New 2016 Camaro is Lighter but Better than Ever

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!

 

Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Program Allows Parents to Monitor Teen Drivers

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.

Another clever concept behind “Teen Driver” doesn’t allow the radio to start until all seatbelts are fastened. Even if you’re a teen – that measure is hard to disagree with.

Chevrolet’s “Teen Driver” will be available in the 2016 Malibu, and if successful, will likely spread as an option for other new Chevy vehicles.

NAIAS Reveal Planned for 2016 Chevy Volt

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.

New CNG Capable 2015 Impala Pricing Revealed

The Chevrolet Impala has always been a popular choice for every day drivers. Now the 2015 model is going make even more drivers flock to the Chevy bowtie. As the only full-size sedan on the market that can operate with either compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline, this also makes the Impala the car industry’s first production bi-fuel sedan.

According to the Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet & Commercial, “The addition of bi fuel capabilities it will also help customers reduce fuel costs and greenhouse gas emissions.” Not only that, but “the Impala nameplate has recently seen market share growth, and critical acclaim for its design, functionality and low cost of ownership.”

If you’re looking for another reason to consider the Impala for your family, think about this: pricing begins at $38,210 with an $825 destination charge. You can pick out yours before the end of the year here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet. Choices for the sedan are either the base model LS or you can go with the high-end LT trim. Both options are powered by a 3.6L engine that has specially hardened valves among other improvements that allows the engine to be CNG capable.

Silverado Sales Soar in Part to New EcoTec3 V6 Engine

The 2014 Silverado is experiencing a big increase in market share; the Silverado currently accounts for 20 percent of light-duty pickup truck sales. That number is up from the 5 percent share of the market the previous model had earned. So what’s driving the 2014 Silverado’s newfound success? Well, that would be the brand new EcoTec3 V6 engine.

A Chevrolet press release listed five different ways the Silverado’s new V6 engine sets the truck apart from the competition. Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, we can sum up the list in just a few words: continued excellence and improved efficiency. The new engine is a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6, built to fit perfectly under the hood of a pickup. And it lives up to the challenge splendidly—coaxing 285 horsepower, 305 lb-ft. of torque, and 7,600 lbs of available towing out of the Silverado.

The new EcoTec3 V6 is also intended to save you money when it comes to filling up your tank. The engine offers direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing, and an Active Fuel Management program, all of which work to achieve maximum efficiency out of your Silverado. Chevrolet’s attention to detail and use of advanced technology leads the Silverado to a 20 mpg combined rating, which makes it more than good enough to earn a best in its class distinction. At the end of the day, that’s the real story: the EcoTec3 V6 engine helps put the 2014 Silverado in a class all its own.