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2016 Chevy Volt Makes This Year’s ’10 Best Engines’ List

2016 Chevrolet Volt

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!

Why Do You Need to Change Your Oil?

Oil Change

Oil plays a key role in the life of your vehicle, affecting everything from lifespan to fuel efficiency. 50 years ago, you would have needed an oil change every 500 miles. Fortunately, that isn’t the case today but you still need to change your oil on a regular basis. Today, many automakers suggest changing the oil every 7,500 to 15,000 miles, just to ensure your car keeps running smoothly

Oil does three major things within the engine block. First, it lubricates the metal parts that are constantly grinding together to create motion. Second, it draws away some of the heat produced by friction between metal parts. Third, it carries away shavings, dirt, and grime, preventing carbon and varnishes from building up.

When oil goes unchanged, it can lose its viscosity, increasing the chances of engine damage. Because of this, not changing your oil can be costly in the long run. Carbon deposits and sludge can come out of old oil, as a result of carbon buildup around the cooler parts of the engine. When this occurs, it can only be solved through an expensive engine cleaning or replacing worn piston rings.

If you go too long without changing your oil, the pistons could seize entirely and the camshafts could take damage. That would lead to some hefty bills for replacement parts that no driver wants to pay, so make sure you change your oil on a routine basis. Let our service department help you with any of your service related needs here at Bradshaw Automotive, including getting your oil changed!

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!

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