Chevy Bolt EV Technology Refines All-Electric Capability

Chevy Bolt EV technologyDespite all of the new electric vehicles coming out this year, very few are actually affordable–until now, that is. Chevy recently unveiled the new Bolt EV, a long-range all-electric car that’s not so hard on your wallet.

According to Chevy, the Chevy Bolt EV technology enables the new model to have a range of over 200 miles. Not only that, but the charger has also been modified to drastically decrease total charge time. No more waiting 24 hours to fill the tank!

“The Bolt EV concept is a game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity,” said General Motors CEO Mary Barra. “Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers.”

Drivers will also have the option of changing driving modes, from daily commute to weekend cruise, for example. The car’s computer will automatically adjust accelerator pedal mapping, ride height, and suspension tuning for that type of driving. Whether you want more power or more efficiency, the choice is at your fingertips.

With all of these new technologies and the incredible affordability of the new Bolt EV, we at Bradshaw Chevrolet see no excuse not to go all-electric.

Silverado Wins PickupTrucks.com’s Light-Duty Challenge

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado

The 2015 Silverado 1500 faced off against the industry’s best trucks and came out on top in the 2015 PickupTrucks.com Light-Duty Challenge.

The verdict came through after a team of five PickupTrucks.com experts put five new light-duty pickups through a full week of testing at the iconic David Dam grade, including the latest GMC Sierra 1500, Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra, and Ram 1500.

The trucks were evaluated for their performance, payload, trailer-capabilities, and fuel economy distilled into six key categories: Overall Performance, Ergonomics, Tech & Entertainment, Suspension & Ride, Interior/Exterior, Visibility, and Value.

“The Silverado with the new powertrain is an impressive example of both brute strength and refined comfort,” said Mark Williams, PickupTrucks.com editor. “No matter what kind of heavy loads we threw at the truck, the ride and road feel were smooth and confident.”

Come test drive the Silverado 1500 at Bradshaw Chevrolet and find out for yourself why it won the Light-Duty Challenge!

2015 Corvette Stingray Named First-Ever Business Insider Car of the Year

With 2014 all sewn up and in the books, 2015 kicks off with the usual glut of best-of lists and year-end awards. Business Insider is getting in on the automotive action by naming its first Car of the Year, and it shouldn’t come as too terrible a surprise that the winner is the 2015 Corvette Stingray.

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

So what led to the 2015 Stingray being named the first-ever Business Insider Car of the Year? As could be expected, it’s the Corvette’s harmonious balance between form and function.

Of the inside, editors Matthew Debord and Benjamin Zhang say the following:

“The interior is modern, fairly luxurious, and yet purposeful. You feel the lure of the racetrack in this Vette in the same way that you do in a Ferrari 458, but at a much, much lower price. Soft, high-quality leather blends with LCD instruments and controls. Heck, there’s even 4G LTE connectivity embedded in the car. What was once seen by many as the dinosaur of the sports car world is now a rolling, wireless hotspot that can do 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. Amazing.”

Adding to that the exterior’s sharp styling that combines the best of what made the old Stingrays so fetching with so much of what will make Chevrolet’s lineup so irresistible in the future, and of course the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 that only cranks out 460 horsepower and produces a 180 mph top speed, and the 2015 Corvette Stingray is about as close to a sure thing as you’re ever going to fine.

The first-ever Business Insider Car of the Year is in stock now at Bradshaw Chevrolet, so kick off your year on the right foot by putting it to the pedal and pushing that pedal to the metal!

Chevy Top Safety Picks: Four Models Recognized by IIHS

Safety has always been a top priority for Chevrolet. Each year, the automaker strives to provide the best safety technology to make sure its drivers reach their destinations in one piece. Never has this been truer than now, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently named four Chevy Top Safety Picks for their excellent performance in a variety of crash tests.

Chevy Top Safety PicksThe 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, Volt, Spark, and Equinox were all named Top Safety Picks by independent nonprofit testing agency. The four Chevy vehicles named received their designations for their performance in five separate crash tests—small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.

Jeff Boyer, GM vice president, Global Vehicle Safety, commented, “Consumer metric programs such as IIHS Top Safety Pick and NHTSA NCAP provide our customers with information to make comparisons across vehicle manufacturers for a given market segment. Having these four vehicles named 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks is a great achievement.”

This year, the IIHS named 71 models across the industry as either Top Safety Picks or Top Safety Pick+ compared to just 39 in 2014, showing how far all automakers have come in their quest to produce safer vehicles than ever before. To see the four Chevy Top Safety Picks in person, come see us at Bradshaw Chevrolet today!

Corvette Stingray Performance Data Recorder Catches Valet in the Act

When you’re a valet, it’s assumed that you’ll sometimes get to park awesome vehicles like the Corvette Stingray. But it’s also assumed that you will take good care of these cars while they are in your hands. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as a recent video posted by one Stingray driver on YouTube reveals.

What this valet wasn’t counting on was the Corvette Stingray Performance Data Recorder (PDR). This neat device comprises a high-definition camera and a telemetry recorder, allowing it to log data about your speed, braking force, steering wheel angle, transmission-gear selection, and more. Unfortunately for the valet, the Stingray’s PDR recorded his journey from the entrance to the Segerstorm Center for the Arts in Orange County, California, into the garage where he took the car for a bit of a joyride before eventually parking it.

