Category Archives: Chevrolet News

All-New Three-Row Blazer XL: A Big SUV Without the Bulk

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

At the Guangzhou Motor Show, Chevrolet unveiled an all-new three-row crossover that looked both familiar and new. While the new crossover resembled the two-row Chevrolet Blazer that has already gained popularity in the States, the new crossover boasted an additional row of seating.

Now we have confirmation that the concept will soon become a reality, and we have a name for it: the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer XL. While the three-row Blazer XL will be available in China starting in 2020, it leaves plenty of room for speculation about a forthcoming US variant.

The all-new Blazer XL might look simply like a Blazer with an extra row of seats, but the Blazer XL is actually 5.5 inches longer than the current 2019 Blazer. Although Chevrolet already has a three-row SUV in the form of the Chevrolet Traverse, the Blazer XL serves as a middle ground, offering three rows of seating without being as large and bulky as the Traverse.

The Blazer XL answers the call for a downsized three-row crossover that doesn’t give up too much interior space making it the perfect SUV for the Chinese market, where the Traverse isn’t sold because of its large size.

We hope to have the Blazer XL at Bradshaw Chevrolet when and if it becomes available in the United States. For now, check out the 2019 Blazer and 2019 Traverse here at Bradshaw Chevrolet.

Chevrolet’s Call Me Out App Helps Encourage Safer Driving

Call Me Out App

We all know that using your phone while driving is dangerous. But, according to a Research Now study, 90 percent of drivers have done it at some point. This is a daunting statistic. To help curb this hazardous driving habit, Chevrolet has created the Call Me Out app.

Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet, articulated the company’s goal for the app. “With Call Me Out, we are extending our commitment beyond the technologies integrated into GM and Chevy vehicles and are making the app available for Android phone users who drive other vehicle makes and models in an effort to help people change their driving behavior and make our roads safer.”

This app, which is available to download now on Android smartphones, uses a combination of technology and peer influence to encourage drivers to leave their phones alone while driving. To app relies on the phone’s GPS and accelerometer to determine when the phone is travelling faster than 5 mph. If someone picks up the phone while driving, the app will automatically play a personalized message prerecorded by family members or friends.

The app also keeps track of your progress and awards points. The less you handle your phone, the more points you will get and the higher up the scoreboard you will go.

For more safe driving tips, contact us at Bradshaw Automotive. We can also set you up with a test drive of one of our protective vehicle models, if you’re in the market for a new ride.

First Look at 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD/5500HD

First Look at 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD/5500HD | Bradshaw Automotive | Greer, SC

Chevy has given us a first look at the 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD, and it’s truly something to be excited about. The formidable truck looks beastly and impossibly strong, and its tough silhouette looks intimidating and ready to take on any challenge you place before it. Get ready, Chevy truck lovers, the Silverado Class 4 and Class 5 chassis cab trucks are coming your way.

If the shadowy photograph of the 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD has you chomping at the bit, don’t worry. You don’t have much longer to wait until this all-new truck is unveiled in full. A few weeks ago, Chevrolet announced that the Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD would make their debut at The Work Truck Show 2018, which will take place March 6th through 9th in Indianapolis. The U.S. vice president of GM, Ed Peper, made the following announcement: “The Silverado 4500HD/5500HD trucks are the flagship of our full-line commercial truck portfolio and we’ve designed them to be among the best in the industry in maneuverability, serviceability, visibility, quietness and comfort, diesel fuel economy, and more.” You’re not going to find stronger, more formidable ally anywhere than in the Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD, as they will come with tough Duramax diesel engines alongside Allison transmissions.

We at Bradshaw Automotive are excited for what the new Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD are expected to offer. In the meantime, stay tuned for further information on this awe-inspiring truck.

New 2018 Volt Safety Features Win IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

2018 Volt safetyThe 2018 Chevrolet Volt is a noteworthy sedan, not just because it has an innovative powertrain, but also because it has extensive safety systems. The 2018 Volt safety features are so impressive that the vehicle recently won a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS is a non-profit third-party organization that examines the safety features on most vehicles in the industry.

According to The News Wheel, the 2018 Chevrolet Volt has a 420-mile range thanks to a hybrid-electric engine that uses gasoline and electric power. It also has a 53-mile range on pure electricity, which makes the Volt a great vehicle for those looking to go green. Additionally, the Volt won the 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick award when equipped with available Drive Confidence II Package.

Teen Driver is one of the great safety features offered on the new Volt. This helps new drivers learn positive habits behind the wheel by muting audio, giving audible and visible warnings when exceeding predetermined speeds, limiting music volume, and more.

Other features include Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Safety Awareness, and more. In fact, the Volt has 10 airbags around the cabin to keep you better protected in the event of a crash. Visit Bradshaw Automotive to learn more about the latest safety features available for the 2018 Chevrolet Volt.

Glance at the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

 

As one of Chevrolet’s most stalwart vehicles, the Equinox remains one of the most-talked-about cars each and every year. With recent announcement of the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, car lovers everywhere are starting to get excited. Here is everything that you need to know about the new Equinox.

 

With the 2018 version of the Equinox, Chevrolet seems to have listened to past remarks that the Equinox was a bit too big to appeal to drivers in its market. GM solved this problem by making the new Equinox just a tad bit smaller and more modern. The expectation is that this will put it in direct competition with the CR-V, Escape, and RAV4.

 

This year’s model now features a wheelbase that is 5.2 inches smaller, a length that has been cut down by 4.7 inches, and a curb weight has been reduced by around 400 pounds. While it is a much smaller and lighter vehicle, GM hasn’t sacrificed any quality in the process.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about how the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is going to shift the market for crossover SUVs, feel free to contact us at Bradshaw Automotive. We would love to hear from you!

