Everyone knows that teen drivers have an unfortunately high accident rate. Even the most vigilant, attentive teens can end up in car collisions, because no matter how responsible they are, the experience just isn’t there.
Thankfully, Chevrolet is implementing a new feature in upcoming cars that will ease the minds of parents of teen drivers who may worry about their child driving. The new “Teen Driver” system essentially delivers a report card to parents with all the latest details over their kids’ performance.
“Teen Driver” keeps track of car speeds, noting the highest speed that the car achieved. It knows how much distance has been covered, and it also remembers every time “collision alerts” or other automatic preventative measures were enacted.
The clues keep coming in about the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu. Probably the most important concerns its debut. The new Malibu will pirouette at the upcoming New York Auto Show next month.
Until then, we’ve learned a little about where Chevrolet has taken the new design. Gathering from a teaser video, the automaker is focusing on the Malibu’s durability. Sounds like they’ve taken design aspect to the extreme. Automotive News quotes the Chevy as saying that they’ve pooled data recording every “harshness and frequency of every jounce, bump and shudder inflicted on the car on roads in the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia and developing markets.”
While they know that the average Malibu owner isn’t going to come anywhere near the design limits of the Malibu, Chevy wants the interested buyer to know that the Malibu isn’t the kind of ride to ever let them down. In fact, the Malibu’s reliability and durability has always been strong. JD Power tapped the Malibu as being most reliable in its three-year reliability study. Some things never change and some things never should.
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.
The 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!
Only the smoothest, most recently paved highways are pothole free (sometimes), so chances are that you get to experience the most annoying—and potential dangerous—roadway hazards, potholes. If you’re wise enough to be driving a Chevy, you’re automatically better protected against potholes than all the other drivers sharing the road with you. That’s because Chevy carefully and thoroughly tests their vehicles on a variety of road surfaces at the General Motors Milford Proving Ground. These roads intentionally include a plethora of potholes of all shapes and sizes, which allows Chevy to test the mettle of their vehicles’ suspension systems.
“We have a wide variety of road surfaces that simulate real-world road conditions around the globe,” said Frank Barhorst, supervisor of the Product Usage Measurements and Applications group at the Milford Proving Ground. “The range of test road surfaces goes from good to bad, so that we can find the most balanced condition for each vehicle we develop – and believe me, we’ve created some of the worst potholes you’ve ever seen.”
Chevrolet runs all of their vehicles through these tests, from sedans like the Malibu up to full-size pickups like the impressive and capable Silverado. So, if you’re not yet lucky enough to drive a Chevy, come down to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet and find the right vehicle for you. But watch out for potholes!
The new 2014 Malibu claimed the highest possible 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program. This rating came about due to the impressive five-star performances in front and side crash tests performed on the Malibu, as well as a four-star score in rollover tests,
A large part of the Malibu’s success can be attributed to its many safety technologies, such as an ultra-high-strength steel safety cage, rollover protection, and 10 standard airbags, including knee airbags for both the driver and front passenger.
What the crash tests don’t show is the Malibu’s ability to avoid crashes altogether. Thanks to multiple active safety technologies—Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Side Blind Zone Alert, among others—drivers of a 2014 Chevy Malibu are less likely to get into avoidable accidents. Sounds pretty great to us!
Texting while driving has become a hot-button topic lately, and many states are passing legislation to make it illegal. Using your phone can result in a hefty fine, but more importantly, it’s dangerous to you, your passengers and those you are sharing the road with. The 2014 Chevy Malibu offers hands-free texting so that you can keep your eyes on the road.
The innovative Text-to-Voice feature on the 2014 Malibu automatically converts texts messages to speech and reads them over the audio speakers. The driver is then able to reply with preset message like, “I’m driving and will contact you later,” and “On my way, be there soon.”
“The midsize sedan segment is one of the most competitive in the industry and by improving the Malibu so quickly, we’re proving to our customers that we’re listening and acting on their needs,” said Chevrolet Global Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney, in a press release. “The new and enhanced features make the 2014 Malibu a smarter choice, putting it at the heart of the strongest Chevrolet passenger car lineup in our history.”
To learn more about the all-new 2014 Chevy Malibu, or the take a test drive, visit us today at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet!