Chevrolet Keeps Your Truck on Track with the G80 Locking Rear Differential

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.

Chevrolet Keeps Your Truck on Track with the G80 Locking Rear Differential

“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!

You Could Win the 2015 Chevrolet SS and More!

Chevrolet combines a love of high performance cars, racing, and country music in the Win the 2015 Chevrolet SS Sweepstakes. It offers the ultimate prize package as the winner will receive a new 2015 Chevy SS sedan plus a trip for two to the 2015 Country Music Association Awards and a NASCAR race with the chance to meet Jeff Gordon. Yep, it’s time for you to register to win.

2015 Chevrolet SS

You can submit your online entry once before May 22 at 10:59pm our time when the sweepstakes officially ends.

Save some time off of work toward the beginning of November because you won’t to miss this grand prize trip, which takes you on a three-day, two-night visit to Nashville for the 2015 CMA Awards on November 4 before heading back down to Texas for the NASCAR Race at the Texas Motor Speedway and a four-night vacation in Dallas.

Transportation and housing accommodations will be provided as well as $500 spending money.

As for the new Chevy SS, once the winner has been notified, he or she will be able to drive the vehicle home as soon as it becomes available at a local dealership. That could be your Chevy SS arriving here at Wiesner of Huntsville, so be sure to register today!

2016 Malibu Hybrid Features Volt Technology

2016 Malibu Hybrid

Get ready to meet one of the most fuel-efficient mid-sized sedans! Introduced during the 2015 New York Auto Show and coming to market in the spring of 2016, Chevrolet will offer a hybrid option to its Chevy Malibu lineup that will get a class-leading 45mpg combined city and highway mileage rating.

“We’re bringing a hybrid to the midsize segment to compete,” said Jesse Ortega, Chevrolet Malibu chief engineer. “We understand this is a very competitive, significant battle. But we think we’re very well-armed for this battle.”

Under the hood, the 2016 Malibu hybrid features a direct injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that works in tandem with a two-motor drive unit, which is a modified version of the one found in Chevy’s 2016 Volt and gives the dual powered Malibu the ability to reach 182hp. The 1.5 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack is capable of powering the hybrid Malibu up to 55miles per hour on electricity with the gasoline power kicking in when higher speeds are necessary.

Be sure to visit Wiesner of Huntsville for more information on the Chevy lineup and Malibu hybrid today.

Chevy Tahoe, Impala, and Suburban Recognized as Best Family Cars

What goes into the best family cars? Some will tell you that size is the key. Others will mention comfort, and others still might bring up entertainment to keep the kids distracted.

At Wiesner of Huntsville, we think the key to a great family vehicle is reliability and safety. What good is a big, comfortable, entertaining vehicle you’re not sure if it’ll get you and your family from point A to B safely every time you get into it?

Best Family Cars

That’s why we recommend the Chevrolet Tahoe, Impala, and Suburban to everyone who asks us for a family car. The former two were named among KBB.com’s 15 Best Family Cars of 2015 and the latter two among U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Cars for Families, thanks to their great family features and reliability and safety.

For example, the Impala comes with available Front Automatic Braking, which can apply the brakes when the forward-sensing radar system sees a crash coming before the driver does; and the Tahoe and Suburban both offer the GM Safety Alert Seat, which alerts drivers about potential crashes via directional vibrations in the seat.

“Chevrolet puts families first, with cars, trucks and SUVs that provide the latest safety technologies and crash protection at a value,” said Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet and president, GM North America. “It’s why Chevrolet was the most-awarded car company in 2014 and is driving toward another year of strong recognition.”

The Iconic Chevy Camaro Design Throughout the Years

It’s got that can’t look away, stare it down, rubbernecking flair, and it has been around for five generations. You know the one we’re talking about – the king of the road, Chevy Camaro. The Chevy Camaro design has played an integral role in automotive history and we’re here to lay it all out for you.

The first generation Chevy Camaro was introduced in 1967 and, admittedly, wasn’t expected to reach the amount of success it experienced. However, the Baby Boomers in that generation craved a personal coupe and the Camaro’s success quickly followed. The clean lines added with a muscular flair made the first generation Camaro one of the most heralded cars in history.

The second generation came in 1970 and changed up the game. It was a radical change from the first generation, getting a completely original design. The new design featured a horizontal crease running the length of the body, split bumper, sail panel, and Chevrolet’s signature dual taillights. It also had a European grand-touring-esque style. The second generation Camaro was around for 12 years before being redesigned.