In the video, we see the valet driving normally, when he comes across an empty strip of garage. He stops, then accelerates quickly down the strip, braking and turning the corner before parking it. His speed reaches 50 mph in this short period, and although he is perfectly in control of the car, it’s not his car to race around garages.

Check out the video below, and let us here at Bradshaw Chevrolet know what you think in the comments!

2015 Colorado Named Motor Trend Truck of the Year

When the rush to proclaim the Blue Oval’s pickup truck began, we here at Bradshaw Chevrolet felt compelled to tell everyone to hold their horses. While game recognizes game, we felt that there was a particular truck that was being unfairly overlooked on the way to proclaiming a certain other truck the king of the heap.

Fortunately, the fine folks at Motor Trend backed us up, making it much easier for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado actually being the best of what’s around in the pickup segment today.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado

“The Colorado to me is the perfect-size truck again,” said MT editor Kim Reynolds. “Its simplicity and purity are what a truck ought to be about.”

Indeed, the 2015 Colorado does exactly what it sought to do when it first debuted a year ago: reinvent the pickup segment. In reviving the mid-size pickup and bringing a truck to the masses that isn’t too big and isn’t too small but is juuuuust right, Colorado is an offering with endless appeal to match its endless style and utility.

Lauded for having “the best steering [editor Jonny Lieberman] ever experienced on any truck,” a wealth of standard features even at a low starting MSRP, and a number of upgrades that wind up making the small truck feel like a thing of big luxury, the Colorado is unquestioned atop the throne as 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year.

2015 Chevrolet Trax Selling Even Better than Expected

2015 Chevrolet Trax
2015 Chevrolet Trax

The all-new Trax, Chevy’s compact crossover, was certainly brought to the automotive market at just the right time—the crossover segment is in serious takeover mode, with its mixture of size and efficiency making it more interesting to new car customers than sedans. However, the Trax is outperforming even really high expectations, bringing 180,000 units to the US and forcing competitors to be late to the party.

The Trax features EcoTec engine technology, like many of the current offerings in the Chevy lineup. Specifically, there’s a 1.4-liter EcoTec engine under the hood, giving you plenty of power and efficiency. Of course, there are many more features that will push you further and further in love with the new Trax.

Come see us here at Bradshaw Chevrolet to learn about it today. Plus, you can check out all the rest of the great Chevrolet inventory, especially with all these awesome holiday and end-of-year deals coming down the pike. We’ll be waiting to help you!

New Chevrolet Volt Revealed before Detroit Debut

There’s a new Chevrolet Volt coming, a next-generation design with updated charging and powertrain systems making it the best EV the Bowtie has ever released. Of course, the Volt won’t officially be revealed till it debuts at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but Chevrolet just gave us a free sneak peek on its Twitter feed.

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Current Chevrolet Volt Available at Bradshaw!

The tweet said: “We just want to be up front with you. Here’s a new look at the #NextGenVolt at @LAAutoShow! Who’s ready for NAIAS?” The tweet was accompanied by a picture of the Volt, partially revealed. We’ve got our hands raised, hoping that January arrives sooner than later.

Come see us here at Bradshaw Chevrolet to learn more about the upcoming Volt and to see the current Volt as well. The new Volt will have an increased range, an improved powertrain, more interior space, and even more. We can’t wait to share it with you!

Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo Concept

Chevrolet’s Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo Concept Pushes Power Boundaries

Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo ConceptFor the past 52 years, Jim Hall and Hap Sharp, founders of Chaparral Cars, have been shaking up the industry’s idea of what it means to be a race car. Now, the innovative engineers at Chaparral have created a new concept with the help of Chevrolet’s terrific performance. The new Chaparral Vision Gran Turismo Concept, which is the newest addition to the Vision Gran Turismo lineup, will once again push the boundaries of power, just like the Chaparral Cars before it.

“Jim Hall and Chaparral blended the art of racing with science in an unprecedented way, changing the sport forever and inspiring a new generation to experiment with aerodynamics and unconventional materials,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president for Global Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain. “His race cars were four-wheeled physics projects that proved innovation—and a strong Chevy race engine—could drive you to the winner’s circle.”

This new concept car is part of the 15th anniversary celebration of the Gran Turismo PlayStation racing game. Set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, this concept gives fans and gamers alike a taste of what the future of automotive design will look like.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on some of Chevrolet’s renowned power, stop in to Bradshaw Chevrolet today and check out our performance-oriented models!

First 2015 Corvette Z06 Made in Bowling Green

If you’re a fan of the Chevrolet Corvette, we’ve got some exciting news for you—we’re one step closer to having the new 2015 Corvette Z06 here in our inventory at Bradshaw Chevrolet. You see, the first new Z06 just rolled off the line at the Bowling Green assembly plant, meaning that the Corvette will be heading to inventories like ours very soon.

2015 Corvette Z06
2015 Chevy Corvette Z06

Yes, we started producing customer cars yesterday,” Chevy spokesman Monte Doran said in a discussion with Autoblog. “We are not shipping cars to customers yet, though. We’re still doing final quality checks and audits and will begin shipping cars in the coming weeks.” So we might still have a while to wait, but it’s encouraging news, nonetheless.

The 2014 Corvette won an award as the North American Car of the Year, and we’re hoping that the 2015 Z06 takes home the same award this year, giving the brand back-to-back victories at the prestigious North American International Auto Show. Come see us at Bradshaw for more info and to see the Corvette yourself!