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.
With Chevrolet gearing up for the release of the next generation of the Tahoe in 2020, the 2019 Chevy Tahoe manifests only subtle changes.
The 2019 Tahoe gains a metallic gray color and loses two others, which alters some paint options in the trims and packages. The Premier trim will get new Premier badging on its tailgate, but that’s it for 2019 updates on the Chevy Tahoe.
You can expect to see much bigger changes on the 2020 model, though GM has yet to reveal details. We do know that the new Tahoe will be based on the GM T1 platform. It will also offer all-new engineering and be 300 pounds lighter than the previous generation.
The new generation of Tahoe will most likely see a full redesign of its interior and exterior, with both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options. Chevy may add its autonomous driving technology GM Super Cruise. The Tahoe is also expected to come with a next-gen infotainment system and a more convenient third row.
The 2019 Tahoe is set to hit dealerships later this year, with the new gen 2020 Tahoe most likely arriving sometime in late 2019.
Stop by Bradshaw Automotive later this year to test-drive the 2019 Chevy Tahoe. Until then, visit us to browse our current Chevy inventory.
The Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan is one of the best-selling Chevy vehicles. It’s efficient, affordable, stylish, and packed with thoughtful amenities. The upcoming 2019 Chevrolet Cruze will keep the momentum going with updates to its design and trim levels. Here’s what to expect from the new model year.
Changes to the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze will be apparent immediately, thanks to updates to the front fascia. The new Chevy Cruze gets a bolder look with a wider grille and refreshed, modern accents. These new details give the Cruze a more sophisticated and upscale look, while maintaining the sensible design and affordability the model is known for.
New Hatchback Trim
The 2019 Chevy Cruze will be available in a brand new hatchback trim, the Hatch LS. The current hatchback trims already account for a fifth of the Cruze sales, and this higher level trim will bring wider options to buyers looking for a five-door option.
Certain trims of the 2019 Cruze will also offer new amenities. LT and Premier models will get remote start and automatic climate control, while the brand new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system will be available as an upgrade to in-cabin technology.
Test drive the new Cruze for yourself when it arrive on our lot here at Bradshaw Automotive.
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.
The 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.
Chevrolet and the Detroit Red Wings are a perfect match. Both are based in the Motor City and share the same commitment to innovation and excellence. So, it was a no-brainer when Chevrolet became the official vehicle of the Detroit Red Wings hockey team in 2015. Chevrolet has stepped up their support of their home team, though, with a new Wheels and Wings statue at the team’s new home: Little Caesars Arena.
Set to be permanently displayed at the arena’s northeast entrance, Chevrolet’s “Wheels and Wings” is a celebration of tradition, strength, unity, and invention.
Measuring 9-feet 5-inches tall, the sculpture makes a bold statement at the entrance of the new arena. The massive work of art was crafted by former motorcycle stunt rider Tomas Vitanovsky and is partially constructed from disused Chevrolet parts, including a hubcap from 1918. The statue joins the old with the new, and you’ll also find parts from the 2018 Suburban, Tahoe, and Spark, the 2009 Kodiak, the 1996 Caprice, and more.
Vitanovsky, a Czech Republic native, worked more than 700 hours creating the stunning industrial statue and used 186 parts from various Chevrolet vehicles. The result is a breathtaking work of art that pays proper tribute to an excellent team, an incredible community, and an innovative automaker.
To learn more about Chevrolet’s ongoing commitment to excellence, come by Bradshaw Automotive today and take a test drive!
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!
The Lego Batman Movie is sure to be a great experience for all ages, but the last thing most people expected was for Chevrolet to team up with Lego to create a real Lego Batmobile. The brand kicked off the 2017 North American International Auto Show with a blast by showing off the 100% functional life-size Lego vehicle as part of its Detroit auto presentation. The debut of the unique vehicle was unveiled alongside a new commercial for the Lego Batmobile featuring Lego Mini Figures.
The advertisement is a spoof of the “Real People, Not Actors” ad campaign that Chevy has been implementing, with the tagline “Real Lego Mini Figures, Not Actors.” The commercial to commemorate the Batmobile’s unveiling is lighthearted and fun, with the audience speculating what sort of person would drive the Lego Batmobile.
The Lego Batmobile took 222 hours to design, consists of just under 345,000 Lego blocks, and weighs almost 1,700 lbs. It also has a real powertrain, with a capable engine underneath the hood. Using the tie-in with the new Lego Batman Movie isn’t just smart marketing; it’s a throwback to the old 1989 Batman movie, which featured a Batmobile constructed from two Chevy Impala chassis. The real Lego Batmobile is technically for sale – but unless you have $48 million sitting around, the price is a little steep.
During the holiday season, it can be difficult to stay on top of vehicle maintenance, but once you’ve had some downtime after New Year’s, it’s important to take your vehicle in for inspection, especially if you traveled to visit relatives during the holidays. Here’s a vehicle service checklist to help you to know where to start.
Battery and Charging System: Cooler temperatures reduce battery capacity, so your battery is more likely to die in the colder months. Check battery connections, the charging system, and the charge of the battery itself.
Drive Belts and Hoses: Old engine belts will wear, crack, and snap over time, which could cause incredible amounts of engine damage. Hoses are important, too, for keeping your engine cool with anti-freeze.
Tire Pressure: Like batteries, tire pressure is negatively affected by low temperatures. Colder air makes tires lose their pressure faster, so make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning: The HVAC system is crucial to defrosting and staying warm in the winter.
Brakes: Brakes should always be in good working order, especially if you expose your vehicle to slick road conditions or hazardous weather.
Keep up with this vehicle service checklist after the holidays to make sure your car is ready to face the cold temperatures that January and February bring to the table.
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.