The new Camaro is bringing some new capabilities to market this year—and that’s mostly thanks to an improved body and design. Perhaps we should simply say “all-new” instead of just “improved,” because this 2016 Camaro only shares two parts with its 2015 model sibling. The new design is 200 pounds lighter, has improved rigidity, and as a result, has better steering, suspension, and driving dynamics overall.
“The structural weight savings are compounded by opportunities to reduce un-sprung weight,” says program engineering manager Jim Karlavage.” “The result is a more nimble driving experience.” With the 200 pound diet, the Camaro actually weights less than even the Ford Mustang. Not only does that improve driving dynamics, but it should improve fuel efficiency as well.
You’ll get to see the new Camaro (finally) at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, on Saturday, May 16. For now, though, you can come see us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to learn more about either the current or next-gen model of the Camaro. We’ll be waiting to show off the Camaro to you here, so come by for a test drive today!
A common tactic to making cars better is reducing their weight. Less weight contributes to improved handling, faster acceleration, and increased fuel economy.
Unfortunately, American muscle cars are often quite heavy compared to their European counterparts. They sound great and go fast in a straight line, but when it comes to maneuverability, their heavy frames hold them back.
Chevrolet is aiming to change that with the upcoming 2016 Camaro, whose engineers focused on reducing mass in all the ways they could. An ounce saved here, a pound saved there, a new architecture, and suddenly you’ve got a car that’s more than 200 pounds lighter than the current Camaro we’re selling at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet!
One of the ways they saved weight was making parts out of aluminum instead of steel, like the beam that supports the instrument panel. It’s a relatively small part that saved them “only” 9.7 pounds, but dozens of these changes add up to make a much lighter and engaging car.
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.
It’s finally time to start looking forward to the 2015 North American International Auto Show. For those of you who have been counting down since last year’s show, well you were just ahead of the game. We can all be excited together to hear the rumors about the 2016 models. This year, the Chevrolet rumors are focusing on the Volt. After four years of lackluster sales for the Chevy Volt, Chevrolet had two options; ditch the car completely, or create a new generation model that will fix the problem spots and wow auto-enthusiasts.
Chevy has chosen to give the Volt another chance, and will be revealing the 2016 Chevy Volt at NAIAS January 17-25, 2015. The next generation Volt should be going through some serious updates, including a third seat in the back row and a smaller, more efficient gasoline engine.
“Volt is the perfect example of the ingenuity that drives everything we do at Chevrolet,” said Tim Mahoney, Global Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer. “Volt fully delivers on the promises of Find New Roads and will continue to provide consumers with the transportation solutions they need and deserve in the future.”
While sales may have been down lately, the Volt hasn’t been a bust by any means. With 65,000 total units sold, the four-seater Volt may be one of America’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicles – Chevrolet just had higher sales expectations than that. Everyone who buys a Volt falls in love with it. Why buy it otherwise, right?
We’re hopeful, and so is Chevrolet, at a new generation will generate new interest in a stellar hybrid-electric sedan.
If you don’t want to wait for the 2016 Chevy Volt to hit the floor, come by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today and we’ll show the way to winning a Volt’s engine.