The Cadillac ELR is All the Luxury You Never Expected out of an EV

If we’re being honest here at Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, we’re not sure we ever saw the words “Cadillac” and “electric vehicle” ever co-existing in a happy marriage. But it turns out we were wrong—and in hindsight, it actually makes sense. It’s not that every electric vehicle (EV) had to be tiny, bland, and rather powerless—that’s just the way other automakers were making them.

Cadillac ELR EV
The all-new Cadillac ELR electric vehicle marries luxury and efficiency.

But then the Cadillac ELR burst onto the scene. Based on the Converj Concept, which made its debut back at the North American International Auto Show in 2009, the ELR is Cadillac’s first-ever EV and the first vehicle to apply Extended Range Electric Vehicle technology to a production vehicle. The vehicle combines Extended Range Electric Vehicle (EREV) technology with a 1.4L four-cylinder engine to give it a range of over 300 miles.

Not only does the ELR feature revolutionary powertrain technology, it also bucks the idea that all EVs has to be tiny, unattractive little things that look like a box that got punched out of its normal shape. If we didn’t tell you the ELR was an electric vehicle, we bet you’d never guess. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself. Here at Bradshaw, we think it looks more like a futuristic sports car, and we think it drives like one too. So yeah, we were wrong—turns out the electric vehicle was actually just waiting for Cadillac to come along and actually make it cool for the first time.

Luxury Drivers Most Satisfied with the Cadillac SRX

After you a buy a new car, do you often think to yourself, “I wish my car had…” Feeling satisfied with your vehicle is a huge part of vehicle ownership and is something that is hard to predict. However, AutoPacific may be able to point you in the right direction.

In its annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, it seems luxury crossover drivers are most satisfied with the Cadillac SRX. Making this the third year in a row the SRX has claimed this prize.

2014 Cadillac SRX
Drivers are more satisfied with the Cadillac SRX than any other luxury car on the market.

“The SRX crossover continues to be Cadillac’s sales leader, and is again on a record pace so far this year,” said Bill Peffer, U.S. vice president, Cadillac sales and service, in a statement. “In a market segment featuring the world’s top brands, the SRX stands out by delivering more distinctive design, along with the luxury and utility that crossover buyers’ demand.”

To get these results, AutoPacific surveyed more than 92,000 new car owners across the country and asked them to rate their level of satisfaction in 50 different car-related areas, including safety, fuel efficiency, and interior comfort.

If your previous car purchases have left you with a bad taste in your mouth, take a spin in the 2014 Cadillac SRX available now at Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac and see how satisfied you can feel.

The Benefits of Owning a Diesel Car Are Numerous: Owners Save Thousands

Buying a car can be downright overwhelming when you consider monthly payments, insurance, fuel costs, repairs and maintenance. If you’re looking to save money, choose a diesel. While upfront it may cost more, over the long run, a diesel can save you $2,000 to $6,000 in total ownership costs over three to five years as compared to their gasoline counterparts, according to research by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI).

Not only are diesel models more fuel efficient, but they depreciate more slowly than gasoline models. According to AOL Autos, “UMTRI’s research compared 12 diesel vehicles to their gasoline counterparts and found they achieved between eight and 44 percent higher miles per gallon, resulting in ten to 29 percent lower fuel costs overall. When looking at depreciation, UMTRI found that 11 of the 12 diesel cars analyzed held their value better than their gas counterparts during the first three years of ownership, with eight logging savings of 17 to 46 percent. Over five years, there was an overall savings of 10 to 39 percent in depreciation costs.”

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Diesel
Cars like the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Diesel are proving more fuel efficient that gasoline vehicles.

Diesel cars are becoming more and more common, with diesel trim variations available on many mass-market and luxury vehicles. More benefits of owning a diesel car? Not only are diesel cars more efficient and hold their value better, but their more fun to drive, too. Diesel cars typically offer more torque and in return, faster acceleration, and at lower rpm than their gasoline siblings.

Interested in a diesel? Stop by Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac to learn more and see what all the hype is about.

New Truck Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

Another new 2015 General Motors vehicle is available now from Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac – the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD pickup truck!

2015 Chevrolet  Silverado 3500HD
Test drive a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD today at Bradshaw Automotive!

