will get the benefit of gold medalist and soccer champion Alex Morgan.
“At Chevrolet, we celebrate the power of play and the positive effect it has on kids, families, and communities,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Partnering with Andrew McCutchen and Alex Morgan allows us to share their expertise and passion for their individual sports and demonstrate to children everywhere that with perseverance and dedication anything is possible.”
In the baseball program, participating leagues can receive equipment and sponsorship grants from Chevrolet to help their programs grow and succeed. Chevrolet has donated more than 135,000 equipment kits and supported more than 6.7 million young children all over the United States in the past 11 years.
For the soccer program, Chevrolet also donates equipment as well as providing access to instructional clinics. Since 2010, Chevy has donated more than 6,200 equipment kits.
Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we love seeing Chevrolet reach out to our youth to help them succeed.
Ford and General Motors first announced that they would team up to develop two new transmission back in 2013. Now, as 2017 rolls around, we’re seeing the true fruits of their labor. General Motors unveiled plans to launch 10 new models with a new nine-speed transmission by the end of 2017.
Chevrolet will see four models debut with the new transmission throughout the year. The new nine-speed transmission offers a three percent increase in fuel economy over the older six-speed automatic transmission. Automakers are adding more gears to their transmissions across the board in order to comply with federal emissions regulations.
The Chevrolet nine-speed transmission first debuted in the 2017 Malibu Premier with a turbocharged engine. The 2017 Cruze diesel, with its 1.6-liter diesel engine, will come with the new transmission as well. The 2018 Equinox, equipped with a turbocharged engine as well, will round out the first three. Chevrolet has yet to reveal the fourth model.
The other transmission, a 10-speed automatic, made its official debut in the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 muscle car. That transmission is designed for performance in rear-wheel drive vehicles while the nine-speed transmission brings increased fuel economy in front-wheel drive models.
As if the Chevrolet Bolt will need any help populating the streets of this great nation, Chevy and Lyft have partnered together to make sure that the Bolt gets all of the use it deserves.
Admittedly, Chevy has reason to support Lyft. After all, the automaker recently made a $500 million investment in the ride-sharing service. Chevy announced its contribution only a day before they revealed the all-new Chevrolet Bolt.
According to Forbes, Lyft is establishing rental centers in various urban areas around the country. Chevy plans to make the Bolt available for Lyft drivers as short-rentals at these nationwide rental centers. It’s a great robust model for transportation. Drivers rent the cars, earn money giving folks rides and then return the cars.
Needless to say, the Chevrolet Bolt should prove very popular with Lyft drivers. Why is that? Drivers will be able to travel over 200 miles on a single charge.
Chevy and Lyft have also working together to eventually offer driverless cars to customers.
If you’ve been thinking nothing gets more American than a big ol’ Chevy Silverado, you’re not the only one, but you’d be in for a big ol’ surprise.
Early in October, Chevrolet announced its new partnership with professional rodeo with the introduction of their own squad of rodeo stars.
So, meet Team Chevy Rodeo, a team of five of American rodeo’s highest fliers and toughest riders.
The team consists of Tuf Cooper, a 25-year-old Texas native and a prodigy of tie-down racing. Next is Fallon Taylor, a 34-year-old world champion barrel racer. Speaking of champion, the third member of Team Chevy Rodeo is Richmond Champion, 23, a bareback riding all-star who’s been riding bulls since the age of 13. The fourth Chevy champ is Luke Branquinho, 36, a steer wrestler (which is just as wildly dangerous as it sounds) who won his fifth world title in 2014. Finally, meet Travis Graves, 32, Chevy’s team roping, or heeling, competitor whose been winning those big titles since 2001.
To meet Team Chevy Rodeo is to meet one of the toughest, most daring, sets of people you’ve ever seen; keep an eye on these five! All of us at Wiesner of Huntsville sure will be!
The Woodward Dream Cruise started in 1995 and has become the most popular auto event in the world, featuring displays from auto companies, classic car shows, live entertainment, the Thunder of Pontiac Festival, and so much more.
This year Chevy set up displays throughout the week, showcasing different vehicles every day. On the 11th, they hosted Volt owners for a silent cruise and displayed the brand new Volt. GM hosted the Design on Woodward event on the 12th, and the last three days of the event featured a Chevrolet Performance Display.
