Some automakers use the annual SEMA show to put their performance-driven foot forward or reveal outrageous concepts. Chevrolet went a different way for the 2016 SEMA Show, forgoing the power-packed models and staying the course instead. Chevrolet’s Blue Line concepts showcased a set of vehicles designed for the public.
Chevrolet’s Blue Line concepts included the Cruze and Malibu and showed off parts that were readily available to the public, or will be by the middle of 2017. Even better, adding the parts to a vehicle with an existing warranty won’t void the warranty.
The first of the two cars is a Cruze Hatch RS, a sportier version of the Cruze hatchback drivers have come to love. To show off the Blue Line name, Chevrolet added a Genesis White paintjob and Slate Blue Metallic wheels. Performance upgrades included a lowered suspension, performance brakes, and an upgraded intake and exhaust system.
The second model in the Blue Line was a Malibu. Like the Cruze Hatch RS, the Malibu saw a lowered suspension, a ground effects kit, sportier pedals, and illuminated doorsills. A performance brake kit also made it to the show, but that won’t be available to the public.
We here at Bradshaw Automotive are pumped to see such simple changes making great cars even better!
Appropriately on the day of the autumnal equinox, Chevrolet unveiled the future Chevrolet Equinox. The 2018 Equinox will be an all-new design with fresh styling, advanced technology, comprehensive safety, and powerful engine options.
Starting from the outside, the new Equinox will have a lean, muscular design that follows Chevrolet’s global design cues. In addition, it features chrome trim on all trim levels to enhance its Malibu-inspired design. The Equinox will come with standard projector-beam headlights and LED daytime running lights.
Inside, Chevrolet is incorporating numerous unique enhancements, including a low windshield base for greater visibility and “kneeling” rear seats that fold down flat for easier loading. Buyers may also like the new available denim-style seat fabric for a unique look.
Keeping passengers connected will be the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi system that allows up to seven devices to connect at once. Buyers will be able to choose between a 7- and 8-inch MyLink touchscreen system.
With a range of three turbocharged engines, customers will be able to find the ideal balance of power and efficiency. The lineup will also include North America’s first turbo-diesel.
The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will go on sale here at Bradshaw Automotive in the first quarter of 2017.
For the fourth year in a row, Chevrolet led more categories than any other brand in the 2016 JD Power Initial Quality Study. The study, which JD Power has been conducting for three decades, surveys over 80,000 new vehicle owners and lessees to determine their satisfaction with their vehicles.
Chevrolet led five categories, sweeping the full-size truck category with a win for both the Silverado 1500 and the Silverado HD. It also won both the compact and large SUV segments with the Equinox and the Tahoe. The Spark, which saw a big design refresh in 2016, beat the rest of the city car segment by a whopping 48 points, while the others only led by 10 to 15 points.
This is another big win for Chevy, who also swept the JD Power Dependability Survey earlier this year. Chevy has already seen a rise in sales by 3% just since the beginning of 2016 and expects more thanks to the JD Power studies, which they expect will draw in more new customers. We sure hope this trend continues, and Chevy continues to produce award-winning cars!
To find out more about the award-winning lineup of Chevy cars, stop by and check out our new car inventory at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC!
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:
The Ward’s Auto “10 Best Engines” list tends to celebrate traditional engines each year, listing the most innovative, powerful engines that have been created for the past year’s line-up. However, this year there seems to be a different trend.
This year, Ward’s stretched the definition of engine by adding three hybrid models to their list, honoring the powertrains within: the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, and the 2016 Toyota Prius.
Of these three, the 2016 Chevy Volt is by far the most impressive, with the ability to run on electricity alone when charged. In fact, the current Chevy Volt can travel up to 53 miles on pure electricity. That completely unheard of in the electric market!
It’s worth noting that by including these three models on their list, Ward’s is truly recognizing the power of hybrid powertrains. They may not be traditional engines, but they can still be remarkably powerful. This may also show that perhaps hybrid engines are becoming increasingly popular.
If you’re interested in checking out an award-winning 2016 Chevy Volt model, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Bradshaw Automotive. We are just as excited as you for the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt!
Chevrolet brought their series of Red Line concept cars to SEMA, but released images and details on the vehicles beforehand to build up excitement and anticipation for the lineup. The diverse concepts include the Trax, Malibu, Camaro, Colorado, and Silverado 1500, in addition to the upcoming Chevrolet Spark RS concept. The Chevrolet Red Line concepts debuted November 3rd at SEMA.