The Silverado 3500HD, along with the smaller Silverado 2500HD, has been completely redesigned for the 2015 model year with a comfortable new interior, a striking new exterior design and better specs and capacities to help you take care of even the toughest job. What sets the top-level Silverado apart from its competitors, however, aside from its 6.0-liter V8 engine, is the truck’s impressive technology features: Trailer Brake Control, a rear vision camera and an all-new hitch design allow drivers better control over any mistakes or mishaps that may occur on the job site or on a simple drive.

For a full list of the specs, capacities and trim level options available for the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD, head over to Chevy’s official website!

Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac is proud to offer a wide selection of new 2014 and 2015 GM cars for buyers in Greer, South Carolina and the surrounding areas near Greenville and Spartanburg. Visit our dealership today to visit our wide selection of new vehicles that also includes the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, the 2015 GMC Yukon and the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. We also maintain a service department full of trained experts that will help keep your car in tip-top shape for years to come!

Remember to stay tuned to Bradshaw’s Twitter profile for more information on new 2015 vehicles as they become available at our dealership!

Consumer Reports Updates Its Car Ratings System

With consumer preferences changing, cars performing better, faster, quieter, and more efficiently, Consumer Reports has announced it is updating its rating system, shifting the focus based on current consumer preferences and raising the bar on some performance features.

According to Consumer Reports, “We’ve recently modified our scoring ­system so that the individual ratings we give to certain aspects of a vehicle’s ­performance align better with our ­testers’ assessments and our written ­reviews.” Now, more weight goes to a vehicle’s ride comfort and quietness and the bar has been raised for the acceleration and braking performance.

A clear example of these higher standards is the Chevrolet Corvette, which delivered shorter breaking distance than any car Consumer Reports has ever recorded before.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette in Greer, South Carolina

In general, scores may have moved slightly up or down, but no car was affected dramatically.

“We think the scoring modifications better reflect the preferences of today’s consumers and provide a more realistic perspective of how current ­vehicles stack up with one another. These scores are now reflected across ConsumerReports.org.”

Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Greer, SC is excited to see how these Consumer Reports changes will affect car sales! Stay tuned for more updates!

New SUV Spotlight: 2015 GMC Yukon

The completely redesigned 2015 GMC Yukon SUV is available for test drive and purchase right now at Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in Greer, South Carolina!

2015 GMC Yukon
Test drive a redesigned 2015 GMC Yukon today at Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac!

The all-new GMC Yukon, for years a great choice in a powerful and spacious full-size SUV, has been completely redesigned for the 2015 model year. The redesigned Yukon is improved in all the right ways: it has a better fuel economy, more intuitive and useful technology, a reshaped exterior and a more powerful engine. Available in a great selection of trim levels, including the top-of-the-line Yukon Denali, the 2015 GMC Yukon is sure to impress all full-size SUV drivers!

For more information on the 2015 GMC Yukon, including specs, features and trim level options, visit GMC’s official website.

You can also head over to Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac’s website or stop by our Upstate South Carolina dealership to learn about our growing selection of 2015 GM cars, which now includes the Yukon, Suburban, Tahoe and Silverado 2500! Our wide new and used car inventory also includes many 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs! Visit us today for a test drive.

Stay tuned to Bradshaw’s blog and Facebook page for more information on upcoming 2015 cars!

Pink Cadillac Escalade Is a Symbol of NFL Draftee’s Dreams Come True

If you happen to see a uniquely pink Escalade on the streets, wave hello to Teddy Bridgewater’s mom. She’s the new owner of the custom color Escalade, a color chosen by her son who is a member of the most recent class of NFL draftees.

As a boy, Bridgewater watched his mom, Rose Murphy, work to provide for him and his three siblings. He also stood by her side as she fought against breast cancer and won.

Dreaming of being drafted into the NFL, Bridgewater declared he would give his mom a pink Cadillac Escalade once that day came.

“When I was in third grade, I promised my mom I would get her a pink Cadillac Escalade,” Bridgewater said. “Pink is the color that represents breast cancer awareness, so I just want to get her that big pink Escalade truck and see that big smile on her face.”

Now, years later, that dream has come true. Bridgewater was joined by director Spike Lee in presenting an all-new 2015 Escalade to his mom. True to his word, the Escalade was delivered in a shade of pink Bridgewater chose himself.

Lee documented the momentous occasion in a short film.

We at Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac congratulate Bridgewater on making dreams come true, both his mom’s and his own.

