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.

Motor Trend Truck of the Year
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.

new Chevrolet Volt
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!