Chevrolet Named Diesel Manufacturer of the Year

Diesel drivers everywhere love Chevrolet, and that’s why The Diesel Driver magazine named the brand the Diesel Manufacturer of the Year, based on votes received by the magazine. Chevy blew away the competition, taking a whopping 45 percent of the votes by brand. The Chevy Cruze Diesel, which was also named the Diesel Car of the Year, was even more dominant in its win. It took 59.3 percent of the votes for best diesel car, beating out prestigious competition from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche, among others.

“The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, with a market-leading 46 mpg highway, is clearly setting the pace for diesel-powered cars in the United States,” Jonathan Spira, editorial director of The Diesel Driver, said. “The message from our readers is clear. Diesels are back and Chevrolet is in the forefront.”

The Cruze Diesel features a 2.0L clean turbo-diesel engine to achieve a 46 mpg highway mark. With that engine, the Cruze Diesel is able to chronicle a 717 mile trip on one tank of diesel fuel. That comes out to approximately 10 hours of highway driving. The updated 2015 Cruze is on display right now at the New York International Auto Show. You can check it out there or come in to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to see the award-winning Chevrolet Cruze Diesel firsthand.

Chevy Stingray Adds Eight-Speed Automatic to Powertrain Options

The 2015 Corvette Stingray is all about performance. Voters agreed with that statement and named the Stingray the 2014 North American Car of the Year, partly for its impressive engine, a 6.2L V8, which pours out over 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque on an average day. Chevy designers have taken it up another notch by adding an optional eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters to the powertrain.

“Corvette Stingray’s new eight-speed automatic delivers the comfort and drivability of a true automatic transmission, as well as lightning-fast shifts and the manual control that enhance the performance-driving experience,” Bill Goodrich, assistant chief engineer for Chevy’s eight-speed automatic transmissions. “It was designed to enhance the Stingray’s driving experience, with performance on par with dual-clutch designs, but without sacrificing refinement.”

The new transmission has been dubbed the 8L90 and will increase the car’s fuel efficiency; Chevy expects to see a jump of somewhere around 5%. The 8L90 will share a platform with the transmission to be featured on the 2015 Corvette Z06, but will be uniquely customized to match the Stingray’s engine makeup. Come in to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet and experience a new level of control with the 8L90 in the 2015 Corvette Stingray today.

Z06 Convertible to Debut at NY Auto Show

The last time Chevrolet offered a brand-new, off-the-factory-line Z06 convertible option was over fifty years ago. For the first time since 1963, you’ll be able to buy a “drop-top” version of Chevy’s ultra-performance driven version of the legendary Corvette. You should be aware that these cars are coveted; the first one sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida, to a devoted Corvette collector named Rick Hendrick, for no less than $1 million.

Besides getting people to bid for the prestige of being the first new Z06 owner, the new convertible is also garnering huge amounts of anticipation from its new look and impressive performance numbers. It all adds up to a fever pitch of excitement heading into the New York International Auto Show, which will open on April 16.

When the 16th finally rolls around, we’ll finally get to see the finished product up on display in all its topless, 625 horsepower, 635 lb-ft of torque glory. The new Corvette can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, but you might have to wait till you can come in to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet and test drive the Z06 to test out performance numbers like that.

What you won’t need to wait for is confirmation that the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible is the most powerful Chevy convertible ever made. “The Z06 Convertible is a world-class supercar in every sense,” Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development, said in a press release. “Only a handful of convertibles in the world bring more than 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Even fewer can match the advanced technologies, aeroydynamic design, and visceral driving experience of the Z06 Convertible.”

Remember to check out the Z06 Convertible’s NY Auto Show debut and check back with us on the blog for more Chevy updates!

2014 Chevrolet Malibu – a Top Safety Pick+ Rated Vehicle

The Chevrolet Malibu, in its 2014 edition, has another award to add to the trophy shelf. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Malibu a Top Safety Pick+, making it officially one of the safest cars on the road, both in its own class and in general. To receive the award, the Malibu had to earn “Good” ratings in at least four of five crash tests, as well as offer a frontal crash protection system approved by the IIHS.

2014 Chevrolet MalibuThe Malibu surpassed those strict requirements by earning “Good” ratings, the highest rating given by the IIHS, across the board. “We are very pleased that the IIHS has recognized the safety of the Malibu with this prestigious rating,” Gay Kent, the general director of GM Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness, said. “Customer safety is our guiding compass; this serves as a testament to that.”

That compass also led the Malibu’s designers to add the optional Advanced Safety Package to the 2014 sedan, which uses cameras to search the area in front of your vehicle and immediately report any possible problems back to the driver. Come test drive the Malibu—and see the Safety Package in action—at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today!