2015 Chevrolet Suburban

New SUV Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

The full-size 2015 Chevrolet Suburban is back and better than ever in 2015, fully redesigned for the new model year with a refined interior, a better fuel economy and great new features like a flat-folding third row of seats, a touchscreen interface and a lane departure warning safety system. Find the all new 2015 Suburban today at Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in Greer, South Carolina!

2015 Chevrolet Suburban
The 2015 Chevrolet Suburban SUV is available now!

The Suburban is one of the last remaining traditional full-size SUVs on the automobile market, able to provide tremendous power (the 2015 model offers a 355 hp V8 engine) and a great deal of cargo space (seating for up to eight passengers, up to 121.1 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats folded down). The 2015 Suburban continues to dominate the shrinking full-size SUV market, and the SUV’s redesign is sure to impress drivers!

To learn more about the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV, head over to Chevrolet’s official website!

You can also learn about the 2015 Suburban right here in Greer, South Carolina! Stop by Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac today to get behind the wheel of the all new redesigned 2015 Suburban, one of several 2015 vehicles currently available at our Upstate South Carolina dealership. We also carry a vast inventory of new 2014 cars, as well as used vehicles in a great variety of makes!

To stay up-to-date with more vehicle reveals from our dealership, follow Bradshaw on Twitter!

Shop-Click-Drive

Buying a New Car is Easy with Shop-Click-Drive

Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac is happy to announce an innovative and easy way to purchase vehicles from our friendly dealership: Shop-Click-Drive!

Using Shop-Click-Drive is simple: all you have to do is click the green “Create Your Deal” button conveniently located to the left of all our new vehicle inventory pages. Clicking this button will take you straight to our Shop-Click-Drive site, through which purchasing a new car is just five steps away!

Shop-Click-Drive
Click this button on our website to view our Shop-Click-Drive site.

Fill out the information forms on the Shop-Click-Drive tool, including personal information, incentive forms and trade-in vehicle details. The tool will automatically consider all current dealership and manufacturer incentives, allowing you to choose from all available options and ensuring you get the best deal possible. You can also configure the value of your trade-in vehicle and optimize your finance plan via the tool’s easy process.

And, most importantly, the tool allows you to contact a Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac representative at any time, should you need assistance!

Bradshaw Automotive is happy to provide customers with the best car-buying experience possible! Check out our website to learn more about Shop-Click-Drive, and to take a look at the easy-to-use tool for yourself. While there, you can also check out our extensive inventory of new 2014 and 2015 General Motors vehicles, which includes the 2015 Silverado pickup truck and the 2015 GMC Yukon.

Thanks, and happy shopping!

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Transformers: Age of Extinction Stars Chevy Once More

Fans of Michael Bay’s Transformers are no strangers to Chevy-turned-Autobots, and the legend will live on in the fourth installment of the saga, Transformers: Age of Extinction, which hits theaters on June 27. The star Autobot, Bumblebee, will of course be back in its Camaro flesh, but we’ll also be seeing some other exciting Chevys join the cast.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
A custom Chevrolet Corvette Stingray will be featured in Transformers: Age of Extinction this summer.

For starters, the multiple award-winning Corvette Stingray will be making an appearance, converting to Crosshairs. Along with the iconic Stingray, a Chevy Trax and a Sonic Rally Car will take to the big screen.

Chevy has been involved with the Transformers franchise since the beginning. The Camaro form of Bumblebee was featured in Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). This next chapter features a modified vintage ’67 Camaro SS, as well as a futuristic imagining of the Camaro.

“The Transformers movies have been a great partnership for Chevrolet by allowing us to introduce our vehicles to new fans, young and old, around the world,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. “Now for the fourth time, you’ll see a Camaro as a heroic Autobot, a fitting role for one of the stars of Chevrolet’s lineup.”

LeeAnne Stables, executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships for Paramount Pictures, added, “The Chevrolet partnership with this iconic Michael Bay movie franchise has become one of the longest-running and most innovative movie-brand relationships in film history. This new Chevy campaign will definitely bring new and exciting elements to a global audience of Transformers movie fans around the world.”

In addition to providing the vehicles, General Motors also provided several filming locations, including the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, the Milford Proving Ground, and the Warren Technical Center.

How excited are you to see Transformers: Age of Extiction? Be sure to come in and discuss it with all of us at your favorite Greer, South Carolina GM dealership once you’ve seen it this summer!

Your Upstate South Carolina GM car dealer!