2014 Spark EV Test Drive is Range Record Setter

Usually, the Chevrolet Spark EV can hit 82 miles easy, based on its EPA-estimated 119 MPGe rating. Recently though, Chevrolet engineers bragged that the Spark EV has the capacity to actually go about twice that distance on a single charge…if pushed to do so. Digital Trends decided to test out that boast—and the results were outstanding.

The folks at Digital Trends took the Spark EV to a racetrack, set all dials to optimal efficiency mode—turning off MyLink and climate control systems, for starters—and hit the track. Just because they were on a racetrack, doesn’t mean they were speeding along. In fact, they drove the Spark EV at a consistent speed of just 18.5 mph. There’s nothing slow or even remotely boring about the results of their distance test. The Spark EV held on for six hours of driving out of its battery; ending the test drive after finally running out of juice after 139.7 miles of driving.

This is far more impressive than you might think. Even Chevy’s engineers audibly gasped at the accomplishment, according to Digital Trends. So if you can stand to drive a little slower than the average blue-haired maven, you can get 140 miles out of your Spark EV too. On the other hand, if you think you might want to drive a little closer to the speed limit, you can still get some pretty incredible mileage out of a Spark EV. We’ve got a few at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet just waiting for you to get here.

Chevy Sonic Becomes Guinness World Record Holder

Rob Dyrdek, or should we say Bor Kedryd, a television star, stunt performer, and former professional skateboarder, is always busy finding amazing things. Every now and again, he’s finding amazing things to do with and in a Chevrolet Sonic. Dyrdek, while driving a Sonic, set the Guinness World Record for Farthest Reverse Ramp Jump by a Car (hence the name reversal). Dyrdek and the Sonic leapt a total of 89 feet and 3¼ inches before perching smoothly on the landing ramp in front of a crowd at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

The record-setting jump will be shown on MTV’s “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,” which airs on Thursday nights. Dyrdek and the showrunners decided to break a world record for the show’s finale, so they went to the Sonic for help.

“The Sonic is a great car for firsts,” said Dyrdek. “I have always been a Chevy guy, so when we decided we wanted to set a Guinness World Record for the finale of “Fantasy Factory,” using the Sonic again just made sense.”

While we can’t let you jump one, we can certainly let you buy one from us at http://www.earnhardtchevy.com/Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet. What you do after you’ve purchased your Chevy Sonic is up to you.

Volt and Camaro Named “Most Dependable” by J.D. Power

If you are lucky enough to have even ridden in a Chevrolet, then you know that the automaker has earned its reputation for only producing excellent and reliable products. For those of you who need an expert’s opinion to cement your own, then J.D. Power has definitely come through for you. The results of the 2014 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study have revealed that both the Chevy Camaro and Volt earned top rankings in their segments. The Volt is listed as the most dependable Compact Car and the Camaro is noted as the most dependable Midsize Sporty Car.

Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, summarized the inherent value in each of the winning vehicles, both of which can be found here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet. “The Volt has redefined how Chevrolet’s electrification technology is helping our customers save fuel and reduce emissions without compromising style, comfort and performance,” said Edwards. “The Camaro continues to bring new buyers to Chevrolet, and we expect the introduction of the Z/28 will further heighten enthusiasm for America’s favorite sports car.”

The Z/28 mentioned by Edwards, a supercar with an engine capable of producing 500 horsepower, is already being heralded as the fastest Camaro ever produced. The 2014 “most dependable ranking” makes it the second straight year on top for the Camaro.

The Volt was already a decorated car before this latest win—it’s listed at number 1 on the Sierra Club’s list of plug-in hybrids and it was named Leader in Strategic Vision’s 2013 Total Quality Award for Best Midsize Car. Plus, this is the third straight year it’s been named the most dependable compact by J.D. Power.

Chevy’s Adra Concept Unveiled in India

Chevrolet’s global reach is continuing to expand, extending the bowtie’s market into India with the Chevrolet Adra Concept. India is a small market in comparison to Chevy’s biggest—like North America and Europe— but the Adra represents an important step forward in the growing Indian market, as well as in Chevy’s plans in the crossover segment.

The Adra Concept was unveiled in New Delhi this week at the Auto Expo 2014, giving Indian customers a taste of what a new CUV will look like. “The Adra is a major achievement for our local designers, who conceptualized and designed the model from the ground up,” said Lowell Paddock. “It represents a new possibility for the fast-growing compact SUV segment.”

While the Adra Concept is making its global debut in New Delhi, we may never see the Adra—or the production model it eventually turns into—here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet. The automaker’s progression in the crossover segment is still very exciting. We’ll pass along more information about the Adra and all of Chevy’s other great vehicles on the blog soon!