1971 Chevy Camaro Z28

1971 Chevy Camaro Z28

The third generation Camaro was introduced in 1982 is said to be a cultural statement of the 80s. John Cafaro, executive director of Chevrolet’s Global Car Design, said, “Perhaps more than any other generation, the third-generation Camaro was a car of its time. You can see that influence in every detail of the car, from the aerodynamic details of the exterior, such as the ground effects on the Z28, to the introduction of digital instruments on the interior.”

1981 Chevy Camaro Z28

1981 Chevy Camaro Z28

The fourth generation Camaro took an even more aggressive styling approach and provided greater performance. Perhaps the most prominent feature was the lower, “bottom breathing” engine design. The design stood the test of time and is remained a favorite until its fifth, and current redesign.

Finally, the fifth generation Camaro came in 2010 and design cues are still prominent throughout the 2015 edition. The new Camaro was inspired by the 1969 Camaro and its sharp, electric style is meant to capture everyone’s attention. With a contemporary take on the first-gen Camaro, the design has been a big hit.

Chevy Camaro Design

2015 Chevy Camaro

To check out the latest Camaro and its favorable design, visit us at Wiesner of Huntsville!

Chevrolet Bolt Name Change?

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.

Chevrolet Bolt Name Change

“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.

2015 Chevy Trax Safety Rating Furthers Chevy’s Claim to Safety

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.

2015 Chevy Trax Safety Rating

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.

Want to see what all the fuss is about? Come test drive the Trax today at Wiesner of Huntsville!

Chevrolet Bolt Concept Has Rivals Shaking In Their Boots

General Motors made some serious waves around the automotive world with the unveiling of the Chevrolet Bolt concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. With the arrival of the Bolt, Chevy was essential pushing its chips in and announcing to the world that it will be a contender in the EV market.

Chevrolet Bolt Concept

As Forbes shares, “Most electric vehicles currently available on the market…are low-range (around 70 miles) and sell at a price of a few thousand less than what the Chevy Bolt was unveiled for.” This is exactly why the Bolt has given everyone such a…jolt (sorry). The Bolt will boast a range of 200 miles. It will also sell for around $30,000. That’s $50,000 less than a vehicle it’s sure to rival, the Tesla Model S.

Forbes lists the Bolt’s other admirable features:

  • Self-driving technology
  • Spacious (hatchback)
  • 10-inch diagonal screen
  • Fast-charging

And if the arrival of the Chevrolet Bolt concept didn’t prove Chevy’s intentions to compete in the EV market, the imminent arrival of the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt certainly will.  Keep an eye out for the brand-new Bolt here at Wiesner Huntsville in the next year or so.

2016 Chevy Volt Sneak Peek at Consumer Electronics Show

Chevrolet offered a sneak peak of the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Volt last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, giving viewers a quick look at the front of the vehicle. Naturally, photos of the 2016 Volt have surfaced online.

GM claims that the 2016 model year Volt will have more range as well as more power than its predecessor, in addition to all of the latest interior tech, such as in-car LTE Internet, keeping you connected on the go.

Chevy Volt Sneak Peek

2015 Chevy Volt

 

The front of the 2016 Volt, which has a sharp, angled face, with crisp lines and details, looks like a lean, mean sports car, and we can’t wait to see more of it. Fortunately, Chevrolet is scheduled to reveal it entirely next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Until then, visit us at Wiesner of Huntsville to check out our available models. What did you think of the Chevy Volt sneak peek? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

The Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo is the Fantastic Future

Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo

Sometimes, a new vehicle concept will roll into an auto show and people will look at it thinking yeah, they’ll never mass-produce that.

The Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo is likely a concept that would inspire that very same reaction. After all, it doesn’t actually have an engine—it uses laser beams to create shock waves that equal about 900 horsepower. It doesn’t have a driver seat, either, acting instead like something of a heavy-duty wing suit that a driver basically lies down inside in order to drive.

Chevrolet doesn’t seem to think they’ll make it available to customers, either: Ed Welburn, Vice President of GM Global Design, said that the Chaparral is “a fantasy car in every sense of the word.”

But, man, do we ever want this thing.

On the plus side, even if we don’t ever have the chance to sell something like the Chaparral 2X VGT at Wiesner of Huntsville, we can drive it—in a manner of speaking—in Gran Turismo®6 for the PlayStation®3. The Chaparral is available to download now by simply installing “Update 1.15” for GT6 and completing a lap in the limited-time-only Seasonal Event.

We’ll be hooking up our PS3s to try this bad boy out for ourselves!