New Chevrolet Traverse to Debut in Detroit

2016 Chevrolet Traverse

January means the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is almost here. As one of the largest auto shows in the world, the NAIAS in Detroit is typically reserved for brands looking to reveal one of their big, upcoming nameplates to the public to generate hype. One of these nameplates is the new Chevrolet Traverse for the 2018 model year. Chevy has been dropping hints about the vehicle, even teasing us with images, but fans will get their first full look at the overhauled Traverse at the auto show.

 The Traverse has long been a popular model in Chevrolet’s lineup, which is why the best-seller has changed very little in the past ten years. However, it’s time for a new generation. Judging from teaser images, the 2018 Traverse model will be taking cues from other SUVs in the same lineup—namely, the Chevrolet Equinox and newly-redesigned GMC Acadia.

 Besides that, most of what we know about the new Chevrolet Traverse is this: it will have a possible eight-passenger seating configuration, best-in-class cargo accommodation, and a rumored 3.6-liter V6 engine. None of the details will be set in stone until the curtains are drawn at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

Chevrolet Creates #DayItForward Campaign to Celebrate Charity and Kindness

Chevrolet is using this Leap Year as an excuse to do some seriously cool charitable work. Under the banner of their #DayItForward campaign, Chevrolet helped make a difference in all sorts of different ways.

“Time is such a precious commodity and having an extra day this year presents an amazing opportunity for all of us to do something impactful,” said Paul Edwards, Chevrolet Vice President of Marketing. Edwards further states, “The Chevy team is going to take those extra hours and put them towards doing unexpected acts of kindness for people—something that we hope others will embrace and repeat.”

Here are just a few way’s the Chevrolet Day It Forward campaign helped out across the country.

  • Chevy teamed up with The Ellen Show for Ellen’s “Trunk of Dreams” event. The show gave away a Chevy Malibu to a hardworking college student.
  • In cahoots with the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show, Chevrolet helped provide teachers at Whaley Middle School in Los Angeles with much-needed school supplies.
  • Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and the Kevin Spacey Foundation and Chevrolet gave Diontae Simpson, an aspiring actor, a grant so that he can study at a prestigious drama school.

How did you spend your Leap Day? Hopefully, it was as rewarding for you as it was for Chevy’s Day If Forward recipients! Tell us about it at Bradshaw Automotive today!

See below for our favorite video from Chevy’s #DayItForward:

2015 Chevy Cruz Offers Distraction-Free Driving with the Touch of a Button

“I have a video I want you to watch, and no matter what, I need you to stay focused. Don’t take your eyes off the screen,” starts the Chevy video “Eyes On The Road,” posted to the Chevrolet YouTube channel by Chevrolet Films.

In a room with a video screen, several test-participants, and a proctor—who gave the aforementioned instructions—a video commences simulating the view one would see during a driving experience with a road and trees passing by.

All test-participants are able to keep their eyes successfully on the screen.

Now cue the distractions.

A repairman enters to noisily ‘fix’ an exit sign causing two people look over. Adorable barking puppies come in and one lady bends over to pet them.

A Steven Tyler look-alike rocker, zombies who have no regard for personal space, dancing “firefighters,” and hard-core wrestlers breaking through a wall proceed to enter the room, contending for the attention meant to go to the “road.”

“It’s hard to stay focused,” says the proctor, “but there are other things that steal our focus, like the cell phone. But what if at the touch of a button, your car could send a response?”

Meet the 2015 Chevy Cruz, Chevrolet’s answer for distraction-free driving in which drivers are able to send preset responses through the in-dash screen with the touch of a button, enabling their eyes to remain on the road.

So be sure to visit Bradshaw Automotive, and keep your “Eyes on the Road” in one of our Chevy offerings!

Chevrolet’s Electric Bolt May Get New Name

green drivingIn January, Chevrolet’s electric Bolt concept made its world debut. Since then, we’ve learned it’s headed for production in late 2016 and should debut early the next year as a 2017 model.

Now we’ve learned the Bolt may be getting a new name, which we don’t think is a bad thing, especially since Chevrolet’s extended-range hybrid car is named the Volt.

“Some people think it’s confusing,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America, in an interview with USA Today. “People are having some fun with it. It is generating awareness, which is good. It’s so conversational. We’re still in the decision phase. It could go either way. We have a little bit more time [to decide on the final name].”

The production version of the Bolt is expected to have an electric driving range of 200 miles, which should be more than enough to ease most range anxiety. Chevrolet also plans to sell it in all 50 states so everyone will be able to enjoy the benefits of electric driving.

We at Bradshaw Chevrolet want to know—if you could choose the name for Chevrolet’s new electric car, what would you choose?

Chevrolet Equinox Preview Pic Displays Updated Headlights

Are you unable to make it to the Chicago Auto Show this week but still desperate to check out the new Chevy Equinox? No worries; Chevrolet has you covered with this tiny teaser picture of the Equinox’s front-right corner.

The small image shows off the new headlights and lower headlamps of the 2016 Equinox, which can be viewed in full at the Chicago Show this week. Though Chevy’s sneaky pic doesn’t reveal much, it definitely gives a clear view of the updated front lights.

Headlights aside, the updated model of one of Chevrolet’s most popular crossovers is set to get even more cosmetic upgrades, though information on technical specs is still sparse. Expect more details to surface as the Equinox gets its Chicago debut.

If you’re looking forward to the new Equinox, check out this 2016 Chevrolet Equinox preview picture or the current model at Bradshaw Chevrolet, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

2015 Chevy Equinox
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