On the 15th, Chevy showed its entire lineup and sponsored the Camaro Corral. Chevy also contributed to the event with the Chevrolet Certified Service Rescue Squad, which provided assistance to vehicles in need of service.
Chevy has been a huge part of the Woodward Dream Cruise for years now, and we’re sure it will continue to be for a long time!
For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in 14 models, including the all-new 2016 Cruze that will be available at Wiesner of Huntsville by the end of June.
That will put Chevrolet ahead of the competition by offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in more vehicles than any other automotive brand.
The technology will be accessible via Chevy’s 7-inch MyLink infotainment system (and 8-inch version that will be compatible with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year).
“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”
The move once again makes Chevrolet one of the first brands to introduce new customer-centric innovations (e.g. Siri Eyes Free functionality). Chevrolet and GM also offer OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot. In other words, if technology and staying connected are important to you, you’ve just got to get a Chevy! See us today at Wiesner of Huntsville for yours!
Most people who drive a truck do so because they need the rugged capabilities it offers; this includes traction to stay on the road no matter what the conditions are. One feature that gives Chevrolet trucks some added traction is the G80 locking rear differential.
G80 refers to its orders code. A locking rear differential will automatically lock the rear axle when one wheel starts to lose traction. This lets both rear wheels push the truck forward. This feature essentially turns a 2WD truck into a 4×4 and gives a 4×4 an even bigger traction advantage.
“The G80 locking axle provides a greater traction advantage than limited-slip differentials in most situations, while its automatic engagement requires no driver involvement, unlike some competitors’ electronic lockers, which require driver activation,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer, in a statement. “The G80’s simplicity, durability and sure-footed grip have been proven with generations of customers, as it has been a staple of the Chevy truck lineup for more than 40 years.”
If you foresee some rugged or slippery terrain in your future, such as a slick boat ramp, some sticky mud, or the deep snow of next winter, be sure the G80 locking rear differential is part of your next truck. It is available on most Silverado and Colorado trucks and comes standard on both the Tahoe and Suburban. Ask us about it today at Wiesner of Huntsville!
Remember when General Motors showed off a new concept set to challenge the Tesla Model 3 way back when at the 2015 North American International Auto Show? We do and so do many others. There may have been a bit of confusion about the name and making a rhyme anytime.
The Chevrolet Bolt, different from the already-in-production Volt, is commonly confused with the hybrid car. The rhyming names are often misheard for one another. For some, this isn’t good news. Not Chevrolet, though. General Motors is taking it in stride and looking positive.
“Some people think it’s confusing,” said Alan Batey, GM North America president. “People are having some fun with it. It is generating awareness, which is good. It’s so conversational.”
While the rhyme is good for marketing, the Bolt name isn’t final. General Motors reported at the Chicago Auto Show that they’re still in the decision phase. While a Chevrolet Bolt name change may be in the works, Batey doesn’t expect any confusion in the showroom. “The Volt and Bolt are different vehicles for people with different needs,” he said.
The current Chevrolet Bolt concept has the ability to travel 200 miles on a single charge. The Volt can travel up to 50 miles on a single charge before a gas engine kicks in for a range of about 1,000 miles on a full tank. General Motors plans to have the Bolt on roadways by 2017.
The all-new Chevy Trax was recently presented with a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is the highest rating given out by the government organization.
The 2015 Chevy Trax’s safety rating continues Chevy’s winning streak in terms of safety; Chevrolet has more 5-Star-rated vehicles for 2015 than any other automaker in the country. It is also reassuring to see another small SUV earn a top safety rating, as the market is expanding at an incredible rate. In fact, Chevrolet reports that the market for small SUVs like the Trax is expected to grow a whopping 80 percent over the course of the next few years.
Earning the top safety rating is no easy task. The Trax had to undergo front, side, and rollover testing in NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program. The SUV was also subjected to a side pole impact test, in which the Trax earned another 5 stars.
“The Trax is the perfect example of Chevrolet’s commitment to putting state-of-the-art technology and class-leading safety features where it matters most for the customer,” said Brian Sweeney, the U.S. vice president of Chevrolet.
Among those features and technologies are 10 standard airbags, a standard rearview camera, and available rear park assist. In addition, the Trax is composed of 66 percent high-strength and ultra-high strength steels.