The Red Line series was designed to show off the customization and personalization capabilities of Chevrolet’s 2016 lineup, and the Red Line upgrades will be available for vehicles in that lineup. The Red Line series upgrades include a new Enhanced Silver Metallic color palette option, Charcoal roof panel, and accents in red and Satin Graphite. Most of the changes will be purely cosmetic, so while the price has not yet been announced, they are expected to be rather affordable.
The 2015 SEMA Motor Show takes place in Las Vegas from November 3rd through 6th, drawing a crowd of over 60,000. Chevy is using SEMA to gauge interest in the Chevrolet Red Line concepts, but are confident that Chevrolet Accessories will become a quality alternative to aftermarket parts when it comes to personalizing their vehicles. Share with us your thoughts about Chevy’s line up for the SEMA show!
Chevy is celebrating its sponsorship of the MLB by putting a Corvette and Silverado right behind center field at Comerica Park in Detroit. Tigers fans were thrilled to see the redesigned Comerica Chevrolet Fountain, which puts two of Chevy’s favorites on display for an entire season. After hours of hoisting the cars in place with a special crane, they’ll now be visible for more than 3 million expected visitors.
According to Chevy, the Corvette Z06 and Midnight Edition Silverado were specially chosen to represent the brand this year. Both represent Chevy’s commitment to quality, highlighting rugged capability and high-octane performance.
“As the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball, what better way could Chevrolet show our love of the game than by giving our vehicles a bird’s eye view of our hometown team?” asked Paul Edwards, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. He goes on to say that, “We like to think of these vehicles as the Chevrolet cheering section to drive those centerfield home runs.”
The fountain also has a host of water displays and sound effects for any time a player from the home team hits a homerun. We at Bradshaw Chevrolet just hope they don’t put any dents in the two display models.
For the 2016 model year, the Chevrolet Malibu will also be offered as an electric, which we at Bradshaw Chevrolet have now learned will be powered in part by technology developed for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.
That can only be a good thing as we’ve learned at Bradshaw Automotive, because the Volt is an exceptional vehicle when it comes to electric technology. We have high expectations for the new 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid.
Some of the borrowed parts will included a modified two-motor drive unit, which will be mated to an all-new, direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as part of the Malibu Hybrid’s powertrain. That’ll give it a total output of 182 horsepower and the ability to go up to 55 mph on electricity alone!
The two vehicles also share power electronics and a blended regenerative braking system, which stores kinetic energy produced under braking into the battery system.
The Malibu Hybrid will offer an estimated fuel economy rating exceeding 45 mpg, which is higher than the competing hybrid variants of the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata.
Tell us what you think of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as an electric vehicle here at Bradshaw Automotive as we wait for it to come into stores!
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD pickup truck is available now at Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in Upstate South Carolina!
Long one of the auto industry’s top heavy-duty pickup choices, both American-made and worldwide, the Silverado 2500HD has been redesigned for 2015 with a hot new exterior and a refined interior. Available with either a gasoline or turbodiesel V8 engine (the latter of which offers a maximum towing capacity of 17,900 lbs.) and a wide variety of cab (Regular, Double and Crew) and bed sizes (Standard or Long Box), the Silverado suits drivers of all needs. Plus, the truck’s comfortable new interior offers better comfort and security, along with a long list of features that includes Chevy MyLink, a 4.2-inch Driver Information Center and an available rearview camera.
For a full list of models, specs and available features for the 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD, head over to Chevrolet’s website.
We at Bradshaw Automotive are excited to announce that the first vehicles in the 2015 Chevrolet line are available now at our Greer, SC dealership! Stay tuned – in the coming weeks we’ll be highlighting several other new 2015 GM vehicles, including the Chevy 3500HD and Tahoe and the GMC Yukon! You can also visit our website to view our extensive inventory of 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars, as well as our great selection of used cars in many makes and models!
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For those of you who have an adventurous side, we have a treat. Chevrolet recently unveiled the brand-new Chevrolet Colorado GearOn package, an assortment of brand-new accessories that give customers all the tools needed for their next adventure.
“Chevrolet Colorado answers the call for customers who have passions of all types and the GearOn accessory system enables them to bring more adventure wherever they go,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “And with Colorado offering segment-leading efficiency and capabilities, it’s a combination that maximizes adventure without compromise.”
The Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Package is ready for every excursion with a variety of mounting accessories that will hold down any of your gear, ranging from kayaks to bikes, and beyond. Each of the mounting accessories can also be moved, allowing you to configure them however you want. You won’t even have to worry about storage with plenty of space throughout the truck.
If you’re interested in the GearOn accessory package, it can be sold separately. The Chevrolet Colorado GearOn Edition is also available. For more information about this awesome pickup truck, contact Bradshaw Chevrolet today.